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Symbol of Unity


Zang tri

Smt. Krishen Kanta Kaw and Dr. Ravi Kaw

Smt. Krishen Kanta KawDr. Ravi KawThat Zang Tri is the third day of the New Year (Nowreh). According to mythology, Lord Shiva created the Universe on Nowreh. On the third day, His Consort (Parvati) paid a visit to Her parent's home. So, all Kashmiri married women go to their MALYUN for an hour or two, conveying good wishes for the new year, and then return to their homes. That is Zang Tri. 

I would like to add that this story is pregnant with symbolic meaning. We find similar stories in Bhaagwat Maha-puran, and even Old Testament: that GOD created the Earth, Sun, and Moon, and then on the third day.... These seemingly strange (incomprehensible 'mumbo-jumbo' to some) was explained to me by my teacher as follows:-

 That the fundamental event for all conscious beings is a thought. The first (or the basic) thought of all beings is the 'I- thought'. This I-thought is also called Ignorance/Maya/Moola-Maya, etc. It cannot be comprehended, but its properties can be 'seen' mixed up in everything. The distance between two events gives rise to the concept of TIME. Time also signifies 'change'. It is this element of time that projects the concept of SPACE as well. So, using the language of modern Physics, one can say that TIME/SPACE quantum is the projection of the thought that follows the 'I thought'. That is why, in English, the fundamental unit of time is 'second'. It is only after time/space has happened that the world of plurality can be observed. So, going back, the Supreme Consciousness (Para-Shiva, Brahman, Yahveh, or whatever name people use) having become conscious ofitself (through Moola-Maya, Itchha Shakti, or whatever name one uses, personified as Parvati Devi), sets forth 'creation'.

A short digression on 'CONSCIOUSNESS'

When we ask the basic question 'who am I', prescribed for those with pure 'heart' (or calm disposition), this Vichaar (thought process)leads to the realization that 'I am that supreme Brahman', also called by the many other names. Brahman of Vedanta is nothing but thePara-Shiva of Shaivism, Yahveh of the Jews, etc. It is this supreme substratum actingthrough the collective mind of all beings (Maya), that we call GOD or Eshwara.

 So, you see a man of realization (Sthita-Pragnya of Ch-2 Gita) is God walking on two legs. This truth is what sets Hinduism apart from all the followers of Semitic religions: That we all have the capability of knowing our true nature, having known which we are ALL capable of saying 'Aham Brahmosmi' or 'Me and My Father-in Heaven are one'. That fundamental unity is hidden from us 'at this time' because of our ignorance (avidhya).

 The various 'paths' in our religion differ in only the manner of removing this ignorance, based on the temperament of the student. The 'amiable one' likes Bhakti, the person-of-action likes Karma, the intellectual-types like Gyaana, those with none of these likings like Pranayaama/Hatha-Yoga. When one learns to sever the ties between the Indriyas (sense organs) and the mind (a stage called Pratihara), all paths become one. Then on, it is all Guru-Kripa. It is like the space-ship that has gone against the Gravity, and is now in zero-gravity, light and silent.

 So, when a person emerges out of Samadhi (oneness with one's true being or  Shiva), the first thought is I-thought and the mind is felt in a hushed state. When this mind starts projecting next thought (because of the unknowable properties of Maya), time/space is born. And this conscious mind (Parvati), can experience the world of plurality (Malyun) through the sense organs. 


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