sukracharya - how he became guru of asuras (demons-rakshasas) and how he knew the art and science of Sanjivini?
He was the son of Bhrgu Maharshi.He was one of the ancestors of Sri Krishna, his daughter Devayani was the mother of Yadu. He was a son-in-law of Indra. He was the author Sukra Niti and was quoted by Chanakya. Having all these greatest qualifications, how he became guru of asuras ?
- 10 years agoFavorite Answer
Sukracharya was a Bhargava rishi of the Atharvan branch and a descendant of sage Kavi. The Devi-Bhagavata Purana refers to his mother as Kavyamata.
Sukracharya went on to study the Vedas under the rishi Angirasa but he was disturbed by Angirasa's favouritism for his son Brihaspati. He then went to study under rishi Gautama.
2) Sanjivani mantra:
He later performed penance to Lord Shiva and obtained the Sanjivani mantra (a formula that revived the dead).
He married Priyavrata's daughter Urjaswathi and they had four sons — Chanda, Amarka, Tvastr, Dharaatra and a daughter by name Devayani.
3) Asura Guru:
During this period Brihaspati became the Guru (Preceptor) of the Devas. Due to the hatred he bore towards Vishnu for what he perceived as the murder of his mother as she had given shelter to some asura whom Vishnu was hunting, Shukracharya decided to become the Guru of Asuras. He helped them achieve victory over the Devas and used his knowledge to revive the dead and wounded among them.
In Puranas and Itihasas, we find that the "Devas" are the Godly beings and the "Asuras" the demonic ones. According to the Bhagavad Gita (16.6), all beings in the Universe partake either of the divine qualities (Daivi Sampad) or the demonic qualities (Asuri Sampad). The sixteenth chapter of the Bhagavad Gita describes the divine qualities briefly and the demonic qualities at length. In summary, the Gita (16.4) says that the Asuric qualities are pride, arrogance, conceit, anger, harshness, and ignorance.
The Padma Purana says that the devotees of Vishnu are endowed with the divine qualities (viṣṇu-bhaktaḥ smṛto daiva) whereas the Asuras are just the opposite ("asuras tad-viparyayah").
Rakshasas are notorious for disturbing sacrifices, desecrating graves, harassing priests, possessing human beings, and so on.
In the world of the Ramayana and Mahabharata, Rakshasas are a populous race of supernatural humanoids who tend toward evil.
Powerful warriors, they resort to the use of magic and illusion when unsuccessful with conventional weapons. As shape-changers, they can assume various physical forms, and it is not always clear whether they have a true or natural form. As illusionists, they are capable of creating appearances which are real to those who believe in them or who fail to dispel them.
Few exceptions were like Vibhishana in Ramayana and Ghatotkacha in Mahabharata who joined with noble.Source(s): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shukra http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asura http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rakshasa
- 10 years ago
The problem is with your understanding of the word - Asura.
Asura does not mean Demon, nor does Rakshasha.
The concept of Heaven and Hell, doesn't exist in the Sanathana Dharma. It was borrowed from the Desert Messianic Faiths, mainly from Judaism which influenced the Puranas and such other tales when the Spice Trade had had the Jews resident in Cochin and other ports from a very long time; and the confusion came from there.
The Asura was the opposite of the Sura or the ones who believed in the Divine Right Principle and had Kings who ruled by their Birth Right. The Asuras, on the other hand, chose their Leaders, by the Elections.
In both cases, however, there was the thulabhara - the weighing of the King or Leader in Gold, which was his salary, and the placing of single slug of lead was the ultimate insult which meant that the person was worth only that. A fatal insult was to place a sword on the scales indicating that the person should kill himself for his failure.
Rakshasha comes from the word - Rakshaka or the Protector. They were not Demons, but, actually, Protectors. Many of them ate meat and were made fun of for that and called barbarians.
I am sad to see that the Indians have such a lot of ignorance about the Sanathana Dharma and foreigners like the Germans and Austrians are more knowledgeable about it than the Indians.
Let's hope that this changes.
- Veers தமிழ்Lv 710 years ago
Sukracharya was the son of Bhrgu Maharshi.He was one of the ancestors of Sri Krishna, his daughter Devayani was the mother of Yadu. He was a son-in-law of Indra. He was the author Sukra Niti and was quoted by Chanakya. He knew the art and science of Sanjivini.
In the Sambhava Parva of the Mahabharata, it is written “And the learned Sukra becoming a graha and engaged according to the command of the Self-existent in pouring and withholding rain, and in dispensing and remitting calamities, traverses, for sustaining the lives of all the creatures in the three worlds, through the skies. And the learned Sukra, of great intelligence and wisdom, of rigid vows, leading the life of a Brahmacharin, divided himself in twain by power of asceticism, and became the spiritual guide of both the Daityas and the Devas.”
In English, Sukra Graha is called planet Venus. Some western cultures see Venus and Moon as female, unlike the Indian tradition.
The eldest daughter of Sukra, Divi married Varuna Deva. She is the mother of Bala and Sura. Another daughter of Sukra named Devayani married Yayati, after falling in love with Kaca the son of Brhaspati, and being rejected by him.
- 4 years ago
Sukracharya(in vedic astrology atleast), is a graha which represents material beauty and comfort. It is natural lord of houses 2 ie vrishabha (hoarded wealth) and 7 tula(wife and/or contractual balance). Whereas Brihaspat is the natural lord of 9 wisdom/higher philosophy and 12 spirituality/subconcious dreams. From this difference between the nature of the graha ie the nature of the gurus, and with the knowledge that material beauty is temporary and leads to rebirth(usually in the form of a woman if too much attraction to material beauty); one can easily see(if one is not lost to the material beauty) that ultimately, since Shukra leads to rebirth(not self realization), Shukryacharya is not only demonic, but the guru of how to lure a person into demonic. Hence he truely is, the guru of asuras(ie the western civilizations in todays time).
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- KandasamyLv 710 years ago
well you yourself had admitted that he had these greatest talents and it is inherent charecter to become a guru that is called vaathiyaar whose main aim is to teach others or guide them or advice them whithout which they can't keep quiet and when bruhaspathi was deva guru he has no other alternative and he is well accepted and respected by asuras so all these incidents combined together and the situation opened up for this you may call it as time's compulsion or kaalatthin kattayam.
- MargaretLv 44 years ago
I'm a human, a demon and a Rakshasas.