What's the difference between Brahmaastra and Brahmasirsha astra?

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    Power of Brahmashira Astra = (Brahmastra) ** 4 = (Brahmastra) X (Brahmastra) X (Brahmastra) X (Brahmastra)

    1) (i) Brahmastram:

    Ahirbudhnya Samhita of the Panjcaratra Agama volume 1:

    "phantam vahnisamayuktam vyoma halasamanvitam |

    mesadvayam dantayutam halahalamatah param || 34-5 ||

    ghanadyam vayupurvam ca dantayuktamathantimam |

    sarasam carksaparyayam bhantam bhrgumatahh param || 34-6 ||

    ambaram vayusamyuktamarimardanamapyatah |

    pradIptamatha vaktavyam paramam ca padam tatah || 34-7 ||

    tatte pade prayoktavye gayatryaA madhyamam tatahH |

    padatrayam prayoktavyametad brahmastramIritam || 34-8 ||"

    “It contains air, fire and cosmic poison, two goat-like fangs, full of poison, weighty, emits air, contains mercury, fiery, sparkling, sky is filled with air, enemy killing greatly radiant and it is projected with three hymn, Gayatri at its centre, it is known as brahma-astra…”

    As described in a number of the Puranas, it was considered the deadliest weapon. It was said that when the Brahmastra was discharged, there was neither a counter attack nor a defense that could stop it, except by Brahmadanda, a stick also created by Brahma. The Brahmastra never missed its mark and had to be used with very specific intent against an individual enemy or army, as the target would face complete annihilation.

    It was believed to be obtained by meditating on the Creator in the Vedas, Lord Brahma; it could only be used once in a lifetime. The user would have to display immense amounts of mental concentration. According to ancient Sanskrit writings, the Brahmastra is invoked by a key phrase or invocation that is bestowed upon the user when given this weapon. Through this invocation the user can call upon the weapon and use it via a medium against his adversary.

    The weapon was also believed to cause severe environmental damage. The land where the weapon was used became barren and all life in and around that area ceased to exist, as both women and men became infertile. There was also a severe decrease in rainfall with the land developing cracks, like in a drought.

    (ii) Brahmastra Prayoga In Scriptures;

    Vishvamitra used it against Vasishta, but the Brahmastra was swallowed by Brahmadanda, Lord Brahma's countermeasure against the Brahmastra.

    In the Ramayana a Brahmastra is used by Shri Rama as the "final blow" against Rakshasa Ravana during their battle in Lanka. Also,

    Indrajit used Brahmastra against Hanuman when he was destroying Ashok Forest after meeting Sita.

    Lakshmana (Shri Rama's younger brother) also tried to use it with Indrajit in the same battle, but Rama stopped him from using the weapon saying, "his use of the Brahamastra was not justified, nor would it benefit mankind."

    In Mahabharata, Karna was planning to use the Brahmastra to fight Arjuna, but because of Parasurama's curse he was unable to do so.

    2) (i) Brahmashira Astra:

    Brahma had created a weapon even more powerful than the Brahmastra, called the Brahmashira. The Brahmashira was never used in war, as it was four times exponentialy powerful than the Brahmastra, i.e Fourth power square, as the name suggests, since Brahma has Four Heads.

    (ii) Brahmashira Astra Prayoga In Mahabharata:

    Only Arjuna and Ashwatthama possessed the knowledge to summon the Brahmashira.

    The confrontation of Arjuna and Ashwatthama in Mahabharata, where Arjuna retracts his weapon as ordered, but Ashwatthama, unable to do so, instead sends it to attack Arjuna's unborn grandson, Parikshit, who is subsequently saved by Krishna.

    The confrontation of Arjuna and Ashwatthama is also said to have involved the four square more destructive weapon, the Brahmashira. In this version Ashwatthama did not have his bow and arrow near him when he was confronted by Arjuna. So he took a piece of straw and after silently invoking the proper phrase he threw the straw at Arjuna, which carried the power of the Brahmashiras.

    In response, Arjuna also invoked the Brahmashira to counter Ashwatthama's, but the collision of two Brahmashiras would have destroyed the universe, so Vyasdev came between the two Brahmashiras, preventing their collision. Arjuna called back his Brahmashira, but Aswathama did not know how to do this, so he commanded his weapon to attack the unborn grandchild of Arjuna (Parikshit).

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  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    I don't know, I don't drive an Astra.

  • 9 years ago

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