Manthan literally means: The Churning of the Ocean.
Consciousness represents the Ocean or the Samudra.
the process of churning, is the Spiritual and/or emotional
process that one goes through while one experiences the
difficulties/pleasures that life brings.
story of the Samudra Manthan narrated in the Shrimad Bhaagvad
us first understand the terms : Devas and Daityas.
Represent ‘Good’, and Daityas represent ‘Evil’.
is interesting to note that, it is mentioned in the Bhaagvad
that both, Good and Evil or Devas and Daityas are born of the
King of the Devas is called Indra.
the Sage Durvaasa honored Indra by presenting him with a
garland of flowers.
having become egoistic and insensitive, disrespectfully placed
the garland on the tusk of an elephant who trampled it with
feeling humiliated cursed Indra that he would lose his power
Paradise, the Land of the Devas fell into the hands of the
Devas prayed to the Lord for help. The Lord realized that
though the Devas had committed an offence, it was more
favorable for Creation, that Paradise should be in the hands
of the Devas.
for that victory to come to pass, a Samudra Manthan had to be
remind you what it means: ‘The Churning of the Ocean’.
Samudra Manthan was not going to be easy, so the Devas would
have to take the assistance of the Daityas.
nectar that would come out of the Ocean after all the poison
that would emerge first, would make the Devas immortal.
the churning to take place, a big pole was inserted in the
Ocean. But no matter what they did, the pole would continue to
sink into the Ocean bed. So the Lord took the form of a
tortoise. The pole was placed on His back.
latter symbolizes the fact that whatever you undertake to do,
its support must be God.
rope that was used for the churning is symbolic of the string
end of the rope was manipulated by the Devas and the other end
by the Daityas.
the churning commenced, at first an extremely potent poison
emerged which threatened to destroy Creation.
venomous potion had to be discarded. But where? No place was
powerful enough to contain it.
Devas and the Daityas finally decided to implore to God Shiv
to help them.
did, by gulping it, yet retaining it in his throat.
is the reason why Shivji is called ‘Neel-Kanth’ the ‘Blue
teaches us to hold the poison in our throat. This can only be
possible when we are also holding the Ganga of knowledge on
when one is faced with troubles, take them to the Lord.
will help you out by swallowing your difficulties!
Shiva is the God of destruction. But when the work of
destruction is taken up in the light of knowledge it becomes
churning of the Ocean continued. A lot of Divine gifts emerged
from the Ocean.
were shared by the Devas and the Daityas.
the much coveted Amrit (Nectar) appeared. The Daityas grabbed
it and ran.
Lord incarnated as a beautiful damsel named ‘Mohini’.
His/Her help the potion was attained by the Devas, who got
back their Paradise.
two of the Daityas managed to partake of the Amrit.
they both became immortal.
the strife between good and evil continues to this day.
in the ChIV, VerseVII of the Geeta claims:
yada hi dharmasya glaanir bhavati Bhaarata
Abhyuthaanam adharmasya tadaatmaanam srujaamyaham
Paritraanaaya sadhunaam vinaashaaya cha dushkrutaam
Dharma sansthaapnaarthaaya sambhavaami yuge yuge
righteousness is on the vane, and unrighteousness increases,
Then I come in the body (Incarnate) from age to age, to
establish Dharma (Righteousness) firmly.
protect the virtuous and destroy the evil –perpetrators.
these troubled times specially, let us remind Krishna of His
promise to help us, yet one more time.
story can be applied to ourselves. We start out as the
Heaven ruled by the devs. We have been graced by God
with good qualities. But as we (mind - Indra) gets into
pride and ego, it leads into our downfall and we get ruled by
the daityas (anger, greed, lust, etc). During some time
in our life, our soul turns to God for help. God then
says, OK, I will help, by showing you the path, but you will
also have to do some work. Hence
the churning. Through prayers, meditations, etc.,
we churn our mind. We get pulled by both sides of our
mind. Initially, in any detoxification process, the
toxins come out. This is where God comes to our help by
giving us the strength to overcome these problems.
we get back to our God like state. The bad
qualities which are left over, for us to keep on
remembering God as we should not let the ego overtake us.