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As a master of yoga and Indian texts, what is the signifiance of mythicals narratives about gods and demigods? From what I know, about the Kurukshetra War, a famous yogi, Lahiri Mahasaya, said that this represents the many egos that we all possess and we should fight, not real event occured in the past as some others would say. In other myths around the world we have a saint or hero that fights a dragon which never existed but only represents the ego or lust and avarice.

So can we conclude all mythical narratives are just to educate people about spiritual practices in an occult way so just a few can understand? For almost everybody it is more interesting to learn and worship mythological beings than learning Zen or Yoga teachings, thats why many go to church, temples etc but few achieve some spiritual state.

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All such stories are a symbolic representation of the war that one has to wage against the identification of consciousness with the 'Asat' (unreality comprising the Ego & its world) to revert to the Atman (self).

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