Re: What's the philosophy behind disturbing someone's penance ?
In my opinion, these PauraNic stories are for guiding people to the path of Dharma and the stories are allegorical in nature. Indra or the Controller of the Indriyas i.e. the mind lures people towards carnal pleasure and until he proves that he cannot be disturbed by such tantrums of mind, he is not fit for highest spiritual goal. Upanishads and Bhagwad Gita tell us that the highest spiritual cannot be attained by those who have not mastered their senses. Why so ? This is because mind is Self indulged in outgoing senses. Unless the mind turns inward and become calm, the craving for sensual pleasure is there and so the SamsAra is there.
Originally Posted by Anirudh
In those stories, Indra is not any outside entity trying to disturb us. It is our own uncontrolled mind which tries to lead us stray and we have to come out victorious against all the tricks played by Indra.
However, this explanation is with Advaitic understanding. From Dvaita point of view other esteemed members would be able to throw light.
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