This is the amazing narrative of the Yogi Markandeya’s survival of the cosmic dissolution of our universe and his re-instatement when it was created again. It tells of his entry into the divine infant Krishna, where he toured for millions of years through many existential locals as a tiny human being, like a bacteria in the body of a human.
Originally this tale was described in the Markandeya Samasya of the Mahabharata, an ancient Sanskrit literature from India. The value of this story is its presentation of the idea that our universe may be existing in the body of a deity, who is existing in the body of another deity who is the ultimate source.
At first Markandeya deals with the cosmic dissolution but he is aware that his existential status relies on the energy in the mind of a deity named Brahma. When that deity fell asleep, all living beings inevitably slept in a blank mental state with no objectivity and with no distinct subjectivity either. Somehow Markandeya developed the ability to transcend this Brahma.
The yogi survived during Brahma’s sleep but only to find himself in a violent ocean of cosmic water. He struggled for survival on that causal level of existence in which there were fearful astral aquatic creatures. Suddenly at a distance, he saw a gigantic banyan tree standing out of the water. He swam to it and saw an infant on a divine bedstead. The child has no concern for the dangers. Markandeya spoke to the infant and inquired of the kid’s identity and location. He was drawn through the mouth of the infant into the infants’ body where he spent millions of years. Then he was expelled and found himself in the cosmic sea again. The infant then explained the situation. He released the yogi to the original existence of the sub deity, Brahma.
This story was told by Vaishampaiana to King Janamejaya in the Mahabharata. It is worth the read for all persons who do existential research.
Michael Beloved (Yogi Madhvacarya) took his current body in 1951 in Guyana. In 1965, while living in Trinidad, he instinctively began doing yoga postures and tried to make sense of the supernatural side of life. Later in 1970, in the Philippines, he approached a Martial Arts Master named Mr. Arthur Beverford. He explained to the teacher that he was seeking a yoga instructor. Mr. Beverford identified himself as an advanced disciple of Rishi Singh Gherwal, an astanga yoga master. Beverford taught the traditional Astanga Yoga with stress on postures, attentive breathing and brow chakra centering meditation.
In 1972, Michael entered the Denver Colorado Ashram of kundalini yoga Master Harbhajan Singh. There he took instruction in bhastrika pranayama and its application to yoga postures. He was supervised mostly by Yogi Bhajan’s disciple named Prem Kaur. In 1979 Michael formally entered the disciplic succession of the Brahma-Madhava-Gaudiya Sampradaya through Swami Kirtanananda, who was a prominent sannyasi disciple of the Great Vaishnava Authority Swami Bhaktivedanta Prabhupada, the exponent of devotion to Sri Krishna. However, Yoga has a mystic side to it, thus Michael took training and teaching empowerment from several spiritual masters of different aspects of spiritual development. This is consistent with Sri Krishna’s advice to Arjuna in the Bhagavad Gita: This you ought to know. By submitting yourself as a student, by asking questions, by serving as requested, the perceptive, reality-conversant teachers will teach you the knowledge. (Bhagavad Gita 4.34) Most of the instructions Michael received were given in the astral world. On that side of existence, his most prominent teachers were Swami Shivananda of Rishikesh, Yogiraj Swami Vishnudevananda, Babaji Mahasaya - the master of the masters of Kriya Yoga, Yogeshwarananda of Gangotri - the master of the masters of Raj Yoga (spiritual clarity), and Siddha Swami Nityananda the Brahma Yoga authority.
Sri Rishi Singh Gherwal, who is deceased, inspired this narrative translation of the Markandeya Samasya, a small section of the Aranyaka Parva of the Mahabharata. Rishi published a translation of this during his life time but that book is now out of print. In the astral world, he requested the writer to translate and present this text in narrative form again. It is a wonderful tale of a yogi who transcended the mind of the person within whom, that yogi was just an idea. The book solves an existential puzzle.