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Rishis explain the nature of Devas by drawing illustrations from nature. For example. rain clouds illustrate the nature of Vayu and Indra. Vayu and Indra are two of the most important Vedic deities. Asura Vritra is the arch rival of Indra and another Asura Vala is the arch rival of Brihaspati. Who are Vritra and Vala? Vritra represent gluttony. He, as an abstract personality hoards precious life giving waters. Indra fights against Vritra to release these waters. Thereby, Indra starts another cycle of prosperity on Earth.

Devas by nature can be associated with phenomenon at any level of existence. Therefore, we can identify their role at the cosmic scale as well. Certainly, Rishis recognized the roles of Devas at a cosmic scale. Therefore, they assigned different divisions of the Sky, called the Nakshatras, to different Devas. Indra controls the Nakshatra region which lies very close to the center of the Milky way. Surprisingly, astronomers have also found this region as the control center for the entire Galaxy. This region controls star formation activity in the entire galaxy.

Indra and Brihaspati in a rain cloud and galaxy

We can find details about this region in the International center for radio astronomy research. The paper in this newsletter explains why some galaxies exhaust their supply of star forming raw material more rapidly. Certainly, the rain cloud analogy also extends to the case of star raw material in a Galaxy. Therefore we can see the dominance of Vritra in galaxies with stunted growth of stars. A galaxy with normal star growth is an illustration of the dominance of Indra.

Secondly Vedic deity Brihaspati supports the growth phase of a nascent system. For example, a rain cloud must grow sufficiently to carry a bounty of rain water. Brihaspati’s supports the maturing of a rain cloud. The Asura Vala, his the arch rival, aborts this crucial growth phase. Therefore Vritra and Vala are like siblings.

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