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Myth as the universal story of every mans journey to become the whole person he wishes to become is never a story of just one person By its very nature it cannot be a story of an individual because myth contains universal messages for every human To conquer the necessary evils that the hero will encounter during his travels there is often the need of supernatural help and aide In the Mahabhrata there are many instances of supernatural aide especially when the blessed or divine individuals become mentors or guides to the mere mortals Bhishma Vyasa and especially Krishna are examples of this kind of mythic guide that helps the hero prevail The supernatural guide exists for many reasons on many different levels all of which warrant discussion During the separation stage of the hero journey the hero often encounters some supernatural entity that provides guidance and instruction often times laying out plainly in front of the aspiring hero what he must do to survive his oncoming trials Acting as the storyteller in the Mahabhrata Vyasa is in effect telling each of us what we must do to conquer the illusion of ourselves and become the person that we truly are On this most basic level both Bhishma and Krishna act merely as guides to steer the protagonists of the Mahabhrata in the correct direction to maintain the necessary story line While an essential facet of the relationship between the supernatural world and the hero interpreting these characters on this level yields little if any worthwhile fruits On a different level however Bhishma and Krishna can both become the key to all learning that occurs during the trials of the war and the events leading up to it Without a guide or companion to open their eyes to their own inner strength characters such as Karna Arjuna and Yudisthra would never become the incomparable warriors that they are by battles end At times
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