In this post, I would discuss some unbelievable correlation between Xeno-transplant and Hindu mythological story of Ganesha’s elephant head….. First Head Transplant. We find an instance of this in the story of Ganesha.
Head Transplant (Xeno-transplant) Traces and Hindu Mythology:
Lord Ganesha, the elephant-headed god, and Daksha, the goat-headed god found in the Hindus Puranas, are the example which shows head transplant is the most complex of all transplants and no one has attempted this feat. Xeno-transplants of the head are unlikely to be used and can be only be confined to mythological stories such as that of Lord Ganesha and Daksha.
What Is Xeno-transplant?
A Xeno transplant is a transplant between species. Transplanted organs are called grafts, hence a xenograft is an organ transplanted from one species to another. The barrier that defines a species is whether reproduction is possible. A dog and a pig cannot mate and successfully produce offspring, therefore they are a different species and a transplant from one to the other would be called a xenotransplant.
The Story of Lord Ganesh
Goddess Parvati created Lord Ganesha of sandalwood and ordered him to guard the door and not allow anyone to pass through. After a while, Lord Shiva, husband of Goddess Parvati, came back home, but Lord Bappa didn’t allow him to pass too, trying to follow his mother’s orders. Lord Mahadev, becoming furious, ordered his army to kill the boy, but the effort was in vain. So, Lord SHIVA, himself, cut off his head. When Goddess Parvati found out, she tried to end the entire creation that Lord Brahma had created. Lord Brahma, the god of creation, pleaded Maa Parvati to consider her will, and she said she would if Ganesha was brought to life and if Lord Ganesha is worshiped by all prior to any other gods. Agreeing to the proposition, Lord Brahma was sent by Lord Shiva to bring back the head of the first creature that he sees laying with its head facing North. Lord Brahma returned with the head of a strong and powerful elephant, and Lord Shiva is said to have performed the process to fix the elephant’s head into Lord Ganesha’s body.
The Story of Daksha:
Daksha insulted his daughter Sati and his son-in-law Shiva by not inviting Shiva to a sacrifice. Sati was so saddened that she through herself into a fire. Shiva, outraged, destroyed Daksha’s sacrifice by shooting an arrow into it. Shiva later married Uma (Parvati), who was merely Sati’s second birth. Daksha again offended Shiva. Shiva then decapitated Daksha and threw the head into the sacrificial fire. The head was replaced by Shiva with that of the goat that was being offered into the sacrifice.
The scientific significance of Lord Ganesha’s form may be interpreted as follows –
- If we look into the physique of Lord Ganesha it’s different from other indian God and Lord Ganpati looks abnormally obese, especially so in the regions of his abdomen and chest. After transplant surgery almost all patients receive steroids leading to a similar obesity. One wonders if Lord Ganesha was on a long-term high dose of steroids after the transplant?
- Lord Ganesha’s accompanying mate is shown as a mouse – which sits in the lower corner of the picture. Most of the transplant research is done on mice before it is extrapolated on humans.There are reasons to ponder if the mouse is depicted for a purpose; giving the small animal its dues.
- After the transplant surgery, Lord Shiva is believed to have given Lord Ganesha an elixir to drink. One cannot help speculating if this was some potion containing an anti-rejection medication. It is common practice to use similar booster anti-rejection drugs during transplant surgeries performed today.
Even when his head was replaced with an elephant head, Ganesha remained the same person. However, certain qualities of elephant are attached to Ganesha, like intelligence, peaceful nature and strength, and elephants too, are worshipped as a form of Lord Ganesha.
Solid organ transplants are now common venture and almost any organ can be transplanted. Recently there have been instances of face transplants, however head transplant is the most complex of all transplants and no one has attempted this feat.
The Hindu mythology is full of such scientific innovations towards which we are still taking baby steps and people say that mythology is just waste of time! In reality, we have a lot many things to learn from these sacred books.
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