I did mention before the chapter one and earlier shlokas and their real meaning . This is continuation of the same theme . The real meaning of the shlokas in chapter 14 to 18 is much different than what is conventionally stated. I Will try to explain .
I will tell the literal meaning and then try to tell what it really means.
14 -Then the Madhawa and and Pandawa who were seated in the chariot with white horses blew their celestial shells.
15-Hrishikesh blew Panchajanya, Dhanajaya his Devendra, Vrikodara of terrible deeds, blew great conch Paundra.
16-King Yudhisthira, kunti's son, blew his Anantvijay, Nakula blew Sughosh and Sahadeo blew Manipushpaka.
17- 18 -The king of Kashi, Shikhandi, Dhrishtadyumna , Virat and Satyaki(great warrior , archer, invincible ),Drupada, Draupadi's sons , Subhadra's son all blew their conchs.
This is not just blowing of the conchs ,but much deeper and is related to the various vibratory sounds that one can hear when one goes in to the higher levels of the meditation and deeper levels of the samadhi.As we talked before when we talk or say a ' ' mantra ' we Crete vibrations . When one sayes various prayers, "shree Ram jayaram jay jay Ram " or " Namo Bhagavate Vasudeway " or " OM Namo Shiway " , we are crating vibrations . The same things happens, when we meditate . Since our 'perceptions ' are based on organs of perception, we always 'see ' or 'smell ' or 'hear ' things when we reached certain levels . These shlokas are references to the various centers and the structure of the spinal cord that we talked about .
The previous shloka mentions that Bhishma blew his conch . As we saw Bhishma is Universal ego . So when we try to meditate the ego which is soul mistakenly bound to the physical body,disturbs the concentration . (which is what Bhishma blowing his conch means ). So now as we try to concentrate with help of 'Krishna consciousness ' we here the breathing or our heart beating.etc . but then we get help from Krishna , the God and that is what the Lord Krishna blowing his conch in shloka 14 means . The grand chariot is the body . Now about the stages of Samadhi or the meditation .
In the earlier stages of meditation , we are separate from 'HIM '.So when we concentrate it is called "sawitark " In this state we have doubt in the mind . Then is the " sawichar " , which discriminating intellect is involved . Then is the "sanand " where we do experience some joy. and lastly is , "sasmita " where I-ness is the only thing left. These 4 stages are part of what is called 'Sampradyat ' samadhi. In the highest level of the Samadhi , which is called "Asampradyat " where we are one with him and feel that there is no difference
We will talk about various sounds that we may hear and their relationship with various conch , that are mentioned next time . .