Snakes have a divine origin as they are believed to be the descedents of Kashyapa Rishi, who was the son of Lord Brahma and Kadroo who was of the Naga race of the Pitru Loka. So, here itself we find that Nagas have a lineage that allow them to be connectors between the higher dimensions like Lord Brahma, all of us- i.e. mankind and ancestral dimension (Pitru Loka).
There are many stories throughout Vedic scriptures that indicate the good actions of Nagas and there are some which indicate their tendencies towards lies, deceit, greed, envy and other such negative traits. But most of the stories extoll the beneficial aspects of this serpent energy.
For e.g. we are all aware of the Kundalini energy which lies dormant at the base of our spine. But there are many other divine Nagas, Snakes and serpents which play a very important role in our life. There is Vasuki for example, it is the serpent that offered itself to be used as the rope to churn this cosmic ocean!
Ofcourse like all Vedic mythology stories, “The Churning of the Ocean” is a symbolic story- what this indicates is that snakes are the cosmic channels that allow one to traverse between the various worlds of the Divine (devas) and the Diabolical (asuras or those with devilish tendencies). These serpent energies are like the worm holes mentioned in modern Quantum Science which seems to connect various dimensions of existence!
Later when Shiva’s throat felt scalded as he drank the poison which emerged from the cosmic churning, this same Naga- Vasuki graced Shiva’s throat to soothe it from heat and burning of the poison. Now this story of Cosmic churning of the ocean as well as the famous image of Shiva have very clear and often missed symbolism which I will explain in subsequent videos but coming back to the Nagas we find that they play a crucial role not just in mysticism but also the various energetic dimensions.
There are many other such amazing Nagas, like Ahir Budhinya, which is the presiding deity of the Uttar Bhadrapada nakshatra (within our zodiac- it falls in sign of Pieces), then there is the Anant Shesha Nag, on which Lord Vishnu rests within the cosmic ocean.
After Kundalini, the most famous serpent energy known to many is probably of the Rahu and Ketu! Basically, it was the asura Swarbhanu, who drank a few drops of the nectar of immortality and was slain by Vishnu’s discus into Rahu and Ketu.
Though at an apparent level, it may seem like an apt punishment to a stealing asura, we need to appreciate the willingness of Rahu and Ketu to benefit us by becoming a cosmic gateway. Ketu rules the first Muladhara chakra in our body and Rahu rules the highest seventh Sahasrara chakra in our body. Rahu and Ketu thus play a major role in providing us the energetic gateway to - the cosmic, quantum wormhole that allows us a possibility to get out of these cycles of birth and death, of Karma and move on to higher ascending dimensions.
And then there is Takshaka, who was the king of the nagas. Now, Takshaka plays a very important role in why we celebrate Nag Panchami to honor all these Divine Nagas and to seek their blessings.
So, it is a good practice to honor these divine serpent energies not just on the day of Nag Panchami, but every day. Pay respect to them and seek their blessings and guidance so that you will be provided with the wisdom you need to walk along your path of conscious living.