When we talk about the final combat in Mahabharata, as who’re the true witnesses, Sanjaya comes to one’s mind. But another chief witness was forgotten. That’s because Sanjaya is a human being and the other is not. Is it a mere chance? The Other witness is none other than Barbarik, who’s said to be the grandson of Bhima, the son of Ghatothgaja, and a Naga Princess Ahilavati. Barbarik has great significance pertaining to his ruthless ability, due to the boon he received. “Mark, track and terminate.”

However, before going to the battle of Kurukshetra, Babarik took an oath from his mother Ahilavati that he’d always take the side of the weak. There came a glitch! If, Barbarik was a human, why can’t he see the difference? Why did Barbarik lack the commonsense between righteousness and unjust? Like he’s programmed and had no humanity involved? There entered Ascended Master Krishna into the scenario as he wanted to know how many days for each warrior to finish the battle on their own. Arjuna came up with 28 days, Drona with 25, Karna with 24, and finally Bhishma with 20 days.

Then Krishna went to Barbarik in disguise and got startled for his reply that it would take only one minute to end this war. Then Krishna tests him by asking him to mark the leaves of a tree, and he secretly hid one leaf under his foot. But Barbarik began his marking; his marker arrow struggled, floating around Krishna’s foot. Then Krishna understood that the tracking ability of these markers were viler than he thought that, if Bararik was to take part in the battle, he would eventually destroy all the armies in a minute, leaving no room to safeguard the righteous.

Then Krishna separates the head part from Barbarik and puts it on a hill as if he can do nothing but witness the combat. Thus, after the battle, Pandavas were wondering who’s actually responsible for their victory. Then when Barbarik was brought, he recorded what actually went, that a glowing disk hovering above the battlefield, slaying the unrighteous and keeping the righteous safe, and a tongue of fire, like the wrath of Draupadi, wreaking havoc amidst the people who chose the side of unjust.

Then, Barbarik was joined with his embodiment then was sent aboard to tell the world about peace and the result of this war. The site where Barbarik was placed to witness the war is said to be the hill in Khatu village, Sikar district of Rajasthan, where Barbarik will be called as Khatu Syam Baba. The temple has been established when the local king found a box named Barbarik with something mysterious in it. The present structure of the temple was rebuilt in 1720 AD, by Dewan Abhayasinh.

When we observe the story of Barbarik, Krishna seems to warn us about the hazardous encroach of AI and Nanotechnology. We’re not actually inventing anything new but actually recycling the crap that once caused huge havoc. The tale of Barbarik exemplifies that we’re to seek the divine within us, but not the Artificial Intel that aims to suppress human evolution.

-Viswanath Venkat Dasari

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