Hey! It’s Mike Chen.
You know there has always been legends or rumors
about those who are supposedly no longer of this world,
but are somehow secretly still roaming amongst living.
For example, some people continue to believe that
Elvis Presley who died back in the late 1970s
is still very much alive today.
Some believe that Bruce Lee is still alive and kicking.
And there are also speculations that iconic rapper Tupac
who was killed in a drive — by shooting back during the 90s,
never really died from his wounds.
Another theory dates back to the Second World War,
though many decades have already passed,
as some people still insist that the leader of the Nazi Party–
Adolf Hitler did not actually perish
during the final days of the war in 1945,
and that his suicide was in fact faked.
So he could live out the remainder of his days under the radar
without getting prosecuted for his war crimes.
So out of all these supposedly deceased people
who are rumored to be alive today.
One particular individual may have been rumored
to be living on earth for much longer than everybody else.
This mythical man is named Ashwatthama,
and according to an ancient tale,
he is a man who was cursed
to live in an immortal life,
filled with nothing but endless suffering and pain.
Though some dismissed the story as nothing more than a work of fiction,
there are those who believe that this immortal is very much real.
And over the many years that have passed,
there have been several instances in which people
claim to have seen him in the flesh.
So who is this immortal man?
Well, Ashwatthama is not only one of the key characters
in a Sanskrit epic Mahabharata.
He is also viewed as the ancient Indian narratives antihero.
He was the son of a powerful guru named Drona
and a grandson of the Brahmin sage, Bharadwaja.
He is the avatar of the eight Rudra or followers of the God Rudra-Shiva
and one of the seven Chiranjivi — were the immortal ones in Hinduism.
He ranks third among those who managed to
kill the most number of warriors during the Kurukshetra War
and he is also the long survivor said to be still living after fighting in that war.
The story goes following his father’s demise in the Kurukshetra War.
Ashwatthama out of grief and extreme anger
decided to walk the path of terror and blood shed.
He entered the camp of the enemies of Pandava and slaughtered them.
He is also responsible for releasing one of the world’s most deadly weapons
onto the womb of Uttara, killing her unborn child
who is supposed to be destined to rule over the world.
Because of this, the Hindu deity Krishna was in rage
at the Ashwatthama’s heinous crimes of murdering innocent children.
As punishment for the horrible things he did, Krishna cursed him.
So that no matter what he did,
he would not be able to die.
He was doomed to experienced the most wretched life
any person could ever lived on earth war.
He would endlessly roam as a despicable being
who would never receive love or affection untill the end of time.
Now, you might think “Ok, so… what’s the big deal, you guys live forever.”
Well, his life… wasn’t so good.
Because the power gem on Ashwatthama’s forehead
which protected him from diseases was also removed by Krishna.
He was given the terrible affliction of leprosy to suffer from for 3,000 years.
And through this Krishna made Ashwatthama’s immortality
the very bane of his existence
such that he would always see kids dead,
but he could never die.
So for thousands of years,
Ashwatthama was doomed to roam the outskirts of society all alone.
In too many followers of Hindu faith,
it is believed that until now,
the once powerful Ashwatthama still
wanders the earth and searches for death.
In the end, to his immortal curse.
当然 这听起来非常不真实 又太过戏剧化
Of course, this sounds very… not real, very fantasy-esque.
But supposedly, there is proof that Ashwatthama is still alive.
One of the stories circulating online
about the purported sightings of Ashwatthama,
involves a doctor in Madhya Pradesh of central India
who claimed to having encountered a patient with a septic forehead.
After several potions were applied to his forehead
the wound remained freshing continue to bleed.
Amazed at his seemingly ageless and cureless injury,
the doctor joked to his patient whether he was secretly the missing Ashwathama.
However, before he could reapply more medicine to his room,
the patient suddenly disappeared into thin air and was gone without a trace.
And spiritual Gurus likes the popular pilot Baba
have purportedly claimed to have encountered Ashwathama
when he was studying with the local tribes at the Himalaya foothills.
The immortal is also believed to have been sending flower offerings to
Shivling in abstract representation of the Hindu deity Shiva.
Locals in the area also supposedly see a very tall man
with a very distinct dent on his forehead
visits someone of the foothills every single year.
During this time, they say he eats all the food he can
and that he drinks no less than 100 litres of water.
Once his thirst and hunger is satisfied
the villagers allegedly claimed that he returns to the forests
and disappeared completely until his scheduled visit to the following year.
And in recent years, a news surfaced online
That a 5,000-year-old man is believed to be
living in several temples of Uttar Pradesh in India.
And for every temple that he visited,
this men all performed puja were
an act of revenues to the gods at crack of dawn and made offerings.
Some of the locals believed that this immortal man is the
Ashwatthama, mentioned in the Mahabharata.
Moreover, they said that studies of Ashwatthama were rare
since he still possessed the godlike powers
which allowed him to choose whether he wanted to be seen by others
or whether he prefered to remain invisible.
Now whether this stories are true,
whether this 5,000-year-old man is still alive or not,
I think we can learn a lot from this, right?
So here is a person according to legend had uncrushable power
and invincibility in warfare.
But his lack of a responsibility and self-interests
proved to be his downfall,
because that Spiderman was told
great power comes with great responsibilities, right?
But this guy chose to abuse these powers
and so in the end his greed and vengefulness
did really not give him peace,
and did not even bring him justice.
In speaking of his punishment,
I feel like there’s really nothing worse on earth
than just pure, long-term, solitude and loneliness.
There was an experiment lately where
a woman was put in a solitary confinement
and she had nothing around her and no interactions,
and she was going crazy after like a day.
And now granted if the story was real,
this guy could still go visit places,
so it’s not as bad as solitary confinement,
but it’s still not good, right?
我是说 如果是我 一定就要疯了
I mean, if I was him, I’ll be netflixy and like crazy.
Alright, guys, thank you all so much for watching this video.
I’ll see you later.