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Let's draw parallels between Krishna granting Divya Drushti to Arjuna [BG 11.8] and the typical Hypnotism (Vashikarana) performed on a subject:
- Both Divya Drushti and Hypnotism relates to Eyes
- The subject gets surrendered to the master -- Arjuna got surrendered to Krishna [BG 2.7]
- The subject senses something, which is not otherwise sensible to indifferent observers -- In the battlefield, none except Arjuna was able to witness Krishna's universal form with various complexities inside
- The subject sees hallucinatory visions, which is suppressed somewhere in their mind's corner -- Arjuna saw various hands & heads of Krishna, he saw getting several people getting killed including those who he didn't want to kill
- The subject listens to the command of master as a real prophecy, even though it may not turn out to be true -- Krishna was already pursuing Arjuna to take up the arms and fight; During Divya Drushti, Krishna was heard saying that, Arjuna would kill Drona, Bhishma, Karna, Jayadratha; However later Arjuna didn't kill Drona and Bhishma
- Often those who are observers, may also get partially or fully hypnotised just due to keen observation with faith; They may have full or part of sensibility of the subject; -- Sanjaya shared similar feelings of Arjuna and in the last he says that he got goosebumps [BG 18.76-78] witnessing the whole session of Gita and truly feels that the Dharma is on the side of Krishna
- The subject doesn't remember anything once the performance is over by the master -- Arjuna later forgot several events of Gita, especially the Vishwaroopa
"Hypnotism" itself is not bad and is used for many curing therapies in modern times. Possibly the outcomes of today's Hypnotism could be a small subset of the outcome of then Divya Drushti. However they have striking similarities.
Did Krishna giving "Divya Drushti" to Arjuna was equivalent to what we call "Hypnotism" today Or was it more than that?