=== Hinduism ===
In Hinduism, Sanat Kumara is sometimes called '''Skanda''', or '''[[Karttikeya]]''' the son of Shiva and Parvati. Karttikeya is the god of war and commander-in-chief of the divine army of the gods. He was born specifically to slay Táraka, the demon who symbolizes ignorance, or the lower mind. Karttikeya is often depicted holding a spear, representing illumination. He uses the spear to slay ignorance. In Hinduism, stories of war are often used as allegories for the internal struggles of the soul.
Skanda-Karttikeya, as he is sometimes called, is also acclaimed as the god of wisdom and learning. He is said to bestow spiritual powers upon his devotees, especially the power of knowledge. In the Hindu mystic tradition, Karttikeya is known as Guha, which means “cave” or Secret One, because he lives in the cave of your heart. Hindu scriptures also depict Sanat Kumara is the “foremost of sages” and a knower of Brahman.
The strains of Sanat Kumara’s keynote were captured by Jan Sibelius in ''Finlandia''. So powerful is the release of the flame of freedom through this music, that during the Nazi occupation, its playing was forbidden lest it arouse the fervor of the people for freedom.
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