Breaking the Gordian knot is a misserious expression if you don’t know its origin.
It is used when faced with an extremely complicated problem, which apparently has no solution.
But only apparently, we need to look at the problem from several points of view in order to understand its solution.
It’s a legend that brings us to think of the ability, specific to Ganesha (which can be developed through the secret methods of Abheda Yoga), to overcome all obstacles, demonstrating when impetuousness, when of ingenuity , but always showing an invincible perseverance and an ability to intuit the right practical solutions for unlocking.
The origins of the term take us to the period of Alexander the Great, pupil of Aristotle and husband of Roxana, a great conqueror who, although young (apparently) proved such skills that amazed and conquered people from two continents.
As the Macedonian conqueror was told, before our era, he was heading with his army to the Frigid capital, Gordium (in present-day Turkey).
In the city, they encountered an old wagon whose yoke was linked to what a Roman historian later described as
” several knots all so closely intertwined that it was impossible to see how they were fixed.”
The Frigid tradition says that the cart once belonged to Gordius, the father of the famous King Midas – the king cursed by the gods that anything he touches can pretend in gold. To an oracle, the man who could untie gordius’s knots would have been destined to become ruler of all Asia.
According to the old chronicler Arrian, the impetal Alexander was immediately “gripped by a burning desire” to untie the Gordian knot.
After working to untie it, but without success, he moved away from the gnarled ropes and proclaimed, “It does not matter how these ropes will be loosed.” After these words, he pulled the sword out of the scabbard and halved the knot in one fell swoop.
In another version, Alexander Macedon would simply remove the central axis that passed through the yoke,weakening the knot enough for him to be able to untie it. Whatever method he used, the young king was immediately hailed as the one who cleverly fooled the ancient challenge.
That same night, Gordium was troubled by a lightning storm, which Alexander and his men understood as a sign that the gods rejoiced. The prophecy of the Gordian knot may have been true, for Alexander the Great continued to conquer Egypt and large parts of Asia before his death at the age of 32.
One of the first mentions of this phrase was observed in Shakespeare’s work, who wrote of Henry V that he was appreciated for his ability to “untie” the Gordian knot of politics.
Also, the phrase “cut the Gordian knot” is now used to describe an unusual creative solution or ingeniously solving a seemingly insurmountable problem.