Episode # 373 – Why did Bhagawan Rama kill Shubaahu and let Maareecha escape? An important explanation!!!


We’re at an important juncture of an interesting and an important discussion on the Karma theory, wherein Vidura is directing his guns to fire at King Dhirdiraashtra’s emotions and heart for one last time. Vidura explains clearly to King Dhirdiraashtra that if a person passes away from this world, none other than his / her own “Karma” would follow him / her beyond death! This point from Vidura is a clear vindication and validation of the “Karma” theory that forms the baseline of our Hindu “Sanaathana Dharma”. In yesterday’s episode, we were amidst a detailed discussion on how the “Karma” theory operates in one’s life and how does it carry itself forward to subsequent births that a person might take.

From our previous Ramayana project, we had recalled an incident wherein Bhagawan Rama and Lakshmana destroy the demoness Thaataka. Eventually her two sons Maareecha and Shubhaahu come along to fight down Bhagawan Rama. As the fight progresses, Shubaahu gets killed and Maareecha is pounded by Bhagawan Rama’s arrow and eventually chases him away to a far-off place in between the huge ocean waters. We’re in the midst of answering the all-important question as to why did Bhagawan Rama kill Shubaahu and let Maareecha escape.

Now continuing the explanation of the in-depth meaning of this episode, we’ve witnessed the two types of “Karma” – “Sanchita Karma” and the “Praarabdha Karma”. As discussed, “Sanchita Karma” is nothing but the huge truckload of “Karma” that we’ve accumulated over infinite births till date. “Praarabdha Karma” is nothing but the process of taking one load from the infinite truckload of “Karma” and experiencing the fruit (result) of it. Once this first load of “Praarabhda Karma” gets diminished, we again take the next load from the “Sanchita Karma” and would start experiencing the fruit of it. This cycle continues on and on endlessly, birth after birth! It is only amidst all of this, we go and stand in front of Bhagawan and surrender to His feet! Now the moment we surrender at Bhagawan’s feet, what does Bhagawan do? Does he destroy both “Sanchita Karma” and “Praarabdha Karma” together? The answer is “No!” If that’s the case, what happens then?

Now here is the important point – When we seek refuge under Bhagawan’s feet, Bhagawan makes it a point to destroy all of our “Sanchita Karma” instantaneously by burning it out! Just like how a ball of cotton burns completely without any remain, when put into a fire, Bhagawan burns out all our “Sanchita Karma” without any trace of remains! If this is the case with the “Sanchita Karma”, what about our “Praarabdha Karma”? Doesn’t Bhagawan destroy that too? Rather than destroying the “Praarabdha Karma”, Bhagawan “frees” us up from our “Praarabdha Karma”!

Why does he do this? It is because, life has a rule that we would get “Moksha” (Ultimate Salvation) only at the end of this birth! Bhagawan is not going to grant us “Moksha” immediately after we surrender to Him! In fact, Bhagawan is very smart here! 😊 If he grants “Moksha” to everyone then and there, then none of us would even go to Him, until we cross the age of 70 or 80! 🙂 We would like to enjoy all the worldly pleasures till then! This is why Bhagawan always has the last laugh! He has the authority to give us the “Moksha”, but only at the end of this lifetime.

However, till the end of this lifetime, we would still be accumulating many sins and good deeds! Until we are bonded by the “Samsara” (Worldly life) we would still keep doing many activities, both good and bad! Now because of our surrender, Bhagawan would grant us “freedom” from all these “new Karma” that gets attached to us! Just like how drops of water would never stick to a lotus petal, whatever “Karma” we perform in this world after we surrender to Bhagawan, would never stick to us! It is only to illustrate this difference, Bhagawan Rama kills Shubaahu and chases away Maareecha!

Thus, the inner meaning of this incident of the Ramayana is that, Bhagawan burns away our “Sanchita Karma”, which is illustrated by the killing of Shubaahu! Bhagawan grants us freedom from our “Praarabdha Karma”, which is illustrated by chasing away Maareecha!

This is exactly what Vidura focuses here – He clearly says that our “Karma” is the only one that follows us birth after birth, and this story would keep continuing endlessly, if we’re not mending our ways and surrendering to Bhagawan’s feet! He warns King Dhirdiraashtra of the dire consequences of not surrendering to Bhagawan Krishna, who is closely watching all the developments that are taking place in the Hastinapura kingdom.

So for today, let us ingrain within ourselves, the significance of “surrendering ourselves to Bhagawan” and let us take a conscious effort to do so! If we’re able to do that whole-heartedly, we do not need to worry about anything in this world thereafter and it is the responsibility of Bhagawan to take care of us! As Bhagawan Krishna himself says in the Bhagawad Gita – “Maashuchaha”, which means, “Please do not worry! I’m here to take care of you!” Let us try meticulously to understand this truth and implement it in our lives! We shall wait till the next episode to witness Vidura’s few more points as he concludes the Vidura Neeti! Stay tuned! 😊


Published by Dr. Jeayaram

Holds a PhD in Management Psychology from Universite Paris Saclay, Paris, France. Also an Asst. Professor of Human Resources management at Bharatidhasan Institute of Management (BIM) Trichy, India A professional South Indian classical musician (singer) performing concerts. Through this blog, I'm trying to bring out the richness of Indian culture & values and I request your support and feedbacks in making this humble effort a success!!

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