Episode 66 – Obedience to our parents and teachers – A very important message!


In the previous episode, we witnessed that Lord Rama, as per the order given by Sage Vishwaamithra kills the demoness Thaataka. It was just a matter of one sharp and a pointed arrow towards her. In this context, there is an important “Dharma” that is hidden into it. Let us discuss this important “Dharma” in today’s episode.

To begin with, let’s recall the sequence of the slokas by Valmiki Maharishi and then take the discussion forward from there:

 “Karishyaami na sandehaath thaatakaa vadamutthamam!

Pithur vachana nirdeshaath pithur vachaha gauravaath!

Vachanam kaushikasyethi karthavyam adhishankyayaa!!”

 We are at the context wherein Sage Vishwaamithra orders Rama to kill Thaataka immediately. Of course we looked at this context briefly yesterday, but let’s go deeper into it now. We saw yesterday that Rama, upon hearing Sage Vishwaamithra’s order had a small doubt in his mind, as he gets ready to fight her. Upon Sage Vishwaamithra’ re-enquiry, Rama expresses his doubt as to whether is it the right thing to wage a war against a woman and to kill her. Sage Vishwaamithra tells Rama not to worry about this for the moment, as she is a big danger for the very human existence in this world! At this point in time, Lord Rama tells Sage Vishwaamithra something that is very important for us to look into! He says, “Vachanam kaushikasyethi karthavyam adhishankyayaa!!” It means, “Oh Sage Vishwaamithra! I should not have asked my doubt to you and my sincere apologies for it! You had ordered me to kill Thaataka and it is my bound duty to execute the order without asking a question! Sage Vishwaamithra was extremely overwhelmed by this statement of the little Rama and out of curiosity, tried to console the child that it is fine to ask doubts and there is nothing wrong in it! However, Rama continues in his justification, “Pithur vachana nirdeshaath pithur vachaha gauravaath!” Here Rama says, “Oh Sage Vishwaamithra! Before we started from Ayodhya, my father had instructed me to follow each and every word of yours, without asking a counter question! Now that I’ve asked a counter question to you, I feel that I’ve disobeyed my father’s words and hence I’m seeking your apology for it!” Upon hearing these words from the little child, Sage Vishwaamithra is moved to tears and he embraces the child with him after Thaataka is killed!

Here is an important “Dharma” for all of us to note: Whatever maybe the situation, a son should obey the words of a father and the Sishya (student) should obey the words of a teacher (Guru) without asking any questions! This is a very important “Dharma” for a son and from this episode, Lord Rama illustrates this “Dharma” through his own actions and sets himself as an example for all of us to follow!

After reading this explanation, you might put forth an argument saying, “Oh please! Give me a break! We are currently talking about the Threthaa Yuga! We are now in the Kali Yuga! How do these things apply to us in the current day?”

To answer this question, let me start with an interesting analogy! We shall compare the three main “Yugas”Threthaa Yuga, Dwaapara Yuga and Kali Yuga and see how things went about in each of them! In this context of Threthaa Yuga, Sage Vishwaamithra is the “Jeevaathma” or “Samsaari” and Lord Rama is the “Paramaathma” or “Bhagawan”. Here, we can see that the “Paramaathma” (Bhagawan) is obeying the words of a “Jeevaathma”!! Next comes the Dwaapara Yuga, wherein Arjuna is the “Jeevaathma” or “Samsaari” and Lord Krishna is the “Paramaathma” or “Bhagawan”! Lord Krishna advises Arjuna to fight the war with the Kauravas. However, Arjuna is not ready to do so, and it is thus the famous Bhagawat Gita text was born! Here, we can see that the “Jeevaathma” is not ready to obey the words of Bhagawan! If this is the case in the Dwaapara Yuga itself, we needn’t even ask about the present Kali Yuga – We can easily conclude that nobody is going to listen at all! 🙂 

However all said and done, we should not take this as an excuse to disobey our parents and out teachers! Every “Yuga” is beautiful and afterall is created by Bhagawan himself! How can Bhagawan ever create something that is bad? Of course, Kali Yuga has it’s own beauty and significance. In fact, we should always remember that it is only in this Kali Yuga, it is extremely easy for us to attain the feet of Bhagawan – It is by just doing “Naama-Sankeertan” (Chanting the name of the Lord)! Hence, instead of giving ourselves excuses for not following the “Dharma”, we should make up our minds to follow it! This is the important message for all of us through this episode of “Thaataka Vadam”.

Now moving on, after the killing of Thaataka, the three of them again continue walking! Where did they go next? What is the sequence of actions that took place after this? Let’s wait till the next episode to find out!


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