Shri Datta Swami

Posted on: 05 Jun 2020


The Python And The Peahen

[Shri Nikhil asked: Padanamaskarams Swamiji! We would like Your clarification about a disturbing incident that happened near our house recently. Due to Your grace, we live on a clean and peaceful campus located next to a forest. We have been granted a life of solitude, where we can meditate upon and serve the Sadguru, as instructed by Lord Śaṇkara (Ekānte sukhamāsyatām, paratare cetaḥ samādhīyatām—Sādhanā Pañcakam). We hardly have any social interactions. I at least have some basic interaction at my workplace and Arsha at her school, but Devi has none...[Click to read detailed question→]

Swami replied: Your interpretation of the incident is perfectly correct. The peahen represents the deity of justice (Dharma Devatā). The python represents Satan (Kali Puruṣa) who is responsible for the sins of humanity. This python (Satan) does not exist separately as an independent item in creation. It is nothing but the six vices or bad qualities existing in the human being. When the sinful quality in humanity is little, like a thin snake, the peahen is well-known for killing such thin snakes. But when this bad quality grows and becomes a strong and huge python, it becomes deadly to the peahen. The python killing the peahen indicates Satan killing the deity of justice. The peahen represents divine nature, whereas the python, being an embodiment of deadly sin, represents anti-divine nature.

Note that the punishment given to humanity, whenever its sins have become huge, is divine. Such punishment cannot be compared to the sinful python. The punishment is given only to sinful human beings and not to ethical and divine human beings. Also, the entire humanity cannot be compared to the divine peahen. Only the sinful humanity is engulfed by the divine punishment. When the entire humanity becomes sinful, which happens by the end of the Kali age, God punishes the entire humanity. Then the python can be compared to that final divine punishment given by God, at the end of the Kali age. We can also think that the peahen is a wild bird living in the forest. With this adjective ‘wild’ the wild peahen can be compared to bad human beings.

This aspect of the punishment of sinful human beings should be propagated by us throughout the world to introduce fear against committing sin. It will act as the first-aid treatment for the wounded deity of justice. For this purpose, the basic existence of God must be established, defeating the foolish and rigid logic of atheists and by uniting all believers and theists. Spiritual knowledge, which develops devotion towards the divine personality of God, should also be propagated, which is like the permanent treatment with medicines. The spiritual knowledge will produce devotion among people for God. Both fear and devotion can be used to build up the health of the deity of justice.

One meaning of the above verse from the Rāmāyaṇa is that God Rāma, who is taken to be the hunter, shall live for a long time. As per this interpretation, the word Māniṣāda means God Nārāyaṇa, the husband of Goddess Lakṣmī, who has become God Rama, the Human Incarnation. Another meaning of the verse is that the hunter, who is the sinful Rāvaṇa, shall not live for a long time. As per this interpretation, the same word mā niṣāda means the hunter, Rāvaṇa, who separated Rāma and Sītā and he shall not () live for a long time. The meaning of the concept should be taken as per the context.

In the first three ages, namely the Kṛta, Tretā and Dvāpara, justice was strong and sin was weak. The strong peahen (justice) could win over the weak sin (thin snake). In this Kali age, injustice can be compared to a strong and huge python, which can kill the peahen which is like the weakened justice. If the strong python is taken to be divine and justified punishment, the peahen should be taken to be a wild bird, representing the sinful portion of humanity, in this Kali age. If the thin snake represents the weak sin, in the earlier three ages, the strong peahen represents strong justice, in those ages. The simile can be twisted as per the concept since the concept is important.


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