Shri Datta Swami

Posted on: 04 Jun 2024


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Why does Lord Rama, who killed Vali, Ravana, and Khara Dushana, belong to Sattvam quality?

[Swami: Even the incarnation of God like Parashurama was a Janma Brahmana and Karma Kshatriya because his qualities belonged to the Kshatriya caste only. If you take the case of Rama, He was Janma Kshatriya. But His qualities were of sattva, and hence, He is Karma Brahmana. Ravana is Janma Brahmana but Karma Chandala.

Question by Smt. TINKU K: God Parashurama had rajas qualities and so he killed all the kings on earth 21 times. But Lord Rama also killed Vali, Ravana, and Khara Dushana. Then why does Lord Rama belong to the sattvam quality?]

Swami replied:- In the case of Rama, His killing demons was based on perfect analysis called Sattvam by which He decided those demons to be wrong and to be punished. In the case of Parashurama, because of the fault of one king called Kaartaviiryaarjuna, Parashurama killed all the innocent kings also in a fit of anger. This is due to the lack of perfect analysis or Sattvam and due to the presence of excess anger or Rajas. Hence, Rama represents Sattvam and Parashurama represents Rajas. God Vishnu, who was pure Sattvam already decided to kill all the kings because all the kings were very bad in one or the other issue. Even though Parashurama killed all the kings in a fit of anger, it does not bring a bad name to Parashurama, since God Vishnu had taken such decision with perfect analysis.

Q. Why were God Rama and Krishna born in the Kshatriya caste?

[Shri Anil Antony asked: Why did God Rama and God Krishna take birth in the Kshatriya caste instead of Brahmin, Vaishya or Shudra caste. Kindly elaborate.]

Swami replied:- Rama and Krishna were born in the Kshatriya caste because they had to kill demonic people supporting injustice. The atmosphere of the Kshatriya caste was very much congenial in those days (when people were maintaining the atmosphere of the qualities of the castes strictly based on birth) to learn the martial arts, which are useful in war. However, this does not mean that Rama and Krishna were following the caste system by birth. Rama ate the fruits tasted by Shabari who belonged to ST caste. Krishna clearly established caste based on qualities and deeds in His Gita.