Was it necessary to kill Ravana?- Part-II

First of all, I apologize all for taking this privilege of writing on behalf of my Grandfather. Well, a week back I wrote an article titled “Was it necessary to kill Ravana?” and at the end I leave that article with a question. A good number of my readers appreciate my point of view and also gave their answer to my question. However, I was not fully satisfied. Finally, I thought what it would have been the answer of my grand father Shri. Ramnath Satapathy for this question! And after some time, strangely I got an answer which satisfies me well! So, here I am writing his would be answer for my question. And again I apologize to all for being the unauthorized voice of such a great personality. From here onwards, I am using his words.


The question that has been asked by Nirlipta in his article is “Who need to be tamed; only the mind which generates negative thoughts or the person who has that mind and those thoughts?” The answer is very simple, kill the thoughts! That is what Lord Ram did when he find the negative thoughts in Sage Parshuram’s mind. Then why he killed Ravana? To answer this, I would like to ask you one counter question. How to kill, someone’s negativity?

In his incarnation of Vamana avatar, he killed the negativity of King Mahabali. (He is believed to be still alive and visited the earth during Onam festival). But he killed “Hiranyakashyap” and “Hiranyaksha” in his Narasimha avatar and Varaha avatar. So, what is that makes Parshuram and Mahabali differs from that of Hiranyakashyap, Hiranyaksha and Ravana?

The point is both Parshuram and Mahabali allows their liberator to tame and destroy their negative thoughts. They did it willingly! But in case of the other three; they stick to their ego and negativity till the end. That is the difference.

The moral of the story is; the negativity needs to be tamed and killed but to do that; one must accept his/her mistakes and allows the supreme Lord to kill their negative thoughts. On the other hand, if you don’t allow yourself to tame the negative thoughts, you will meet the same fate of Hiranyakashyap, Hiranyaksha or Ravana?


Was it necessary to kill Ravana?

What is more destructive; negative thoughts or the person who has negative thoughts? What need to be tamed; the negative thoughts or the person with negative thoughts?

In Ramayan, there is small part where the sage Parshuram meets with Ram. When Ram broke the prestigious Shiv-Dhanush at Sita’s swayamvar; it annoys Parshuram. He stormed into the marriage hall to meet the culprit. In this encounter between these two avatars of Lord Vishnu; a lot has been exchanged in the heat of moment. And finally, Parshuram challenges Ram to prove his strength by handling the famous Saranga bow; which is Lord Vishnu’s bow, gifted to sage Parshuram. Without a moment’s of hesitation Ram took the bow and in his hands and easily mounted the arrow on it. While Parshuram stood with an astonished look, Ram asked, “Once the arrow is mounted on a bow, it need to be used. Tell me on whom I should use it?” By this time, Parshuram realized his mistakes. The great sage, who strikes a terror by killing all the Kings from the world for 21 times, is now at receiving end. With a folded hand, he requested Ram to aim the arrow to his mind; which is now full of negative thoughts like violence, hatred and ego. Ram obliged in that manner. There after, the Great Parshuram threw his famous axe; for which he has been named as “Parshu-Ram”; in to the sea and renounced violence for ever!

Well, hitting the mind of Parshuram may be a metaphorical way of presenting the philosophy that; you don’t need to kill the person to get rid of his negativity; it is only the mind that generates negativity and which need to be tamed!

Photo Courtesy -By Scan/photo by: User:Henryart (who is owner of the original painting/object/photo) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

{Photo Courtesy -By Scan/photo by: User:Henryart (who is owner of the original painting/object/photo) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons}

Wait; if this is true why Ram killed Ravana? The King of Lanka has 10 heads out of which only one head contains the knowledge of Brahman and the other nine heads represents his ego and full of negative thoughts. Parshuram makes the whole world deprive of any kings for 21 generations just because a king named Arjuna Kirtavirya killed his parents. It is an act of vengeance! Ravana abducts Sita to take revenge on Ram who insulted his sister by mutilating her face. Where as Ram let go Parshuram by killing his negative mind but killed Ravana for his deed of vengeance!

Was it necessary to kill Ravana? Some argued that; it is meant to liberate Ravana who is actually a servant of Lord Vishnu cursed to take birth on earth. Some argued that; Ravana lusts for a married lady and it is the ultimate crime that can’t be forgiven! But as a follower of mythology; I found these justifications very weak! Is there any thing that my tiny mind is incapable of thinking? I request all my readers to provide me their answer to this question. Who need to be tamed; only the mind which generates negative thoughts or the person who has that mind and those thoughts?