Sunday, January 25, 2009

Parasurama: The Sixth Incarnation of Vishnu

When Mother Earth was being hurt by the cruelty of her kings and rulers, Vishnu’s partial incarnation Parasurama was born as Rishi Jamadagni’s son to punish the kshatriya (warrior) clans. Following the killing of his father (who was later revived) by the family of Sahastrabahu Arjun, Parasurama wiped out generations of corrupt warriors from the planet to restore justice for the masses and “purify” the kshatriya lines. What may be viewed as large scale violence by some became a blessing for society. After the war, Parasurama donated the land that he had won to sages and spent most of his time in austere worship.

Later, Parasurama shows up in both the Ramanaya as well as the Mahabharata. In the Ramayana, he appears to gain a darshan of Lord Rama after Rama breaks Lord Shiva’s bow. In the Mahabharata, he coaches Bhishma, Drona, and Karna, the three most powerful warriors in the epic.

Astrologically, Parasurama is related to the planet Venus, which supports balance (libra) between materialism and spirituality. Interestingly, the clash between Parashurama and Sahastrabahu Arjun’s family started when the latter stole Kamadhenu, the divine cow that could confer all desires (and is supposedly a Venusian blessing), from Jamadagni’s ashram. This shows that when the responsible start stealing material pleasures, rather than earning them through hard work, dharma gets disturbed and the tamas habits of cruelty and corruption are cherished. Ultimately, Nature has to intervene and take harsh steps for the restoration of justice.

1 comment:

Hermster said...

Very true....The Hindu religion is the original Oak Tree that the Oak Fields of various organized religions cover. It's easier for me to write that to your followers than for you : )

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