The Esoteric Meaning of the Ten Avataras : - 6.

You know how, in obedience to his father’s command, he cut off his mother’s head.

His brothers had refused to do this.

But, Parasurama had perfect faith in his father.

This faith gave birth to implicit obedience and perfect subservience to the higher will.

In the spiritual path, the Guru is our father.

We should learn to subserve our will to his will.

We should have implicit obedience as our great motto.

This can come only out of perfect faith, faith in the divinity of our Guru.

Parasurama had it.

And, therefore, pleased with his obedience, when his father asks him to choose a boon, Parasurama without hesitation says: "Let my mother live."

She gets back her life.

Then Parasurama killed many great kings, who were proud, haughty and were inimical to Brahmins.

In this description we have the perfect picture of a mixture of Rajas and Tamas.

This is the very antithesis of Sattva, represented by the Brahmins.

In our Yoga Sadhana we should never forget that a certain amount of destruction is absolutely necessary.

Unless we destroy the weeds, the beautiful crops will not grow.

Unless we annihilate our bestial nature and sublimate the human nature, we cannot rise into our divine nature.

Are kings bad then?

Is Rajas bad then?

No. Just as righteous kings are as essential to the world as pious Brahmins, Rajas properly directed and canalised is as important to Sadhana as Sattva.

Unrighteous kings can cause havoc.

Rajas mixed with Tamas not only veils the Atman but makes man stray into the lethal chamber of lust, anger and greed.

This must be completely rooted out, if we are to progress towards establishment in Sattva.

Sri Swami Chidananda
To be continued  ...