Can The God Err?

Benefit of hindsight, they say, is available only in hindsight only. This gives rise to the uncertainty which shrouds the decision or action and its outcome. While we make decisions, they are based on partial information available about variables impacting the decisions. But, hindsight gives the complete preview of all the variables affecting those decisions and thus actions. That’s why we generally say, “One cannot be sure if history will treat him with kindness.” But this applies to humans only.

When it comes to evaluating the God for His actions, the God has to be right every time. His actions need to stand the test of time, and time is not in days, years or decades the length of time for which the God will be evaluated for his actions, which he does in His different incarnations, will be centuries. For the human race to exist morally well, the actions of God must stand the test of change in prevailing values and principles.

Hindu history is rife with such acts of God which can be called ‘Chal’ or deceit or morally inapt, when seen superficially. God never needs to be deceitful.  I specifically pick-up three acts of God which have often  be called deceitful or unjust from Hindu history.

  1. Lord Ram asks Sita to walk across fire to prove her purity. – The Agani Pariksha.
  2. Arjun is enticed by Krishna to kill Karan when he is not on his Charriot- The Karan Wadh in Mahabharata.
  3. Mohini comes to distribute Ambrosia and cheats demons- From the story of Samudra Manthan.


The Agani Pariksha

Demon king Ravan had abducted Sita, Lord Ram killed Ravan to free Sita. Lord himself asked Sita (who is supposed to be incarnation of Goddess of wealth Lakshmi) to prove her purity by crossing fire. If she emerges unhurt she will be considered as pure else she will be shunned. This act of god seems inapt.

Hindu scriptures suggest the God appears with duality. Duality of being Shiv and Shakti, where Shiv is Shakti and Shakti is Shiv. Radha and Krishna, Radha is Krishn and Krishn is Radha. Ram and Sita, where Ram is Sita and Sita is Ram. Duality represents one as soul and another as spirit. Both are inseparable.

The act of Lord Ram asking Goddess Sita to undergo Agni Pariksha is act of Spirit asking the Soul to take the test named life. The soul which passes the test named life merges into Spirit. The one which fails to pass the test is reborn and is given another chance to take the test named life, thus another chance is given to the soul to merge into spirit.

Shiv Shakti

Karan Wadh – Krishna Entices Arjun To Kill Unarmed Warrior

In Mahabharat war the most interesting part is duel of Arjun and Karan. While Karan was trying to pullout wheel of chariot struck in mud, Krishna enticed Arjun to kill Karan. It was against the well established rules and principles of war at that time. No one who is disarmed could be killed. Apparently, Krishna’s enticement to kill Karan was unjust and unfair act.

Again duality explains it. The chariot of Arjun is the human body, Arjun is soul and Krishna is spirit. The spirit gives free hand to soul in making all its decisions. The spirit evaluates soul on its choice of decisions made in life time. If one passes the test it merges into spirit else it is reborn to take test once again.

In Duel of Arjun and Karan the Spirit gives Soul a free choice of killing an unarmed warrior. The soul got overwhelmed with opportunity available, Arjun aims an arrow at Karan, but does not release it. Karan, on other hand who is unarmed while Arjun aims at him takes his bow and starts invoking Brahmastra, he was no more unarmed and thus killing him was well within the rules and principles of war. The soul made an apt choice and won the favour of Spirit.

Mohini Cheats Demons- Samudra Manthan

Vishnu himself appeared as a very beautiful woman to distribute Ambrosia. A precondition for consuming Ambrosia was singular focus on Ambrosia only. Mohini was the last test laid out by God, ones who passed it got Ambrosia rest were left out to undergo the process of Manthan once again. The demons were enamoured by the presence of Mohini and they lost the singular focus on Ambrosia.


7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Beloo Mehra
    Jun 21, 2016 @ 15:37:25

    I like the way you have interpreted these stories. Too bad that most modern minds are stuck only with modern definitions (half-baked) of morality to look at these events and then go on to make their moralistic judgments without ever grasping the true essence of these outer actions/choices.

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  2. Sharat Pathak
    Jun 18, 2016 @ 14:25:23

    Its wonderful that religious texts of all religions can be interpreted in various ways.


  3. BroadBlogs
    Jun 15, 2016 @ 02:37:46

    It’s interesting to learn about how different religions answer this question. And apparently, even different interpretations of the stories.

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  4. Sharat Pathak
    Jun 08, 2016 @ 06:46:21



  5. Sharat Pathak
    Jun 08, 2016 @ 06:45:18

    very true. the beauty of Hindu History stories is that the can be interpreted in various ways.

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  6. Indrajit Roy Choudhury
    Jun 08, 2016 @ 00:32:04

    There are many messages that the sages of yore tried to communicate through stories – mythologies. We should try to grab the messages and not remain constrained to the mythological stories, which were made interesting with various poetic liberties for purpose. Nice post, Sharat!

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  7. ajaypoetry
    Jun 07, 2016 @ 09:53:46

    God is nirgun,but when incarnated it becomes sagun, IE trigunatmak. Incarnation possesses satva,rajogun and tamogun as well. More over explanation of any deed depends upon time place and circumstances. We may have doubts as on today as time and circumstances have changed and even religion has evolved

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