Shri Datta Swami

Posted on: 19 Mar 2024


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Why did Lord Krishna mention Shukracharya as Himself, who always sided with demons?

[Shri Durgprasad asked: Paadanamaskaram Swami, In a Gita verse, while encouraging Arjuna (Paandavanaam Dhanunjayah), Krishna also equated Himself to Shukracharya. Why did He mention Shukracharya who always sided with demons?]

Swami replied:- God Krishna told twice that He is Shukracharya (Maharṣīṇāṃ Bhṛguraham…, Kavīnā muśanāḥ kaviḥ…). This means the role of Shukraacharya is very important because he became friendly with demons and controlled them as far as possible from doing injustice. The main purpose of the incarnation is also to divert wrong people to the righteous path. For that purpose, first, he mingles with the bad people by showing some bad qualities so that he can become friendly to bad people. In the next stage, God will advice them to follow the right path. When a powerful bull is running, the person who wants to stop it will not stop it suddenly because it cannot be stopped. First, the person will run along with the bull to give an impression that he is a friend of the bull following it like its disciple. After sometime, the bull treats the person as its good friend and stops when he tries to stop the bull. This is called ‘Dhaavat Vrushabha Nigraha Nyaaya’. Since the main work of the incarnation of God resembles the work of Shukraachaarya, God mentioned his name twice.