Hindu liberals love to say how dishonourable Rama was when He shot Vali in the back from behind a tree. They are liars. Read the truth here.
Let me give you the answer in a nutshell with a justification to follow (quoted and translated directly from Valmiki’s Ramayana by me) –
Rama never shot Vali in the back. He shot him in his CHEST. Rama was never hiding when this happened. He stepped into the light where Vali could see Him and then shot him. Vali knew the whole time Rama was there as just prior to the battle between him and Sugreeva, Vali tells Tara that Rama won’t help Sugreeva.
– Kishkindakanda Sarga 16
Firstly, we Hindus believe in Karma as the sole and supreme engine that drives the events of one’s life. One makes one’s own Karma in part and one inherits accrued Karma. Free will therefore affects only a part of our lives as life is like the continuation of the great sea-like cycle known as Samsara.
Vali was the son of Indra and karmically accrued the characteristics of Indra (note that Karma is not a mere punishment mechanism but an elaborate universally automated process of character-definition, event triggers and many such event determiners with hidden implications). Some of these characteristics include blind valour, bad judgement, arrogance, paranoia, etc. Vali likewise dug the grave of his relationship with his brother by himself. When the demon Mayavi challenges Vali to battle, the 2 brothers chase the demon to a cave where Vali tells Sugreeva to safely stay out while he would go in and fight. There are screams from within the cave and a stream of blood emerging from it, after which Sugreeva assumes Vali dead.
He blocks the cave’s entrance thinking that the demon Mayavi too should be trapped inside and die. However reality was opposite. Vali returned a year later and claimed his throne. At this instance, Sugreeva actually OFFERED BACK VALI’S THRONE. But Vali like his father Indra was so hurt in his ego that he had Sugreeva banished from the kingdom in a most ignoble fashion. Thereafter, the 2 brothers were irreproachable enemies.
When Rama enters the scene to restore Sugreeva to the throne, He knows full well that Sugreeva can easily become as arrogant as his brother if the throne were given too easily to him. And therefore, Rama deliberately allows Sugreeva to get beaten up by Vali for a long time during the battle. However, when Sugreeva is almost killed, Rama steps into the light in front of Vali and shoots him IN THE CHEST with a single arrow.
Post arrow firing, Vali asks Rama as to how He could shoot him when he did nothing to Rama. Vali lists out a list of good qualities he thought Rama to be in possession of, and then states that Rama was unjust and adharmic to have done what He did. Nowhere does Vali ask ‘Why did you shoot me in the back from hiding?’ When Vali himself does not allege Rama shooting him in the back, the liberals and their false gods such as Devdutt Patnaik are the lowest of low scum that crawl the Earth – who manufacture lies and speak filth of a high souled being.
Rama merely points to Vali the difference between a bad ruler such as Vali and a good great ruler such as Bharata whose house Ikshvaku (to which Rama Himself belongs) was the actual ruler of the lands Vali ruled. This is self evident as Valmiki states that the Vanaras were created merely to assist Rama and his followers to maintain just rule over the Earth. They were and had always been vassals of the house of Ikshvaku and Vali himself does not dispute this fact.
Rama states that as long as Bharata was alive, no one dared to commit the crimes Vali committed. Vali’s crimes include – taking Sugreeva’s wife Ruma, driving away his brother purely out of ego without a just reason, creating a discord among his own people by factionalizing them into 2 camps with irreproachable hatred to one another.
Vali apart from all of this was a cruel and uncontrolled vice-filled ruler who was not even fit to be a king in the first place. He only had proven it time and again by his own actions. While Vali tells Rama what all crimes condemn people to punishment in hell, Rama merely points out that Vali himself is a perpetrator of all those very same crimes. Rama then quotes the Dharmashastra that anyone who sexually enslaves/rapes/molests his own daughter, sister-in-law or sister should be PUT TO DEATH.
As a Kshatriya, any righteous Kshatriya must carry out this order wherever he sees this crime being committed. Rama interestingly quotes the Manushastra (a text often quoted by liberal Hindu liars who have never even read it). Rama says – A king who is righteous as a ruler actually cleanses a criminal of his sin by punishing him according to the shastras. A king who fails in this regard will gain the bad karma of the sinner he has failed to punish.
Rama then states that anyone who keeps their family like slaves will end up enslaving anyone they rule over. And likewise, Vali had turned a tyrant over his own people purely because of his lust. Rama says that Sugreeva is equal to Lakshmana to Him in terms of friendship and that the object of Sugreeva’s quest was first the liberation of his own wife and then his kingdom, which was also what was Rama’s own quest. Liberals today ask one question – as to why Rama killed Vali when the latter was prepared to bring back Sita for Him?
Really???! Scroll up and read the Manushastra’s quote. Such a person will be a hypocrite in deed and he will gain the sin of the very person whose help he takes.
Hypothesis – what if Rama took Vali’s help to bring back Sita? Here’s what would have happened-
Vali would have not only defeated Ravana but would have enslaved even the innocent people of his kingdom. He would have killed Vibheeshana and even the good Rakshasis of the Ashokavana and burned Lanka to a cinder killing all the innocents therein (even Hanuman set only empty buildings to fire ensuring that no people were hurt. Such was the great Hanuman’s self-control even while attacking His enemies).
Vali would have then gone about pauperizing more kingdoms and Rama (after His own coronation as Ayodhya’s king) would have not only lost the respect of His own people (who’d know full well as to the maniacal tyrant of an ally of Ayodhya) but would also have had to put up with the very monster He’d have given legitimacy to.
Like Parashurama, Rama would have been caught in His human form until He cleansed Himself of this sin, and like Parashurama could attain His omnipresent self only through penance, Rama would have had to do the very same thing.
All this would have happened if He had taken Vali’s help. The sin would’ve been huge even for Him.
Luckily none of this happened.
Rama would have gained the sin of Vali’s sexual slavery of his own sister-in-law if he took his help in bringing back Sita. After all – A criminal doesn’t stop being a criminal just because he is ready to use his talents to help you. That would mean that you are a low born opportunist and a sinner of great proportion.
In line with whatever He Himself said, Rama actually sends Vali to Swarga as Vali was punished by the most righteous man on Earth and Vali wore the Hemamala at the time of his death – the garland of Lakshmi – the very being Rama was out to liberate from Ravana. At the end, Vali tells Rama with his dying breath that he never even realized that he was committing so many wrongs until pointed out in such an itemized manner as Rama had done.
Vali dies saying that he is happy that not only such a man had ended his life but that he is assured now that his people, his wife and children are in good hands. Vali’s paranoia-fueled megalomania to snuff out any and all opposition and to lustfully possess and exploit anything that his perceived enemy possessed once, was put to a relieving end as he himself acknowledges in his final dying words –
“Forgive me for misjudging You”
Vali had wisdom at least in death (which is more than what you can expect from a liberal). But the interesting thing is that Vali’s accusations leveled against Rama were very similar to liberal accusations against Hindu Dharma in general. And yet, Vali understood at least at the end as to what his errors were. It was but expected that he’d ask Rama for forgiveness before death – something that seems impossible for liberals who even if stabbed by Kalki’s sword will die cursing the name of Vishnu – the Paramatma.
(This article first appeared as a Facebook post)
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