Rama With One Wife Krishna With More What is Morality

Is this not a contradiction?

What ,then, is Morality?

Which is morally correct?

Concepts of Hinduism are complex and it needs a thorough understanding of its concepts.

Recently I was asked, at a Dinner,why while Lord Rama is venerated because of his loyalty to his wife,his vow and devotion to his wife,Eka Patni vrata,we also venerate Lord Vishnu who has two wives,Sri Devi and Bhoo Devi.

Is this not a contradiction?

What ,then, is Morality?

Which is morally correct?

Concepts of Hinduism are complex and it needs a thorough understanding of the Vedas ,the six systems of Indian philosophy, Bhagavad Gita, Ramayana Mahabharata,Eighteen Puranas and Indian regional language texts.

Indian philosophy is the foundation is the rock on which Hindu practices are built upon.

Reality,Brahman, according to Vedas,the scriptures of the Hindus, is a Principle devoid of Qualities or Attributes.

We Attribute qualities so that we can comprehend and Realize It.

We,our minds,are limited by Space and Time.

We can not conceive of anything without reference to these two.

On the modern scientific side, especially Astrophysics ,one can not really comprehend Stellar Distances,which are calculated in Light years and AU,Astronomical Units.

We have only a vague idea that it is huge.

For more on Time,please read my articles on Time,by Googling Time+ramanan50.

However in the path to Realisation of Brahman,Reality,A Principle,Hinduism, knowing the limitations of Human mind ,has devised a method.

That of Worship of Gods.

In a way human mind can understand it.

That is by bestowing the Reality with Perfect Human Attributes.

This is the beginning Stage of Self Realization.

This is called Saguna Aradhana,Worship of Reality with Attributes.

The Mind,to be divested of its innumerable thought waves,has to be deceived.

When mind believes,it can make things Happen.

So eventhough Reality is a Principle,it also can appear as personal God as one believes and meditates upon.

That is why we have God experiences.

Hindu,Vedic texts provide minimum three meanings.

Literal,Symbolic representing Abstract Truth,and esoteric Tantra,Mantra.

Some texts provide more than three meanings.

The Concept of the Three Primary Deities,Brahma,Vishnu and Rudra are to be understood.

Universe is Motion and it is the Ultimate cause Science can unmask.

There are three types of Energy .

That is Energy at Rest.


When it is in Motion,it is Kinetic.

One more is Energy at Rest,while allowing for some Movement,Kinetics.

It is Potentio Kinetic.

Brahma,Potentio Kinetic,

Vishnu, Kinetic and

Rudra a combination of both.

Rudra is an aspect of Siva,while Vishnu is an aspect of Narayana.

Brahma is the cause.

Vishnu is the Sustainer.

The term Vishnu is from the root Jishnu,that which Supports.

‘Vishnum Jishnum Mahavishnum Prabhavishnum Maheswaram’ -Vishnu Sahasranama.

For supporting Life, Consciousness,one needs sustanence.

This , during Life,in the Form of Health,Wealth…sixteen things.

Beyond Life, support is provided by Vishnu as Govinda.

The term Govinda is used for ceremonies conducted after Death.

As a concept of Vishnu,He sustains the Universe.

Earth supports.

This is not enough to sustain and nurture Life.

Earth is allegorically called as Bhudevi.

Other things needed for Life is represented by Sri,also called Sri Devi.

To explain the concept of Vishnu with necessary support systems, Vishnu is represented as having been married to Bhu Devi and Sri Devi.

Sri,an explanation.

Sri has a core meaning of “diffusing light or radiance or eminence”, related to the root śrā“to cook, boil”, but as a feminine abstract noun, it has received a general meaning of “grace, splendour, beauty; wealth, affluence, prosperity”.(Wiki)

Sree varchasvam ayushyam aarogyam maavithaath

Sobamanam maheeyanthe

Dhaanyam Dhanam pasum bahuputra laabham

Satha samvathsarm dheeragamaayuhu’

However at the Ultimate level,there is no Sin,Nothing Sacred.

‘Na punyam, Na Paapam…..

Sivoham’ Nirvana Shadgam by Sri Sankara charts.

PS.This is a philosophical explanation.

However, I have found, during my research into Hindu texts and events,these events may be Real.

I do not know.

Author: ramanan50

Retired Senior Management Professional. Lectures on Indian Philosophy,Hinduism, Comparative Religions. Researching Philosophy, Religion. Free lance Writer.Blogger

2 thoughts on “Rama With One Wife Krishna With More What is Morality”

  1. The concept is simple. If we have a doubt in scripture, we understood it in wrong way. The clue to the question lies in symbol of the story. One can not take a parable to its literal meaning nor can they just decode it to its root elements. An Itihasa/Purana is an amalgamation of History with Wisdom of Veda (self as individual and as Universe).
    Krishna’s 16000 wives are 16×1000. 1000 is Sahasra meaning a rhythmic breath (Sama) (Sa and Ha and Sa….)externalised by Ra/vocal utterance (Rik). 16 or Shodasa is the complete modal spectrum of Goddess/Nature in form of Moon’s phase. This externalisation of Prakriti periodically of Krishna is called 16000 wives (consort). Wife/consort because a feminine aspect can not leave it’s masculine aspect in Sanskrit: Sunlight can’t leave Sun.
    Yet again, Krishna comes as a hero in Pitru Vamsa story of Bharata. Pitrus belong to Moon and hence 16. Rama comes as hero of Solar dynasty (ikswaku) and hence the Solar god or 1self with 1Nature ever germinating as Sita.
    This is the clue.


  2. Dear;
    Very correct, Lord Rama was, EKAPATHNI.(single wife).
    Lord Krishna has,8 Patta mahishi and around 64,000 further wives.
    It is not wrong if people had gone through Srimadh Bhagavatham, in Rasaleela also he took multiple Krishna roopams as much as Gopikas counts. Furher he allotted as many houses to as many wives.Spent with all on alldays, again with as many Krishna roopams. You can no do such things, as he is bahavan, avathara purush. So no question of any wrong opinion, please. Please listen Mahatma Premi Anna’s prvachana Cds.
    Kalyanam G.
    Kalyanam G.


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