Conflict of evil and good

The Kanda Purana, an inspired work of Kachiappa

Sivachariar of Kanchipuram, is believed to be the authentic

Tamil version of the advent and life of Muruga as found in

Vyasa’s Skanda Purana. This voluminous work reveals the

myriad facets of Muruga, who is associated not only with

power, strength and victory but is also the embodiment of

jnana. It is a source of solace, inspiration and faith to many.

The main purpose of the incarnation of Muruga is the

slaying of Soorapadman and his brothers who begin to

harass the celestial beings as a matter of routine. But the

deeper significance of the Lord’s war with the demons is

His role in helping each one overcome individual evil

tendencies and ego that are sure hurdles to salvation,

pointed out Dr. Sudha Seshaiyan in a discourse.

The asuras typify the evil tendencies in people and

when these are allowed to grow, they can be detrimental to

the good aspects in life.

The aim of the asuras is to gain uncontrolled power over

the entire universe and when this is attained through

severe penance as boons, it feeds their ego. When

enveloped in this ego-centered selfishness, coupled with

unassailable power, it is easy to become blind to the truth

of the more powerful compassionate Lord.

Muruga’s war with the demon is shown to be a long

drawn out one with challenges aplenty. But divine power

always prevails and the evil is subdued. Muruga splits the

demon in the form of a tree and the two pieces become a

peacock and a cock. Muruga accepts the peacock as his

vehicle and the cock as the flag sign. The message is that

the demon is not doomed or killed; but he undergoes an

inner transformation and acknowledges the greatness of

the power of good over evil.