The Maricha Method of Meditation – The Hindu
The Ramayana shows that everyone has to face the consequences of all the good and bad deeds they have under their belt. Rakshasas are inherently ruthless and wicked and engage in sinful acts such as obstructing the performance of sacrifices by sages. In a speech, Sengalipuram Sri Balaji Bhagavathar drew attention to the fact that when one acts against innocent people one can never be happy.
Desire, kama and greed, lobha only lead to dangerous consequences. This is well illustrated in the examples of Soorpanaka’s desire for Rama and Ravana’s desire for Sita. At the instigation of the humiliated Soorpanaka, Ravana’s lust is ignited and he decides to possess Sita somehow. When he asks for Maricha’s help, Maricha tells Ravana about his experiences with Rama and advises him against his decision to take Sita away. He lives in fear of Rama since he saw the value of Rama at Vishwamitra’s sacrifice. It was Rama’s 12-year-old Sankalpa to spare his life when he killed the other rakshasas along with Subahu. Rama’s powerful missile aimed at Maricha had thrown him into the middle of the ocean at a distance of 800 miles. Maricha further tells Ravana that he had another contact with Rama in the Dandakaranya when Rama again taught him a lesson he would never forget. Since then, Maricha lives in fear of Rama. Every tree in the whole forest looks like Rama to him.
The performers see Maricha’s concern for Rama as great fortune. To see the Lord everywhere and at all times is the only goal of the sages with austere penance and practice of sense control. The Bhagavata Purana shows that while many try to approach God through loving devotion, some like Hiranyaksha have reached him through enmity. Maricha, like Kamsa, exemplifies the path of fear as an equally effective way to reach God.