Karma - Shrimad Devi Bhagwat Puran

good and bad karmas

The fruits of Karma are to be exhausted - Shrimad Devi Bhagwat Purana

The fruits of karma (Good or Bad) have to be incurred and exhausted. This is advice of Guru of Gods, Rishi Brahaspati. He is saying in Shrimad Devi Bhagwat Purana that the fruits of actions cannot be eliminated. The consequences of good and bad deeds have to be borne for them to get exhausted. The misfortunes encountered in life are an indication of bad deeds being destroyed whereas happier times signify the utilisation of earnings of good deeds.

Advice of Shukracharya to Demons

Shukracharya is the guru of demons. He too is giving similar advice to his disciples, the demons, that, the ill effects of bad deeds have to be borne in the current life for them to be exhausted. 

At one stage Shukracharya says that he will protect the demons by his mantras but in the very next statement, he contradicts himself and says that the demons will have to go to the nether world (Pataal Lok) after being defeated by the gods as the consequences of the deeds cannot be averted. 

Srimad Devi Bhagwat Hindi - Gitapress Gorakhpur - Shukracharya addresses demons

Shrimad Devi Bhagwat Purana

Advice of Guru Brahaspati to Devtas (Deities)

In Shrimad Devi Bhagwat Purana, Maharishi Ved Vyas ji describes an incident when God Indra asks guru Brahaspati for some advice. 

Brahaspati ji says: - It is certain that the events of destiny cannot be changed. They have to be borne. All the deities are with you. You too are intelligent. Still then, whatever is destined will certainly happen. You cannot avert it. In such a scenario one should not get worried about happiness and sorrow. Happiness and sorrows denote the consumption of effects of good and bad deeds. Therefore noble souls are always supposed to feel the bliss even in the absence of happiness.

Shrimad Devi Bhagwat Purana

Shrimad Devi Bhagwat Purana

The advice given by Brahaspati ji is childish. In other words Brahaspati ji is saying that even if one is having terrible stomach pain, one should remain happy and enjoy the event. 


  • In a nutshell, both guru Shukaracharya and guru Brahaspati are saying that fruits of action have to be borne and cannot be eliminated. This is what forms the destiny of a person.
  • Both are oblivious to the rule of Supreme God which says that the Supreme God can destroy the sins and therefore change destiny. 
  • One needs to find a true saint who can impart the worship of Supreme God thereby causing the elimination of previous sins and elevating a person to a level worthy of achieving salvation.

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