“Sishupala, the King of Chedi was pardoned by Lord Krishna for ninety nine mistakes committed by him but the Lord killed him on the hundredth mistake and restored Peace in the Kingdom.. Do you know what those 'one hundred mistakes' amounted to?” asked the Head of an Ashram to a congregation of ardent devotees listening to His Discourse..
All were silent..
The Master said, “Here the mistakes were neither the usual mistakes that one makes nor the personal attacks on others generally heard around..
- The usual mistakes are inevitable as to ‘Err is human’ and we all are bound to commit them not a few times alone but many times in our life.. This is basically a force of habit and our immediate duty is to correct the same and help out recover from the damage..
- The personal attacks are really bad, we should refrain ourselves from doing that and by mistake if anything done, quickly repent for the same and do the necessary corrective action..
But when a man sits on the Throne as a King, the Role of Ruling in the 'Right Way' is a very big Responsibility with him and there he should strictly monitor his own conduct and character, be fair and honest in all public related issues, take care of the weak of the Kingdom for their betterment and thus continue doing the related welfare activities..
When this Great Task is not accomplished properly, the King has no way continuing in his Role other than first step down from the Throne and equally face the charges that were made on him allowing a free trial..
- But, when a King forgets all this, assumes the Role of Supremacy and misuses his Power, the actions related to that context are the 'Real Grave Mistakes’ in life or the 'Mistakes which can never be pardoned'.. And they equally include those, many times that might have been either hidden or could not be brought out by others because of fear of facing the wrath of the Core Community in Power which Group indirectly happened to be powerful..
These were exactly the real 'Serious Mistakes' mentioned in the story and the Chedi King should have been punished with the First Mistake itself..
But the Lord allowed even such Mistakes too up to a hundred (indirectly mentioned as a promise given to his mother) thus equally giving a fair chance to the energetic and charged King in the wrong way to truly rectify himself with a repentance at heart and do the required Right..
And again in that context, he would be equally more useful as a 'Good King' if changed there by establishing the Truth in Nature that in a conflicting situation, pardoning a sinner is a truly noble action if one wholeheartedly feels within to do that way..
Of course when that never happened, the Right Action there was to close the Chapter and Restore Peace among people and the Lord's Actions followed that Ultimate..
The story-wise act of hurling personal attacks on Lord Krishna by this King of Chedi was nothing but deviating from the Truthful Path by the King in respect of his own Sacred Duties in front and feeling himself superior to the Lord Who truly speaking is 'Ever All Powerful!'”