Once Upon A Time

Imagine a little boy born in a political family of a very high stature. This political party believes that the country belongs to their religion and culture, and others have no place here! The kid, from a very young age, was trained to be a leader, and all of his education was centered on his political career.  Predictably, when he grows up he quickly becomes the MP from his constituency! His aim is to rule and preside over the entire country, and starts work in that direction!

Now, the opposition has a very capable leader. He is well-read, well-educated guy, who has been a pioneer in removing caste-system in his state, and has just and wise governor. Security and protection are most important quality of a great leader. He knew about the intentions of the opposition, and took measures to retain his constituency!

Now the ambitious MP had already started campaigning in the opposition’s constituency, and were currently placed in the city limits of a lady officer. When this lady officer tried to approach them for peace, she was physically assaulted. Well, of course, being a good leader and brother of this lady, the opposition leader probably made the biggest political blunder of his life – kidnapped the wife of the MP and symbolized the beginning of an out-and-out war!

Well, I don’t know if you can already draw parallels of this story, with the epic Ramayana – with the well-educated leader being Ravana! This post is not intended to demean Rama in any way. No hard feelings, bro!

Before the onset of war, Rama wanted to perform a yagna and begin the war at a “Shubh Mahurat”. Guess who was the wisest Brahmin around? Ravana not only performed the yagna for Rama, but also blessed him, “Vijayi Bhavo”. The war began at Rama’s Shubh Mahurat. Who was complaining about work stress at home last night? Well, this is probably the biggest example of keeping your personal and professional lives separate!

All I am trying to say is nobody is all good and nobody is all evil. I see very little point in exaggerating the good in one and worshipping him, and evil in the other! Trick is to exaggerate the good in our self and kill the evil!

dussehra-cartoon-picture-imageOver all these thousands of years, our language and way of expression has changed, and we do not speak Sanskrit anymore! This has turned things funny, since we cannot understand the poetic Sanskrit connotations! For example, Ravana is famously referred to as “Dasamukha”- which is only a symbol of Ravana being a master of 10 vidyas or 10 forms of knowledge. All we did is overlook this and put 10 hideous faces hanging over his neck.

Similarly, these stories are a result of personifying all human characteristics to impart knowledge of the right-path. I don’t care if these mythologies existed or not, but I believe they were written to make knowledge simple and palpable for one and all – just like we make personify objects in our nursery rhymes!

To cite an example- the one that made me believe that these stories are way deeper than how silly they sound at the face of it-

“Ahankari Raavan (ego) takes Sitaama (mind) from AtmaRam (Soul). Helped back by PawanPutra Hanuman (breath) and Laksh-man (focus).”