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  • ramayana
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Ramayana a favorite Indian Epic and it is a reason to love India. Ramayana has inspired some great stories of today's era from Romeo Juliet to Star wars. Many of the movies based on love story shows a beautiful princess and handsome Hero rescued with the help of a small army and one particular sidekick human with immense strength. John Lucas even said that he was inspired by Ramayana and here are the four things which help to know about our Indian culture based on this great novel.

 

  1. The great thing with Ramayana is that it starts with so basic and fundamental thing which becomes universal. It starts with the fundamental question “Is There a Perfect Man ". Valmiki the Saint who conceived Ramayana asked Narad Muni a question is there a perfect man? While answering to Valmiki, Narad Muni mentioned the hero of our story Prince Ram who was as kind as he was brave and had skills as a warrior and could only be surpassed by his love. Later on, Valmiki saw two birds madly in love and if one of the birds dies then it leaves the other bird in grief. So, to what extent will the bird go to get his lover back? This idea of separation that was captured first in Ramayana inspired many modern stories and it is a recurring theme in many movies, many novels, and many stories in our era. What makes Ramayana so great is that the core idea that is so universal that it is timeless.

 

  1. Dashrath, the father of ram, begins his story with one mistake that is while hunting he shoots an arrow that kills Shravan. Shravan was a dutiful son who was taking his blind parents on his shoulders and that's when the arrow hit him. Dashrath was cursed to die without seeing his son. This one mistake became the killing joke off the Dashrath’s life. As it is said that all it takes is one bad day to reduce the sanest man alive to lunacy but his story teaches us the power of Karma. No matter how great you are after all Dashrath was the king yet he could not escape his own mistakes, his own Karma. "As you sow so shall you reap". Therefore every cause has its effect.

 

 

  1. Prince Ram's exile was incomplete without his companions. Both Lakshman and Sita are known for their sacrifice. Living in the forest wasn't in there punishment. Yet they left the comfort behind and went with Prince Ram. Lakshman's job was to protect them so he couldn't afford to sleep. So when Nidra, the goddess of sleep demanding him to fall asleep, he sent her away to his wife Urmila at the palace. Urmila slept for 14 years straight so that Lakshman can stay awake. Prince ram is the hero of our story but that doesn't mean that he did all the work and this teaches us that all of us can be heroes if we keep our self aside and dedicate our lives to a higher purpose.

 

 

  1. Ram was the perfect man in the less than perfect world. The popular story of Ramayana that we tell our kids ends with Prince Ram returning to Ayodhya but the real ending goes even further. Sita had to give Agni Pariksha for the prince to show that she is pure but the public demands one more test. Sita who is devoted to her husband owes no explanation to the public but now Prince Ram is King Ram and the king was everything to his people. This is where Ramayana asks a question about betrayal. Sita decides to live the remaining life in the forest without her husband. She was taken away from the king once again this time not because of evil but the social evil that surrounds us. Ram is a perfect man who has dedicated his life to his duties but which duty comes first his duty as a husband or his duty as a king? It's a question that Ramayana puts forward. What comes first your job or your family? There is no right answer the answer is subjective and this is a question even god’s struggle with. Ram the perfect man and an avatar of God who tries to do everything right in his life, which walks for 3000 km, defeats Ravana with the monkey's army, and comes home with a victory but dies longing for the love of his life. This turns out to show the big villain of the story isn't Ravana but expectations and how do you defeat expectations? The beauty of Ramayana is the question it begins with: Is there a perfect man? And how would he be in today's world? This is not the answer to the question but the impossible journey towards the answer that makes this story worth a thousand re-tellers. That's the greatness of our Indian culture.

 

 
This article does not intend to hurt the sentiments of any individual, community, sect, or religion, etcetera. This article is based purely on the author’s personal opinion and views in the exercise of the Fundamental Rights guaranteed under Article 19(1)(A) and other related laws being enforced in India for the time being.

Section Editor: Pushpit Singh | 02 Sep 2020 10:27am IST


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