Whether you celebrate Dussehra as a celebration of the victory of lord Ram over Ravana or goddess Durga's victory over Mahishasura, the learnings from these mythological stories are almost the same. Ravana's ten heads is symbolic of his knowledge of 6 Shastras and 4 Vedas ranging from Mathematics, Yoga, Law, Astronomy etc. He was a great scholar, a capable ruler and a maestro of Veena. But he gets defeated by a simple man with an army of monkies. I respect Ravana for all his wisdom but his only mistake was to fall prey to the lowly desires like kaam (lust), krodha (anger), lobha (greed), moha (delusion,mada (pride) and ahamkara (ego). On the other hand, Ram kneels at Ravana's feet after killing him and requests him to share his wisdom with him. Ravana says, " I have very little time so I cannot share much but let me tell you one important lesson I have learnt in my life. Things that are bad for you seduce you easily; you run towards them impatiently. But things that are actually good for you, fail to attract you; you shun them creatively, finding powerful excuses to justify your procrastination. That is why I was impatient to abduct Sita but avoided meeting you." These are some lesson I learn from this story:
Even if you are a monkey (symbolic of having lesser intellect than an evolved human being), you can win a war if you have faith, if you work hard and if your heart is in the right place.
Even if you are the most intelligent person that ever walked in the face of the Earth, you are bound to fail if you are arrogant or devoid of the right value system.
Always choose your wars carefully, and respect your opponent. There is something that you can learn from everyone around you.
Do not take our mythological stories as given down to you by priests. Think about the hidden meanings and its importance in the present day. Ravana is worshipped in a lot of places and rightfully so. There is a Ravana and Ram within all of us, which we need to be aware of.
Happy Dussehra everyone! May your year be filled with lots of love, sharing and gratefulness.
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