The nature is the purest creation of god, but our interventions and interaction caused the mingling of its various elements. The principle holds true even for human evolution, starting from Satya Yuga to Treta to Dvapara and even today (Kali yuga). Satya yuga stands for about purity i.e no evil, Treta is for both purity and clarity i.e though evil exist at that time but it’s clearly visible to everyone.
Lord Rama, who was incarnation of Vishnu in Treta Yuga stood for clearly defined ‘Values’. Ravana despite being an inimitable existence in terms of spirituality (Shiva Bhakta), intelligence (Maha Brahman) and valour, clearly exemplify ‘Desires’. As time progress the attributes coalesced as in Dvapara yug in Mahabharata, Bhishm, Dronacharya, Dhritrastha were reputable but has lateral desires which were not clearly visible.
Human are considered the purest and strongest form of nature i.e Rama, but with time they have imbibed the evil in them i.e Ravana. So now ‘Ravan’ lives in ‘Ram’. Today the attributes are so well mixed with each other that one can’t comprehend whether any act is driven by ‘values’ or ‘desires’.
In our mythology Ravana is the best example to showcase the mistakes that we do, and it even tells us about the consequence if we don’t take corrective actions.
The Learnings as Individuals: –
Listen to your inner voice: –
Ravana was the worshipper of Lord Shiva, got all his powers by his blessings but didn’t follow his path. Unlike Lord Shiva who explains the principle of absolute detachment (Vairagya) and disciplined transcendent power (closed third eye), Ravana was attached with worldly things, and used the power to fulfill his desires starting from Gold city that he grabbed from his brother to others. His worshiping shiva shows that from inside him, he knew the correct path but didn’t listen to his inner voice and follow it.
Power of positive emotions over negative emotions: –
Due to fear people bow to Ravana’s command and he got sure to win everything whether tangible or intangible. When he got to know about Sita Ji’s faith, love and devotion from her sister, his desire to possess her got active. Though using tricks, he could kidnap her, but Sita Ji stood firm on her positive emotions and didn’t let the negative wave of fear or grief struck her and to make her weak. It didn’t only help her to face Ravana but also caused the destruction of Ravana’s clan (those who choose his side). Due to his intellect and spirituality he realized the power of Sita Ji long back, but the negativity dominated him to overlook it.
Value the opinion of your people: –
Vibhishan explained about the consequence that his act will cause to the clan and also to his reputation, but Ravana didn’t pay heed to it. As a king (or even as individual) he is right to take his own decision, but vibhishan being his brother need to be heard and discussed in righteousness.
Be wary of evil, it can influence even the wisest person: –
Ravana was great scholar, has mastered 64 types of books like Vedas, Upanishads, mantra, tantra etc and even written many books. But he didn’t realize the gradual subjugation of his wisdom by desires or evil. Though he could see the descent of his self, but he used his knowledge to justify it rather correct it.
The way day and night define nature, and both follows each other cyclically, similarly good and bad both exist in us and overpower each other at times, as there are factors beyond our control that bring bad out. Though we cannot stop its occurrence, but we can surely control the damage. The way we pass the night by sleeping similarly try to reduce activity during bad phase. Let’s assume Ravana could have saved his entire family by confronting with Lord Rama individually, or by reducing his activity.
Hope we all get the sanity to decode the ‘Ravana’(desires) that exist in us and we keep killing it every year to refresh our soul and our existence.
Happy Dussehra 2020!