If you have been following us for a while, you’d know we love talking about Indian mythology. In this article, we explore some lessons from Ramayana.
The Valmiki–Ramayana is a noble creation of the sage poet Valmiki. It is recognized as one of the most magnificent works in Indian Literature. It serves well as a source of constant inspiration, high virtues and never ending structural morals for millions of people across the globe. Above all, the undying appeal of such an art still influences behavioural practices of masses to a great extent of crores of Indians.
The popularity of the great epic Ramayana is a symbolic memorial to the idealism of India. The essence of this unique story captures one’s soul and enchants one’s heart gracefully. If we dig deep into the details of this epic story, The Ramayana comprises 24000 verses, divided into seven books, styled Kandas. Also, there are a lot of lessons from Ramayana for us to learn as well.
Jawaharlal Nehru, the first PM of independent India commented on the Ramayana and the Mahabharata, the two great epics of India. He said-
“I do not know of any books anywhere which have exercised such a continuous and pervasive influence on the mass mind as these two. Dating back to a remote antiquity, they are still a living force in the life of the Indian people.. They represent the typical Indian method of catering all together for various degrees of cultural development, or the highest intellectual to the simple unread and untaught villager..”
Undoubtedly, “it is a living force in life of the Indian people” as stated above. Also, there are innumerable lessons from Ramayana for us to learn.
This epic brings some eye-opening lessons for personal growth, social life, cultural system, statesmanship and many more simultaneously.
Here are some teachings from the epic store house of perpetual knowledge that may help you:
- Be a repository of good qualities: Rama, the hero of the epic, is believed to be an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. He is portrayed as a person with superb human qualities and extra-ordinary capabilities. He is an epitome of fine qualities. Peerless work, spirit of sacrifice, incalculable power of following the path of truth and hence known as Maryada Purushottam Rama. Similarly, we should learn to inherit such firm soul tunes in ourselves.
- Find Treasure in your Relationships: In the Ramayana, we find living examples of nobles that brings out how to maintain an equilibrium in your relationships. The core duties of a king towards his nation, between individuals of family, relationship of parents and children, husbands and wives, brothers and sisters, teachers, friends and strangers are way too appealing.
- Adopt Nature: Ramayana is a mirror that reflects the connections between humanity and nature.For instance, the description of natural habitats in the epic like Panchavati, Sabari, Aashrams of Bhardwaja muni, Agasthya muni, depicts the peaceful soul beauty of these places.
At the same time, Jatayu, the vulture bird who was very old fought till his last breath to save Sita from Raavana is again a proof that nature has always played its role in saving humanity and will continue to do it.
Mythical herb mrithasanjeevani.The plant that held vast medicinal properties is proposed as remedy to Lakshman’s wounds.
“ALL IN ALL NATURE HAS IT ALL.”
- Love Conquers All: “Love is the only force that dharma cannot rule.” King Janak, Rama’s father-in-law tells Rama. The purity of Bharat’s love outshines the call of dharma. So Bharat has won the right to express his love for his brother. But “what is love?” He says to Bharat – “Love’s power lies in selflessness and it asks for nothing. Its only desire is to give to the beloved. Now you must decide what you want to give to Rama.”
In other words –
“LOVE IS INFINITE POWERFUL FORCE.”
The force that compelled Rama to go into exile was the same force that would not allow Bharata to rest until he restored Rama to the throne.
Therefore, man will be able to manifest his innate inner self only when he develops love within.
- Death is Defined: Why fear death? Humans are delicate creatures who are aware that they will die one day eventually. Even knowing that their days are numbered and everything will end someday, humans make their lives a battle that is worthy of living. So the only way to conquer this fear is awareness of death. It would enable us to go further in our daily conquest. Why? Because we have nothing to lose, for death is inevitable.
In Conclusion, Ramayana ends that way but what’s significant is that worth of valuable living. I believe serving others is human’s highest form of dignity and thus the most spontaneous and pious form of worship. So, these are some important lessons from Ramayana for us to remember.