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Dusshara – 3

Let us burn the vices of Ravan and embed values of Ram within us…

Let the Ram within, win today and from today onwards forever…

Let us all prepare to welcome Ram into our lives and accept our limitations as Good Humans…

The day of “Seemolanghan” (सीम्मोलंघन). It literally means to cross the barriers / borders. Not the borders drawn on the maps but the borders drawn in our society and in our minds.

Biggest barrier / border in our life is

I Can’t Do“.

Next is

I Can’t Accept“.

And the last is

I Cannot Change“.

We have set these limitations in our lives and live with them. Today is the day to remember that “I CAN”. Let us all recall, remember and understand that Bhagwaan Ram had Vaanar’s to fight on his behalf. Vaanar means the one who is not sure about being Human. Ram took them together, revived their spirit and fought with their help to win the war. We all are like the Vaanars. Let us recognise the Ram within. The day we shed our inhibitions, we too will win the war.

Let us all remember, recite and learn the Shlok given below. It talks about the Surya. The problems he has and yet how He keeps on working.
रथस्येकं चक्रं भुजगयमित सप्ततुरङ्गः

निरालम्बो मार्गह चरनरहितह् सारथिरपि।
रविर्यर्तेवन्त्यं प्रतिदिनंमुपरस्य नरभस्यः

क्रियसिद्धि सत्वे भवति महतां नोपकरणे ।।

(The sun in the sky travels everyday with all odds against him, like a chariot with one wheel, seven horses trod by serpents and the driver without legs. Great people don’t depend on their accessories. They achieve their goal by their spirit and determination)

Let us all remember that it is the spirit within which keeps us going. So on this Dusshara, let us pray to God that He removes this vice of “I Can’t Do” from our lives and lead us to the light of “I Can Do“.

Second I cannot accept. Can we imagine ourselves accepting our own enemy? No we dont. We dont even accept our own, if they do wrong to us. But when we study Ram’s life, we learn to accept. He not only accepted the self doubting Vanars but also the brother of his enemy, Vibhishan. He accepted him with full faith and crowned him the King of Lanka, the day He accepted him.  If He can, can we not?

I would say let us begin with accepting our small mistakes in life. Let us begin by accepting the vices within us. Let us accept the people as they are and not what we like them to be. I know it’s difficult but it’s a border which we need to cross in our lives. We need to crossover from I cannot accept to I can accept. Let us keep Bhagwaan Ram as our ideal.

Last is I cannot change. But change is something which is only permanent in life. One needs to accept that one needs to change. Cause change is for good. Change also leads to development and helps us move ahead in life. 

Nowadays we see people not ready to change and being rigid. Let us recall the story of the oak and willow which we studied in our younger days. The large gust of wind could not harm the willow but it over rooted the oak tree which was unable to bend. So change is what we need to be ready for.

On this day of Seemolanghan let us decide to overcome these barriers.

On this day let us decide that I can and will do, I can and will accept and I can and will change.

Let Ram be our Idol and let us follow Ram.

Wishing you and everyone in your family and friends a very Happy Dusshara…

सोनं घ्या आणि सोण्यासारखे व्हा व रहा…

शुभ दशहरा।

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Ram

Was thinking what to write as the issue has been made political on the terms of being a secular country! And so I decided that instead of touching upon the issue of politics would dwell upon the history a bit.

Yes, the Mandir did exist before the Masjid was built. The Mughals came here to loot India and they knew that temples were places of abundant gold. So they looted temples and took away the gold. They justified it by saying that they are in this world to annihilate the idol worshippers. I have my own version that they justified their loot in the name of religion. So in turn they earned following from the teachers and followers.

The archaeological survey clearly found the remnants of the temple beneath the structure which stood there before 6th December, 1992. For Hindus, it became a battle of their existence or that is the way it was projected. I sometimes wonder that even after 1000 years of loots and raids and the external incursion, the culture has still stood strong as its roots are very deep.

Today it is not the victory of Hindu over anyone, but it is the victory of the Indian identity or Indian culture. It has been consistent in its beliefs and according to the law of the land waited for more than a 100 years for justice to be done. So the celebration today is of the patience that the Hindus have kept for so many years.

It is also a celebration of the acceptance of truth, which was continuously being denied to Ram. The people have the audacity to question their own legacy and heredity and call Ram mythological. But the dumbheads need to know that it is our history. Just because Western history believes in Human existence or culture is from last 3000 years or 4000 years, our people who learn from them also talk in the same sense which is absolute nonsense. We have a very rich history, full of culture and civilisation. And we need to find out about it. We cannot depend upon the non-Indians to do that work for us.

So today we celebrate the rich history, culture of India, that is Bharat, earlier called Aryavarta.

Also we should not forget in the euphoria of building the temple, the qualities of Ram, that He is known for. We need to imbibe those qualities in our lives too. For us, God not only resides in the temple but also in every heart. So in all this excitement, let us not forget the ultimate goal that we have to achieve and got this life for.

Let the political masters fight their petty political fights,

Let the narrow minded religionists quarrel over the structure,

Let the agnostics and the leftist question the very existence of Ram,

Let us all, the believing Hindus, be the followers of any Gods / Godessess, celebrate the triumph of good over evil, light over darkness and known over the unknown.

रामो राजमणिः सदा विजयते रामं रमेशं भजे
रामेणाभिहता निशाचरचमू रामाय तस्मै नमः |
रामान्नास्ति परायणं परतरं रामस्य दासोस्म्यहं
रामे चित्तलयः सदा भवतु मे भो राम मामुद्धर ‖

– रामरक्षास्तोत्र।

Seeing these pics of Ayodhya yesterday evening, am reminded of Tulsidasji’s words from Ramcharit Manas:

अवधपुरी प्रभु आवत जानी।
भई सकल सोभा कै खानी।।
बहइ सुहावन त्रिबिध समीरा।
भइ सरजू अति निर्मल नीरा।।

When Ayodhya comes to know that Prabhu (Ram)is arriving, then She decorated Herself, the atmosphere cleared and the waters of the Sarayu river flowed gently…

Let us remember Ram is no where but within us and Ayodhya too is nowhere but our body, in which He resides…

Jay Shree Ram…

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Ram – An ideal Son

Rama valued his father’s pride more than his own pain
& defended his father’s honor that haters tried to stain.
He embarked on journey with no hate in his brain
For his divine loyalty drained out the feeling of disdain.

When the people witnessed him depart
It broke them & torn their souls apart.
Yet they realized Rama’s magisterial art
When he said, that he lives in everyone’s heart.

Though he was unjustly treated by his stepmother
His heart still melted with affection for his brother.
For they mutually respected one another
& this brotherly love no cruel conspiracy could smother.

Rama’s spiritual values till this day we celebrate
Because even though he was victimized by his unforgiving fate
Yet on his shoulders he carried his responsibilities‘ weight
& with integrity he conquered all kinds of hate.

Sidharth Jain, New Delhi

The poem beautifully enumerates the topic. Feel what can I write after all these words. I should be grateful to my brother from Delhi, who took time out, to write this, even though he didn’t want to. He shared that he did it out of respect for me, but I very well know and believe that Ram residing in his heart has made him do this.

Ram, the name itself gives goosebumps to millions of his followers.

Ram, the name itself gives one the confidence to win in every battle.

Ram, the name itself instills arouses passion for the Motherland.

But today I want to talk about Ram as an ideal son. Will not describe the events described in the poem as they are self explanatory. But will talk about संतान।

सम्यक् तनोति इति संतान। A child is one who carries forward the goals of parents.

And we can see the same characteristics in Ram. His forefathers King Aja, King Raghu, his own father King Dasrath have all lived their lives for the betterment and development of society. It is said that even the Devas, used to ask them for their help. Similarly Ram too, has worked towards development of society as a whole. The 14 years spent in exile were for the upliftment of the people who lived a uncivilized life. Fighting with the Rakshasas, who felt that spending uncivilized way of life is the only aim in life, is just a small part of the exile. Historically, all the events of abducting of Sita, meeting the Vanars, the Ram Ravan war, took place in the last 14 – 16 months of exile. So the question arises what did Ram do for the initial period? He, like his forefathers, lived amongst the uncivilized people and developed relations with them. He spent time with them and slowly but steadily made them understand the basic tenets of a cultured life. Led them to the path of civilisation.

Similarly like his forefathers, he always gave respect to the words of the Rishis. When Vishwamitra came to Dasrath to ask for Ram, to fight of the Rakshashas who were disrupting their yadnya. Dashrath, a father denies. But it is Ram who reminds him of his duties and expresses his willingness to go with the Rishi.

Ram is a very obediant son. He never questions his parents. When his father told him that he would be crowned the King, he agreed. The next day, when Dasrath banished him to exile, he agreed. He did not argue. Rishi Valmiki notes that there was not even a minute change in his expression in both the instances. He is always ready to do as his father tells him too.

I dont want to make this blog a long read, by writing many such instances from Ram’s life. But would sure love as always to raise questions to make everyone of us think.

Will we listen to what our father says, even if it is against our wishes?

Will we still command the same respect for our mother who for some reason strip us off our powers?

Will we complete every wish of our parents even if it means giving up our lives?

Let us all try to find genuine answers to these questions as devotees and followers of Ram. On this day of Ram Navmi, if we can sit back (lockdown days) and think and find answers to the above questions, then I do not think, India would need an old age home, anytime in near history.

Wishing you and your families a very Happy Ram Navmi.

May Lord Ram bless the world and lead us to light from these dark days of the pandemic.