|Rama and Ravana|
As per hindu beliefs, on this day in Treta Yuga, Shri Ramachandra, the seventh avatar of Vishnu killed Ravana, who had abducted Rama's wife Sita to his kingdom of Lanka. Rama, along with his brother Lakshman, some staunch followers Hanumana, Angada, Jambuvan and Vanara army fought a great war to rescure Sita. The entire narrative is recorded in the epic Ramayana.
But do you really think? It really happened. I mean someone with a handful of staunch followers, and a monkey army defeated a fierce-some enemy with an army of tens of thousand. I don't really think so. But I am not saying Ramayana is a bland lie. I think, it is a over-fictionalized retelling of what really happened. And, it is all symbolic.
I think, Ramayana is all symbolic. The word Rama means "an ideal being, a person who believe in spreading happiness and joy" whereas Ravana means "an obnoxious being, a person who cries a lot about the situation and surroundings". So, if we deduce from these simple meanings, it was fight between ideal way of living versus not so ideal way.
Similarly, Dashanana, one with ten faces, the title attributed to Ravana, is also symbolic. It was about his ten vices not ten faces or ten heads. His ten vices are 1. Kama (lust), 2. Krodha (anger), 3. Moha (attachment), 4. Lobha (greed), 5. Madda (pride), 6. Matsara (jealousy), 7. Swartha (selfishness), 8. Anyaya (injustice), 9. Amanavta (cruelty) and 10. Ahankara (ego). And if we carefully observe our surrounding, we will find that most of people are being infected from these ten vices.
In the end, it is not all about Rama and Ravana. It is about you and yourself. And Dussehra symbolizes you conquering your vices, not Ram's victory over Ravana. I hope, I have conveyed my message clearly. But if you think, I have missed something, please enlight us, with your knowledge. Your comments are welcome.
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Note: This is my first post under, the post series Dashmukham. Hope you will come back to read my next post in the series.