History is curiously amazing. When read as an insipid syllabus homework, it haunts us days and nights; but, when studied just out of curiosity to understand the folly of our most revered ancestors, it itself gets haunted.
The story I am going to tell you today is not just an uncooked (and a very long and interesting) concoction of history and time. It is a blend: a consummate but sadistic approach to the understanding of our past. And it’s queer meeting with the present…
Caution: A word of caution here. The following story may hurt your religious sentiments if you do not hate Hinduism. I am an Indian and just like everyone of them have the right to speak my mind. I am not speaking of course but I think that writing does make an impact.
In the long remembered and usually craved past, Lord Rama cruised upon the lands of Demon Ravana with a diversified army of monkeys and eagles and men.He was in war with him.
There have been many wars in the history of the universe, each of them having a worthy and unique reason behind them. The war of Mahabharata, the war of right against wrong, was nothing but some brothers’ revenge against their cousins because the latter had publicly insulted their mother’s daughter-in-law who by sheer coincidence was the wife of all five of them.
The reason behind lord Rama’s action against the demon king was also of similar nature. When lord Rama was on a fourteen year exile in the lands of Panchvati following the order of his old father and his step mother, Ravana, the demon king, with the help of Mareech, abducted Sita with a clever contraption donning the looks of a hermit in order to avenge his sister’s humiliation by Rama’s younger brother. He did use the undesirable methods of treachery and crook but for his sister’s Honor he had to take that step. Even Lord Rama had used such deceit while fighting with Vali who being the elder brother, had seized his kingdom from Sugriva, after he, considering him to be dead, had taken his kingdom and his wife Tara.
Why did Lord Rama shoot Vali, an unsuspecting victim behind a tree? Why didn’t he just try to convince him to take his younger brother back? Why was it that lord Rama did not fight with Vali man to man? Was he afraid of him and his powers?
There are many justifiable answers to such questions. But do they really satisfy you?
And there are many questions…
Why did Lord Krishna kill Bheeshma,Drona and Karna using unfair means? And if he did that, why is he called a lord?
You will say: Anything done in defense of dharma is dharma.When the other side follows adharma in war, you need not hesitate to use adharma. Everything becomes fair in war.
Prithvi Raj Chauhan followed dharma when he let off Mohammed Ghauri the first time. India still hasn’t recovered from that mistake.
Vijayanagar empire defeated Bhamini sultans for 3 centuries in many wars.But it did not destroy them and let them off.It lost one war in 1565.Just one war.Just visit Humpi today to know what happened then.
Gandhi fasted to force Nehru to give Pakistan 55 Crore rupees as share from reserve bank.He cited dharma as the reason.Later Pakistan waged a war against India with that money.
Was Surpnakha wrong on part of her desire to enchant the handsome Lakshmana to be her husband? Many women had had done that in the past. Ulupi, one of the many wives of Arjuna also got him to married her after giving him drugs and abducting him. Even Arjuna was married at that time. Why didn’t he cut her nose then?
Ravana was also infatuated with Sita’s beauty. He also abducted her like Arjuna had done with Subhadra with the aid of Lord Krishna. He did that against her wishes of course, but he took great care of her in his kingdom and never did he try to even touch her against her wishes. He thought he would make her fall in love with him since he was all powerful and was indeed, the lord of Demondom. But Sita was in deeply in love with Lord Rama and she would not betray him. She passed her time in Ashok Vatika in the hope that her husband would come to rescue her. But what did she get in return?
Don’t you think Sati system owes its birth to Ramayana?
Why did Lord Rama waged a war and killed many innocent people just to free his wife and then make her walk in the flames of fire? And if that was not enough, he banished her from his kingdom and that too when she was pregnant with his two kids.
It is said that Lord Rama stayed in the hut of a woman of lower birth and in spite of all the differences treated her like a normal person. It was definitely great of Lord Rama to have done that thing.
After pleasantly receiving the Lord and offering Him some fruits, Shabri asked him a question: “When even my guru (a great sage) could not obtain your darshan, how could I – a socially disadvantaged, uneducated woman – attain it?” In reply, Rama explained that His remembrance is not influenced by gender, caste, title, or age but finds its source in devotion alone.
Don’t you think caste system owes its existence to Ramayana?
My full name is Rahul Sharma Vashishitha. And my father says that I am a direct descendant of Hermit Vashishtha. Am I of higher caste and anyway different than others?