Significance of Ramanaya and Mahabharat
“Emotions are the ornaments of life. But we need to choose the emotions that bring out our higher side, not our lower side.”
? Chaitanya Charan Das
A monk, mentor and spiritual author
When there are questions we do not know the answers for, we look into our history. And one way or another history does help us in our quest, which is why the whole humankind put such great efforts in keeping their history intact. While a huge part of the western world considers the Ramayana and the Mahabharata as mythology (a collection of myths), we Indians and a friendly subset outside India consider them as real as the air around us. We worship these mahakavyas and look up to them as a source for enlightenment.
During the late 1980s and early 1990s, these epic tales were picturized and telecasted on our TV sets. Again during the lockdown where no new shoots are possible, we get the opportunity to revisit our memory lanes. Kids from that time are parents now and wish their kids to see the re-telecast of these shows. Are kids of this generation going to like the three decade old visualization, definitely NO! Then why is it important for them to watch these shows and what they can learn from them?
Ramayana, the epic tale of lord Rama, teaches us that our duty toward our motherland comes above everything else. Teaches us humility and that we should treat every life as equal. Ramayana is a victory tale of good over bad and humanity over cruelty. It teaches us that everyone has their own ups and downs in life. This is a tale of devotion for family, for one’s country and deity.
Mahabharata is full of important life lessons from start till the end and the most important one is, “the purpose of the action is more important than the action”. It narrates what happens when we let hatred and jealousy take over, that wars only bring destruction and we should do everything to avoid them. If you still have to be part of it, fight on the right side and how can anyone ignore the Gita.
Both Ramayana and Mahabharata are giving us directions for generations. They are not mere part of our history but also life guides toward light and truthfulness. Maybe the kids are naïve to grasp their essence, but this is a good time for us to revisit those lessons we ourselves naively watched in our childhood but never well understood. And maybe one day our kids will get a similar opportunity to be overwhelmed by these epic tales we consider the roots of our being.
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