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Spiritual progress means simplicity and humility as Lord Rama
Diwali is a festival of self–awakening. Apart from lighting up our houses, we need to enlighten our souls too. When the heart is also illuminated, we can experience goodness within our self and in others.
Diwali is a special day for all Indians across the globe and others as well. The colour, the lights, everything seems worth living for. A lot of good vibrations originate from houses. Everybody is indulging in doing something away from the mundane. The house appears chic, everything is neat and tidy, people leave ill-feelings behind to greet each other, we offer prayers to the gods for all the nice things in life.
Relevance of folk wisdom & what are its takeaways
Folk wisdom is always relevant if we ignore its exaggerations or twisting of facts. We need to dwell on what can we learn from these tales of self-discipline, morality and social belongingness.
There are a lot of take-aways from the life of Lord Rama. Let us peep into our lives and see if possess even an iota of what he stood for.
- We find it difficult to follow a life of principles and moral ethics in modern times. We all face harsh tests and obstacles in our personal lives. Facing an exile of 14 yrs, Lord Rama’s journey was tumultuous with his wife Sita being kidnapped and he having to fight a war against a powerful ruler like Ravana. When maryada purushottam Lord Rama had to bear hardships, who are we? Lord Rama’s life is a peep into how we bear and face difficult situations without any ill will towards individuals or society.
- Honouring your word is rare these days; deceit, cheating for personal gains is usual. Lord Rama honoured his father’s unwilling promise to his step-mother Kakeyi of sending him to 14yrs exile to enthrone her son Bharat. In today’s parlance, nobody would give up any worldly pleasure to honour his parent’s promise.
We need to analyse where we went wrong and then work towards making the wrong right
- Lord Rama Rama believed in following swadharma which is the individual responsibility or perspective towards one’s own life and towards society. We must train our minds to follow good principles and to set benchmarks for the future generation.
- The vices within us like insecurity, jealousy, being power-drunk, need to be looked into. We need to analyse where we went wrong and then work towards making the wrong right. It is when we attribute our achievements to God ‘He did it’, we give up our ego, our power, and lay it at his feet, that we purify ourselves.
- We are not willing to listen to good counsel. Ravana was thinking Mandodari was envious of Sita, but actually he was envious of Lord Ram. Ravana was thinking Vibhisana was disloyal and taking the side of Lord Ram, but he was disloyal to Kubera, his cousin brother. We won’t listen to good counselling thinking that we know better, that was Ravana. Arrogance cannot understand wellwishers, the world is a mirror of our own consciousness.
The beautiful golden deer which Sita developed deep attachment trapped her
- Material or emotional attachments create traps in our minds and make us suffer. The beautiful golden deer which Sita developed deep attachment trapped her.
- Hanuman and his vanar sena
- Building a bridge across an ocean to Lanka could not happen with intelligence and engineering alone. Devotion, patience, slugging it out over a long period of time, for the good of an individual or humanity bears good results, widens perspective and gives lessons of life.
- Lord Rama ate the half-eaten berries of Shabri. He showed all the compassion for a little being like a squirrel. Big or small, every life has a significance on Earth.