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Welcome to the part 2 of Learnings from Ramayana. I hope that there was some useful information in the first attempt. If at all, I am overwhelmed. The best return that I could ever recieve that Three friends came back to me and said, “We will start reading RamCharitmanas.” Look forward to more people taking the abode of Sri RamaCharitManas. Happy reading.
THE ACTUAL FEELINGS OF KAIKEYI:raam tilak jou saanchehu kaali, deu maang mann bhawat aali kausalya sam sab mahtari, ramayi sahaj subhayn pyari mo par karanhi bisesh sanehi, mein kari preeti paricha dekhi jou bidhi janm deyi kari chohu, hohu ram siya poot putohu pran tein adhik ram priy more, tinh ke tilak chobhu kas tore This verse is taken from Ayodhyakaand, on the eve of Rama being given charge as the king. Manthara, wasn’t happy with the news and tried to convince Kaikeyi to stop the procceedings. To her nuisance, Kaikeyi replied If Rama’s tilak is really happening tomorrow, ask for any gift that pleases your mind and I shall grant it to you. All mothers are as dear to Rama as Kausalya. He has a special liking for me, I have tested his love on several ocassions. If god in his mercy grant me a chance to be a human again, Rama and Sita be my son and daughter-in-law. Rama is deared to me than life. So, what is it that made you disturbed at this news? It is true that at times, we are good human beings. We have a heart with purity of gold and thought as divine as the god himself. But we must during those times, not let others confuse us. They might come to us projecting that they are better well-wishers that we ever had. They might make us count the good they have done and the bad thinks of us. They will try to hijack our thoughts in territories unexplored by our minds. It is at that time, we need to think and think wisely. Premature evaluation has done much harm than any other weapon that ever destructed anything.
THE POWER OF DESTINY:bhanu kamal kula poshanhara, binu jala jari karai soi chara This verse was told to Kaikeyi by Manthara suggesting that Rama, your favourite son, might change when he will be a king. When the destiny wants, the sun blossoms the lotus and when the destiny strikes, it is the same sum that burns it without water. Similarly, Sunahu Bharat Bhaavi prabal Bilakhi kahehu muni naath, Haani Laabh, Jeevan Maranu, Jasu Apjasu, bidhi Haath. This verse was told to Bharat on his return from his maternal hometown and getting the news of Dasarath’s demise and Rama’s voyage to the forests. Se says,”Listen Bharat : The fate is formidable; Loss and Profit, Life and Death, Glory and Infame – They all lie in the hands of destiny. As bichaar kehi Deyis dou, byarth kaahi par keejiye roosu Taat bichaaru karu man mahi, Soch jog dasarath nripa nahi sochiye bipra jo veda bihina taji nij dharam bishay layleena sochiye nripa jo neeti na jaana, jehi na praja priya pran samana sochinye puni pati banchak naari, kutil kalahpriya icchachaari sochiye batu nij bratu pariharahi, jo nahin guru aayus anusarhi He continues by saying that it was destined so do not grieve. We should not blame anyone and we shall not be upset with anyone. Pitiable is the Brahmana who is ignorant of the knowledge (vedas), pitiable is the king who is without policeis and loves his people lesser than his own life. pitiable is the woman who decieves her husband and follows her desires and pitiable is the studeys who disobeys the command of his teachers. In this verse, I believe all is said in such a way that defines the principles and guidelines for various people. The teacher (referred here as Brahmins); The Leaders (The king); The Wife and the Student. The choice has always been with us and still is : Do we want ourselves to be in the Ideal category of the pitiable category ?? THE IDEAL SON Dhanya Janmu Jagatital taasu, Pitahi Pramodu Charit Suni Jasu Chari padarath kartal taake, Priya Pitu Matu Pran Sam Jaake This verse is during conversation between Rama and Dasarath when the news Rama’s voyage to forests broke out. It says, Blessed is his birth whose father is rejoiced to hear his doings. He has accomplishes all the four prizes in life – Religious Merit, Material Riches, Sensuous gratification and Final Beautitude. This verse must not be mistaken. It is not the good luck of a father whose son does great things. On the contrary, it is the son’s fortune that he has been able to let his father view his good deeds. Anuchita Uchita Bicharu Taji Je palahni Pitu Bein, Te Bhaajan sukh Sujas ke, basahi amarpati Ein. Those who follow their father’s command, without a thought on its logic, attain happiness and dwell in the abode of the Indra. This verse is best suited to all the Gen X people like us. We have a reasoning and logic attached to almost anything. We apply the same even to our parent’s command. We tend to argue giving our logics an upper hand. Never do we realise that it is they to whom we belong. Did we ever exist without their existence? Are we not merely a part of their flesh and blood. And today, we tend to overrule their commands with our logic which in reality carries no value. TRUST amongst BROTHERS: Parihari Ramu Siya Jag Maahi, Kou na Kahihi more mat naahi. Jadhapi Janmu Kumaat te mein sathu sadaa sados aapan jaani na tyagihahi mohi Raghubir bharos. Such was the trust of Bharat on Rama and Sita that he said, “Except for my lord Rama and Sita nobody will believe that I was not a party to this conspiracy.” Though I am born to a wicked mother and am guilty, I am confident that Rama ill not disown me knowing me for his own. This is the ideal trust brothers should carry for their counterparts. Being the sole recipient of all kingdom and riches, he still believes that Rama is the only one who would believe that Bharat has not done any harm to him. Whereas today, the moment even if the slightest materialistic gain goes to a brother, the brother accuses the other without a hint of hesitation or shame. ON PATIENCE anuchit uchit kaju kuchu hou, samujhi kariya bhal kah sab kau sehsa kari panchen pachitahi, kahahi bed budh te udh naahi One should always do things after evaluating the right and wrong with the consent of the concerned. Those who repent after acting impulsively, are not called wise by the vedas. This verse highlights the saying, DO NOT REACT. ALWAYS RESPOND. Patience is the key and the ornament of the wise. A fool will always act in haste and jump onto conclusions. REPAYMENT OF TRUST The above mentioned trust that Bharat bestowed on Rama was not one sided. This is what Rama felt for him, masak phoonk maku meru udaai, hoyi na nripmadu bharatahi bhai lakhan tumhar sapath pitu aana, suchi sambandhu nahin bharat samana A mosquito may blow away the Meru mountain, but Bharat will never be intoxicated by gaining kingdom. I swear of you and our father, there is no brother as good as Bharat. This verse underlines the importance of repaying the trust that has been estowed upon us. It is not ours to be just taken for granted and kept aside. Trust has to be returnd at par if not premium. Always remember Trust also Rusts..(Thats my new one-liner for you). Friends I am done with almost 500 pages of Ramayana and would have missed a lot of information in these pages. Honestly, the first 150 pages were fipped through in a hurry. So in the next edition, I would try to recap those pages and any other piece of information that I would have surely missed. Look forward to see you again….My writing is a lamp and your reading is the oil. I have lit the lamp, continuing it is something I cannot afford. Need your contribution in term of feedback and suggestions.