” I think that we need mythology. We need a bedrock of story and legend in order to live our lives coherently.”
If we look at the lives we are living today, then majority of us are living it for name sake with the only motive of competing with the other person in our league. It is significantly of no use, as I see it when my grandma used to tell me stories from Indian Mythology, as the basic values such as aim, dedication, devotion, asceticism, contentment, modesty, compassion, sense of responsibility, commitment, self-respect and influence are missing these days. These values are not only required for regular lives but plays a crucial role in our professional world as well.
This makes me feel– some kind of deficient. Despite being resourceful, with everything available on Internet, we choose to remain unpolished. Indian culture is so deep-rooted that if one decides to look into, will remain astonished with the way he is leading his life. If we take away the key learning from Ramayana, the popular Indian Bible, then it teaches us many things like-
- The power of dedication and devotion– This can be seen from the part of Lord Hanuman, his devotion and utmost trust towards his Lord Ram, allowed him to take-up and successful completion of toughest of all challenges; bringing Sanjeevani Booty and setting up Lanka on fire, to name a few. Hence, dedication is really important in one’s life, if you are dedicated and devoted towards anything then no-one will be able to stop you from achieving your aim. Taking up one goal at a time will definitely lead to success
- Asceticism & Contentment- Lord Ram is the true figure for leading a self-less and contented life. He happily accepted the 14 years of exile instead of being crowned, respecting the decision of his parents (whatever good or bad it was), as there is nothing above your parents will. The generation these days are even ready to leave the parents for one decision they make against the wish of their kids or even if they show some priority to their other child. That’s how the families are breaking-apart and Indian culture is losing the fame.
- Modesty– Even after having a lust for Sita, Ravana was so modest in his behavior that he didn’t even touch her without her consent. This was the power of Ravana that people take his example for. Today we are losing such modesty and discipline in our lives. We don’t give a thought for our own desires, whether that is truly beneficial or not. Nowadays we only want to own people in our lives not win them. But in professional world, winning attention of the people and having a great connection is the key.
- Love & Compassion- The egoistic attitude and a negligence towards the relationships is leading the way. Many a times, we observe break-ups and people stepping back from their blood relations as well just for temporary pleasures or monetary gains. Lakshman is a true example that for his brotherly-love, he left his own comforts and all pleasures of life, even when he was not bound to do so.
- The value of a commitment- The father of Lord Ram, i.e. King Dasharatha once gave his wife a power to ask for any kind of promise she wants from him, but due to the situations it was postponed for a better time. When the time came for the fulfillment of that commitment, he didn’t deny to make it even when he was not in his favor, i.e. exile for Lord Ram and Kingdom for Bharat (Younger Half- brother of Lord Ram). But, nowadays, we seldom make commitments and even if we do, we make it till the time it is in our favor.
- Self-respect- There is a very thin line between having self-respect and ego where the former is defined as a state where you know for what all reasons you respect yourself and the latter one is defined when you only respect yourself and don’t consider what the other person has. A perfect example here is Sita from Ramayana. She didn’t even allow her husband, Lord Ram to question her state of purity even after going through Agni-Pareeksha to state the truth (immediately after returning from Lanka).
- Responsible- Another learning we can make from Sita’s life is that of owning your decisions and embracing them. Whatever she has gone through and the decisions she made at every moment, she didn’t blame the situations, people or anyone for making them. This doesn’t mean that she was happy throughout, at times she felt hurt, rejected and even cried but above all she owned them and beautifully managed to keep-up with those decisions and achieved the state of being contented. This is a lesson for all women out there to be independent in making their decisions considering all the positives and negatives, and maintaining self-respect not ego.
Every Story has two sides, same with Ramayana. It is the symbol of Victory of Good over Evil. Same goes for our lives, if we embrace the positives then we will be able to produce a better generation and a better world. So, keeping some good lessons from Ramayana, I would like each one of us to develop a Better Us. It is being heard that India is losing its essence when it comes to culture as we are moving towards westernization but I believe if any one of us will start bringing back the facts from Indian Culture, we will be able to sustain it and grow it, so our future generations can know its essence. Let’s take a pledge to adopt some of the learnings from Indian Mythology in our everyday lives so that we don’t seek resources from outside instead we ourselves can be resourceful.