India is certainly a land of festivals and celebrations. The entire calendar is dotted with festivals celebrated across the land and breadth of the nation. We have just been through with the Navratris (nine nights) and today is VijayDashmi or Dussheraa (10th day), the day Ravana was killed by Lord Rama, a symbol of victory of Good over evil. All festivals are not just meant to be occasions for celebrations but the main aim of the mythological tales is to convey life lessons and strengthen human beliefs in the prevalent value system.
Its up to us to draw the right lessons or just eat drink and be make merry. I have drawn my own list of lessons.
Life is beyond our Comfort Zones…
‘Ramayana’ is a beautiful example of moving beyond comfort zones to excel. We all get used to certain comfort zone and prefer to function within certain self-drawn limits. But the one who breaks from the limits usually excels. As per the tale, Lord Rama, along with wife Sita and brother Lakshmana, gave up the princely life and lived 14 years in jungle away from the comforts of the palace he was used to. He gave up the comfort of the princely life and ‘Ramayana’ happened. May be, if he had not agreed to obey the decision of his father to spend 14 years in jungle, he would have lived and died as just another prince / King.
No one is perfect….
Ravana was one of the most educated/ intelligent humans of his time but still did the mistake (crime) of kidnapping a married lady, because he wanted to marry her. Because of this one mistake Ravana is remembered as a symbol of ‘Evil’ more so because nobody expected a learned man like him to indulge in such a crime. It’s a must to maintain balance in life, one should not get carried away by power.
Balance is what matters….
Knowledge is the most powerful attribute amongst all. During Navratri the Goddess is worshipped in various forms out of which ‘Durga’ (Symbolises Power/ Strength), ‘Lakshmi’(Goddess of Wealth) and Saraswati (Goddess of Education) are the most prominent. One got to work hard not just to acquire all three but also learn to maintain a balance between the three to be successful in life. Good education will certainly go a long way in helping maintain the required balance.
Life is a precious gift and is to be celebrated. One doesn’t have to wait for any day or occasion to celebrate; Be happy that you are alive and kicking. Ups and down will be there in life, even Lord Rama went through them but kept moving on and came back successful and victorious. His 14 years of penance in jungle ending in victory over the ‘Evil’ Ravana. Whatever problems one may perceive he/ she is going through, one should be thankful for the gift of life. The nine days of festivities during ‘Navratris’ symbolises this spirit of celebrating life.