WAR AND THE TRIUMPHANT RETURN TO AYODHYA
was no other alternative. The war bugle was sounded. Rama instructed his army to
fight with anything that was handy the monkeys could use sticks,
stones and even their own nails to fight the enemy.
one confronts evil, one must not waste time looking for weapons. One must fight
it with what is available at hand.
had a confrontation with Ravana’s son Indrajit. Lakshmana was wounded. Hanuman
found Lakshmana lying unconscious in the battlefield. He brought him to Rama.
is only a noble soul who will bring a wounded devotee to God.
doctor was summoned who prescribed a herb to be administered to Lakshmana before
daybreak if his life was to be saved.
was going to accomplish this feat? Hanuman, of course.
flew to the hill where this herb grew. He was confounded as all the herbs looked
alike. He decided to carry the whole hill.
is said that a man with faith can move mountains. Hanuman could carry it.
reached Lakshmana on time. Lakshmana’s life was saved.
the field came Ravana’s brother, Kumbhakarna. He wanted to fight alone; he did
not need any help. Kumbhakarna was ego incarnate.
is enough to kill every virtue. Rama killed Kumbhakarna. Only God and his grace
have the capacity to annihilate the ego.
killed Meghanatha (Indrajit) after enjoying the much-deserved rest on his Lord’s
was a victory of Good over Evil.
war between our benign tendencies and our evil ones is a daily occurrence in our
with his ten ugly heads within us has to eventually fall when the swift arrow of
Rama hits him.
again the flag of virtue was hoisted.
and Sita were united.
fourteen years of trial were over.
returned triumphant to the city of Ayodhya.
Golden Age took its seat on the throne.
and Devotion reigned supreme in the Kingdom.
is believed in the Hindu philosophy that the flame of Rama’s Kingdom can be
kindled and lit up in our hearts too, to bring love and happiness.
virtues of sacrifice, love and service of Lakshmana, Bharata and Shatrughna must
become an integral part of our lives.
on the throne of our heart must sit the knowledge and wisdom of Rama united
with the devotion and compassion of Sita.
this is attained, we are on the right road from strife and death to immortality.
versions of the Ramayana:
Ramayana, Marathi Bhavartha Ramayana, Bangla Krittiwasa Ramayana, Assamese
Madhavakali Ramayana, Dwidish Telugu Ramayana, Kamban's Tamil Ramayana, Mula
Ramayana, Malayalam Ramacharitam, Oriya Balramdasa Ramayana...