Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Surpanakha - A modern daughter

Recently I came across a face book post about a daughter-mother conversation on Ravana and Rama. It goes like this

A pregnant mother asked her daughter, “what do you want – a brother or a sister?”

Daughter: Brother
Mother: Like Whom?
Daughter: Like RAVAN
Mother: What the hell are you saying, Are you out of your mind?
Daughter: Why not Mom? He left all his Royalship & Kingdom, all because his sister was disrespected. Even after picking up his enemy’s wife, he didn’t ever touch her. Why wouldn’t I want to have a brother like him? She continues… What would I do with a brother like RAM who left his pregnant wife after listening to a “dhobi” though his wife always stood by his side like a shadow? After giving “Agni Pareeksha” & suffering 14 years of exile. Mom, you being a wife & sister to someone, until when will you keep on asking for a “RAM” as your son?

Mother was in tears.

Moral: No one in the world is good or bad. It’s just an interpretation about someone. Change your perception!


Sounds very logical and emotional, right? As the Moral at the end says, it is just an interpretation of a Ramayana event, to fit someone’s prejudices and temperament. After all Ravana did what he did because he too interpreted Dharma as he wanted. Perhaps then we must accept that Ravana faced the consequences of his interpretation of Dharma.

But let’s ask a simple question. Did the girl in above example take all the facts about Ravana, Surpanakha into consideration before making above interpretation?

If the mother in above scenario read Ramayana herself, then her answer would be something in the lines of…

  • A Ravan like brother would deny his sister (the girl in above scenario) marrying someone she loved, a Danava Vidyutjihva, from a different caste. A Ravan would honor kill Surpanakha's newly wed husband.
  • A Ravana's sister would go around enticing men, even married men. A Ravana's sister would try to marry Rama, then Lakshmana when Rama rejects her, then again Rama when Lakshmana says no; all in an hour or so.
  • A Ravana's sister would try to kill Sita (the very Sita our protagonist is so concerned about) when Rama rejected her. She would kill other women to marry their husbands; same as Muhammed killed the husbands to marry their wives/women.
  • Then a Ravana's sister advises her own brother to have/kidnap Sita, a fellow woman & married woman, so he can avenge her Asuric lust.
  • A Ravana like brother would not abstain from touching Sita out of respect for women. He does it out of fear for his life, as he got a curse from his own great grandfather, Brahma, that his head will explode if he touches a non-consenting woman. He got this curse because he raped Rambha who is his daughter-in-law by relation, same as Muhammed coveted Zaynab.
No mother in the world would want a son like Ravana because he would listen to his asuric/lustful sister, kidnap a married woman on his sister’s words and then end up destroying an entire Asura empire for his murkhatva. 

With Ravana like son and Surpanakha like daughter the mother would end up crying now and forever.

Herein lies a lesson for all Bharatiyas, who, sooner or later, will be facing their progeny overwhelmed by secular interpretations of the world around them. Read Ramayana and Mahabharata yourself and understand the Dharma for what it is. This will help guiding your own children away from Asuratva and eventual survival and progress of your own caste/race/lineage.

Dharma eva hato hanti, Dharmo rakshati rakshitah || 
(One who destroys Dharma is destroyed by DharmaOne who protects Dharma is protected by Dharma).

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