DUSSEHRA OR VIJAYDASHAMI (ON 22ND OCTOBER 2015) – HEARTIEST FELICITATIONS ON THIS SACRED DAY)
Dussehra is the celebrated annually- a most sacred festival,
Devout rejoice this day as win of goodness over evil,
And take lesson for life that evil cannot have its sway forever,
It meets its end one day, however mighty be the perpetrator.
Lord Shri Ram the embodiment of righteousness
With most adorable traits with immense prowess
A reservoir of humility with simplicity in abundance
Tolerance, harmony and elderly reverence
That a son should have in abundance
For the adoring parents.
Lord Rama left for exile and leaving everything in Ayodhya,
When his father Shri Dashratha
Is constrained to act on the promises given in he past
To his wife Kakai – mother of Shri Bharata
And step mother of Lord Shri Rama,
Who had saved Shri Dashratha’s life once,
Consequently extracting a promise to be fulfilled in of her choice
To be redressed at a time most appropriate,
Manthra – the courtier of Kakai too showed her true color,
In making Kakai realize the promises,
Crown for her son Shri Bharata and exile for Shri Ramji,
Shri Ramji, as expected accepted exile for fourteen long years.
And that too without a demur,
He embraced the life simplest in the jungles,
Subsisting on the fruits and herbs,
That is the crux of a lesson for today’s children
Maa Sitaji too along with brother Lakshmana too accompanied Shri Ram
The Ravana, the king of Sri Lanka,
Representing design with evil intent,
With deception, abducted Sita Maa,
The loving consort of Shri Ram,
Kept her in his garden – Ashok Bhatika,
Exhorting her to marry him,
Sita Mata, an ideal wife,
Of an ideal husband,
Spurned his unethical wish with disdain at her command.
There was a battle so ferocious,
Between Lord Shri Ram and demon king Ravana,
Who despite his knowledge of Vedas and fond bhakata of Lord Shiva
Ruined his name and fame with his act of wickedness
An immorality of highest order – by all yardstick
Due to which Ravana lost his everything dear to him,
His nears and dears and his forces, he prided
Including himself ultimately.
There is eternal lesson for all of us from this epic,
Remove the evil from our midst,
Burn it out, the sooner it is done the better,
As we burn the effigies of Ravana along with Kumbkarna and Meghnad.
Being a religious and yearly ritual,
Vijaydashmi ought to establish a kingdom of love,
Overflowing with peace, full of tolerance, goodwill for all,
A kingdom of love for everybody, leaving none
For it is celebration of destruction of evil and a win for truth an ultimate one.
Vijayadashami or Dussehra or Dashahara (A Sanskrit word where Dasha means Sun will not rise and hara means defeat). This means setting the sun of the empire of Demon king Ravana at the hands of Lord Sri Rama for his evil actions. It also refers to killing of Mahishasura by Mata Dura. In other words, it is victory (Victory) of truth over evil – also referred to as Vijaydashmi.
In today scenario, the message given by Dussehra is still most relevant. The evil which pervades in any form or manifestation has to be nipped with an iron hand otherwise it will bring in its wake deaths and destruction. The violence by any community is condemnable. Civilized behavior is the need of the hour. Evil route is followed a few fringe groups but the society as a whole have to bear the brunt of it all. If the writ of the evil design in the form of Ravanas is not stopped then we all have to suffer the consequences. Letting the evil to have its own way means situation going awry. In that case Natural applies its own Law and has its own methods of curbing or stopping all these nefarious designs and its results are far reaching for us all.
Dussehra gives us a wonderful message that good always wins finally though it may take sometime yet it cannot go on indefinitely – ultimately truth prevails. Even now, those who follow the rules of jungle will have to meet their Waterloo one day.
After Nine Days of fasting and offering our prayers to MATA SHAKTI in its varied manifestations / forms which she represents; a day of reckoning dawns finally when She helps annihilates the evil from our midst and shows that Truth is the ultimate winner. The evil which demon kings Ravna or Meheshasura represented may have won for sometimes but it cannot go unchallenged; the evil designs cannot be allowed to last forever. The God in the Heaven cannot allow these evil forces to go on and let their reign of terror rule on the masses and disturb the order established by our Lord.
When we have observed nine days fast besides observance of other pious deeds, being kind and compassionate towards needy, cleansed our body of all the negativity – anger, ill-will, deceit, jealousy etc then it means that we have invested in higher pedestal in our life. In other words, we have attained victory over the evil in all its manifestations. Vijaydashami is the day of that victory – a decisive victory of goodness over evil.
Karma philosophy runs supreme for us all. If we resort to good deeds, results will be good and if we resort to bad deeds we can hardly expect good results. The life of gunas like Sattiva, Tamsic and Rajsvic and following these give us varied results, depending on the sincerity in which we undertake the same. The one who goes beyond these three gunas, get moksha – the complete liberation from births and deaths – merging with our Creator thenceforth for good and a complete liberation from the pangs of births and deaths.
The evil deeds of king Ravana resulted not only his defeat and ultimate death it also resulted in killing his brother Kumbkarna and Meghnath besides many of his demons – evil forces who disturbed the prayers of sadhus and also their rituals were defiled besides the common people at that period of time subjected to torments. It also shows that those who pride over their prowess, status and material possessions will end up losers, if possession of these things make them egotistic. Similar was the case with Meheshasura; who too felt music for his misdeeds at the hands of Mata Shakti.
Every year effigies of Demon King Ravana, Kumbkaran and Meghnad are put to flames just to show to the world at large that everybody should introspect that consequence of evil deeds would be its annihilation in all its forms and dimensions. Good symbolised by Lord Rama wins finally. Victory to the Truth. Defeat to the evil. Injustices committed have to be wiped out for the good of humanity so that the principles of justice and time-honored policy of fair-play are established.
This is the message of VIJAYDASHMI. May people in general realise the import of this message and act accordingly. This is more relevant today than ever in the past because of the evil forces which are raising their heads. LET THERE BE VICTORY OF THE GOOD OVER THE EVIL.