Spiritual Awareness

Dussehra- Victory Of Good Over Evil

Come October & we see the hustle & bustle all around. There is a festive mood in the air.  The calendar is marked with a chain of festivals one after another. First among the list is Navratri, then Dussehra or Vijayadashmi followed by Diwali & Bhai Dooj. 

Dussehra marks the victory of Rama over Ravana in the famous Hindu epic Ramayana. In Ramayana, Ravana kidnaps Rama‘s wife Sita, to claim vengeance on Ram & his brother Lakshmana for having cut off the nose of his sister Surpanakha. In the end Rama wins the battle & rescues Sita. Thereafter, this victory is celebrated by burning the effigies of Ravana, Kumbhkarana & Meghnatha.

Ravan-statue

Dussehra (the tenth day) is the climax of the nine-day long celebrations of Navratri. Navratri (nine nights) is the time to reflect on oneself, observe silence & practice fasting. Fasting cleanses the body of toxins and silence purifies speech & mind. Ramlila is the main event conducted in northern parts of the country.

Also, Puranas opined that on this day Goddess Durga defeated & killed the buffalo demon Mahishasura. Goddess Durga’s victory is celebrated as Vijayadashmi or Dusshera, by many people following Hinduism. In the eastern state of West Bengal, Vijayadashmi is observed as the day of ‘visarjan’ (submersion) of the idols of Goddess Durga, after the celebrations of Durga Puja in the preceding nine days.

Durga-pooja

Dussehra & Durga puja are celebrated throughout the country at the same time with great enthusiasm and with varying rituals, and with the same motive to celebrate the victory of good over evil.

Significance of Dussehra

Ravana the king of Lanka was a devout follower of Lord Shiva. He was highly intellectual but a cruel & arrogant demon king. Ravana had ten heads which signifies his thorough knowledge over the four Vedas & six Upanishads, which made him as powerful as ten scholars. Another interpretation for the ten heads is the ten indriyas {five gyan (sensory) indriya + five karm (instruments of bodily action) indriya}.

Happy-Dussehra2

He used his powers for evil purposes. Ravana personifies worldly personality who runs after the materialistic things & has prominient characteristics like lust for power, women & greed. Despite his high stature & the kingdom made of gold, Ravan could not stay happy. Satguru says, in life when there is only knowledge but no love & compassion then one becomes egoistic.

On the other hand, Ram the king of Ayodhya was called Maryada Purushottam, literally the Perfect Man or Lord of Self-Control or Lord of Virtue. Ram’s life was one of perfect adherence to dharma despite harsh tests of life time. For the sake of his father’s promise Rama abandoned his claim to the throne & lived in exile for fourteen years. Ram personifies our spiritual personality, Our Own Self which is Love, Peace & Bliss.

Spiritual Master says, “We have two personalities, one is worldly and the other is spiritual.  Mixing with the thoughts of desires, attachments, hatred, anger, greed is the worldly personality and being in the feeling of devotion and love for God is the spiritual personality. Ram symbolizes goodness, the thoughts which take us near to the Lord and Ravana symbolizes Ego, negative and evil thoughts. There is an ongoing fight between the good (Ram) & the evil (Ravana) in every man at the physical, mental & emotional level”.

rama-vijaya-1With the advent of a Divine Soul “Satguru” in our lives, Bhakti, Love for God and Naam jap (Bhajan) begins and then slowly all the vices starts decreasing. Ego loses its grip and love for God shines in our heart. This is the victory of Ram over Ravana {good over evil}.

On the auspicious occasion of Dussehra let us all take a pledge to burn all the vices mushrooming inside. When Satguru comes in our lives, we let Ram win. When Ram wins then there is only Light (Eternal Happiness). So the choice is ours. Either we become Ravana & get entrapped in the worldly pleasures or become Ram (A spiritual being) or a Bhakt.

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare

Hare Ram Hare Ram Ram Ram Hare Hare !!

6 responses on "Dussehra- Victory Of Good Over Evil"

  1. Guru Bhagwan ke anant anant anant anant sukhrane hai jo hame samay samay per samaj dete hai guru ma aur guru Bhagwan ko naman hai

  2. Gurubhagwan ko naman h.
    Gueubhagwan hme satsang laabh de ker hmare mun k Ravan ko maar ker hmare bhitar se bhagwad prem prakat ker rhe h.
    We r learning to c GOD N GOOD IN OURSELVES N OTHERS.
    RAM IS BEING ENLIVEND BY GURU KRIPA.
    SATGURU BHAGWAN K ANANT SHUKRANE H.

  3. Satguru Bhagwanji Guru Maaji apko koti koti naman ha anant anant shukrane ha. apki kripa ki barsaat to rahi ha. hum usme bhigte rahen . shukrane shukrane

  4. satguru bhagwan ji ke anant shukraane hai… Sara jeevan unhone festival bana diya hai.. saari kripa unhi ki hai aapke anant anant shukraane hai

  5. Guru bhagwan ko naman h guru bhagwan ki anant kripa h jo humare ander k agyan rupi ravan ko marker prem prkat kiya h anant Shukrane h.

  6. Guru bhagwan ko koti naman hai anant anant shukrane hein. Guru bhagwan hi ego ko pahchan pana sikhate hein.

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