“Today, the world needs the message of the Ramayana. Why? Because children do not heed the words of their parents, and parents do not set worthy examples to their children,” Bhagavan Baba said in a profound discourse delivered in April 5, 1998. He went on further and added, “Preceptors, today, do not teach the right course of conduct to the disciples, and the disciples, in turn, do not offer the due respect to the teachers. Today, businessmen, administrators, rulers, and citizens – all are tarred by the same brush. The world is replete with discord. People have forgotten the great message of Rama. They have forgotten the Divine, with the result that they are immersed in misery.”
Then, elaborating on the unique message inherent in Ramayana, He said, “In the Divine epic of the Ramayana, there is a special and profound message, and that is: man must lead the life of a human being, and must seek oneness with the Divine. Man should harmonize the three qualities in him (satwa, rajas, tamas). In every human being, all the three natures – human, divine, and demonic – are present. But most men today ignore their humanness and divinity and foster only their demonic nature. Man, in fact, should strive to manifest his divinity, and not display his weakness or his demonic qualities.”
The Ramayana, truly, is a work that holds out ideals for every home and family. It clearly demonstrates what should be the ideal relationship between a father and a son, a husband and wife, between a brother and his sibling, and even between rulers and citizens. In every slice of this beautiful epic, there is a deep lesson very relevant for the current times. And in this quiz, we have culled out a few such important ideas that we must ponder over and practice them wholeheartedly to purify our lives. We hope you will find it appealing and revealing.