Finally we are at the stage wherein we are getting answers for the very purpose of Lord Rama’s birth – To reinstate Dharma (Righteousness) in this world! As Bhagawan Krishna says in his Bhagawad Gita,
“Praithraanaaya saadhunaam vinaashaayacha dushkrutham!
Dharma samsthaabhanaarthaaya sambhavaami yuge yuge!!”
We initially started with this particular sloka to explain Bhagawan Rama’s birth in our earlier episodes. Now we are finding out what exactly is Bhagawan doing! He has taken birth in the form of Rama to restore Dharma by destroying Ravana, who was the embodiment of “Adharma” (Unrighteous path). We are now at this critical stage wherein Ravana is on the floor gasping for his breathe! He is completely undone by Lord Rama’s fury and invincible powers! What Ravana did not even think of happening in his wildest dreams, has happened today! He stands defeated by an “ordinary human being”! For a person who has made even the Celestial beings tremble for their lives, how on earth can this happen?
As Ravana is lying on the floor helplessly, Lord Rama’s fury slowly comes down and he has a deep look at Ravana’s face and eyes. As Rama is an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, He knows who Ravana really is! Just because of a curse from a sage in Vaikunta, “Jaya” and “Vijaya” (the gatekeepers of Lord Vishnu’s abode in Vaikunta) have been born as Ravana and Kumbhakarna respectively. We’ve already spoken about this at length in one of our earlier episodes.
As Lord Rama looks at Ravana, he reveals his true form of Vishnu to him. Upon seeing Lord Vishnu standing in front of him, Ravana (who is actually an ardent Vishnu Devotee) is in tears of joy! Within a flash he realizes that all what had happened till date in his human life, was all a mere drama enacted by his Lord, so as to bring him back to Vaikunta! What a moment for Ravana this!! He cries unconsolably and thinks within himself, “Oh my dearest Lord! It is because of this small little devotee of yours that you had incarnated in this world! It is because of your dearest devotee that you had wantedly undertaken all these sufferings for so long! Little could I realize that it was Goddess Lakshmi Devi, (Sita) whom I had the audacity to abduct from Panchavati! Oh Lord! There is no forgiveness for what nonsense that I had done to you!”
Thinking thus, Ravana finally realizes his wrongdoings! He is now in a state of despair and frustration within himself! Looking at Ravana’s pitiful state, Lord Rama acknowledges his ardent prayers and requests and accepts him too! Such is the righteousness of Lord Rama! Moreover, he now turns to his brother Lakshmana and says, “Oh Lakshmana! Now that Ravana is in this pitiful state of affairs, go to him, fall in his feet and try to learn all the scriptural knowledge that Ravana possesses in him! The ego in Ravana is our enemy, but not the scholar in him! Hence, go and learn Ravana’s scholarliness before he breathes his last!”
What kind of magnanimity is this from Lord Rama! Even though Ravana is his enemy, he still is able to see the good in his enemy too! This is a very important management and a life lesson for all of us – Irrespective of whether a person is a friend or an enemy; we should try and grasp the good things from them at any time! This is exactly what Lord Rama is instructing Lakshmana to do.
Thus, as per his brother’s instruction, Lakshmana goes near Ravana and requests him to teach him the crucks of his scholarliness. Even Ravana himself is impressed! He happily teaches Lakshmana and by the end of the teaching, Ravana breathes his last! He is gone forever! The world has literally lost a scholar, a king an able administrator in Ravana! The world has lost a person who really was an epitome of the “Never-give-up” attitude! He fought till his last moment, although it was for a wrong cause!
For today, let us mourn and accept Ravana’s defeat and death but let us also realize that at any point in time, it would be “Dharma” that would prevail, however scholarly, able, powerful and invincible that person might have been! We shall wait for the next episode for the action to continue further!