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June 2020

Why Feminism Is Not Relevant In India: A Woman’s View

Feminism in India, Women Empowerment

The Feminist Movement was started in the West with the intent to create gender equality in society. Today, let’s be honest, girls, it has come a long way to mean male-bashing, female supremacy, and oppressing masculinity to the core. 

In India, This movement has been hijacked and imported by the Leftists groups. As they have done with all other movements, they have used this movement as a tool to attack the Hindu Culture and our traditions while whitewashing and covering up the problems in other faiths, especially of the Abrahamic religions. 

Hence, it is necessary to take a brief look at a few contrasting points. Let’s dive in: 

Condition of Women: Sanātana Culture vs. Abrahimic Faiths

Hindus have been worshipping goddesses and they are manifestations of the universal and supreme energy. Mahākalī, Mahālakṣmī, and Mahāsarasvatī are even, at times, placed higher than their divine consorts. It is described in the scriptures that all which we see around us is an illusion created by yogmāyā the supreme goddess. 

Tridevīs

On the contrary, we can’t find any such reference in the Abrahimic faiths. 

Christianity believes that Eve, the first woman, was responsible for the sufferings of human beings on this earth. All human beings are descendants of Eve so they share her “sin” since their birth. It is only washed away when you seek forgiveness and pray to Jesus. Basically, all Christians are “born-sinners” because they are born from a woman. 

In Islam, women are considered “Maal-e-ganimat”. Islam considers the intellect of a woman to be half of the man. She is only considered a tool to procreate as much as she can. 

Christians and Muslims (males) never gave any position or opportunity to any female unless they are forced to. According to them, males are source of power and women should not be given any responsible task. Any mosque doesn’t have a female ulema. Similarly, you won’t find any female priests in the churches. 

But, we Hindus proudly say that women are Śakti (source of all energies). They are worshipped as symbols of Māta Pārvatī. 

आदौ माता गुरो: पत्नी ब्रह्ममणि राजपत्निका |

धेनुर्धात्री तथा पृथ्वी सप्तैता मातर: स्मॄत: ||

Our own mother (i.e. one who gives birth to us), guru’s (teacher’s) wife, wife of a brāhmaṇa, wife of a king, a cow, a nurse and the earth are our universal mothers. They are to be respected as one respects his/her own mother. 

The English-educated Neo-Feminists, who are brainwashed by the West, should stop lecturing Hindus about women empowerment. Let’s see why. 

When Lakṣmi Bāi, Naiki Devī, and Velu Nachiar were leading our armies against the invaders, the Catholic Church was burning women in Europe in the name of witch-hunting. Islam still has evil practices like Triple Talaq, Halala, and female genital mutilation. 

Witch hunting

Arundhatī and Anusuyā are exemplary teachers in the  Gurukula Paramparā of Indian education system. Whereas, position of women in education among the Abrahimic faiths is negligible. 

While there is no textual evidence of moral policing on the clothing of women in Hinduism, Islam has strict rules on how women should cover her body in public with burkha. There are strict laws and severe punishments if a woman doesn’t follow general code of conduct provided in Sharia’h.

Hindu Woman Attire

The ĀdiŚakti is the manifestation of the source of energies possessed by the Trimurti (viz. Brahma, Vishnu & Mahesh) as they couldn’t eliminate powerful evils themselves because of being male. 

Also Read: Ramayana Trails: An Introduction

We never treated women as objects unlike modern religions.

We have various women who achieved the status of goddesses by their deeds and feats. When a woman represents knowledge, she rides on a hamsa (white swan). When she has to kill Mahiṣāsura, she comes in the form of Durgā. 

We won’t treat women as “abala nari” as she has every power but in the modern world although it is suppressed by ignorance due to the social disorder.

Conclusion: 

In our system, women built families & contributed to build nation by nurturing rooted, honest, goal-oriented, dhārmik warriors who, later, built the whole nation.

But modern feminism has destroyed families & roots by mocking our ancient system. 

As a result, feminism, which is contributed to destroying societies, became corrupt, nurtured drugs / alcohols addiction, gender-neutral social evils as there are no women-centric objectives, except the promotion of selfish, individualistic Cārvāka System.

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Time system and consequences

Yuga Chakra

Sanatan Dharma is so intellectual and deep about entire Universe cycle and explain all micro and major changes of what happened and what will be done in future so accurate without any doubt. Here I am sharing discussion points with ancient Shlokas to explain the earth life and ecology movement.

Indra says that this entire universe is designed to recycle and the ecology has been set in four part.. 1) Satyuga, 2) Tretayuga 3) Dwaparayug and 4) Kalayuga )

Konark Wheel
Konark Temple Chakra

1) Satyuga – People were made by Satva tatva under which they all were Known of Bramha Vidhya, they were born with super conciouness and their entire life was dependent on Yoga, Yagya, meditation etc. They were living with Nature.. That time nature was intractive with people. Average age of a person was 4000 years because their breath was so slow. They were most of time doing pranayama and that was the secret of Long life. How long you will hold the breath by Pranayam teqnique the long your age will automatically increase. It’s also scientifically expalined on NCBI US federal health care federal agency

2) Tretayuga – This Yuga come after complete destruction of Satyuga, by heavy rain. Because of Satyuga people were already trained onnPran vidhya so they reborn and try to re-established by them but still because of this Yuga people had highest elements of “Water” they will be born with Ahankar, Lobha. In this Yuga Vishnu has to born to re-establish the Dharma and he will setup ecology again as Satyuga. Which is being done by Rama and Parshuraam.
This Yuga people average life would be 1000 years.

3) Dwaparayug- because Tretayuga will be served by Lord Vishnu and Rudra so complete distribution won’t take place. Dwaparyuga people will be affected by Kama, Krodha, Lobh Moha and people will born with mix of Rajas+Tamas Tatva. In Dwapar Yuga the average Human life would be 300 years

4) Kalyug- After Dwaparyuga Lord Vishnu will Go for Yoga Nidra to accomplish the New recycling system of earth so Kalyuga will be completly managed by Kaal/ Rudra. People will born with Shuddha Tamas tatva so nature won’t mercy om Karma Genral age in kalyuga will start from average of 100 years but at the end of Kalyug it will be limited to 40 years.. people will be full of ego, Loot, Killing and all other Dosha and Bramhahatya will be influenced by Whole Negative energies who were died in Treta and Dwapar but they left their “Auric Body” on earth becaise they were not librated. They don’t believe in god but they will worship fear and follow the Evils. So they will manipulate souls for sinsand people will lose control on their own Few many vaishnav and Shiva bhaktas

who will follow the naam Jap, daily Yoga and pranayam will be served by Lord Vishnu Ansh and Rudra but all other evil energy will completely occupy the earth and system
They will destroy the ecology for their own lust and intrest, earth will lose rivers and trees,

they will develop artificial way to love life but still they will die early
Due to enough Sins and adharma The Agni tatva will be turn into tamsik form and earth will be burnt and destructed by Sun blast and whole universe will collapse.

After that Bramha will again clone and create the Universe for life and again the cycle will be restarted and we will born and recycle.

Ramayana Trails: An Introduction

Ramayana Trails

Ramayana Trails: An Introduction

Ramayana is the Itihas of India and Contemporary world of the time when Ayodhya and Lanka were the centers of the Socio-Political scenario. It was the time when Ravana, A Rakshas King had won most parts of the world excluding a few like Mahishmati and Kishkindha. The Itihas revolve around three Royal families. Rakshas family of Ravana, Vanar family of Sugreev, and his Clan and Ikshvaku Clan of Ayodhya. 

The Prince of Ayodhya, Shri Ram who is considered the incarnation of Shri Hari Vishnu had traveled all the way down from Ayodhya to Nashik to free the Land from Rakshas as he had pledged to the Sages in Dandak forests. Ramayana Trails revolves around his journey.

The Itihas have been composed by Sage Valmiki who was residing near Chitrakoot in South of Prayag. The Itihasa Ramayana is written in Kavya or Poetry format. It has 24,000 verses, 500 chapters, and 7 Kands or Chapters. 

There have been few interpolations in the text as it is way too much old to be preserved in its original form. But what is sure that Ramayana is our Itihas. Our Glorious History of ancient India when There was Sanatana Culture all across the world. 

What is exactly “Ramayana Trails”? 

Ramayana Trails is an attempt to join more and more people especially youth and new generation on board to know Ramayana and Lord Ram. more they can connect with That period and those people, they will be more connected to their roots. As we say, The tree with weak roots can never prosper. 

Talking from travel point of view which concerns our project, There are many travel routes discussed in Valmiki Ramayana: 

  • Travel Route of Ram, Laxman, and Sage Vishwamitra. The Route includes mainly Ayodhya, Buxar(Siddhashram), Vishal (Vaishali), Darbhanga(Sage Gautam Ashram), and Janakpur. 
  • Route of Ram, Laxman, and Sita from Ayodhya to Tamsa River to Prayag to Chitrakoot. 
  • Route taken by Ram from Chitrakoot to Dandak forests towards Atri Ashram to Sharbhang Ashram to Suteekshn Ashram to Agastya Ashram to Nashik to Kishkindha. 
  • Route taken by Angad to look for Sita from Rishyamook towards Southern tip near Sampati. 
  • Route taken by Messenger from Ayodhya to Kaikeya. 
  • Route taken by Bharat from Kaikeya to Ayodhya. 
  • The Route of Ganga from Gangotri to the Bay of Bengal. 
  • The Route Which Vanar Army took to look for Sita in 3 directions Viz North, East, and West. 
  • The Trail followed by Ravana during his expedition to conquer the world. 

There is research going on to recognise these routes and map them as precise as possible. There is Corroborating evidence which suggests that the Whole Globe was associated with the History of Ram in that period. 

For example, The excavations in American Continent have revealed Archeological evidence that Vanar and Naag have been part of their culture. Which points out that it might be ancient Patal Lok or Rasatal. 

Why Ramayana Trails? 

  1. Ramayana has never been in the mainstream discussion like it is now. 
  2. Research is going on about several aspects of Ramayana Viz. Geographical details, Historicity, Dating.
  3. Many Indologists have been trying to date Ramayana. I personally like and admire the work of Nilesh Neelkanth Oak Sir, Who has concluded dates of Mahabharata and Ramayana to be 5561 BCE and 12209 BCE respectively. He has come to this conclusion after years of research and has published many books around his research. 
  4. Though It is always a good time to start a project like this, Right now is the most appropriate time for the project. Ramayana is in the discussion, there is a favorable surge in Indian public. 
  5. Recently Ramayana show made by Ramanand Sagar Ji broke all records of TRP. This shows that we have a huge audience base waiting for the project. Refer: This OpIndia Article on Traffic of Ramayana Telecast on DD National 

There are many travel routes and packages which are Based on Hindu pilgrimage. But Ramayana and Mahabharata based trails have never been promoted. Though there is a project of Sri Lankan Govt named “Ramayana Trail” but no such thing in India. 

So this sector has not been explored by either the tourism industry or the entertainment industry. It is high time we work on the project and take it forward. 

Also Read: Two Instances In Ramayana Which teach that Karma is Supreme

What We want to do about Ramayana Trails: 

First of all we need to map out all above mentioned Trails individually. The initial focus will be on the Trails which Shri Ram had walked upon. 

The main objective of The Indian Rover is: 

  • To Promote All the Trails. 
  • Write on these trails with all primary sources and evidence. 
  • Organise events and treks on these Trails to promote them. 
  • To Seek Collaboration with investors and work on promoting these Trails extensively with the help of: 
  1. This Website
  2. YouTube Travel Vlogs
  3. Mini Reality Shows
  4. Android and PC Games.

This All needs Research and Resources. We need your support to walk on this path. Let’s join hands and Work for Ramayana Trails together. 

We will keep updating you with articles and Social Media posts. Keep yourself connected. Thanks.

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10 Warriors In Mahabharata You Must Know

Abhimanyu

In the era of Mahabharata,  there were many skilled and powerful warriors. Although the morals of Mahabharata is more about Dharma and Adharma with a basis of our Karma, it’s always interesting to read about the scales in which the wars were fought, the weapons the warriors possessed, the ups and downs in the battles which the warriors faced and so on. 

In this article, I shall discuss the ten greatest and most powerful warriors in Mahabharata. I am not including Lord Krishna and Lord Balaram for obvious reasons. I am not considering Barbarika since he doesn’t belong to Vyasa Mahabharata, rather the Skanda Purana. 

 Criteria : 

The important criteria I am taking are: 

  1. The overall knowledge and skills of the warriors about Warfare.

2) The human and celestial weapons the warriors possessed.

3) The war records of the warriors in different battles of the epic.

PS : (The sources of reference are the texts of the BORI Critical Edition of Mahabharata)

10. Ghatotkacha 

Ghatotkacha

The son of Bhimasena and Hidimba was a dangerous illusionist who knew how to fly and to manipulate his size. He was among the few to pose a threat to Bhagadatta and Bhishma. His roar scared Bhishma and, looking at his performance, Bhishma admitted that none is powerful enough to defeat Ghatotkacha. 

He made elephants out of illusions who could torture even the super-strong Supratika, the elephant of Bhagadatta. Also, he avenged the death of his cousin, Iravan, by killing Alambhusa. He also destroyed the demon Alayudha and his army as well in a very fierce battle. 

He created havoc in the Kurukshetra war and created such a situation that Karna was forced to use his Vasavi Shakti of Indra that he had taken in exchange of his Kavach and Kundal to kill Arjuna. 

Even while dying, he enlarged his body and killed one Akshauhini army by falling on them.

(Section 70, Ghatotkacha Vadha Parva of BORI)

Tied 10. Bhagadatta

Bhagdatt

The king of Pragjyotisha was a Maharathi and the son of the demon Narakasura who had been killed by Krishna. 

During the Rajasuya sacrifice, he fought with Arjuna for eight days. He fought from the Kaurava side in the Kurukshetra war thanks to his enmity with Krishna. 

He was a possessor of the arguably most powerful Vaishnava Astra and he used it against Arjuna in the great war. But Krishna being the charioteer of Arjuna stood against the weapon which made the gem of a weapon turn into a garland of flowers. He defeated most of the powerful warriors in the Kurukshetra War including Bhima and Satyaki and along with his giant elephant Supratika, they managed to pose a huge threat to the Pandavas. He also made Ghatotkacha flee away in the battle. 

At the end, Arjuna fought him. In a fierce battle, he lost his life after being shot with a powerful weapon by Arjuna.

(section 66, Samshaptaka vadha parva,BORI )

9. Satyaki : 

Satyaki

Satyaki, a dearest friend of Arjuna and a disciple and Drona, is the most underrated warrior who was from Yadava clan. He fought from the Pandava side in the war of Kurukshetra and defeated most of the powerful warriors of Kaurava including Drona, Karna, Bhagadatta, Ashwathama, Kripa, Shalya, Duryodhana multiple times. Satyaki killed Jalasandh, Bhurisravas, Sudarshana, Shala, Somadatta, Vinda, Anuvinda, Sushena, etc. in the Kurukshetra war. 

He was perhaps the best archer from the Pandava after Arjuna. Maharathi Satyaki was one of the eight key survivors from the Pandava side in the Kurukshetra war apart from Pandavas, Yuyutsu, and Krishna. 

(Jayadratha Vadha Parva section 69, Ghatotkacha Vadha Parva section 70 and other sections, BORI)

8. Bhima 

Bheem

Bhima, the second son of Kunti and Pandu (although Vayu is his biological father), was not only a great mace fighter, but an excellent archer as well. 

He defeated Bhishma, Drona and Ashwathama multiple times and killed all the Kauravas in the Kurukshetra war. He won against Karna multiple times in archery and spared his life due to the vow taken by Arjuna. 

On the 18th day, Bhima killed one Akshauhini Kaurava army. 

He had also killed the powerful Jarasandha after defeating him several times. 

He killed the demons Jatasura, Kirmira, Bakasura, Maniman and Hidimba, being the physically strongest. 

(Section 9, section 10, section 22 and others, BORI)

7. Karna

karna

The son of Surya, Karna defeated the mighty Jarasandha in a wrestling combat, and at the Swayamvar of Kalinga princess, he defeated all the kings. 

Yudhisthira was always afraid of Karna compared to the other warriors of the Kaurava. In the Kurukshetra War, he defeated most of the powerful warriors of Pandavas except Arjuna & Abhimanyu. He killed Ghatotkacha with Vasavi Shakti.

However, his best performance belongs to the 17th day of the War where he used his Vijay bow and his Bhargava Astra against the Panchala and Chedi and destroyed 1.5 Akshauhini army. Also, he could capture Yudhisthira, a feat only he achieved among the commanders of Kaurava. Due to his promise to mother Kunti, he spared the lives of all the Pandava brothers barring Arjuna. 

In the end, he and Arjuna fought the most nail-biting battle on the 17th day of the War. It was an interesting combat before Arjuna overpowered him. When finally Arjuna was going to fire Rudrastra , Karna’s chariot wheel got stuck in the mud. After an exchange of Divyastras like Brahmastra and Varunastra, Karna lost his life to the Anjalika Astra of Arjuna. 

(section 70 Ghatotkacha Vadha Parva, Section 71 drona vadha parva, Section 73 Karna vadha parva and others, BORI)

6. Ashwathama 

Ashwathama

The son of Guru Dronacharya was perhaps the most destructive warrior from the Kaurava side who managed to face Ghatotkacha when all his mates were fleeing away and killed 1 Akshauhini demon army at a time. 

Further on the 15th day, he used Agneyastra which killed one Akshauhini army at an instant.

He also had the mighty Narayana Astra and Brahmasira and he used the former against the Pandavas after his father’s death. On Krishna’s instructions, Pandavas had to leave their weapons and surrender themselves to the weapon as the weapon doesn’t hamper the unarmed.

He could manage to defeat other powerful warriors like Bhima and Satyaki. It’s believed that he in his furious form was extremely difficult to counter as he was the partial incarnation of Lord Rudra. (section 71 Drona Vadha parva,72 sections Narayana Moksha Parva, BORI) 

5. Abhimanyu 

Abhimanyu

The reincarnation of Varchas, the son of Arjuna and Subhadra, was a highly skilled Maharathi warrior who defeated most of the opponents in the Kurukshetra War. His life span on earth was predestined. 

Bhishma along with other warriors from the Kaurava tried to defeat him, but they failed eventually. Abhimanyu also defeated the demon Alambhusa. 

Abhimanyu killed more than ten thousand of warriors inside the Chakravyuha and defeated Drona, Karna, Ashwathama, Kripacharya, Duryodhana, and others multiple times without being defeated by them. He also killed many notable soldiers inside the Vyuha. After numerous one to one and group attacks, he still remained undefeated. At last, his bow was broken by Karna from behind. His charioteer and horses were killed as suggested by Drona looking at Abhimanyu’s feats. 

He was one of the least defeated warriors in the great war!

(Section 64 Bhishma Vadha parva, 67 Abhimanyu Vadha Parva, BORI) 

4. Drona

Dronacharya

The incarnation of Brihaspati, Drona was an excellent strategist of war and Pandavas suffered from highest damage when he was the commander in chief of the Kaurava.

Drona killed many of the topmost warriors of opponents like Drupad, Virat and others. He was the mastermind behind Abhimanyu’s death.

He was the only one from the Kaurava side who had knowledge about Chakravyuha. Drona single-handedly killed more than two Akshauhini army in the war. He also had the invincible Narayana Astra. 

With weapons, he was invincible which is why Krishna tricked a dead elephant. The only way he died was by withdrawing his weapons after obeying the celestial command. 

(section 67,69,71 and others of Drona Parva BORI) 

3. Bhishma 

Bhishma

Bhisma was the incarnation of the 8th Vasu Prabhasa. He single-handedly defeated all kings of the earth at the Swayamvar of Kashi Princesses.

Furthermore, in his battle, he could defeat Lord Parshuram with the divine weapon from Vasus, the Praswapa Astra, but he was intervened by Narada. 

For 10 days, he killed more than ten thousand soldiers in the Kuru war daily. He was fighting the war half heartedly thanks to his affection towards the Pandavas. But on the last two days before his death, he was almost invincible. Being annoyed with the mildness from Partha, Krishna was about to break his vow of not using any weapon. But Arjuna stopped him.

On the 10th day of the war, Bhishma was put in a bed of arrows thanks to Arjuna who placed Shikhandi in front of him and pierced him with several arrows. (section 64 Bhishma Vadha Parva, BORI) 

2. Pradyumna 

Pradyumn

He was the incarnation of Kama Deva, the god of love and the son of Lord Krishna and Rukmini. 

Pradyumna had the Vaishnava Astra with him and by using it, he killed the demon Kalashambara in childhood who had abducted him.

He was the only person to have knowledge about Chakravyuha other than Krishna, Arjuna, and Drona. His arrows were so fast and powerful that Drona and Karna couldn’t counter them.

He had defeated the entire force of Bhishma, Drona, Karna, Kripa and others and also mighty kings like Jarasandha. Pradyumn also defeated Lord Kartikeya. Being a master of illusions, he tied Kauravas and Karna with his maya and finally left them by Krishna’s order. He didn’t take part in the war of Kurukshetra. (Harivamsha, Vishnu Parva, Section 33 Tirtha Yatra Parva, BORI) 

1. Arjuna 

Arjuna

The reincarnation of sage Nara (the form of Lord Vishnu), Arjuna had the feats like no one else in the epic. He had the most numbers of powerful celestial weapons including Pashupatastra, Vaishnava Astra and Vajra. 

He killed seven Akshauhini army in a day in the Kurukshetra war. Also, he was the only undefeated warrior. 

In the Virat war, he single-handedly defeated all the Kaurava army including Bhishma, Drona, Karna, Ashwathama, Kripa and others multiple times and finally used his Sammohana Astra. 

He defeated Gandharvas during Ghosha yatra. During the Khandava Dahana, he defeated all the Gods including the Adityas, the Vasus, the Rudras and even Lord Kartikeya. 

In his visit to Swarga, he got weapons from all the Gods and killed the invincible demons Kalakeya and even the Nivata Kavachas whom even Ravana and Indra couldn’t defeat. 

Arjuna was ambidextrous who could rapidly use his both hands in the battles with superfast speed. Also, he knew the use of shabdabhedi baan. 

So, it’s beyond argument to place Dhananjaya at the top in the list. 

(section 19 Khandava Daha Parva, section 31 Kairata Parva, section 32 Indralokabhigamana Parva, section 39 Ghosha Yatra Parva, section 69 Jayadrath Vadh Parva and others, BORI) 

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So, these were the greatest warriors of Mahabharata according to me. It’s not difficult to choose 10, but arranging them is difficult. After all, some are extremely knowledgeable and skilled, some have great weapons, some are physically stronger, some have great feats in the battles. So with a combination of all the factors, the list will certainly vary from person to person. However, I tried my best to put my honest and unbiased take on it. 

The honorable mentions would include Drishtadyumna, Brihadbala, Jarasandha, Shalya, Kripacharya, Drupad, Kuntibhoja, Susharma, Bhurisravas, Kritaverma, Duryodhana, Jayadrath, Yudhisthira, Nakula, Sahadev, Virat, Shikhandi, Upapandavas, Babrubahana, Iravan, Vrishasena and others. 

Source of reference : BORI Critical edition of Mahabharata. 

Source of pictures: Google images. The Author or website does not claim any images to be own. They are taken from google for the representation of characters only.

About The Author : 

Nipun Kumar Purohit is a student, a learner, an enthusiast of the epic Mahabharata, and also a cinephile. He can be followed and contacted on twitter by clicking here.

Two instances in the Rāmāyana which teach us that karma is supreme

Two instances in the Rāmāyana which teach us that karma is supreme

In Sanātana culture, karma of the past drives the life incidents of the present and the karma of the present determines the life incidents of the future. Whatever (good or bad) action you perform, it will have an effect on your present and future life. You will have to live the ‘karmafala‘ (the result) of your past actions. 

यज्ञशिष्टाशिन: सन्तो मुच्यन्ते सर्वकिल्बिषै: |

भुञ्जते ते त्वघं पापा ये पचन्त्यात्मकारणात् ||Gita 3.13||

Some people realize this philosophy of life at some point of their lives and start living as a karma yogi. They offer all their actions to the Paramātmā or the supreme being whatever you call him. Other people keep getting stuck in the cycle and keep building the karmika imprints. Thus, they have to bear this cycle of human body not just once, but time and again until the realize what the former category has already stated by their lives. 

Whatever action you have performed in the past will definitely have an effect on your future. But, with right mindset, you can terminate any mistake and get rid of its ‘fala‘ which you have made in the past. In the Rāmāyana, there are two instances which lead us to understand this philosophy of life. 

Instance one: Mātā Ahalyā and her penance

Mātā Ahalyā was wife of Sage Gautama and the mother of Shatānanda. Sage Gautama was regarded as one of the Saptarṣī while Shatanand was the rājaguru of Mithilā.

Sculpture of Mata Ahilya

Back in time, Sage Gautama was performing an extreme tapasyā. In our scriptures, it is mentioned that by doing tapasyā and anuṣṭhāna  you can even be eligible to conquer the loka or realms. There are many lokas mentioned in our itihāsas such as the bhu loka, swarga loka, Vaikunṭha loka etc. Do these realms actually exist? Are they Ancient names for some portion of earth? Do they only reside in the consciousness of a yogi in upper koṣa of our pancakoṣī body and mind? These all are different speculations and there are philosophers who give different explanations on the basis of their understanding and level of their enlightenment. 

Anyways, somehow Indra became insecure of his post. He thought that Sage Gautama might attack his loka to attain it if he is successful in his tapasyā. Thus, Indra made a suicidal plan to break the tapasyā of Sage Gautama. He disguised himself as the great sage and went to the sage’s wife, Ahilyā, in the Brahma muhurta when the sage was out for Prātah Sandhyā. He asked Ahilyā to have sex with him. 

मुनिवेषं सहस्राक्षं विज्ञाय रघुनन्दन।

मतिं चकार दुर्मेधा देवराजकुतूहलात्।। (VR 1.48.19)

Even though Ahilyā recognised Indra, she agreed out of curiosity. She also got carried away with the misunderstanding that Indra, the King of the Deities, had come just for him. This was her mistake which was going to change her life. Sage Gautama became aware of this act by his divine sight. 

First, He cursed Indra to become impotent. Though Indra had to suffer because of his crime, he became successful in his motive to make the sage angry which broke the penance that he was performing. 

Anger is something you must conquer if you want to walk on the past of spirituality and tapasyā. In yoga, there are primary steps like yama and niyama which you have to follow. They make your body and mind ready and eligible to walk on the next steps. Controlling your anger is one of those first things you must do in order to walk the path of yoga.

इह वर्षसहस्राणि बहूनि त्वं निवत्स्यसि।

तथा शप्त्वा स वै शक्रमहल्यामपि शप्तवान्।।

वायुभक्षा निराहारा तप्यन्ती भस्मशायिनी ।

अदृश्या सर्वभूतानां आश्रमेऽस्मिन्निवत्स्यसि।। (VR 1.49.29-30)

Sage Gautama Gave extreme orders to Ahilyā to do penance for her śuddhi and prāyaścitta . During that period, she had to live alone in the āśrama . She had to live and do tapasyā while no one could see or find her. Sage told her that she couldn’t eat or drink anything but had to survive only on air. 

शापस्यान्तमुपागम्य तेषां दर्शनमागता।

राघवौ तु ततस्तस्या: पादौ जगृहतुस्तदा।। (VR 1.49.16)

Sage Gautama said that the penance of Ahalyā will be completed only when Lord Rāma will pay a visit to the āśrama and she will host him. When Shri Ram visited the āśrama along with Sage Viśvāmitra and Lakṣmana, he touched her feet with utmost respect. Thus, her penance was successful and Sage Gautama came back to take her with him.

Even though her mistake was not of low intensity, Mātā Ahalyā is worshipped even today because she is an example that anyone can become a divine being and his one mistake doesn’t decide his entire life.

Instance two: Daśaratha and Śrāvana Kumāra 

यदाचरति कल्याणि शुभं वा यदि वाऽशुभम्।

तदेव लभते भद्रे कर्ता कर्मजमात्मनः।। (VR 2.63.6)

Śrāvana Kumāra was a sage who was an ideal son to his parents. He was living with his parents who were sages too, living on the banks of Sarāyu river. 

Śrāvana was the son of a Śudra mother and a Vaiṣya Father. He was living the life of an ascetic. 

This was the time, when Daśaratha was prince of Ayodhya. He was an expert in archery and could hit the target by just hearing the sound. On a fine day in Varsha Ritu, he was waiting for some animals to come on the bank of Sarāyu river so that he could hunt them with his special skill. 

Prince Dasharath and Shravan Kumar

Mistaking Śrāvana Kumāra for an elephant, Daśaratha killed him with his arrow. Since, Daśaratha had unintentionally killed the sage, he was not cursed to instant death by the demised sage’s father. His father, despite being a Vaiṣya by birth, had accumulated very much tapas by his penance and he had the power to curse anyone.

The blind sage was so much attached to his son that he couldn’t bear the news of his death. He died but cursed Daśaratha before dying. Daśaratha was cursed to die like the sage was dying out of grief while his son was not there with him.

This was the fruit of his karma that when Daśaratha died in his chamber, Rāma (his dearest son) was out on exile.

What karma we are performing now, is going to show results as the karmafala at some point of time. If we all keep this in mind, we can save ourselves from continuous life cycles. We can consciously live this life as a yogi and leave this loka after burning all our past kārmika imprints. 

About The Author

Prabhakar Kumar is Founder of The Indian Rover. He loves to ask questions by himself and seek the answers. He is an enthusiast on Sanātana culture and its rich heritage.