Culture, Spirituality

Key lesson from Ramayana today


Dharma is non-negotiable. When Bharata rejects his own mother, there is a moment in Ramanand Sagar’s Ramayana where he switches from calling her mathaji to Maharani Kaikeyi – it is uttered with disdain and contempt clearly highlighting the change in equation between mother and son – I did not pick up these nuances when I watched it as a kid.

It doesn’t matter who is being adharmic, adharma is NOT Dharma and one must have the courage to call it out even if it means your own parents – brilliant – this is how Dharma is protected and now you see the purport of dharmo rakshathi rakshitaha. We are the legatees of the greatest culture the world has ever known and will ever know. What are we doing to protect it?

Now we also can connect back to the Mahabharata and see how those on the side of adharma all perished despite being dharmic at a personal level – we have to choose who we engage with and include as our friends wisely…