Well before I proceed with the posting on Rama – let me add a legend which I learnt about Ravana – from my mother-in-law. Apparently Ravana was playing the veena in Kailasa for a really long time and after sometime the string broke – so Ravana having nothing to play on – pulled out his small intestine and started playing it.
Moving on to Rama ……………
In Hinduism there are some aspects of the religion which specify that the word ‘Rama’ has to be perceived and seen distinct from the person ‘Rama’ (who was the chief protagonist of Ramayana) who personifies the word. In the mantras the word Rama supposedly has a lot of power attached and which is supposed to elevate a person spiritually. But most of the people do not perceive it that way. When they say Rama – it is the image of the person who they focus on to worship.
Rama from the Ramayana was an ideal man in many ways …..a splendid warrior, a doting son, husband and brother who came to be a role model for many Indians. He sacrificed the throne to save his father the ignomy of losing honour with his step-mother. His conduct with his brothers and wife was very good. In fact the initial part of the Ramayana shows Rama as a splendid, perfect person – which he truly was. However during the stay in the forest we see the character of all the three of them changing. Sita, Lakshmana and Rama change. Some kind of bitterness seems to envelop them towards the end. To corroborate it – Sita’s adamancy to get the golden deer, Lakshmana mistreating Shoorpanaka and Rama killing Vali with unjust means are some examples.
In the next part I will elaborate on the above three incidents and add a few more and further do some kind of comparison between Rama and Ravana.