The fact that Rama has remained the ‘ideal man’ for many aeons – was the principle reason he was supposed to have taken the avatar. Throughout the Ramayana his behaviour, speech, conduct has been well portrayed to convey the image of a perfect man. However when we read the Ramayana ……………..seeing Rama as an ordinary mortal like you and me : we still see him as a remarkably good person – but certainly not a perfect person. There are umpteen instances in the Ramayana where he has gone about with perfect elan, poise and in a manner which suits his stature. However like any ordinary mortal and just like Ravana – he has had his shortcomings. Ravana was arrogant and was a womanizer. Rama was suspicious of his wife and never bothered about the means to reach the end.
Rama suspected his wife of infidelity when she came out of the Ashoka grove at the end of the war. If it was a modern wife – then perhaps she would have asked him to go through the fire to prove his fidelity ………………..or maybe she would have shown him the finger and walked off!!!!!Then again when he ditched his heavily pregnant wife in the middle of the forest – just to give credance to some dumb-ass of a subject………………… doesn’t show too much maturity and shows a poor emotional quotient in taking decisions. Well that just goes to prove his mortality and his being just like any other human. He was not perfect. When you weigh ‘being suspicious’ and ‘being arrogant and being a womanizer’ – the latter is more evil than the former. And as for ‘using any means to achieve the end’ – both Rama and Ravana resorted to it. When Rama killed Vali by shooting the arrow from behind – he justified it saying that the end really was to eliminate Vali who had eyed Sugreeva’s wife and usurped his share of kingdom. So the means used to achieve that end was justified. This same message comes through in the Mahabaratha. The means don’t matter as long as the end is fair enough and justified. Ravana also used this many times over. So ultimately Ravana and Rama are both great individuals – but Rama was less evil than Ravana.
Coming back to message of adopting ‘any means to achieve a justified end and a fair enough end’ ……………doesn’t go down too well with me. But then I realize that in everyday life more often – that is what we end up seeing around us.
Coming away from the epics …………….today I’m in Bangalore and the traffic really sucks. I’ve never seen so much traffic in my life. Everytime I come here …………… 😦 – I end up feeling that Chennai is much better than Bangalore in this respect.