Resilience and Ramayana – By Gauranga Das (Lessons on overcoming difficulties)

Is India just a land of spices and snakes? Ones who seek true treasure amid the adversities of this subcontinent do find their jewels of spirituality hanging at every chowk. Many eyes are still surprised at the Indian economy sustaining well despite uncertain global situations.

The westerners are sensing the awakening to the Vedic stories of this nation, but Indians are unable to understand their roots. The greatest tragedy is that every other citizen of this country is familiar with Lord Rama and Lord Krishna they continue to remain unaware of the true essence of their teachings. Although the modern history of India tells us tales of resistance over several invasions, the ancient history of Ramayan conveys to us a superior lesson: Resilience.

What is Resilience?

Google states resilience as the ability of a substance to spring back into shape. It is a capacity to recover quickly from difficulties. As stated before, nobody can predict how the Indian economy is still growing irrespective of the changes.

The locals term it as Jugaad, which means a clever trick or alternative to get work done. We can develop a method of problem-solving through simple resources available around. With the guidance of the time-tested Vedic wisdom of Ramayan, one can learn to hit that jugaad button inside him when life throws reversals. The best way to explain it would be the bridge of bridge across Lanka.

Power of Tolerance

In one sense, Lord Rama is teaching us through his pastimes that difficulties are sure to come. So, one must tolerate and find the best facility available to overcome them. He didn’t construct the bridge with a high-end architectural plan. He used a monkey army that has been the glory of this country as well. He was resolute in his purpose and accepted the trials without complaining about the kind of resources he lacked. It was achievable through tolerance.

But why must one tolerate such situations? The nature of unfulfilled desire is like a thorn in one’s foot. Your belly is full but, there is a thorn pricking your foot. It will not allow you to rest in peace. Such is this material world, full of dualities. It is not possible to avoid dualities. But when one’s fixed in his duty and fight against all odds with patience, he can find the right opportunities to overcome it.

True happiness for self is in selflessness

When Dasarath Maharaj was distressed about not having sons. The needed sacrifice took place, which leads to the pregnancy of three principal queens: Kausalya, Sumitra and Kaikeyi. Of all three, Sumitra took the blessed sweet rice at last with an intention to beget children who would serve the Lord, and thus Shatrugna was born who served Maharaj Bharata in Ayodhya and Lakshmana beside Lord Rama. The impressions of mothers affect their offspring. Servitude begets servitude.

Now, our world is overwhelmed with sense gratification, self-aggrandizement and accumulation. ‘How much can I get from others?’ becomes the focus. This type of selfishness breeds discontent and eventually unhappiness in every endeavour of ours. Whereas, from the story of Queen Sumitra, we can learn that our traditional culture is the basis of service and selflessness. Research states that the happiest people in the world are those who engage in selfless service. By giving, we receive. If performed otherwise, as we see the current situation, our thirst to acquire from others never gets satiated. It will merely cause distress and leave our cups empty.
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