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5 Life Lessons We Can All Learn from the Ramayana

    Ramayana, written by Sage Valmiki, is an epic scripture that emphasizes the victory of good over evil. Read on to know some of the many life lessons it teaches us to follow for a better life.
     
    One of the greatest epics of Hindu Mythology, the Ramayana is not just a tale, but also an educational medium that has taught us the code of conduct or ‘Dharma’ through the ages. This saga not only defines the ideals of various relationships, but also motivates us to become better versions of ourselves.
     

    Here, we have listed some invaluable life lessons we learn from the Ramayana:

     
    1. Value Unity and Relationships – More Than Greed, Pride and Power

    Lord Rama valued all relationships. He willingly chose to spend 14 years in a forest to protect his father’s much-esteemed honor. During this time, Laxman – his half-brother – even accompanied him to vanvas to support him.
    King Dashratha had three wives and four sons; and all of them loved each other immensely. Their love was so pure that their hearts were united even when they were physically apart.
    Bharat, another brother of Lord Ram who was given the mighty throne, never considered himself a king. Instead, he waited for Lord Rama to return home and handed the kingdom back to him.
     
    Lesson: Always stand together as a family.The fruits of togetherness will give you the power to sail through the worst storms.Every relationship is an opportunity for us to rise above greed, anger and power.If we hold love higher than everything else, our value and respect for life increases automatically.Moreover, it purifies our soul and sets us on the path to good karma.
     
    1. Embrace All – Irrespective of Caste, Creed or Colour

    Lord Rama was so humble and kind that he treated everyone equally. He even readily ate the fruits nibbled by Sabari – a poor old woman who had nothing much to offer but pure love.
     
    Lesson: Love and respect everyone. Do not discriminate anyone on the basis of caste, creed, colour or status.
     
    1. Stay Away from Negative People

    The third wife of Dashratha, Queen Kaikeyi, loved Rama more than her own son Bharat. However, her handmaiden, Manthara poisoned her mind with negativity. Manthara convinced Kaikeyi to send Rama into exile and insisted on Bharat being crowned as the king.
     
    Lesson: Guard yourself against vicious counsel and stay away from negative people. A negative mind can easily brainwash all the good inside you.
     
    1. Forgiveness Trumps Revenge

    When Ravana learned that Laxman has insulted his sister Surpanakha, he went to seek vengeance and abducted Sita. However, this feeling of revenge cost him his life.
    On the other hand, Lord Rama and Sita were forgiving and kind to all. They even granted forgiveness to Kaikeyi, Rama's stepmother, the one responsible for sending him into exile.
     
    Lesson: Be forgiving in nature. Anger and revenge do not bring any good; they do not allow us to move on to better things.
     
    1. Victory of Good over Evil

    Ravana was highly intellectual, but a cruel and arrogant king. He kidnaps Lord Rama‘s wife, Sita, to claim revenge from him and his brother Laxman for having cut off the nose of his sister Surpanakha. However, in the end, Lord Rama wins the battle and rescues Sita.
     
    Lesson: No matter how bad the circumstances be in life, good will always prevail over evil.
     
    In today’s modern life, many of us have stopped believing in the ideals laid out by our venerated scriptures. However, in reality, these lessons are truly enlightening and important to lead a life by good karma. By following these lessons, we are sure to experience peace, harmony and contentment in life.