Teachings of Ravana

When the demon king Ravana was attacked by Lord Rama and was nearing his death, Rama asked his brother Lakshman to go to him and learn something which no other person except an erudite Brahmin like Ravana could ever teach him.

The story goes that after shooting the fatal arrow on the battlefield of Lanka, Ram told his brother, Lakshman, “Go to Ravana quickly before he dies and request him to share whatever knowledge he can. A brute he may be, but he is also a great scholar”.

At this Ravana said that if you have come to me as a student then you must sit at my feet because teachers must be respected and you want to learn lessons.

Lakshman went to Ravana and this time he stood near his feet. Ravana seeing Lakshman standing near his feet told him secrets that would make anyone’s life successful.

Ravana said, the most important lesson of life is that you must defer the bad action as much as you can and you must do good action without any delay and as much early as you can. If you follow this rule, you can save not only yourself but many other people from being damaged.

1- Do not be the enemy of your charioteer, your gatekeeper, your cook and your brother, they can harm you anytime.

2- Do not think you are always a winner, even if you are winning all the time.

3- Always trust the minister, who criticises you.

4-Never think your enemy is small or powerless, like I thought about Hanuman

5- Never think you can outsmart the stars, they will bring you what you are destined to

6- Either love or hate God, but both should be immense and strong.

7–A king who is eager to win glory must suppress greed as soon as it lifts its head.

8–A king must welcome the smallest chance to do good to others, without the slightest procrastination.

source: http://www.indiatvnews.com/news/india/know-the-teachings-that-ravana-gave-to-laxman-on-his-deathbed-33488.html

For all fathers, why should you teach Ramayana to your kid

After Dasaratha ordered Rama to go to forest for 14 years, Kausalya, the mother of Rama who couldn’t bear leaving Rama argues that he need not obey his father.

Rama told Kausalya, “I have no power to violate my father’s words. I wish to go to the forest. I bow to you to secure your blessings. As the one who knows righteousness, I have to carry out my father’s orders. In the process of carrying out King Sagara’s orders, none of his sons who dug through Earth, returned alive. In carrying out sage Jamadagni’s orders, his son Parasurama axed his mother Renuka. Devi! persons who were equal to gods and many others had not allowed their father’s words to go in vain. I shall do what father has asked me to do. Carrying out orders of father is not an act performed by me only. This has been accepted and adopted before, by many. One who carries out his father’s orders will not suffer any loss.”
From the book “Pure Gems of Ramayana”.

Sringeri Sankaracharya about child-rearing, the guru, reconversion to Hinduism and more

How can parents instill spirituality in their children?

It is the duty of parents to inform and educate their children about our culture from a tender age. For example, as children, we were regularly told stories from the Puranas, Ramayana, Mahabharata and Bhagavata. We took in these stories and their morals and ethics. The glory of God, how He saved and elevated His devotees, the way devotees sought Him–these were etched in our minds. It made us resolve to live the same way, carrying these values, as our ancestors had done before us. Thus, whenever any Western hero is highlighted, we were certain that nobody could be greater than our own Rama. And not just at home. These stories were taught to us in our textbooks when I was in school–Ramayana, etc., as well as stories of the great pilgrim centers of our land. I don’t think there are any lessons in our textbooks today that highlight and showcase our culture. This is a very serious setback. If an environment to understand our culture is created at home and school, then elevating our children and making them worthwhile citizens is possible. But the situation is now the diametric opposite. Children do not learn our culture at home or school, and are being instead exposed to alien and contrary cultures through TV and cinema. Under these adverse influences, they are becoming rebellious and treating their parents with disregard.

What is your advice for Hindu parents in other countries?

Haven’t these parents come from here, India? Whether they are in America or in London, our culture does not change–praying to God, keeping a tulsi plant in front of the house, touching the feet of parents–these are simple things. The parents have grown up in Hindu culture and should carry it and inculcate it in their children wherever they are.

from http://www.hinduismtoday.com/modules/smartsection/item.php?itemid=5232

Hanuman – Highly Dependable Warrior

All of us know Hanuman saved the life of Lakshmana during the war. But that was not the only occasion that he became the life savior. There were many other incidents that he saved lives and became dependable life savior. Here is one such incident.

In Ramayan, in Yudh Kanda, very fierce battle was going on between the forces of Rama and Ravan. Meghnath, son of Ravan came into the battlefield. He was a very powerful warrior and acquired all powerful celestial weapons. In the war, he used Brahmastra against the monkey force of Rama. Since it was a powerful weapon, all the force became unconscious.

Only Vibheeshan and Hanuman were unaffected and tried to bring the forces into their senses. Vibheeshan went to Jambwan and tried to wake him up. Jambwan said, ‘I am unable to open my eyes because of the power of this brahmastra. From the voice, i recognize you as Vibheeshan. Is Hanuman safe?’. Vibheeshan was taken aback at this. He said, ‘Jambwan, looks like you lost your mind because of the power of astra. I thought you would inquire about the welfare of Rama or Lakshmana or Sugreeva or Angada. Leaving all of them aside, you are inquiring about Hanuman?’.

Jambvan said, ‘Vibheeshan, I have not lost my mind,  If Hanuman is safe, everybody is safe’. And he was right. Hanuman brought the herbal medicines from Himalayas and helped the whole force to recover.

Hanuman, the life savior. Jai Hanuman!