Angada in Ravana’s darbar – Communication lessons from Ramayana – Part 1

Angada in the darbar of Ravana

(story as told by Swamy Ranganadhananda of Ramakrishna Math)

This story was from Ramayana. Rama along with his monkey forces crossed the ocean and reached Lanka. The war was about to begin between Rama and Ravana. Rama wanted to make a last attempt for peace. He sent Angada, who is son of Vali, as a messenger to convey his message of peace to Ravana. Vali (father of Angada) was killed by Rama earlier in Kishkindha Kanda. Vali when alive was a close of friend of Ravana. However, Angada was a staunch supporter of Rama and a trusted soldier of Rama.

When Angada reached the darbar of Ravana, Ravana wanted to remind him that his father was killed by Rama and hence his support to Rama was a disservice to his father. The plan was to put Angada on a defensive mode and make his mission weaker.

On seeing Angada, Ravana said, ‘welcome Angada! you are my best friend’s son. How is your father?’.

His plan was to make Angada tell him about his father’s death in the hands of Rama. And then make him guilty of representing his father’s killer.

Now, see the beauty of Angada’s reply. He said, ‘Ravana, you will get the opportunity to directly inquire his welfare face to face, if you don’t listen to my words now’. In other words, Angada said that Ravana would die and meet his father if he didn’t listen to him. Not only he effectively defeated the purpose of Ravana asking that question, but also conveyed the message of Rama in the same answer. A best example for effective communication. Our children can learn much more personality improvement skills from our epics than what then can learn from the modern day books. We just have to introduce them to those great epics.