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On MODIfying, Developing and Changing INDIA

There was a country, a country of spirited and adept men, finding itself in the path of recovery from the heavy blows of imperialistic pas...

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

There is a myth that Lakshmana has not slept for the entire breadth of 14 years of exile for the sake of guarding Rama and Sita.He is called "Urangavili" in Tamil which means a man who never sleeps(close to that meaning and not exact ).If you are amazed at this fraternal devotion and have high words for him just save some because not only Lakshmana but his wife Urmila also did not sleep for those 14 years.Her thinking was that when her husband toils and spends the night sleepless how can she sleep in the comfort of a palace bed.A guy in forest waking up all night is logical but how much it is necessary for a woman to be awake since her husband is awake.I mean there is no necessity for that.Her sacrifices stays the same even if she doesn't wake up all night.But yet she was all awake for 14 years which shows her devotion towards her better half who on the other hand thought less about her and dedicated himself to the service of his brother. I mean to give love without receiving it and loving someone without any expectations is a noble quality.


And the best part is,after the exile Lakshmana falls into a deep sleep of 14 years.Even Urmila too falls into such a sleep that lasted for 14 years compensating 14 years of sleeplessness. Almost a good 28 years passed because of her husband's decision and yet the women never complained.That way she was a symbol of patience and sacrifice.She lived a life of a woman with no personal choices who never placed any restrictions on her husband citing his obligations and duties.Her choices were never on her own will but always it was in the thinking of common good and the welfare of others. Had she made a sentimental drama with tears asking her husband not to leave with Rama then there would have been no Ramayana itself. She is a kind of woman that you see only once in a millennium.(Generally I say no girl is up to my mark and all that and a guy should never go behind a girl but if I ever see a girl with at least half the qualities of this woman I would do anything to win her heart..Even falling at her feet would not be a bad idea I say..:P )


So what is the moral of the story?.What these characters show us?..When I see them I note these things in them.Self-sacrifice and the approach of putting other's interest and common good over their personal interest are the two traits that are accentuated when these two are brought to memory.As a person they are easily one of the best and complete in the respective epics but then they are not celebrated . Reason can be that there are some points that prove negative and less vital. In Karna's case its the simple question of What he stood for?.He might be noble, generous, skilled and all that but his decision to associate himself with evil blotted out his chances to get what he deserved.I think this is the good example where reason behind  matters than what is done.What you stand for matters. Simply,the reason behind your actions is more important than what you do.On the other hand Urmila's  character is not seen as it should have since Sita and her sufferings which were the direct cause for a bigger purpose, that is  killing of Ravana, overshadows Urmila's sacrifices.Sita's kidnap directly infuriated Rama which led to Ravana's killing.This killing was a part of big plan and Urmila did her small part.Did her part in the best possible way.

This says that the world by and large looks at someone through what they have accomplished and weighs them based on that.Those accomplishment makes few people familiar and when that admiration goes a notch up superstars with massive following are created. On the other hand there are few other people ,like Karna and Urmila,who do not accomplish or be the direct cause of bigger cause but yet noted and admired for their qualities.They are respected or deserve respect for what they are than what they do.These people can be called heroes who are complete individuals with all the noble qualities.

Many a times you do not have control over what happens.People have a destiny to fill out and not everyone's is big and not everyone is destined to be part of bigger cause.As a matter of fact we do not control over accomplishing big things and be a superstar or legend.On the other hand to be good and noble as a person is entirely up to us and possible for everyone, which means anybody can be a hero.It is also obvious that heroes are not the ones hogging limelight and be in the thick of things.Often real heroes are obscured and remain unseen and unknown.Recognition and familiarity has nothing to do with heroism.In that regard even a housewife who sacrifices her ambitions,desires  and likings for the benefit of the family which is not recognized by anyone even in her family is a hero.


Heroes are not people who do stunts and utter punch dialogs or the ones who are successful or who earns lot of money.But the people who are noble,sacrifice personified and do things that normal human beings don't.In short heroes are the people who may not make it to the pages of  history but surely they make it to the hearts of people(however small in number)..


Another thing that we can learn is that Sacrifice is the biggest virtue and self-sacrifice for the common good is mother of all virtues and noble deeds.And people who does that also called or should be called heroes.Its important to see qualities and what people do when admiring and branding people.Not that every one who taste success and fame are heroes.Remember even superstars may not be heroes.I mean there may be people who accomplish great things without having great qualities.You know God is a kinda freak who sometimes messes up things to make funny things happen.So anything is possible.And when branding we have to be careful.Finally,who you are makes you a hero and what you do makes you a superstar or a legend.


There is a dialog in Batman begins movie which goes like that "Its not who you are underneath But what you do that defines you".Here I would like to defy that and say What you are underneath makes you a hero and what you do makes you what you are in other's view.In my opinion being a hero is more important than being a hero.All others who do not have any noble qualities or who do accomplish things but manage to get fame somehow are just CELEBRITIES. They are like meteorites that light up the sky for a moment and fall down,they are not like a sun or moon that lasts through .


Its been long that I blogged and obviously I had a lot to say,hence the lengthy post.Tried hard to keep it short but could not do anything.I have been writing this for a long time and ended up getting an impression that it was not  ready for publishing and it lacks something.But along the way I learnt that seeking perfection is not going to help and decided to post it with what I have managed.Even now I feel I have not told what I exactly wanted to say..Its kinda close but not the exact.I had few other things written for the post which I had to edit coz of the length.Had they been included it would have conveyed what I wanted to convey..By the way hope you enjoy it and good enough to give it a read... 

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