Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Relationships and epics

I was thinking how different is the teachings of Ramayana and Mahabharata when it comes to relationships and families.

Ramayana teaches to give, even at your expense. So Ram agreed to 14 yrs exile. Mahabharata on the other hand teaches you to do the right thing. So you fight with your brother's etc, to take what is rightfully yours.

Ramayana and Mahabharata were both because of hurt male ego at the hands of women. We somehow fail to estimate how powerful a force that is.

While Rama was the king in Ramayana, in Mahabharata Krishna was the king maker. So essentially with time it taught us that being the king maker is more important than being the king. As the accountability of a king is much higher, like with Ram, who has to alienate Sita because of social pressures. But in mahabharata draupadi had 5 husbands, and even after the cheer haran incident, she could live with her honor. This shows how just a womens strength can make people around her respect her.

In Mahabharata it was OK to let Bhim's son Ghatotkach die, so that Arjun can be saved from the deadly arrow of Karna. Ramayana on the other hand at no major casualty on the Ram's side. Lakshman got injured severely but was saved. Ramayana was about more hope, and Mahabharata was about more truth. In war you loose some and you win some.

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