After Nine Days of fasting and worshipping SHAKTI in its varied manifestations / forms which she represents; a day of reckoning comes ultimately when She helps annihilate the evil from our midst and shows that Truth always wins in the end. The evil which demon kings Ravna or Meheshasura represented may have field day for sometimes but it cannot go unchallenged; their evil designs cannot be allowed to last for more than tolerable. The Gods in the Heaven cannot allow these evil forces to go on and exhibit their evil design to take toll of lives of the masses and ruin the rules established by our Creator.
Be that as it may; the evil of king Ravana met its doom by not only killing him but also killing many of his evil forces which enabled him to kill and maim the hapless sadhus and common people who differed from his views. It also shows that those who pride over their prowess and material possession will end up losers. Similar was the case with Meheshasura.
Dussehra represents giving the message that good always wins finally. It cannot go uncheked and unchallenged for good. There comes a day when it meets its waterloo. Let this be the message; clear and unimbiguous one at that.
Every year effigies of Ravana; Kumbkaran and Meghnath are put to flames just to exhibit that everybody should take this message that consequence of evil would be its annihilation in all its forms and dimentions. Good symbolised by Lord Rama wins finally. Victory to the Truth. Defeat to the evil. Injustices committed have to be nipped for the good of the society so that the principle of justice and fairplay are established.
This is the message of VIJAYDASHMI. May people in general realise the import of this message and act accordingly. This is more relevant today than ever in the past because of the evil forces which are raising their heads. LET THERE BE VICTORY OF THE GOOD OVER THE EVIL.
� � � � � � DUSSEHRA
Dussehra – the annual sacred event,
Devout remember the winning of goodness,
Lord Shri Ram,
The embodiment of love, righteousness,
Tolerance, harmony and reverence,
That a son should have,
In immense measure,
For the parents.
He left his everything in Ayodhya,
When Shri Ram’s father Shri Dashratha’,
Acts on the promise given,
To his wife Kakai,
The step mother of Shri Ram,
Who had saved Shri Dashratha’s life,
Consequently extracting a promise,
To be redressed at a time appropriate,
Manthra – the courtier of Kakai too showed her true color,
In making Kakai realize the promise,
Crown for her son Shri Bharat and exile for Shri Ramji,
Shri Ram sacrificed his everything for fourteen years.
And without a demur,
Upon losing his everthing,
He embraced the life simplest in the jungles,
Subsisting on the herbs,
That is the crux of a lesson for offspring of today.
The Ravana, the king of Sri Lanka,
Representing design with evil intent,
With deception took away Sita Mata,
The consort of Shri Ram,
Kept her in his garden – Ashok Bhatika,
Exhorting her to marry him,
Sita Mata, a ideal wife,
Of an ideal husband,
Spurned his unethical wish.
There was a colossal battle,
Between Lord Shri Ram,
Embodiment of rightoutness,
In which Ravana lost his everything,
His nears and dears and his forces,
Including himself at end.
There is eternal lesson for all of us,
Remove the evil from our midst,
Burn it out,
As you burn the effigy of Ravana,
As a religious and yearly ritual,
And establish a kingdom of love,
Peace, full of tolerance, goodwill,
Establish kingdom of love for everybody,
Without any discrimination.
� � Harbans Khajuria