DUSSEHRA OR VIJAYDASHAMI
Vijayadashami or Dussehra or Dashahara (A Sanskrit word where Dasha means Sun will not rise and hara means defeat). This means setting the sun of the empire of Demon king Ravana at the hands of Lord Sri Rama for his evil actions. It also refers to killing of Mahishasura by Mata Dura. In other words, it is victory (Victory) of truth over evil – also referred to as Vijaydashmi.
Dussehra gives us a wonderful message that good always wins finally though it may take sometime yet it cannot go on indefinitely – ultimately truth prevails. Even now, those who follow the rules of jungle will have to meet their Waterloo one day.
After Nine Days of fasting and offering our prayers to MATA SHAKTI in its varied manifestations / forms which she represents; a day of reckoning dawns finally when She helps annihilates the evil from our midst and shows that Truth is the ultimate winner. The evil which demon kings Ravna or Meheshasura represented may have won for sometimes but it cannot go unchallenged; the evil designs cannot be allowed to last forever. The God in the Heaven cannot allow these evil forces to go on and let their reign of terror rule on the masses and disturb the order established by our Lord.
When we have observed nine days fast besides observance of other pious deeds, being kind and compassionate towards needy, cleansed our body of all the negativity – anger, ill-will, deceit, jealousy etc then it means that we have invested in higher pedestal in our life. In other words, we have attained victory over the evil in all its manifestations. Vijaydashami is the day of that victory.
Karma philosophy runs supreme for us all. If we resort to good deeds, results will be good and if bad we can hardly expect good results. The life of gunas like Sattiva, Tamsic and Rajsvic and following these give varied results, depending on the sincerity in which we take the same. The one who goes beyond these three gunas, get moksh – the complete liberation from births and deaths – ust assimilation with our Creator thenceforth.
The evil deeds of king Ravana resulted not only his defeat and ultimate death it also resulted in killing his brother Kumbkarna and Meghnath besides many of his demons – evil forces who disturbed the prayers of sadhus and also their rituals were defiled besides the common people at that period of time subjected to torments. It also shows that those who pride over their prowess, status and material possessions will end up losers, if possession of these things make them egotistic. Similar was the case with Meheshasura; who too felt music for his misdeeds at the hands of Mata Shakti.
Every year effigies of Demon King Ravana, Kumbkaran and Meghnath are put to flames just to show to the world at large that everybody should introspect that consequence of evil deeds would be its annihilation in all its forms and dimensions. Good symbolised by Lord Rama wins finally. Victory to the Truth. Defeat to the evil. Injustices committed have to be wiped out for the good of humanity so that the principles of justice and time-honored policy of fair-play 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 is the annual sacred event,
Devout associate this day as goodness that wins,
Over wicked one.
Lord Shri Ram the embodiment of righteousness
Adorable traits with immense prowess
The reserve of humility with simplicity in abundance
Tolerance, harmony and elderly reverence,
That a son should have in immense
For the adoring parents.
He left for exile and everything in Ayodhya,
When his father Shri Dashratha’,
Is constrained to act on the promise given,
To his wife Kakai – mother of Shri Bharat ,
And step mother of Lord Shri Ram,
Who had saved Shri Dashratha’s life,
Consequently extracting a promise,
To be redressed at a time most 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 accepted exile for fourteen long years.
And that too without a demur,
He embraced the life simplest in the jungles,
Subsisting on the fruits and herbs,
That is the crux of a lesson for today’s children.
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, an ideal wife,
Of an ideal husband,
Spurned his unethical wish with disdain.
There was a enormous battle,
Between Lord Shri Ram,
And Ravana ,
Representing immorality of highest order
Due to which Ravana lost his everything,
His nears and dears and his forces, he prided
Including himself at end.
There is eternal lesson for all of us from this,
Remove the evil from our midst,
Burn it out,
As you burn the effigy of Ravana.
Being a religious and yearly ritual,
Vijaydashmi ought to establish a kingdom of love,
Overflowing with peace, full of tolerance, goodwill for all,
A kingdom of love for everybody, leaving none.