Let us become nobler

Sanskrit word 'Arya' or 'Aryam' stands for nobility. Let us implore everyone to become noble, the Arya or Aryam. Christians, Muslims, Hindus or Jews, communists or capitalists, rich or poor, clever or dumb, weak, meek or bully. Uncomfortable perhaps are they with other, threatening peace. Ray of hope for the world is ‘include-all’ ideas of ancient Indian wisdom popularly known as Hinduism. Only they knew how to celebrate individuality of each person. Aryas respect ideas of others, respect way of worship of others, help others and become a noble citizen of this wide and varied world. Idea behind this blog is to bring out those ideas and help each of us become better than what we are. 'N' in the 'Aryan', by the way, was a mistake made by colonial 'experts' who wanted to underplay and undermine the culture and religion of those who they clandestinely enslaved.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Diwali and famous sentence जननी जन्मभूमिष्च स्वर्गादपि गरीयसी. What is the connection?

Today we are celebrating festival of Diwali. Hence it is not out of place to understand that the festival came to be celebrated after what followed a momentous sentence by someone thousands of year ago. What was that sentence? It was, “Country of my birth is better than Heaven” जननी जन्मभूमिष्च स्वर्गादपि गरीयसी.  Do you know, who was that ‘someone’ who said that? What prompted him to say that? Where is it recorded?

It was recorded by Sage Valmiki, in his book, THE RAMAYAN. It was spoken by Bhagavaan Raam. He uttered this famous sentence when younger brother Lakshman requests him to go and look at the territories won by them as its towns were rich, beautiful and studded with gold. In response, Raam says, “Yes I know it, but look Lakshman, it does not appeal me, I want to go to my country. Country of my birth is like my mother and is better than heaven” ”अपि सुवर्णमयी लंका, न में रोचते लक्ष्मण, जननी जन्मभूमिष्च स्वर्गादपि गरीयसी”

Bhagavaan Ram, who does not even enter the Lankan town, leaves for Rameshwar and then on to Ayodhya soon after winning the war and according respectful cremation to defeated king Raavan. People of Ayodhya became ecstatic with arrival of their hero who had defeated evil king. Citizen of Ayodhya celebrated the occasion by lighting up streets, their community and their homes with series of lamps.
Upon his return, Raam was coroneted as King of Ayodhya by another virtuous king Bharat, who never really accepted kinghood. Bharat had promised himself to remain a 'care-taker-king' till return of his brother, the prince Raam.
Diwali is celebration of victorious return of a virtuous hero. Victory of good over evil. An occasion kept alive for thousands of years by the followers of world’s oldest living culture.


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