It was not an easy life. It seemed like moving from one crisis to another.
From being asked to fight some Asura-s as a teenager which was life threatening,
To spending 14 difficult years in a forest despite being the rightful heir to the throne
To not being able to perform the last rites for his own father,
To being away from his wife because she was kidnapped,
To building the bridge because there was no other way toLanka,
To developing an army where there was none,
To waging a battle with a formidable opponent like Ravana,
To facing some words of doubt from one of the subjects about Sita Devi’s purity.
And yet, the kinds of crises that Shree Rama faced did NOT define him.
What defined him was his living and abiding by Dharma – the universal framework of values and principles that have stood the test of time.
Every crisis, every role was an opportunity to live out the principles of justice, compassion, love, support, devotion to parents, love for his subjects, fairness and so on.
Through the opening verses of the Ramayana, we see and revel in his glory.
We make his glory OURS by living a life of Dharma, one action at a time, every time.
Bhagavan Shri Rama’s life shows us that what we DO in a crisis shapes us as people.
What we DO during and after the crisis will shape our lives, our societies and our nations.
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