Eco Ramayana, the Path to conscious living
Written by: Sathya Shivakumar, Global member HSTD
This year the consecration of the Ram temple in Ayodhya holds great cultural and spiritual significance, representing the values of devotion and righteousness embedded in the Ramayana. Mohanji’s reminder not to take Bharath for granted emphasizes the need for reverence to the land that has witnessed the footsteps of Avatars and sages, guiding us towards conscious living.
Rama, an embodiment of highest human potential, is revered for his qualities as a devoted son, loving husband, exceptional warrior, and compassionate king. “Rama Rajya” echoes the memory of his just and caring rule. This narrative serves as an inspiration for ideal leadership and governance.
As I contemplate on Ramayana another dimension of it emerges -“The Eco Ramayana” Sita’s connection to Mother Earth is profound. Discovered while plowing the land, Sita represents the daughter of Earth, and her ideal custodian is envisioned as someone with the dispassion of Janaka and the caring nature of Rama. On the other hand, Ravana embodies the inner demons within us – anger, hatred, greed, and jealousy – that threaten to exploit and harm Mother Earth. In the Eco Ramayana analogy, Rama’s army led by Hanuman and other Vanara Sena symbolizes a collective journey toward conscious living, embodying the ideals of a great Master and walking a path of mindfulness for the well-being of Mother Earth.
The symbolic victory of Ram over Ravana underscores the triumph of love in nurturing and protecting the environment and Mother Earth. The analogy encourages us to be conscious custodians of Earth, promoting a sustainable and harmonious coexistence . Reflecting on the eco Ramayana, the lesson is clear: Mother Earth will belong to you eternally only when approached with love and care. May this awareness lead us to cultivate a conscious and sustainable way of life, contributing to the peace and well-being of our planet.
“Ram is the supreme consciousness, the parabrahma. Lakshman is the intellect that has the power to discern and analyze truth from untruth. He stays with Ram. Sita is devotion, surrender and the shakti aspect of the supreme consciousness. Hanuman is the mind that gains supreme strength and invincibility being associated with the supreme consciousness. When the mind is rooted in supreme consciousness, the being attains invincibility and immortality. Parabrahma immortal. Ravan is the ego that dwells on position, possessions and relations. When the ego tries to disengage shakti from the source, creation is affected. Destruction of ego takes place and unity is resumed. Every aspect of Ramayana has more than one dimension or meaning to it. Do contemplate.”