Narada, often is described as the “Bull amongst all Sages” in the Bibek Debroy version of the Valmiki Ramayana which I cling to in times of extreme despair, which is quite often. Perhaps, it be fate that I write this opinion piece on a Sunday the day in the Hindu and Gregorian Calendar as the day of the Sun, Surya, and who was the king descended from the line of Kings of the Suryavanshi’s, was Bhagwaan Shri Ram. This day of rest is dedicated to Lord Rama. However, Did Ram get much rest before He was consecrated? the answer is No. he was fated to kill Ravana, to kill the soul of evil, to do good, to establish Dharma, to be King and to establish a Ram Rajya…. a Kingdom of peace and prosperity.
Neither political parties are doing any favour to anyone and to Ram, His values, His teachings, His Philosophy, His fairness and his outlook toward the world. Are they letting Him rest before His Consecration ceremony on the 22nd of January??
We are so close, yet again so far….
Can Ram Bhagwaan Rest??? Yes, there is the inauguration of the grand Ram Mandir in Ayodhya in a few days, years of anguish, disappointments, deaths, and riots, on both sides by that I do mean between people across the world and India, between Hindus and Muslims, between political parties, a clash between ideologies was there and now is getting even dirtier. Why INDIA BLOC and BJP?
Can you all not see, Bhagwaan Ram does not differentiate, ask Mata Shabri. She was a Shudra who fled from her home in the forests, did Seva for Her Guru, took care of the Ashram and met Divine Ram Himself because of faith. He ate her “Jhoothe Ber” for Her devotion and love. Coming back to today, my allegiance is with India. If a divine Mandir is being inaugurated by the PM, what seems to be the controversy?
Why will those invited not attend?
Leave the Politics and the vote bank for once, and unite under the Dhwaj or Banner or Flag of India which is not just Saffron but Green and White also. There are Mosques in India and I do feel bad that it came at the cost of another place of worship, Babri Masjid. Neither Ayodhya belongs to Muslims nor Hindus, it belongs to the people of India regardless of caste, creed, colour, sect, or religion. If the Supreme Court of India has given this verdict, then I bow my head down Sirs and Madams. Kingdoms are built, Kingdoms are destroyed and then rebuilt and then rebuilt.
It is fair to the Supreme Court. It is the only one acting like Ram not Indians I am afraid. Ram is everyone’s so is any God.
The argument that a hospital could have been built instead of a Mandir, and money is spent is flaky. In Faridabad, there is a newly built state-of-the-art Hospital Amrita Hospital, built by, Sadguru Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, inaugurated by the Prime Minister of India. As I recall there are many hospitals in Uttar Pradesh, some of the best hospitals is the Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences in Lucknow, built by the state of Uttar Pradesh in 1983 with INR 800 crores approximately. The point is that there is space, space for a hospital, a road, a Mandir, and a Mosque.
I am politically Agnostic and extremely neutral but credit goes to BJP as the Ram Mandir will be a major tourist site in the world, like the Taj Mahal. Today BJP is in power tomorrow Congress will be.
There was a Babur, a Babri, there was a Ram, a Ram Setu, there was a Lanka, and a Raavan, there was also a united India and now there is a Pakistan. You respect your Maryada and I will respect mine. That is Ram people.
All this fighting, bickering, and argument will not change the fact that there is an inauguration on the 22nd of January of the year 2024 or 2080 Vikram Samvat (the year in the Hindu Calendar) of the Ram Temple, built by Temple Trust, funded by the people of India. In the famous words of Guru Nanak “Ram Gayo, Ravan Gayo, Jaku Bhau Parvaar….” At the end of Guru Granth Sahib, Page 1429, a saying by the 9th Guru, Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji. Please go and read this verse it describes beautifully the impermanence of everything. Possessions, relations, family ties, and Kingdoms.
And quoting my book Borderline there is a poem I write, which is “Like Autumn leaves that fall so far, come winter the trees look bare and spar. Seasons change and life also turns for better or worse, things remain in a constant churn”. There is a shift, a shift of power, a growth in India, an acceptance of self-worth in Indians. Far too long have we dimmed our light. We must accept change and development, but we must also be fair, and equal, and help others. If India lacks something it is social intelligence, social equilibrium, social emotional quotient. There is a big celebration coming, it will generate revenue, can we not bask in the glory of the Sun together?
Whatever method it is being done in, there is huge excitement and pride in the hearts of millions if not billions of Indians. Religion is a by-product of faith. Whether you are from any religion, let's face it Hinduism is also a religion, a way of life, and a fluid, beautiful, and ancient philosophy. Can we not respect the Gods and say after all either in the Holy names Ram or Rahim, God is not differentiating it is us Homo Sapiens Sapiens, who are doing so.
Ram was a peace lover and was destined to be king and the world should be a peaceful place to live in, not a world of infighting wars, or social unrest.
Let the Gods be, we should just live by one principle of peace, inclusion, and a just society.