Dusshera – Celebration for victory of good over evil. (Celebration series - Part 2)24, Oct, 2012, by Seema Bhatnagar
This post is in line with celebration series. As you must have observed by now, through this series I am attempting to correlate the relevance of Hindu festivals with personal development.
With the culmination of 9 days celebration of feminine power, here comes a Dusshera festival on Wed, 24th Oct, 2012. This is celebrated to mark the victory of good over evil.
Dasara/ Dussehra is derived from Sanskrit Dasha-hara meaning " remover of bad fate" meaning remover of ten heads of Ravana's. According to epic Ramanyana, Lord Rama killed the demon Ravana who took his innocent wife, Sita, forcibly away. Ravana, who himself was a great pundit, scholar and possessor of great wealth, got carried away by his desires and lost his mental poise. This eventually led to a battle between him and Lord Rama, which ended with Ravana losing his life. Dusshera is a day when Ravana lost his life and Rama won the battle. This battle was not between two individuals; rather it signifies that when an individual losses his/her mental balance of pure thoughts and non-violence, is unable to differentiate between the good and evil thoughts, deeds and actions.
How come it is related to Personal Development?
It is said that Ravana, despite being a scholar and great pundit, had some tendencies which he could not overcome and that only became sole reason of his untimely demise. He was such an erudite and powerful man that he could create an illusion of having 10 heads. During a battle, at one point it was difficult for Lord Rama to figure out which head is real and which one is fake. The symbolic representation of these 10 heads is basically the tendencies which he could not overcome:
- Kama vasana (Lust)
- Krodha (Anger)
- Moha (Delusion)
- Lobha (Greed)
- Mada (Over Pride)
- Matsara (Jealousy)
- Manas (Mind)
- Buddhi (Intellect)
- Chitta (Will)
- Ahankara (Ego)
*The first word is in Hindi language followed by nearest English translation.
If you look closely at the 10 heads symbolism you would find that these are the tendencies which we all have in different composition as a part of our personalities. On a journey of personal development, we are constantly struggling to overcome these. As each one of us is at a different level of consciousness so the importance and understanding of each one of these varies from one person to another.
With 9 days of celebration of feminine and deep contemplation over personal development journey, Dusshera is an occasion to make required changes in personal life to overcome tendencies which are hampering personal development. In Hinduism, it is called the tamasic gunas, the tendencies which hampers your personal development.
Tamasic gunas brings inertia in individual, due to which s/he feels helpless to overcome even the simplest of tendencies and mind always remains clouded with selfish interests, while the other two types, Rajasic and Sattvic gunas makes an individual action oriented and spiritual respectively. Dusshera offers us an opportunity to develop a required will power to overcome all tamasic gunas or tendencies and become a strong and spiritual individual. I feel, this is a victory of Good over Evil in a true sense. Enjoy and celebrate Dusshera in the perfect spirit of personal development.
Wishing you and your family a very happy Dusshera, may you attain the required strength, will power and be a victor in personal development journey.
With heartiest wishes and love.
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Diwali - Celebration of life. (Celebration Series - Part 5)
Ahoi Ashtami - Celebration of Motherhood (Celebration Series - Part 4)
Karva Chauth - Celebration of love (Celebration Series - Part 3)
Celebration of Feminine Power (Celebration Series - Part 1)