Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Love is in the Air - Love Misplaced



Day 12 A to Z Challenge 2015 - Love Misplaced

Two boons she asked from days gone by
Given thoughtlessly by king
Lust destroyed Dashrath's honourable mind
And made him Kaikeyi's plaything

She ordered Bharat be made the king
Rama to the forest must go
Fourteen years of banishing
Would make her heart glow

Dashrath had given his young and favourite queen 2 boons for helping him in battle. Ask for anything he had told her but the young queen decided to hold off until another day.

King of course did not expect his young queen to ask for soul destroying boons. Over the course of many years the king had spoilt Kaikeyi. Every wish of hers had been his command. She threatened to end her life if he did not comply and he could not refuse her. Refusing her would have been tantamount to him declaring that he did not love her. 

Sometimes we make promises that are either impossible to keep or if kept can have devastating consequences. Sometimes we do this in the name of love. But is this love? Love does not destroy.

The irony of it all is that Rama was Kaikeyi's favourite son even though she was not his birth mother. Yet when a thought was planted in her head by Manthara that made her insecure, she lost the ability to think wisely. We should be careful of external influences that are not necessarily helpful to us and be wise to actions that we may regret in the future.

Kaikeyi thought she was doing this out of love for her son Bharat, Dashrath afraid his love would be questioned. This is misplaced love.

How will Rama and Sita react? Check out my verses tomorrow.

Love is in the air. May we be wary of unwanted external influences. May we look to the Divine, look within to find what we need.


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Written for:  AtoZ Challenge 2015
Linking to: Write Tribe ProBlogger Challenge

Check out some other Bloggers participating in the challenge: AtoZ List 2015
And the Blog-A-Rhythm AtoZ posts featuring many bloggers

The Ramayana is a historical chronicle of events during the life of Lord Rama in an ancient time in a land called Bharatvarsh a part of which is now modern day India. 

This year's theme was given to me through meditation. But more than just a theme I was also asked to write this from the perspective of Divine love and not just a recounting of the events as they took place. Hence the essence of my posts is "Love is in the air".

The individual theme and tone of my verses are also given to me. And I try to convey what Spirit wants to say through my poetry and prose. In essence, I only transcribe what is given to me, the author of these posts is my soul, the Universe, God and Goddess.


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35 comments:

  1. Good interpretation of misplaced love through this story, I really like this take, Suzy. Interestingly, even such things end up becoming the instruments for larger Divine plan to be unfolded in time, isn't it so? :)

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    1. Thanks Beloo. Yes, so true, even this event is part of a larger Divine plan - coming up in a future post :)

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  2. In the name of love, in the name of religion, in the name of misguided beliefs....do we our souls destroy. I have become a fan of your Ramayana 'love' posts. Kudos

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    1. Thanks Lata. So glad you are enjoying my posts. And so true that our misguided beliefs destroy us.

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  3. Bad company results in bad actions. Love is blind but those who love can see where they are headed. Lovely post,yet again.

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    1. Thanks Sulekha. Sometimes our love blinds us to others faults.

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  4. Amazing how you're coming up with such apt verses - your very own Ramcharitmanas.

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  5. Though I know the story, I loved the way you have narrated and brought in misplaced love :)

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  6. Thank you Suzy, so often we're not aware of unintended consequences or karma or whatever it is .. we need to be aware and alert at all times. At all times go for good -

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    1. Thanks Susan. Yes, when in doubt, go for good.

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  7. Promises, sometimes become so hard to keep! As Aathira said, I like reading your posts, even though I know the story :)

    Like It Happened Yesterdy

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    1. Thanks Swathi. Glad you are enjoying my Ramayana.

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  8. I liked how you explained 'misplaced love'. In both the cases you mentioned, it was indeed a case of misplaced love coz love heals and empowers, it does not destroy. Great post, as always. :)
    *Shantala @ ShanayaTales*

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    1. Thanks Shantala. Glad you liked it.

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  9. Love your theme, Suzy and indulge in these stories- most of them unknown to me. Wonderful read:-) Staying tuned for more

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    1. Thanks Eli. Glad you are liking my Ramayana.

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  10. Those verses are so beautiful. I loved how you spoke of Manthara's influence - we should never let others thoughts cloud ours.

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  11. Lovely verses Suzy! Beautifully written to fit the story. It's really sad how all the love Dasaratha had for Kaikeyi could not change her mind once it was set on its course. I remember crying when I heard this story from my Grandpa. I wondered why Kaikeyi needed to be so bad when life could have been much simpler :)

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    1. Thanks Sundari. I wonder that too. How she could change so suddenly.

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    1. So true Sheethal but sometimes it is misplaced love.

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  13. Misplaced love, indeed! Beautiful verses and great interpretation, Suzy!

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  14. Suzy, I just love your Ramayan. I do hope you will publish it as a book.

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    1. Thanks Bellybytes. Will give publishing some thought :)

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  15. Oh story time....I was transported back to my school days, when I first read this. Lovely

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  16. Isn't love so often misplaced and misunderstood?! ;) <3

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  17. how easily the kings made promises they would regret later! a queen's blind love for her son and a king's unquestioned love for his queen...misplaced love indeed!

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  18. how easily the kings made promises they would regret later! a queen's blind love for her son and a king's unquestioned love for his queen...misplaced love indeed!

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  19. How easily people made promises that they would regret later!! a queen's blind love for her son and a king's unquestioning love for his queen! misplaced love indeed!

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