Monday, April 27, 2015

Love is in the Air - War



Day 23 A to Z Challenge 2015 - War


Hanuman watches silently
While Ravana threatens Sita
Gives her Rama's ring obediently
When the demon angrily leaves her

The demons set alight his tail
He sets the city on fire
Hanuman's mission never will fail
For Rama he'll never tire

Divinty joining forces
What chance did Ravana have
Both sides suffered many losses
Rama's heart for both was sad

Rama asked Ravana to surrender Sita
Forgiveness even for his foe
But Ravana's pride was off the meter
He was sure he would win and show.


After many days of searching, Hanuman finally finds Sita in the Ashok Vatika in the island of Lanka and assures Sita that Rama would soon arrive to free her. Hanuman is disturbed to find Sita in a very sad state and Ravana threatening her.

He allows Ravana's men to capture him so he may have an audience with Ravana and convey Rama's message. Hanuman asks Ravana to release Sita and surrender to Rama, but the arrogant Ravana laughs at Hanuman and asks his men to set his tail on fire. Hanuman ceases the opportunity and sets the city alight as a warning to Ravana. But Ravana does not heed that warning.

Rama eventually reaches Lanka and tries again to reason with Ravana via another messenger Angad but Ravana was so sure that he would kill Rama that he challenges Rama to fight for Sita. The war breaks out and there are many losses on both sides. Rama feels sadness for all who die or are hurt, and all through the war he tries to reason with Ravana.

All through our lives, we get many chances to redeem ourselves. But so often we think that our actions are correct and we don't try to see the other's point of view. Rama gave Ravana many chances to surrender Sita to him and was ready to forgive him. Often we think that admitting defeat and correcting our actions shows us to be losers and pride gets in our way. But in fact it takes a lot of courage to admit and reform. And forgiveness does not mean we condone the action or become best friends again. Forgiveness means that the action no longer affects us.

How will it all end?  In my X post.

Love is in the air. May we learn to admit our mistakes and correct them. And may we be gracious to forgive those who wrong us. For forgiveness is akin to divinity.


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Check my previous posts in this series

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. I like the 'W' of your post is war. Violence done against you is hard to forgive. It feels like the world is quick to go to war these days. Of course, the U.S. just calls them "conflicts." There can't be enough people in this world speaking about forgiveness :)

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    1. Thanks Clarabelle. I wish the world would look to peace as war does not bring peace. Thanks so much for dropping by.

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  2. It's very difficult to forgive and forget and it's definitely a divine quality to possess.

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    1. Hi Prasanna but forgiveness is liberating. Agree hard to do.

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  3. Ummm... forgiveness should become a habit with us.

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    1. It should Nisha. we should live in a state of forgiveness all the time.

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  4. Very, very fascinating! I live in Sri Lanka (and I'm part Sri Lankan), so I know the basics of the whole Rama and Lanka tale. :) I even mention it fleetingly in my latest romance novel!
    My link: http://www.devikafernando.com/blog/blogging-from-a-to-z-challenge-letter-w-wedding

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    1. Thanks Devika. The Ramayana is truly an amazing epic. And known well in the subcontinent. Thanks so much for visiting.

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  5. we all make mistakes and admitting them and correcting them does not make us small...Ravana was too proud to admit that!

    this part of the epic,where hanuman finds sita is quite fascinating, the conversation with her, putting his tail on fire and destroying the kingdom and all his endearing antics are so wonderful!

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    1. Yes this part of the Ramayana is full of action and adventure. Hanuman's character is so nice.

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  6. Hanuman in a character that I love reading about. His loyalty and faithfulness is something that I admire a lot. And yes, forgiveness is a virtue that not all of us are blessed with.

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    1. Thanks Aathira. I too love reading about Hanuman. In fact I love the whole Ramayana. Forgiveness is not easy but once done is liberating.

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  7. Forgiveness means that the action no longer affects us. You are so right. Unless we forgive, the trauma will remain in our heart. I've forgiven every past deed against me, but I don't want to be pally again with my enemies. http://976640989349525961.weebly.com/blog/-the-clinging-impacts-of-war

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    1. So true Francene, we can't truly move on until we forgive.

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  8. So fascinating story! Love every part of it! And so true words- forgiveness means
    that it no longer affects us.. Yes! Forgive but learn and move forward :/) lovely Suzy :-)

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    1. Thanks Eli. Yes we can only move on if we forgive and let go.

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  9. When we learn to forgive, we can hope to find peace too. Loved the ending paragraphs a lot. Beautifully written.

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    1. Thanks Rajlakshmi. Forgiveness is liberating and yes it brings us peace. If we want a selfish motive, we should really do it for ourselves.

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  10. Forgiving needs strength, the weak cannot forgive that's why they fight.

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    1. Thanks Vanessa. Glad you liked it.

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  12. You explained the story so beautifully. This is a tale that is new every time we read it.

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    1. Thanks Inderpreet. I never tire of it.

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  13. Thank you Suzy. I love the words you write at the end of each post, relating it to now ..

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    1. Thanks Susan. Glad you like my posts.

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  14. I agree. There is a lot of power in forgiveness. More than anything, it releases our mind from the action or it's consequence. Learning to forgive and let go is vital for our own peace of mind.
    *Shantala @ ShanayaTales*

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    1. Thanks Shanaya. Absolutely right, forgiveness is vital for our peace of mind.

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  15. I like what you are doing here, this style of Ramayana... Digging back to read older posts.

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    1. Thanks CookieCrumbs. Glad you like my Ramayana,

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  16. You said it well in your last paragraph - the short one - as well as the longer one near the end Suzy! ;) Basically, it does take a lot of courage to admit one is wrong. And forgiveness is key to moving on. :) <3

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    1. Thanks Elly. Absolutely we need to forgive and move on.

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  17. Beautiful Suzy! I like the way you have described the whole thing in the poem. Pride does go before fall. But then that was Ravana's destiny - to fight Lord Rama.
    My A-Z posts here: http://sundarivenkatraman.blogspot.in/

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  18. Although it's not always easy to forgive, you said it so well: "Forgiveness means that the action no longer affects us." Looking forward to reading the rest of this fascinating story!

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  19. We think that forgiveness is weakness, but it's absolutely not; it takes a very strong person to forgive.

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