Was reading few of the blog posts and this thought came across…
Whenever I have debated this at home, my Mom has put me off saying, “Don’t find faults with the Gods. You’ll be punished.“
Trust me it’s not about finding faults, I just want to have few things clarified from the stories I have heard.
No offences to any religion or any beliefs. This is strictly my personal view.
We Indians call Lord Rama as Maryada Purushottam. Why is he referred to as Maryada Purushottam, here goes an answer I got from Yahoo answers.
An ideal son to the parents.
An ideal husband to His wife.
A Good brother to his young brothers.
A Good and Ideal king to the people of His kingdom.
A good and ideal protector of Dharma.
A Good and Ideal ruler.
A good and ideal friend to vanaras.
An Ideal son in obeying the parents.
An example for morality.
So, Shri Rama is called Maryada purushottam Ram.
I am told he had to protect and respect the feelings of his Praja as a King, and that’s why he had to leave Sita upon his return to Ayodhya. But my question is that wasn’t it his duty to protect her and support her knowing that she was not at fault, rather than letting her bear the pain of loneliness and deliver and bring up the babies all by herself? Whenever I happen to think of it, I somehow am unable to justify his decision. May be there are things that are not known to me. But with the known facts and stories, I feel he was a good son, a good brother and a good king, but a not-so-supportive husband. Or rather, may be he himself doubted Sita. Apologies for hurting peoples’ sentiments.
In that context, Lord Krishna looks more realistic and practical to me. He has protected all as far as possible. He has done everything that man does today from romance, war, abduction, shrewdness, partiality and what not. The only disturbing element in Krishna’s story was why did Radha and He never got married. Why did he get married to Rukmani and why Radha had to marry another gwala. And still people worship them as the perfect symbol of love. This question was answered unarguably by a very very close friend. Their love was pious, a symbol of purity, something which is way above the human notion of love. They loved each other even while handling their respective responsibilities and understood each other’s purpose of life and thus had to make the choice of parting for the betterment of all.
With this I also feel Goddess Parvati was a more practical and real character than all other Godesses. She had jealousy, she had insecurities like all normal wives, coz of her love for the Lord Shiva. An animated movie on Lord Ganesha showed how she created Ganesha out of the dirt from her body and assigned him the task of guarding the entrance to her bathroom, coz she wanted to have some space and respect for herself and wanted to stop Lord Shiva from taking her for granted. Not sure if that’s what actually happened or not. But, to me that story really appealed and looked real. One that treated wife as an individual and not someone to be looked down upon.
I know I am going to have some real unhappy readers with this one. But as stated above, these are merely my personal views. Just a passing thought that I felt I must share and seek your views too.
Good Day, guys!