4 weeks ago
I feel great joy participating in indian festivals. dussehra is one such great festival depicting the victory of dharma (truth, duty, righteousness & justice) over adharma (opposite of dharma). rama represents dharma while adharma finds shelter with the 10-headed ravana.
among the many theories regarding why ravana had 10 heads, i especially like this one:
once after ravana was defeated by the great king bali, he was advised to focus on his great intellect and rein in the other emotions. ravana, proud as he was, dismissed bali and said he felt like a complete man with all his emotions and would wear them up his sleeve, quite literally.
his 10 heads represent the 10 base emotions/negative forms of love:
1. kaama (lust)
2. krodha (anger)
3. lobha (greed)
4. moha (delusion, attachment)
5. mada (pride)
6. irshya (envy)
7. ghrina (hatred)
8. bhaya (fear)
9. jaddata (insensitivity)
10. ahamkara (ego)
metaphorically dussehra represents cleansing one's mind from these forms of maya that trap our being.
but we are only human..
india is a great place to be during festivals. there is such great joy in our festivals, and these are so layered. simple for some, and with deep meanings for others who care.. it's truly incredible!
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