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Ramayana and Mahabarath are real representation of human life in subtle manner!
Accept the will of God and this is true surrender!
Human mind is prone to resistance. The mind never accepts any new or altered situation. Resistance seems to be inbuilt in the mindset of many people. Why people resist? Because, they are never comfortable with new ideas from others or new ways to improve one’s character, and hence people resist changes. For instance, go to some remote area where tribal or primitive people are living without drawing the attention of outer world. A chance expedition by some person in deep jungle might have exposed to the existence of some people. They have adapted well to their own surroundings and exist within the available resources within the jungle. (This is how the Stone Age man or cave man existed earlier) If you tell them that the government is interested in their welfare and want to better their living conditions, none of the inhabitants will be receptive and probably, they may even rubbish our good intentions.
This is the experience of authorities in India, when they tried to explore Andaman Islands and the adjoining one. Those native people are never comfortable with any intruders, even if they are from government, who go there to examine the living condition of such people. Indian government, with very great difficulty reached out only a small section of the natives by constructing schools, hospitals and other welfare measures. They are never interested in government doling those cash since they are not aware of the uses of cash or the value of the cash. Since many of the basic amenities are not available in such remote areas, which may usher shopping tendency, the natives treat cash like a piece of waste paper.
Philosophically speaking, acceptance denotes surrender. When we accept the will of god and accept any situation or circumstance, we are on the path of surrender, which is the easiest way to reach god. The warrior Arjuna surrendered his will to Krishna and he received the great teachings in the form of Bagawath Gita, in the battle field. When his conscious was clarified, he accepted performing his duty in the battle field. For a warrior, engagement in just war is his fundamental duty and he cannot escape from this duty. Hence Krishna convinced him to perform his allotted duty and leave the rest to him. Before that, he was questioning Krishna on the legitimacy of engaging in a war in which many lakhs of people will lay their life. The resultant bloodshed will create unsavory circumstances. After slaughtering many of my own people, how I can enjoy the kingdom? He prods Krishna thus. Krishna illumined Arjuna about the fundamental ignorance and body attachment. Arjuna! You consider yourself as the body, whereas you are the immortal soul residing in the body. Bodies may come and go but the spirit within is Eternal and suffer no birth or death. Then only Arjuna realized his folly and engaged himself in the war.
In the life of every human being, the mind is the battle field in which both good and bad thoughts vie to gain supremacy. The vile thoughts being numerous and virtues are few, with the grace of Divine self, everyone here can succeed in this combat, subduing their evil and enthroning the virtues. This battle goes on forever in the minds of all. Ordinary people succumb to the evil and slide into error and sin. The virtuous people heed to good promptings from the self, root out the evils in them. Every epic has an inner meaning. In Ramayana, Rama was Brahman. All the four brothers represented four virtues enshrined in the scriptures. With the aid of valor or courage, they searched for Sita (wisdom) which was abducted by the demon. Finally they fought a valiant battle and retrieved the wisdom in the form of Sita!
The Mahabarath, all the five brothers represented the senses and Draupathi is the mind principle. The senses can act only with the aid of mind. Hence the five brothers had their wife Draupathi which represents the mind. The hundred evil cousins represented one hundred evil qualities and five brothers represented five virtuous qualities. Hasthinapura is nothing but the body formed with its skeleton network. The blind king Dridarashtra represented ‘ignorance’. Due to ignorance, attachments to his one hundred sons ruled his mind. With the help of God in the form of Krishna, the five virtuous brothers engaged in battle with evil and emerged victorious. Hence both the epics are representation of human life.
Hence we must surrender to the self within and achieve victory over evil in our life to attain salvation or self-realization.