An elegy to Rama
Today we celebrate the birthday one of the two greatest heroes in Hindu myth.
A wonderful lover who won the heart of his woman by valour.
And lost it all for misplaced honour.
A brave warrior who crossed oceans to fight an enemy on his own ground.
And yet killed another brave warrior, who was engaged in combat with a treacherous arrow.
A man of revolutionary ethics who took only one wife in an era where multiple wives and concubines was the norm.
And yet stood by while his brother mutilated a helpless woman.
An open minded king who took on even a boatman as his own brother.
And yet beheaded the shudra Shambuka for performing penance.
A man who came to earth with the noble mission of showing us the path to being a Maryada Purushottam, the perfect man.
A man who came to earth and showed that there is no such thing as a perfect man.
Today we celebrate the birthday one of the two greatest tragic heroes in Hindu myth.
May his soul rest in peace at the bottom of the Sarayu.