The divine meaning of dussehra (part 1)

October 23, 2023


The Divine Meaning Of Dussehra (Part 1)

Many interesting and famous mythological stories of Dussehra or Vijayadashami (October 24th), that celebrates the victory of righteousness over evil, are present in the world. These stories have deep spiritual meaning and significance.

According to the spiritual knowledge shared at the Brahma Kumaris, the soul originally was a sparkling star-like point of living energy, full of peace, purity and bliss; spiritually charged and staying in the soul world. This world is commonly called Shantidham or Muktidham, a world beyond this physical world of five elements. When this spiritually powerful soul first came onto the earth to play its role on earth, its purity was naturally seen through the physical body, in the form of divine qualities and actions filled with these qualities.

Slowly as it came down in the cycle of birth and rebirth, it started falsely identifying itself with its physical body and forgot its eternal identity of that of a soul. It started getting attracted to the five senses and other physical human beings and sense objects that it came across in its journey. The golden deer which had attracted Sita in the Ramayan is a symbolic representation of these attractions and the internal stage of soul-consciousness is shown in the form of the Lakshman Rekha which Sita had crossed. This led to her getting kidnapped by Ravan and getting separated from Ram. The episode of kidnapping of Sita by Ravan refers to the kidnapping of the soul by the forces of Evil or the five vices namely lust, anger, greed, attachment and ego. It is believed that Ravan, was also called Dashanan, which means the one who has ten heads. It is physically impossible for such a human being to exist. So, these ten heads surely have a symbolic and deep spiritual importance, which we seem to have forgotten. The ten heads symbolize the five vices in men and five vices in the women of today.

(To be continued tomorrow ….)

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