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Moral lessons

I regularly watch Awakening with Brahmakumaris. Well, not as regularly as Grey's anatomy. But close enough.

Sister Shivavi  talks really well for a person from such an organization. Or she knows how to handle us -  sem-atheists, semi-spiritual and fully confused people.

Yesterday she was talking something about Ramayana. Saying that deities would never kill another person- even if the other person is a demon. And deities will never doubt their wives. The stories (I think Ramayana) are symbolic.

Or the stories are thus written, because the message with a great story line, would be stay in your mind for a longer period.

If some one tells you not to covet other man's wife, you will listen with half an ear, still drooling over your neighbor's wife. But you listen about the mightiest of kings, whose heads - all ten of them, were chopped off, for that sin, you unthinkingly control your wandering eyes. Some one tells you not to usurp your orphan cousin's property, you reply them ' even I have a family to take care of and I will not deceive these poor little children'. But you hear about kings who lost everything they had, for coveting other man's land, you will certainly become slightly less greedy.

So each of these great epics has moral to it. Sad they do not specify at the end so.

(I still wonder what is the moral behind pushing one's wife to fire in the name of pavitrata. )

One must also accept the fact that these epics are really great for moral education lessons.

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