900 million Hindus should feel empowered enough to build the Ayodhya Ram Mandir
Ayodhya Ram Mandir, at the birthplace of Shri Ram, still seems a dream. Ayodhya Ram Mandir has been a very long dream and somehow is just not converting to reality. Shri Ram has been homeless in Ayodhya for so long, he must himself be weary of the waiting. Shri Ram taught us about obedience and duty (Maryada and Tyag). He showed us his love for his brothers, respect for his father’s word, respect for his mother and stepmother. He demonstrated his love for his wife and care for his subjects. He used his kshatriya skills to destroy adharm and got rid people from the asuras. He was able to engage Nal and Neel to build the Ram Setu hundreds of miles away from Rameshwaram to Sri Lanka. The Setu is a legacy that is present and visible even today, after thousands of years.
So why is there still no Ayodhya Ram Mandir to commemorate Shri Ram? 1947 came and went, and its now May 2018.
I have heard हमें निज धर्म पर चलना सिखाती है रामायण। It does make one wonder why there has been a significant shortfall, and why the lessons of dharma are so difficult to learn and pass. Valmikiji and Tulsidaasji have tried their very best to convey the message about dharma in the Ramayan. It’s not that Hindus are not dharmic. Most Hindus are quite dharmic on regular basis.
Its uplifting to sing praises of Shri Ram repeatedly, and then somehow feel disempowered not to be able to build the Ayodhya Ram Mandir.
It is possible that 900 million Hindus do not seem to care very much whether there is an Ayodhya Ram Mandir. Perhaps there is a deficiency of Aastha, or there is a perception that there are enough Mandirs. Some ask what would be having the Ayodhya Ram Mandir achieve?
The callousness of the modern is kumati beyond measure, forcing the disempowerment of 900 million Hindus
Build a Hospital or a School, they say. One could argue perhaps there are also enough Hospitals and Schools in the country, or there would be if the population did not keep increasing at an alarming rate. The Hindus could probably find 108 excuses for the absence of Ayodhya Ram Mandir. The non-Hindus could find more than 108 reasons why there should be no Ayodhya Ram Mandir. Surely 900 million Hindus should feel empowered enough to build the Ayodhya Ram Mandir after 1947.
It is as if there are now 900 million equivalents of his mother Kaiykeyi. She sent him away for a mere 14 years. The Hindus have kept Shri Ram homeless in Ayodhya for so much longer. Perhaps it’s not the fault of the Hindus and the real culprit is that Court that is called Supreme. The Supreme Court cannot be Supreme but seems like a modern-day collection of several Kumati. Kumati was one unwise troublemaker of a woman, who created so much misery for the Rahu Vansh. However with hindsight, one has to give her credit, that she advised Shri Ram to be sent away for 14 years. There was an endpoint to the suffering for Shri Ram and the Raghu Vansh.
I pray I am not thinking these thoughts again in 2019 and beyond.
I pray that I will see the Ayodhya Ram Mandir built in my lifetime, and be able to do darshan there.
1. The views expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of PGurus.