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At my daughter’s school in Angrezidan, Ram and Ayodhya activities are going on during the week. Sometimes a general knowledge competition is held based on Ramcharitmanas and sometimes children are asked to bring lamps and sticks from home. A public lantern festival is being held at the school.
Pappu Kumar Gupta, who works in an export company in Noida, earns a monthly salary of Rs 18,000. On January 22, 2024, he and his colleagues are preparing 101 kg of laddus. They spread it among the common people. For this, Pappu Gupta and similar earning employees are collecting money among themselves. Someone is giving 500, someone is giving 2000 soums.
Shabana, who works in my house, mutters while cleaning, “When the ram comes, I will decorate the yard.” Rameshwar Yadav supports his family by selling milk and butter. But today he distributed butter to every house in the village and asked everyone to light a lamp with this oil on January 22.
When I go to the market, everyone talks about Ram, from flower and fruit sellers to book and clothes sellers. When I go from home to office, I find someone selling Hanuman/Ram flag somewhere on the road. If anyone is clashing, he will not move forward without talking about Ayodhya, Ram and January 22.
Why can’t I see only Ram’s divinity in this?
I know India is a land of celebrations. India is a religious nation. Religion is the basis of its social structure. Since my childhood, I have seen my father go to Deoghar with the band raised by every Maghda Kanwar. Every day the women of the house saw Mahadev making clay. Then I also saw Lal Kakka worshiping that Mahadev and chanting mantras for an hour. From my childhood, I felt the religious atmosphere created by the construction of the temple and the sanctification of God in my village. However, what I see today does not seem to me to be a mere religion. That doesn’t sound like simple devotion to me. In this I do not see the divinity of Ram alone.
Anyway, this is a festival and religious country in India, if we talk only about Sanatan, then many religious traditions come with it. Each region has its own religious beliefs. He is our God. All these beliefs have their own complete world. There is harsh legislation. There is so much religious freedom that in the same house the father worships Mahadev and the son worships Durga. Women of the same house see God in Peepal. He worships nature.
Can it be so? How can one tradition of religion, which Champat Rai, general secretary of Sri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust calls ‘Ramanandi’, unite a society with so much diversity? Why is everyone busy worshiping Ram when everyone has their own idol? Why is everyone in Rammay when everyone has their own way of worshiping?
It is not that Ram is the supreme Brahma and all the gods come in line after him. If Ram is considered to be only God, then he is only an incarnation of Vishnu. Vishnu has been incarnated both before and after him. Although we consider it a sign of the emperor’s greatness, in the family where Ram was born, Manu came to him to call us human. Bhagiratha came who brought mother Ganga to earth. Raghu came, so Ram became known as Raghukul Nandan. This tribe was called Raghukul. Even after Ram came, it was not called Ramkul.
Although I admit that this environment was created because of the struggles and sacrifices made to achieve Ramjanmabhoomi, I find many examples of struggle and sacrifice for our beloved and soil in history. If we consider it as the energy generated by the movement, I have seen documents that show that the script of the movement to liberate Kashi, Mathura and Ayodhya was written simultaneously.
My mind, stuck in these dilemmas for many days, will find the answer that Ram is the “ram of all” in his journey, which is neither a miracle nor a divinity. I find the answer to this in our social and religious traditions, where Ram may not be worshipped, but his presence is welcomed.
A few years ago he went on a trip to South India. Many local people were found in Rameshwaram who openly declared that Ravana was their king, killed by Ram. He had no respect for Vibhishana in his heart. But they also did not deny the existence of Ram, whereas in this country we know that for political expediency there was an attempt to deny the existence of Ram in the Supreme Court of the country.
A few years ago I went to a village in Janjgir. The ram was visible on the corpse of everyone found there. About 125 years ago (as I recall) one of their ancestors was banned from entering the temple. After that, the tradition of tattooing the body with “Ram Ram” began among them. These people did not deny the existence of Ram but realized the presence of Ram in himself. Even now these people do not cremate the dead. I was told how to cremate the body that was Ram.
Because of this devotion of Ramnami Sect people today’s ‘Jai Bhim-Jai Mim’ people We can also learn from those who speak lewdly about Ram and Sita, influenced by petty politics and cheap popularity. warrior It is part of present-day Chhattisgarh state, where people of various religious traditions join Ram and claim him as his maternal grandfather and grandmother.
It is not just the divinity of Ram
In a time when the rage of denying the existence of everyone but ourselves, “separating the head from the body” in the name of religion, the presence of divinity cannot fill the society with such tolerant joy. The ruler of any country cannot be proud to call himself Ram. The world’s largest Islamic country is not proud of staging its own Ramlila. Not every civilization can give the joy of connecting with Ram. Just as the Egyptian civilization was happy to be associated with “Ramses” or the Mesopotamian or Sumerian civilization with “Ram Sin”.
This effect of Ram is not due to his incarnation. Not because it’s cute. This is not due to any illusion or miracle. It is the product of Ram’s journey from his birth in Ayodhya to his attainment of Jal Samadhi. The result of this production is that everyone sees their part in Ram. Everyone believes in their rights.
Ram Raj is still the goal of any system. This is considered a success. That is why the name of Ram brings joy even today, we know that even in Ram Rajya there was no stop in the speed of time. There must have been moments of mourning in that country as well. But even in those times of mourning, Ram’s presence continues to shine a light of salvation on the bereaved community. It must be filled with the energy of creation.
Ram is there, so every question is useless
A society steeped in religiosity is not disturbed by the questions of religious figures who occupy the throne of Shankaracharya today. Whereas, the same society also knows that the parameters publicly decided for the consecration ceremony by the Sri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust have not been fully followed. This community saw images of the deity without closing their eyes before the sacrament. etc etc…
If it was only a matter of Ram being a deity, only temple construction, only devotion, only devotion to one’s worshipper, today would have changed from Shankaracharya’s objection to belief. There would be lamentations everywhere for the mistakes made. But we saw that old Okshat began to cry bitterly when he received the invitation. Seeing a poster with Ram’s picture in the car, an old woman takes off her slippers in the middle of the road, gets excited and starts hugging that picture. Ram Bhajan sung by some Syeda Batool Zehra has gone viral.
Nowhere in all this is there any religiosity that fills you with the feeling of praying to God for the removal of poverty. No student asks Ram ji to pass with good marks this time. Office parties are being organized, but no entrepreneur is saying, please, let my business grow. Fill with money and grain. No one wants to have children for themselves. No one goes to Ayodhya with the desire of “wife manorama dehi”…
This environment filled with Ram is governed by the spirit of world prosperity. Feeling is secondary. This sentiment makes Ram ‘everyone’s Ram’. This tells the system that the feeling of joy is not permanent. There will also be moments of mourning. But it is his primary responsibility to continue to illuminate society with the energy of creation that creates the Ram effect. Ahead of the 2024 general elections, Indian society has linked its political system with this responsibility. Fulfilling this responsibility is not an option. Those who shirk their responsibilities will be destroyed. Ram Raj’s purpose remains firm.