Finally, the diurnal event of burning the demon is over! A ritual which steeped into hoary mythology, a symbol of the triumph of virtue over vice, is now ended up with quite a grandeur! Celebrated with traditional gaiety and fervor, this custom made me wonder as to whether Ravan can be considered a demon in today’s time?
Eyeing over other’s wife, abducting her deceitfully and forcibly, in a fit of rage, while blinded with anger was considered his sin, despite being admired and respected as an erudite and a master of arts and crafts. Absconding with Sita was indeed a sin for a person who was otherwise an accomplished, multifaceted personality, revered for being a devout. His devotion to his deity, Lord Shiva was phenomenal and he continued to evoke emotions swaying with awe to startle on the sweep of his intellectual attainment to admiration.
Despite having brought Sita, he never betrayed his qualities and never tried to undermine her chastity, rather redeemed himself on death. Losing his equanimity by getting swayed away by emotions, caused and created by external forces scripted his decimation and brought ignominy in heap.
Who is the demon? Ravan or us, who do not have any compunction, not to speak of remorse and regret, in betraying ourselves from being human to inhuman while doing the most horrific and disgusting acts with impunity. External symbolic display of denying vicarious pleasures and alteration of one’s ego will be of no use unless an internal cleansing, catharsis, to rid oneself of vices like hatred, lust, greed and intolerance is not undertaken. Let’s do purification from inside that is a salvation of our souls! Let us take a vow to kill the demons within before we celebrate!