The Immortal lessons from Sita – The warrior of Mithila
Amish Tripathi, who is known as the literary pop star of India, started his writing career with “Immortal of Meluha”. The purpose of that book is to make the readers believe that Shiva is not just a mythological figure, but a mortal like you and me. He started a unique trend and the readers find it so intriguing. Readers felt like they are entering a whole new world and they actually enjoyed that adventure.
Mr. Tripathi, in an interview, said that while writing his books, he travel into a parallel world with the grace of Lord Shiva. He has actually created another world and with each, he is letting us explore that world into depth. The Shiva Trilogy was a huge success. After that, he started writing about Ramayana.
Every Indian has grown up hearing stories about Ramayana. One of the reasons behind that was a T.V. series which was telecasted in 1980’s. Every Indian used to wait for Sunday so that he or she can either watch or listen to the series produced by Ramanand Sagar. Little did we know that that series was based on “Ram-Charita Manas” written by Tulsidas in the 16th Century. Actually, TulsiDas’s Ram-Charita Manas was a retelling of Valmiki’s Ramayana. But one thing which we didn’t know is, that Valmiki has written another Ramayana, which is known as “Adbhut Ramayana”. It is said to be the another angle of the same story, It is said to be the source of Amish’s Ramchandra series. Another retelling of the story which is known as Kambana Ramayana (Popular in South India) is taken as the source while writing the series.
“Sita- The warrior of Mithila” is the second installment of Ramchandra series after the “Scion of Ikshwaku.”
Let me tell you that I’m a big fan of Mr. Tripathi’s work. Every book of his brings a lot of surprises and curiosity to wait for the next. He amazed us by the new way of writing which is called Multi-linear writing, where one story is explained through the eyes of a different protagonist. So while reading the book, I jotted down some meaningful points and lines from the book, which can be useful for Leadership, Motivation and living day to day life.
There you go:-
- “The one who is not capable of fighting for himself, cannot fight for others”
This is a crucial rule of leadership. Every day we see lots of people who are busy in giving orders. They love their authoritative position and call themselves Successful leaders. But the person who is blindly following his orders, never feels that respect, that dignity towards his leader. He understands that there is nothing like “Walk-the-Talk” in his leader’s attitude. He is not able to see things through his subordinate or junior’s eyes.
A leader is the one who not just sit and give orders. He is that guy, who explain things well and guide his subordinate at every step because he understands that his subordinate will take time to learn. He feels happy when he see his subordinate grow. He knows his work from grass root level and has the tendency to make others learn and share the pros and cons of each and every step. He truly knows how to fight for himself and always stand by his subordinate’s good and bad times.
Sita, unlike the figure we are familiar with, knows how to fight for herself and for her Kingdom and undoubtedly portrayed very strongly in the book.
- The power of Balance
In a conversation between Sita and Guru Vishwamitra, Sita learned the true essence of a successful kingdom – Balance. Yes, whether we talk Spiritually or Pragmatically, wherever we see, Balance is utmost important. A happy life is the one which is balanced. Every day we have to face happiness and sorrows. We have to deal with achievements as well as worries each and every day. We have given the authority of our Happiness as well as sorrows to the outside factors. But we haven’t yet sensed the beauty of Equilibrium, the beauty of balance.
Mr. Jack Ma, the founder of Alibaba.com, once asked to elaborate the meaning of Tai-chi, the famous Martial art form. He said that Tai-chi is nothing more than balance. It is the art of attacking when your opponent is trying to defend and defending when your opponent is trying to attack.
If you are into reading self-help stuff, most of the authors write about maintaining work-life balance. We get so occupied with our work that we get no time for our respective personal life. The core form of long-term happiness is the balance. Whether it is personal and professional life or your emotions, an equilibrium is important.
- Change causes Disruption
What is Leadership? I think a true leader is a one who can facilitate change effectively and efficiently, isn’t it? Any kind of change, no matter how happening it is, brings a disruption in your daily chores.
If we look at the history Indian Businesses, when online platforms like Amazon, Alibaba, E-bay and many others tried to enter the market, it was so difficult to persuade the buyers to go for Online platforms. The customers were not able to rely on that new way of buying and selling things. With time, The leaders like Jack Ma, Jeff Bezos and much more able to facilitate this new change and the boom of Online retailing is still on. ”
Psychologically, we get used to the things we are doing on our daily basis like driving your car, the toothpaste you are using from so many years, your way of tying your shoelaces and so on. Any new thing brings disruption in your daily chores and activities. That is why some people are call leaders. They understand well that change is for their betterment. They understand that small or big disruptions will lead to something beautiful. They help them as well as others to cope up with change and make it a part of their life.
- Grief overwhelms when you are alone
Every day we have to face with many ups and downs. As the Social Media is over-powering our most of the time, we have a deal with lots and lots of negative stuff too. I’m sure that your Facebook wall is also filled with news about murders, rapes, thefts, robbery and so on. We are actually unaware of the fact that Negative news catches our attention because it targets our hidden emotions. The guys who are providing all these news on your wall knows it very well that negative stuff and useless stuff will fetch them a better audience and might be making them richer. Close your eyes and observe silence for a minute. You will notice that those photographs, Articles, News and so on, is revolving inside you. Slowly, it is making all of us mentally weak and emotionally unstable. Lots and lots of negative emotions overpower, mostly in the moment of grief. If you have an unintentional destructive thinking, it can hamper your emotions. You will start feeling down and restless. You will feel depressed and helpless. What is the solution? “Share your feeling with your loved ones.”
Yes. This is the solution to overcome grief. Stop yourself from overthinking and sit with your closed ones, whom you trust. Vomit out what you are facing. It will help you in overcoming grief and maintaining that balance.
- Practice, Practice, and Practice
No matter how creative you are, how talented you are, if you don’t practice your art, sooner or later, you’ll not able to perform well in front of your competitor. Practice always shines when you perform your art. The Persistence is more important than the knowledge. In the Book, Guru Vishwamitra saw Sita performing her fighting skills with a sword. The accuracy in her movements made him realize that how hard work she had done.
Success in actually the outcome of your interest in a particular thing, your ability to take action and rigorous practice. So as an old saying “The more you sweat in the practice, the less bleed in the battle.”
So, as you might have understood that how much I enjoyed reading that book. I strongly recommend you to read the book to. You can order it from here.
So I would like to conclude my article from the beautiful lines from where the book starts.
“She is the warrior we need.
The Goddess we await.
She will defend Dharma.
She will protect us.”
Thank you so much for reading.
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Love, Laughter, and Peace
Himanshu R Nagpal