Hi Readers, wish you all a very Happy Dussehra. Hope you all enjoyed Navratri, some of you must be fasting for 9 days, some of you must have enjoyed Garba, some of you must have celebrated these festive days with friends and family. This is the beauty of our country, in India, we celebrate variety of festivals in a year. These festivals fill joy and happiness in our lives. Each festival has an effective reason to celebrate. So from today onward our days would be eventful in looking forward to celebrate Diwali. These 20 days we would be busy in cleaning our homes, and work place and ladies would be busy in shopping for this auspicious festival.
Vijayadashami also known as Dussehra is celebrated on the tenth day of brighter fortnight in the month of Ashwina according to the Hindu calendar. Dussehra is derived from the Sanskrit word Dasha Hara which means removal of 10 bad qualities within you. Most of us celebrate this festival, we go to the Ramlila ground, enjoy the Ravana Dahan. As this day is marked as the Victory of God Ram, who killed Ravana. We all enjoy when colossal effigies of Ravana, his brother Kumbhkarna and son Meghnath filled with crackers burnt to signify the end of the evil.
But if we celebrate it with a different idea it can be more beneficial. We can make a list of 10 bad qualities we possess, and should try to kill those qualities. We should end the evil within us. Dussehra is the festival which teach us the lesson of killing 10 bad qualities. Can we give it a try?
I guess we can do it. As per the Hindu religion the ten bad qualities which should be removed on this day are:
- Ahankara (Ego)
- Amanavta (Cruelty)
- Anyaaya (Injustice)
- Kama vasana (Lust)
- Krodha (Anger)
- Lobha (Greed)
- Mada (Over pride)
- Matsara (Jealousy)
- Moha (Attachment)
- Swartha (Selfishness)
So guys, do you agree, these are the bad qualities within us? Let’s say we do not own all of them, but some of them for sure? Am I right?
- Ahankara (Ego): Ego is the feeling of self-importance. If you have ego, it means you feel yourself superior to others. Sometimes people show their egocentrism knowingly sometimes unknowingly. Ego cannot help you in achieving anything. It is rightly said, “Leave the ego otherwise everyone would leave you”. Some people have the habit of praising their own self. They always say, “I have done this, I have done that. They forget that whatever they have done, there is somebody behind them to help. They are never thankful. And eventually they lose trust of others.
In Ramayana, it is said that, Ravana, who despite being a very passionate devotee of Lord Shiva, abducted Sita (Rama’s wife) mainly because of his Ego. So at the end what happened, Ravana had to lose his life. Ego leads to disaster not progress. “A man asked Lord Buddha, “I want Happiness”, Lord Buddha answered very calmly, he said “Firstly remove “I”, that’s ego, then remove “Want” that’s desire, now see, you are only left with “Happiness”.
- Amanavta (Cruelty): Cruelty is when your behaviour harms others. In this era, we still have cruelty within us? Really? A harsh answer is yes. We show our cruelty towards Animals, sometimes we show our cruelty to our spouse, sometimes towards our sub ordinates. Cruelty is an inhuman treatment; God has given you the life as a human being, so live like a human no? Why to increase violence in life, Life can be peaceful? You agree or not? These days whenever we switch on a news channel, what we see and hear? Ample examples of Cruelty. Many cases of murders, rapes etc.
Animals fail to express their feelings through words, they have feelings too. And what we do? we beat them, we kill them. Why because they cannot say anything right? This is Cruelty. We need to remove this. This inhuman behaviour depicts what we are in reality. Some husbands throw out their frustration on their wives, beat them. Why because your wife is your property? No, you are on the wrong track.
- Anyaaya (Injustice): I say, Injustice is everywhere, you will ask, where? Injustice means being unfair with something. So we are doing Anyaaya with our kids, our baby girls, our animals, with our parents, with every other person who is less powerful than us. Right or wrong?Now how this Anyaaya is happening? Guys, look around you, you will find N number of examples of being unfair. We are advertising about stopping female infanticide, has this reduced? No, in villages and small towns this is still happening, is this not injustice? Girls are touching the sky; they are ruling in almost every field. Still this mentality of a boy child is better than girl child not diminishes.
Stop the injustice Guys, People these days are adopting western culture and don’t want to stay with parents, send them to old age homes, is this Justice to your parents who gave you existence?
- Kama Vasana (Lust): God is fair in this context with all of us, he has created one life partner for each one of us. But what to do about this lust? Lust for the other girl/guy, who looks attractive. Focus on more beautiful feelings like, love, friendship, care. Lust can be ignored. Because of this evil craving, many cases are happening, which can be put to an end. Look into your inner self and decide what you want to do? you want to create your positive image, or you want to allow lust to overcome you and thrash you forever.
- Krodha (Anger): I have talked enough about this in my previous article “Anger management”. Life is not for anger, it is for spreading love, laughter and peace. Anger is an example of displeasure, annoyance. You can control it, stop this uncomfortable emotion, start laughing. Anger does not help to achieve good things.
- Lobha (Greed): We all have potential to achieve good things in life, but greed is something which kills your spirituality. Greed is an intense desire of achieving material things, wealth. Greed leads to selfishness. So think about the phrase “Sab moh maya hai”, a person who is able to understand this phrase, is able to spend a better life. Greed can create unhappiness, ask for peace and joy. Remove this bad quality and be helpful to others. Do your course of action, you will get what you deserve.
- Mada (Overpride): This feeling is similar to Ego, the opinion of being one’s own dignity. Praising one own self, without realizing that other person may take this in a wrong sense. Be thankful for what you get. You get a particular reputed position because of your activities indeed. But when this feeling of over pride comes into your life, you start feeling yourself superior. Which eventually throws you on ground again at the start point.
- Matsara (Jealousy): Guys, we waste most of our time in feeling jealous and comparing ourselves with others. “ohh he has that big sedan I don’t have”, “Ohh his yearly package is 20 lacs per annum, I am only at 12 lacs”, “ohh he is buying 3BHK flat, I don’t have my own house”. What is this? while you count for your failures, you waste your most precious time, when actually you can work upon and get success. Jealousy leads to unhappiness, anger and frustration. Life is too short to think about what you do not have, utilize every minute and achieve good things. Be positive.
- Moha (Attachment): This can be positive or negative. Have attachment with something is being attached or fond of something. But when it turns other way around it becomes fear of losing something. So use this feeling in a positive sense. Do not attach yourself with wrong habits like drinking alcohol, Smoking. These are injurious.
- Swartha (Selfishness): I don’t care my friend will get the job or not, I want this job. Is this an example of Selfishness? Yes. Guys, help others then only you will get help when you need. Selfishness is, I want to be first, I want to be topper, rest may go to hell. Happiness is when you actually think like a team. When you think about others too.
So Readers, which bad quality you possess from above? Think about it and try to remove it for the betterment of yourself and for the betterment of others. Happy Dussehra!!
Be happy, Keep smiling, Count your blessings!!