We are pleased to participate in the A to Z Blog Challenge (http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/). The Story Crossroads theme for this year is Dual Natures in Folktales Around the World – opposites, contradictions & paradoxes.
From Hinduism, part of Ramayana
The Ramayana is an ancient epic poem that was written sometime between 500 and 100 BCE. Many say that sage Valmiki wrote it from India. It is quite the feat to summarize this epic to 50 words. I encourage you to read it. The main focus is on doing one’s duty, known as dharma.
What is so fascinating? What dualities have surfaced?
Reincarnation goes beyond duality. Birth and re-birth continuous. Vishnu and Laksmi already love each other. When both are reincarnated as Rama and Sita, that love endures. This is a beautiful duality.
Despite this love story, Rama does question if Sita has still been faithful to him. After all, she has been with the King of Demons for so long. What could have happened in the meantime? Instead of being insulted by taking a test to prove herself, Sita patiently shows her innocence. She must walk through fire, but the flames turn into flowers.
Even the strongest of love can have some questions. Two sides – confidence mixed with questions. A strong marriage can survive tests without being offended. Or at least recognizing that no one is perfect.
Vishnu reincarnated as Rama. Laksmi as Sita. Love. Rama banished 14 years. Ravana, King of Demons, loves Sita. Kidnapped! Rama and brother have monkeys search. Ring given to Sita with promise to be saved from island. Bridge built. Battle! Ravana killed. Free! Rama worries of her faithfulness. Passes test. Innocent!
Finding the Story:
Read the entire Ramayana – found here
Quick guide to the Ramayana – found here
Teacher-version of sharing Ramayana – found here
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As for our past A to Z Challenges…
While you enjoy this blog, Story Crossroads has been “dual” in our offerings of our hybrid summit & festival on May 9-12, 2022 – yes, in-person and virtual – and would be honored for you to join us. Explore the schedule and register here: http://www.storycrossroads.org/Festival
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