If you have missed the first part:
So before I get started, some people might be wondering what is the basis of this reiteration of Ramayana. Well, definitely I was not alive to witness the thing first hand, or may be I was (Who knows!!). But there is one thing called human psychology which remains same no matter how many years pass in between. And it forms a matrix which repeats every incident that took place in past, as present day events or future events. So if we can strip the characters, from our past, off of their name or identity we will get a repeating pattern of events.
So far we have seen why Ravana was a threat to Aryan invasion in the southern India and why Ram was needed to play the role of savior. Now lets take a look at how good Ram was and lets retrace the old footsteps a bit.
So Ram was the eldest son of King Dasharath, and a blue blood Aryan through his ancestry. It’s funny how the “savior” of the mankind was not some one from the indigenous Indian tribes, but some one who is ardent follower of Aryan ideologies and virtuous (How virtuous was Ram? I will come to that later). From his early childhood Ram was brought up on strict Aryan ideologies which will term anything as evil which doesn’t follow the Aryan school of thoughts. Taking a closer look at his childhood will give you a good list of demons he has slayed. And you have already read the first part of this series, you already know who were called demons in that time. It is very evident that the seed of hatred towards anything non-aryan was planted in his heart at an very early age. But nonetheless he is considered as the perfect fit for the position of King of Ayodhya. And he was taken to Mithila to attend Sita’s Swayamvara, an old Indian practice where the lady chooses her husband from a group of suitors. No wonder that Ram was chosen as Sita’s husband. To cut short the chase lets just skip to the part when Ram was exiled as part of his stem mothers ploys.
Now, think of this as a stage show, this is what is going on for the actors and there’s a different game play in action, the manipulation of events by other Aryan councilmen, (yes, councilmen. ‘Cause they were never Gods). Ram was a ploy of these councilmen all along, to take down Ravana. If you have read Ramayana, in it’s entirety, you will see how it is explicitly mentioned that all the events that led up to the eventual kidnapping of Sita (Kidnapping? well. this will also be discussed a bit later), were manipulated by the councilmen. Ram’s marriage to Sita, his exile, kidnapping of Sita, all were a part of this gameplan, which is shamelessly accepted in the original scripts, and shown as their way of attaining moksha or liberation from the individuals’ sad lives. Because moksha is only there, when you are on the side of your king and councilmen.
So Ram is now exiled with his wife and brother and ended up in the forest of Panchavati. Here they were approached by Surpanakha, the sister “Demon” sister of Ravana. She approached Ram for his hand in marriage. And being the righteous son he cited his existing marriage with Sita and sent her to Lakshmana, who is married already. You see righteousness is already in action. So two great brother mocked the appearance of Surpanakha, who by all means belonged to indigenous Indian tribe and and in retaliation when she tried to attacked them, Lakshmana single handedly cut down her nose, ears and, in some versions of Ramayana, her breast. A great display of righteousness again by the brothers, extremely commendable job. I mean what’s wrong in mocking someone for her appearance and then mutilate some of her body parts when she retaliates, this is not racism, we Indians certainly don’t know a squat about racism.
And the injured Surpanakha brought two of her brothers to avenge the whole thing but they were killed as well. So the last one she could seek help from was Ravana. She went to meet Ravana and narrated the whole incident to her. But here comes the fun part and most fuzziest part. Because, while rest of the Ramayana more or less follows the same story in all the different versions, this is one piece of story that has the maximum number of edits. And not to mention this forms the crux of the whole Ramayana, the kidnapping of Sita. This kind of thing happens when you try to cover something up hurriedly and that don’t get enough time to propagate so everyone inserts their version of the story.
So I will put forward the different reasons and versions of this incident and you can pick from whatever you feel comfortable with, because if you are a true blood hindu, I guess I have made you uncomfortable and angry enough, so I will cut you some slack here.
- So, one version says, Ravana, upon hearing the beauty of Sita, was overcame by lust and decided to kidnap her and make her his mistress.
- Another version says, it was simply to exact revenge on Rama for the humiliation that he caused to Surpanakha.
- Some other version says that Sita was actually the daughter of Ravana, or somewhat like that. And the story might be little interesting more people interested in stem cell and other similar fields. So as the story goes, Ravana killed many Brahmins and placed their blood in a vessel and hid it in a secret location. Now this incident took place at Janasthana, near Mithila. and according to the birthstory of Sita, she was discovered in a vessel in a field near Janasthana when Janak was plowing the field after a heavy drought.
- In another story which is as interesting as the one before, says the lady kidnapped by Ravana was not Sita at all. Yes, you are reading it right. She was maya Sita, or an doppelganger Sita, who replaced Sita again as a part of “divine” conspiracy.
- And in other story, Ravana was shown as a reincarnation of fallen Aryan councilman, who kidnapped Sita so that Ram could come after him, kill him and his whole family and grant them moksha.
So nonetheless Sita was abducted by Ravana from Panchavati forest which pushes the third act in motion, the eventual battle of Ram and Ravana and his death. But that is for the third part. For now, that’s all folks.