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Adhering to dharma
As human beings we are endowed with the capacity to think and make sensible and wise decisions, and yet how often do we use our faculties wisely? Do we always adhere to dharma? Do we observe the rules laid down by the Sastras? Most often we do not adhere to these rules.
We act selfishly, and with no concern for our fellow human beings. We are dishonest and break promises without fear. But sometimes even animals surprise us with their selflessness and their adherence to dharmic ways, said R. Krishnamurthy Sastrigal in a discourse on the concept of surrender in the Ramayana .
A story is told of how a monkey and a man ran to escape a tiger, and climbed the nearest tree. But the tiger did not go away, and stood at the foot of the tree, looking up. Even after nightfall, the tiger waited.
The man told the monkey that they should take turns to sleep, since the tiger didn't seem to be going away. The monkey agreed and the man put his head on the monkey's lap and went to sleep.
The tiger then said to the monkey, “Why don't you push down that man? I will eat him up and leave you alone.” But the monkey said it would never harm someone who trusted it. When it was the monkey's turn to sleep, it put its head on the man's lap and went to sleep.
The tiger repeated its words, this time to the man: “Why don't you push down that monkey? I will eat the monkey and you can escape.” Unlike the monkey, the man had no scruples. He pushed down the sleeping monkey. Fortunately, the monkey woke up just in time and clutched on to a branch to keep from falling.
The tiger told the monkey that the man had been prepared to betray it. So why it shouldn't push down the man? But the monkey replied that even though the man might have tried to harm it, it was not going to behave as he had. It would never let down someone who trusted it. Lord Rama's welcome to Vibhishana and His words about accepting anyone who surrendered, regardless of any flaws they might have, shows the dharmic path which we must follow. ----- The Hindu dated-5-10-11
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