Thought for the Week

What are the lessons we should learn from the antagonists mentioned in the epics?

Bhagawan lovingly points out for us today.

Men should take great care to see that their senses do not go astray and commit offences. Thinking evil, speaking evil and seeing evil invariably lead to total ruin. For example, in Mahabharata, Duryodhana always had evil thoughts about the Pandavas and ultimately he brought destruction upon his entire family. Keechaka cast an evil eye on Draupadi when the Pandavas were living incognito in Virata King’s palace, and he paid for it with his life. Ramayana has the story of Kaikeyi, who listened to the evil counsel of Mantara, and so lost not only her husband but the regard and love of her son Bharata. No one today even likes to be known by these infamous characters – Duryodhana, Keechaka or Ravana. But though the names are not favoured, the bad qualities associated with them have not been given up by mankind. Strive to give up evil thoughts, evil looks, vicious speech and the greed to give ear to evil counsel and slanderous gossip. – Divine Discourse, May 22, 1986.   BABA