Childhood ideals & the Warrior codes in Hindu myths

I was in the middle of another post, when these thoughts started to pour out. It concerns some of the Hindu pics and my childhood ideals – that have do still stay with me  – on matters of loyalty, duty and the warrior code!

Although most people are familiar with my magical and spiritual workings with the western pagan god-form `Hern the Hunter’ – that is a recent development (well, in the last 10-15 years…if you can call it recent).   My mythology and spiritual learning began much much longer – probably around 6 or 7 years of age ( I say that because I can’t quite remember anything much before that age).

Raman defeats the demon Ravannan
(Hindu epic `Ramayanam’) Art (c) Mani Navasothy 2012

I was taken to Hindu temples and became involved in long rituals …at such young age – .  way back in Sri Lanka, by my Uncle Raveenthiran & aunt Ratna (I call them Periyappa and Periyamma- meaning big-father and big-mother in Tamil). And at those ages, and through them, through those temples, and through reading Hindu epics and mythologies such as the Mahabharatham & Ramayanam, I have learnt so many ideals and morals…  that they still flow and glow in my soul.  In school, I only learnt the basics. But at home, I started reading a whole set of Hindu mythology books and epics – in detail. That was my hobby – reading.  I don’t ever recall anyone – parent, teacher or a priest – teaching me codes of behavior  values and ideals. Am sure they did – but  not in the way we see it done in some  heroic  film – where a young person / warrior is taught some deep mysteries and secrets and ideals by a powerful sage-like priest, in some ashram or a woodland retreat or a secret cave.

No, what I learnt came from those books..  those Hindu myths and epics..  and here were a lot of wars in them. And families, friends, Kings & Queens, Empires and Armies were often divided by their ideals and loyalties. Conflicts and challenges ensued. And true Heroes were tested to breaking points – and made sacrifices for sake of genuine duty..and progress (They never made compromises!).

A warrior has a duty and it is okay to do battle with even your own kind- as long as it is for a just cause, and one is doing his or her duty – says Lord Krishna through Bhagavathgeeta, and  yes it is okay to fight demons who have taken your loved ones, or done injustice to those under your protections – says Ramayana.

These have taught me to never be afraid – to face adversity, or engage in battles – if it becomes necessary. And that makes it necessary?  Justice of course – and fairness!   And sometimes, as I have found in recent years, that involves fighting for personal justice or to be treated fairly. And that means having a genuine hearing of facts and evidence, not just circumstantial or contrived. It also means being given the benefit of the doubt. And if none of these are forthcoming- then what remains is a battle for delivery of justice.

 

And sometimes – just sometimes- people need to be reminded what Justice is..  That was a noble cause for ancient Kings and mythical Heroes of religious epics.  I think that still stands – in a world of games and changing loyalties.

-Mani Navasothy

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3 thoughts on “Childhood ideals & the Warrior codes in Hindu myths”

  1. Marvelously put…Thank GOD for those great values , morals, ethics and human values that we treasure to this date ..all because of the solid Hindu teaching we grew from …and I thank my lucky stars with gratitude to those dear ones who were instrumental in allowing us to learn to trust and fight for what is Right, away from the wrongs …and the Doers of those wrongs. Rip away our 1st name and the last, Jupiter gifted WE stand for exactly that: Justice, truth, expansion and honor!

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