The Ramayana And The Role Of Dharma

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Ramayana Paper

Hinduism dates back to 2000 B.C.E, where its roots where established in India. Hinduism does not necessarily have a time of origin or founder, but is referred to as timeless, known to have always existed (“Library”). It consists of a compilation of sacred texts known as Santana Dharma, also referred to as “The eternal teaching” (“Library”). In the Indian religion of Hinduism, an extremely important term known as Dharma refers to the moral order of the universe and a code of living that embodies the fundamental principles of law, religion, and duty that governs all reality. Individuals of the Hindu religion pursue the notion that if one follows one 's dharma he or she can eventually achieve what is to be ultimately every Hindis
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Dharma refers to the idea that individuals should make the right decisions in the course of his or her life that pertain to his or her duties. A common notion in relation to Dharma is that if one makes good choices, it will pay off in the future. In the Ramayana, many characters act and make decisions in order to fulfill their Dharma, whether the decision are good or bad. There are two perfect examples of characters that do and do not follow their Dharmas, these two characters are Rama and …show more content…
Rama was Vishnu’s human incarceration, and his purpose was to ultimately destroy Ravana, the chief of Asuras, abolish fear from the hearts of men and gods, and establish peace, gentles, and justice in the world. Viswaminthra states that Rama is “born to restore righteousness and virtue to mankind and eliminate all evil” (Narayan 21). It is foreseen that Rama is to have many important tasks ahead of him after he kills both Mareecha and Subahu in the battle with Viswaminthra. Viswaminthra states “There is a great deal yet ahead of you.” which hinted at the many tasks and duties that Rama was to fulfill later in his future (Narayan 4). Ravana, the chief of the Asuras on the other hand, was not so destined for a great future. He imposed a great threat to the world. “The ten headed Ravana and his brothers have acquiered extraordinary powers through austerities and prayers, and now threaten to destroy the world and enslave us.” (Narayan 4). Ravana Ravana was the utmost of the domain of material forces. His reign was of luxury, slavery, material

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