In the previous episode we had witnessed that Lord Rama and Ravana are now on the battlefield face to face for the first time. Even as Ravana comes near him, Lord Rama is still not ready to fight Ravana. Rather, he wants to give Ravana another chance to realize his mistake and to avoid a war. This shows Lord Rama’s benevolence in forgiving in his worst enemy! Eventually we also witnessed that Lord Rama has posed Ravana with a set of questions for him to think about and realize his wrongdoing. However, is Ravana ready to relent? Let us see today.
As Lord Rama asks Ravana a series of tough questions to ponder about, Ravana is not ready to listen to any of them. Rather, his anger and arrogance overtake his thinking ability as Ravana looks at Rama with overconfidence. As Rama completes his accord, Ravana replies him back thus: “Oh Rama! Thank you for your advice! But I’m a completely learned person and your advice is of no use to me! I know what I’m doing and I need not listen to worthless people like you! You’ve not even become a king in your life and hence, what do you know about ‘RaajaDharma’? You had been chased out of Ayodhya. Your own father had declared you unworthy! Then with what guts do you come and advise me? Sita is mine and will be mine forever! If you have the courage and if you really have the guts, fight me, win over me and then see if you can see Sita again!”
Here is a very important lesson to learn for modern day leaders and managers – Irrespective of how capable and knowledgable we might be, at any point in time, we should never exhibit overconfidence. Our knowledge and skills should only give us the confidence, but never should manifest overconfidence in us. Overconfidence would further lead us to exhibit arrogant behavior. When arrogance takes over, we would ultimately lose our thinking ability, wherein we would fail to judge the capabilities of the opponent and eventually would result in our downfall.
Hence, the important message from this Rama-Ravana episode is that, modern day leaders and managers should maintain their calm under any situation and not exhibit arrogance and overconfidence.
Hearing this from Ravana, how does Lord Rama react? As mentioned previously, Lord Rama is an epitome of calmness and compassion. He never gets angry on Ravana although Ravana has clearly insulted him. His compassion knows no bounds. However, time is nearing for Lord Rama to unleash his powers and to teach Ravana a fitting lesson. Hence, Lord Rama reluctantly but stubbornly replies back to Ravana thus, “Oh Ravana! You are talking this way because you do not know who am I! Anyway, if your wish is to have a fight with me, despite giving you a chance to think over, you are most welcome to begin the war. There are two clear sides now – Dharma and Adharma. Let us see which side is going to win!”
Saying thus, both Rama and Ravana prepare themselves for the all-important summit clash! On one side, Ravana is mustering up all his strength to show Rama his place! On the other end, Lord Rama is calmly but with confidence, building his strength and powers to take on Ravana! We are all set for the most important cracker! Let’s stay tuned until the next episode for the action to commence! 🙂