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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Ayodhya: The Prime and Eternal - II

In my last post we came closer to our past learning about our true heritage in compliance with the socio-economic scenario. Today we will continue further, exploring the educational and cultural circumstances of the era:
"An enriched civilization is the outcome of its citizens, who are culturally and academically accomplished"
Our society always revered great sages as they were the ones who laid foundation of our educational system; ayurvaid, astrology, arithmetic and other sciences for example.  They identified those disciplines through vaidas and cognized mankind towards wisdom.  That is the reason as why the brahmmarns are mostly respected, even today they are highly worshiped.
We were far more advanced than the world we live in today. Be it natural or applied sciences, agriculture, astrology and many other fields, even aviation. You read it right, aviation, we will explore it some other time.
Everyone performed daily rituals following the nakshatras and the muhurts. From here it can be easily inferred that people whether the royalty or common, men or women, right of education was even as it was given high prominence.

Every man-woman was spiritual, disciplined, religious, humble and pleasant in nature; in Ayodhya no citizen was cruel, non-believer in God or lustful.
Those times were the paramount ones when our culture had set high standards in terms of shishtachar. Apposite conduct was followed within different age groups.
A small example of their humbleness - Whenever the sages arrived in the royal courts or the visitors arrived, they were given full admiration. Those times the guests, especially sages were highly revered. They were welcomed with ‘padya’ – water to wash their feet, ‘ardhya’ – water to drink and then ‘madhupark’ – a blend of water, sugar, honey and ghee.

Individual of every varn or caste viz; Brahmarn, Kshatriya, Vaishya and Shudra, they all followed their duties and daily routines. We need to understand about this varn system; it was initiated to maintain balance in the society, as if the system would have not been followed, there would be endless takers for some jobs and some would have been ignored that could have resulted in a chaos. Exploitation, like I said in the last post, was an unknown term. 
Though individual belonging to any varn was independent to chose his/her path; I will site two of few examples those I discovered in Ramayan: 

  • First, Vishwamitra, a kshatriya king, who with his firm determination achieved brahmmarnatv and became a brahmmrishi.
  • Second, we all know Shravarn Kumar, but do we know who his parents were. No, they weren't brahmmarns; but, his father was a vaishya and his mother was a shudra, yet they were ascetics like any brahmmarn. We also can confirm here that marrying out of your caste isn't a big issue as it is supposed now a days, how ironic.
There was gender equity in the society. Women were evenly provided with right of education. The queens were eligible to rule or govern the kingdom in absence of the king. It proves that young girls were nurtured both physically and mentally before they were ready for responsibilities.  
To illustrate; in Sunder Kaand when Hanuman ji met Devi Sita, during conversation she expressed her plight and illustrated it citing surgical science. 
It again enlightens us about the stature of education people had with respect to various sciences.

Before signing off, one last thing; now that we have come to know so much about our true self, believe in yourself and your amazing inheritance. It is exceptional; so be proud, forever.


Grammar Gyan -
Vaid              -  vay-aid
Ayurvaid      - aa-yur-vay-aid
Nakshatra     -  nak-schat-tra
Muhurt         -  moo-hoort
Shishtachar   - shisht-aa-chaar 
Padya            - paa-adya, here a will be silent
Ardhya          - urdh-ya, here a will be silent
Madhupark    - madhoo-purk  
Brahmmarn   - brah-amm-urn, here n will be silent
Brahmmarnatv- brah-amm-urn-atv
Brahmmrishi  - bruh-umm-ri-shee
Kshatriya      - schat-riya, here a will be silent
Vaishya        - vash-ya, here a will be silent
Shudra          - shood-ra, here a will be silent
Varn              - va-urn, here n will be silent
Vishwamitra - vish-wa-mit-ra
Shravarn       - shrav-urn, here n will be silent
Kumar          - kum-aar
Sunder          - sun-dar
kaand           - kaa-aand
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