Source credit : The Book of Ram by Devdutt Pattnaik
As a mortally wounded Ravan lay on the ground moaning and groaning, Ram told Lakshman to go to him and gather as much as knowledge as he could from Ravan, who was though a Rakshasa, was also a Rishi's son and a great scholar.
Lakshman went to Ravan and standing next to his head said, "Ravan ! Struck by Ram's arrow you will surely die. But before you go, share your knowledge so that it will outlive you." Ravan did not reply, he simply turned his face away. Lakshman went to his brother and informed him that Ravan was not being cooperative.
"Where did you stand while addressing him?" asked Ram. "Near his head. Why?" asked Lakshman. "If you want him to teach you, the least you can do is to behave like a student."
So Ram walked up to Ravan and sat near his feet. "Noble king of Rakshasas, for the crime you committed against me you have been punished. I have no ill feelings towards you at this moment. Only great regard for your wisdom. I, seated at your feet as a student, humbly request you to share your knowledge with me."
Ravan smiled and looked at Lakshman who lowered his eyes in shame. "Ram, you are truly a worthy opponent and the noblest being on earth, able to detach yourself from your emotions. I salute you. I have little time before I die. But I shall teach you what I consider the most important lesson of my life.
Remember, it is the nature of the ignorant mind to be drawn towards things that will cause harm and to avoid things that are good. We must remember that what tempts us will in all probability be the cause of our downfall. What we shy away from, what we procrastinate about, probably is what will help us evolve". So saying, Ravan breathed his last. And Ram bowed his head to his teacher.
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Check out the FB page for more details : Ovalekar wadi and the Google maps link. For just 100/-, it is definitely going to make your Sunday worth it. Kab tak alag-alag Mall, restaurant and theatre mein jaate rahoge ! Kuch toh alag karo ! :)
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