Dussehra – one of the most-beloved and celebrated holy days in the Hindu calendar – denotes the victory of good over evil. It is said that it was on this day that goddess Durga defeated Mahishasura after a fierce battle lasting for more than nine days. In many parts of the country, it is celebrated to mark the victory of Lord Rama over ten-headed demon king of Lanka, Ravana.
HH Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji – Muniji so beautifully shares that the way that we celebrate our festivals has changed because of the pandemic, but they are still times to do our best to overcome evil. He says, “Its not about merely burning effigies of Ravana outside. It is about allowing the Divine Fire to burn away the darkness of ego, expectations, desires, anger and greed from within ourselves.”
पूज्य स्वामी जी ने कहा कि दशहरा पर्व को विजयादशमी या आयुध-पूजा आदि विभिन्न नामों ने जाना जाना जाता है परन्तु संदेश एक ही है सत्य की असत्य पर विजय। हमारे शास्त्रों में उल्लेख मिलता है कि भगवान श्री राम ने इसी दिन रावण का वध किया था। “लड़ाईयां तभी आगे बढ़ती है जब बदले की भावना होती है, लड़ाई तभी शांत होती है जब बदलाव की भावना होती है”
Pujya Swami ji said, “Dussehra festival is known by different names like Vijayadashami or Ayudh-worship etc. But the message is the same – the victory of truth over falsehood. It is mentioned in our scriptures that Lord Shri Ram killed Ravana on this day. Battles occur when there is a feeling of revenge. There is calm only when there is a spirit of change”