Monday, September 28, 2009

Significance of Dussehra - Victory of Good over Evil

Significance of Dussehra - Victory of Good over Evil

Dussehra is celebrated in India as a festival which signifies the victory of good over evil. Just like Lord Rama defeated the demon King Ravana and saved Sita, believers can still experience this majestic truth in their lives.

This is an incident in my life which made me believe in the saying - good always conquers evil.

There was a boy who lived near our house. He was tortured by his step mother constantly. We came to know of his plight when he came knocking on our door one evening. He was about 10 years of age with twinkling eyes in a small sweet face. That evening the boy’s eyes had tears in them and his face & hands bore red marks. As soon as my mother opened the door, he ran in sobbing and clutched my mother and wouldn’t let go.

Through hiccups and sobs, he related his sad tale of woe. We were shocked to learn that his step-mom used to beat him regularly for any small mistake. He was made to do most of the household chores and that day it seemed he had broken a flower vase while dusting and was beaten black & blue for it.

My mother gave him biscuits to eat and some juice to drink. I washed his face and hands and we all promised him he would not be treated this way anymore. My father took him back and talked to the boy’s father who claimed he had no idea of what was going on. It seemed his wife had made Raju, the small boy promise that he wouldn’t tell his dad or she will make him go without food or drink for one full day. My father told the boy’s parents that he would call the concerned authorities who would take the boy away to be handed over to foster parents if any more ill-treatment occurred again.

The scared step-mom did not want to get in trouble with the authorities and promised to treat Raju as her own child thereafter.

After the incident, whenever Raju visited us, he had a bright smile on his face and related how his good mama gave him enough food so he wouldn’t go hungry and now the only work he did in the house was his school homework.
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Happy Dussehra!

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