Ravana’s Wisdom

After airing fatal arrow on the battlefield of Lanka, Lord Rama told his brother Lakshman: Go to Ravana quickly before he dies and request him to share whatever knowledge he can.

A brute he may be, but he is also a great scholar!

The obedient Lakshmana rushed across the battlefield to Ravana side and wispread in his ears:

Oh demon king, do not let your knowledge die with you.Share it with us and wash away your sins!

Ravana responded by simply turning away his head. An angry Lakshman went back to Lord Rama and said:

He is arrogant as he always was, too proud to share anything!

Rama conformed his brother and asked him softly: Where did you seat while asking Ravana for knowledge?

Next to his head so that I hear what he had to say clearly! – spoke Lakshman.

Lord Rama smiled, placed his bow on the ground ans walked to where Ravana lay.

Lakshmana watched in astonishment as his divine brother knelt at Ravana’s feet.

With palms joined with extreme humility, Lord Rama said:

Lord of Lanka, you abducted my wife, a terrible crime for which i have been forced to punish you. Now, you are no more my enemy. I bow to you and request you to share your wisdom with me. Please do that, for if you die without doing so, all your wisdom will be lost forever to the world.

To Lakshmana surprise Ravana opened his eyes and raised his arms to salute Lord Rama:

If only i had more time as your teacher then as your enemy.

Standing at my feet as a student should, unlike your rude younger brother, you are worthy recipient of my knowledge.

I have very little time so I cannot share much but let me tell you important lessons i have learned in my life.

1) Things that are bad for you seduce you easily; you run towards them impatiently. So you must defer the bad action as much as you can and avoid them.

2. Things that are actually good for you, fail to attract you; you shun them creatively, finding powerful excuses to justify your procrastination. So you must do good action without any delay and as much early as you can.

This is why i was impatient to abduct Sita but avoided meeting you.

This is wisdom of my life, Lord Rama. My last words. I give it to you! said Ravana and died.


!!! Jai Shri Ram !!!

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Wisdom

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Today i would like to tell you about Wisdom. There are 3 different types of wisdom.

  1. The wisdom we hear from others perhaps in a conversation where someone imparts a truth
  2. Then there is intellectual wisdom when we go further into intellectual understanding perhaps by reading a book or taking a course
  3. Finally there is the third type of wisdom when we experience insight and truth first hand for ourselves. This is experiential wisdom.

I will share you an example where Sri S N Goenka describes the three types of wisdom from the perspective of being in a restaurant environment.

1st wisdom heard – this is when a friend or coworker recommends a restaurant and we read positive reviews. We have a favorable impression and decide to make a reservation.

The next level of wisdom is deeper where we gain intellectual understanding. We show up, get seated and browse the menu. As a server passes by we see delectable dishes. Our mouth waters and our tummy growls.

Last the third type of wisdom occurs when we receive our food. We taste and know it is good for ourselves . This is experiential learning / applied wisdom. This third type of wisdom is the most powerful , the one that leads to transformation and liberation.

Wisdom that arrives through our own experience .

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The Sanskrit verse to attain knowledge is:

असतो मा सद्गमय । Asatō mā sadgamaya
तमसो मा ज्योतिर्गमय । tamasō mā jyōtirgamaya
मृत्योर्मा अमृतं गमय । mr̥tyōrmā amr̥taṁ gamaya
ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः ॥ Om śāntiḥ śāntiḥ śāntiḥ
– Br̥hadāraṇyakopaniṣat 1.3.28

“O Lord Lead me from the unreal to the real.Lead me from darkness to light.Lead me from death to immortality.May there be peace, peace, and perfect peace”.Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 1.3.28.

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I share this because this is common for people who are interested in meditation to be drawn to intellectual understanding . This is how we learnt in school. We read, absorb, memorize and take a test.

Meditation is int like that. Sure it can helpful to read books and take proper courses to learn the correct technique but the deeper understanding can only come from Doing. With time and patience, through experiential learning we witness and realize the benefits for ourselves.

So read about mindfulness, have conversations about it and take courses by all means, but expect the deepest insights, the most everlasting wisdom to come from sitting down, closing your eyes, and discovering this practice for your selves.


As Conficuious said :


I hear and I forget,

I see and I remember,

I do and I understand.

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