Dussehra is an auspicious hindu festival, celebrated with great enthusiasm and sanctity all over the country. As India is a country with diverse cultures and traditions, among all Dussehra has prominent place in all cultures. In some regions it is called Dussehra whereas at some it is celebrated as Vijaydashmi. It also marks the beginning of preparation for Diwali, which occurs 20 days.
Dussehra name is derived from the Sanskrit word dasha(ten) hara(defeat). It memorializes the victory of lord Rama over the ten headed demon king Ravana. On this day, towering effigies of Ravan, symbolising evil, are burnt with fireworks, marking evil’s destruction.
Vijaydashmi as it’s name suggests it’s a celebration of victory in the final tenth day after nine days (Navaratri) of long battle of Goddess Durga with the demon Mahishasura. Vijayadashami celebrations include processions carrying clay statues of Durga along with music and chants, followed by immersion in nearby river, pound or ocean.
Whether Dussehra or Vijaydashmi the name may differ but this festival symbolises and give a message of victory of ‘Good over Evil’.
Significance of dussehra is still relevant in present times, as no matter how inhuman and untruthful this world would be, we should not overlook our own demons(frailties) for it’s sake. As in the end humanity and truth wins inevitably. Dussehra gives enlightenment to people that they should take example from it to eliminate the demons in them, which otherwise keep growing inside.
If you want to live in a society or the world which is free from malice or bitterness, the secret to achieve it starts with yourself. Better life starts when you becomes conscious of your thoughts and decide to change them from negative to positive. As you all knows very well ‘Mindset is Everything’.
In the similar manner your physical health is proportionate to your psychological health.
Happy, healthy and a good life begins with the positive frame of mind, when you overcome your hostilities. For a healthy body soundness of mind and soul is requisite.
Benefits of optimism and positive thinking
- Stress relief
- Overall wellness
- Better immunity
As our brain and body are connected through neurotransmitters, harmones and chemicals. Coordination between brain and body controls our bodily functions like breathing, digestion, movement and pain sensation etc.
For a impeccable body it is prerequisite to have an immaculate mind.
Before heading towards procuring perfectly fit body, it is required to achieve unblemished soul and mind.
“All that we are is a result of what we have thought”Gautama Buddha
8 key lessons to acquire perfect mind and body
- Kill any Evil come your way for good health
- Have well defined routine life
- Think like an Optimist and stay positive (avoid negative self talk)
- Never hurt others (overcome Anger, resentment and jealousy)
- Behave in a manner, as you expect from others
- Try to do and think something good everyday.
- Stay cautious of your gestures and actions, as it can determine your future.
- Perform Yoga/exercise for physical wellbeing
If we wish to progress for healthy life, we have to first make efforts to control our own negative tendencies.
As Lord Rama’s victory over Ravana by killing him for his evil deeds, symbolises victory of Good over Evil, dharma over adharma. Let’s do away with demons in us, and bring around a better versions of ourselves. Also, follow guidelines and teaching from his life into our’s.
May Lord Ram keep lighting your path of success and help you get victory in every phase of your life.
Happy Dussehra to all of you!!!
Disclaimer – Always consult a specialist or your own doctor for more information.