The world we live in is beset with dualities — pleasure and pain. A wise man is one who is not embarrassed by pain and who is not elated by pleasure, says the Bhagwad Gita, 2.56. The Covid-19 pandemic and the ensuing economic slowdown is an adverse situation for all of us. Rama also faced an adverse situation — he was exiled to the forest. Rama dealt with this adverse situation in the following ways:
Count blessings: Rama considered the exile an opportunity to live close to nature; a respite from his busy princely life. Lockdown is a nice time to rejuvenate our physical health that is vital and often neglected.
Connect: Rama saw the exile as an opportunity to intimately bond with his consort Sita and his brother Lakshmana. In Ayodhya, Sita was busy carrying out domestic duties, like serving her in-laws. Lockdown is a time to strengthen our relationships with family, friends, colleagues, business partners and customers.
Correct: Rama used his time in exile to enquire from saintly people about wisdom of life, duties of an ideal king and husband. Lockdown is a time to analyse and improve our strategies and learn risk management.
Create opportunities: Rama took advantage of the time he had in exile to serve saintly people by protecting them from wild animals and demons that often disturbed them.
Lockdown is a time to explore new ways of marketing, sales and client servicing. If we build a strong foundation of values based on wisdom scriptures like the Gita and Ramayana, we will be equipped to face the challenges the world throws at us and move forward.
DISCLAIMER : Views expressed above are the author's own.