Dussehra or Vijayadashami is the day when we celebrate the victory of good over evil. People in some parts of India celebrate this day to commemorate the end of Navratri and the slaying of the demon Mahishasur by Goddess Durga; while those in other parts of the country celebrate the death of Ravana and the homecoming of the righteous Lord Rama. These are events of the Satya Yug and Treta yug.
However, we are living in the Kalyug where the demons reside within and are much more dangerous, and have to be obliterated before they do any harm. So today, when you watch the effigy of Ravana being burnt in your local maidan, try to burn and overcome your inner demons.
But what are these inner demons and how many of them are there? There might be a lot of demons that one may have to conquer but for the sake of brevity, we just stick to the ones hampering your health.
Addictions – From cigarettes to smartphones, people are addicted to a lot of things that affect their health, both physical and mental. It takes a conscious effort and a strong will power to overcome these addictions. And if there ever was a good day to make a start then it is today, on Vijayadashami.
Laziness and lethargy – These are the vices that stop a person from going to a gym and working out. Everyone who quits a gym within a few months of joining it is guilty of laziness. And those who do the same thing over and over again without trying something new get lethargic and lose motivation. Make an effort to find passion in exercising and overcome these demons.
Gluttony – Mindless gorging of food that you know is not good for your body only temporarily satisfies you. However, in the long run, they do more harm than good. It takes a long time to burn the empty calories contained in these unhealthy foods. Respect food and always eat in while maintaining restraint.
Ignorance – Perhaps the most dangerous demon lurking within a person, ignorance can and does cause a person to take mindless decisions that have negative ramifications in the long term.
These are some of the demons that need to burn today along with the effigy of Ravana. Happy Dussehra!