About Ravana and Empathy


One of the most remarkable aspects of the most ancient Aryan philosophies is the way in which antagonists and enemies are recognized as eminent and respectable in their very own way. Such a mentality contrasts in no small manner with the modern tendency to propagate a false conception of the adversary. in what translates as a reflection of an unconscious awareness of the unworthiness of the war at hand. For to fight a great and admirable foe with his demise in mind, the reasons to engage in battle must be urgent; the situation deemed irredeemable through other means.

Where the ancients showed honor and invest their own struggle with a higher meaning by acknowledging the enemy for who they truly were, thereby reaffirming the pressing nature of the military enterprise against them in light of deep-seated incongruences between the parties, what we witness in our era is a disgusting arrogance devoid of self-awareness and a projection of inner complexes to those considered enemies. The schism is a clear contrast between the Aryan spirit on the one hand, and the spirit of the Kali Yuga on the other which imbues the monotheistic desert religions.

A clear picture of the realist and holistic mentality of Aryan philosophy can be found in the classic epic of the Ramayana, where Ravana, the king of raksasas who seeks to bring down and submit the devas to his will, is said to have come into great power through discipline, self-sacrifice and devotion. The struggle against him, then, is not one against a petty and inept coward who came to exert great influence through deceit and sheer luck, but a formidable opponent who is only faced in arms to preserve the honor of both parties, thus exalting the spirit of the whole race in an eternal ideal.

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