Where at one side, vicious claws of Manthara and Keikeyi’s hatred for Rama impels king Dashratha to banish his most beloved Rama for fourteen years, Dashratha’s life succumbs to the immense grief of parting from his Rama (Rama was Dasratha’s life, as in the absence of Oxygen one dies, in the absence of Rama Dashratha couldn’t survive), on the other side the subject of Ayodhya to whom Rama was their God, their loving father, laments in a way which is symbolic of their unfathomable love for the Lord (It seems a selfless love of such kind has bereaved the world today).
The panorama of events which the book laid before my eyes made me inch closer towards the divine character of Rama. While reading this book I relearned the tales of Lord Rama. The book doesn’t plainly puts up the well-known story among us; it carefully elucidates the fine qualities and traits of every character including Rama.
We blow the bassoon in the name of religion, instigate terror and riots disguising as the caretakers of holiness in the world. From the book you learn that the real devotion however, lies in forbearance, loving your God, living the principles of Rama.
The book walks intimately parallel with the Holy Scriptures of Ramayana. The simple writing and the supporting footer notes allows one to draw specific inference from the events from Rama’s life which might seem to be some random event to a layman but holds a deeper cause and meaning behind it. For words of God and his manifestations are undecipherable for the mortals. His causes, his motives are simply as divine as him. Just as the people of Ayodhya never understood that Rama’s exile was a part of the plan of uprooting evil for the greater good of the world (To put an end on the atrocities of Ravana, the demon).
I often wonder who shall guide me the way. Whom shall I seek to find the answers within this enigmatic world? Why do I feel his love, a bond when I don’t see him? Countless questions, myriad myths and I find myself lost in the labyrinth. Where can I find a guru in this modern world where righteousness succumbs to the material desires? Perhaps, the saintly words of the ascetics may guide us in this dooming world. Ramayana, the game of life is like a modern scripture which can reestablish the fundamentals of true spirituality. Religion is not about ego, pride or selfishness. Religion is for loving God, shedding away your ego in the hands of your selfless love.
The goodness of the book cannot be described in few words. When the name Rama is attached to something, it becomes priceless. So is the book, Ramayana- The game of life, Shattered dreams. It puts you into the turmoil of the Ayodhya when Rama forsakes his kingdom and people just to keep his father’s promise. It takes you to the world of immense selfless love where people first think for others. It also makes you believe in the existence of goodness, values and God. It doesn’t matter if you are a theist or atheist; this book has a lot in store for you. From the Rama Sutra (five management concepts a good leader has to adhere to) to keen analysis of successful relationship among husband and wife, duty of a wife, of a king (administrator), of a husband, brother, mother and father, lessons about vision based actions, nurturing a healthy mind, skills of listening and learning and so on… it marvelously touches every aspect of human behavior and life.
I express my humble gratitude towards the author. Reading the book was a lifetime experience for me. It has brought about some subtle changes in my mindset. In short this book is a modern marvel where the ancient story is expressed in the most lucid and contemporary manner. If you are into serious reading then you can’t let this book go.
About the author:
Shubha Vilas, a spiritual seeker and a motivational speaker, holds a degree in engineering and law with specialization in Patent Law. His leadership seminars are popular with top-level management in corporate houses. He also helps individuals deal with modern-life situations by applying the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita, Ramayana and other dharmic traditions