Mahashivratri: Ravan in My Dreams Again -Good, Bad or Ugly?
12th October 2012
Two days back at around 5 am IST, I saw a dream. In my dream, there was King of Lanka. The infamous demon king "Ravana". Although, I always respected him for his intelligence, administrator-ship, leadership and bravery. As an Indian and Hindu, also as a woman, I never liked him.
What surprised me is that I have no connections with Sri Lanka nor did I ever intended to have any relations with the nation. Although, I would admit, that when SL recently lost the T-20 world cup against the West Indies, I felt bad.
It was a humiliating defeat and more so, because they lost in their own country. What worse punishment can you get?
In a few days, there was ravan in my dreams. The King of Sri Lanka. Ravan was also a eminent scientist who had, it seems, originally invented the vimanas or aircrafts. He had several of its own and you can find the recent archaeological discovery of Ravan's airport in here.
Whatever, I had nothing to do with him and I am nowhere connected to the Ramayana or that century. The only similarity is that I am an Indian by birth and I share it with another 121 Billion people. So why only me? But somehow Ravan came and told me in the dream that he was an "ardent" devotee of Lord Shiva and that the Lord never ever got angry with him.
He also told me that despite of his ill-reputation related to women; he was protective about those belonging to his kingdom. This means that he protected them against the "Yavanas" (arabs of that era or muslims before the birth of islam).
He also mentioned that India was safeguarded because he was a mighty force whom the Yavanas could not compete with. Geographically, it is hard to understand but that he was mighty force is less doubtful. He also showed me that how he would tear a
Yavana invader into pieces and throw him in the sea. He further informed me that we are a part of Brahma cycle that repeats after all the "Yugas" get completed. You can get some detail about the Yugas here. Another part to mention it (with embarassment) is that he told me that he would meet me again.
I have no idea when we met at first. But he seemed to know me and also praised me . Okay, I will take it as a compliment.
Update - January 2013
Anyways, but after that dream. I have seen him quite literally too many times to mention.
I also land up at a bookstores where books on the great Lanka King are being sold. Next to him are books on Lord Shiva and also books about how Ravana was a great devotee of the Lord.
They surprise me and send a chill down my spine.
Latest Update: 9th March 2013 - Mahashivratri
Today, is Mahashivratri, the birth day of Lord Shiva. I believe he was a Sun in Pisces. Today also happens to be my mom's birthday as per Hindu calendar. She was born on this day. Anyways, during the time of dawn, while in my bed, I saw a dream. In this dream, I saw "Ravana" once again with his ten heads but he was not speaking to me. It was a golden idol of the Lanka King.
However, I heard a "Akash Vani" or heavenly broadcast that told me that there is a very big Shiva temple in Sri lanka in the marine city.
This temple was initially built by Ravana, the King of Lanka and had his golden statue over there. It seems that the Hindus of the medieval period did not acknowledge it's significance. Ravana wants it to be mentioned as the "13th Jyotirlinga". The Indians and Hindus acknowledge only 12 of them.
But to advocate, the Lankan King, there is a mention about this temple and it's significance in the Mahabharata. As per Wikipedia of Koneswaram Temple, "The Hindu epics Ramayana and the Mahabharata written from 400-100 BCE mention the shrine.
The Mahabharata notes that the shrine is at Gokarna bay, in the middle of the ocean and is the island shrine of Uma's consort Shiva, known in the three worlds and worshiped by all peoples from the subcontinent, the rivers, ocean and mountains. The Mahabharata continues that the shrine is the next pilgrimage spot for Hindus en route south following Kanyakumari of the early Pandyan kingdom and Tamiraparni (Kudiramalai)."
Yes, as soon as I got up. I researched on the internet using my Olivepad. I came to know that Triconmalee - was the capital city of Ravan. Just like in my dreams, this city is a marine city. The beaches are empty and peaceful. In this, there is a Shiv temple (Koneswaram) originally built by the Lanka King. It is one of the five divine places of worship of Lord Shiva. This temple was further enhanced by the Chola Kings.
Who, it seems, almost wiped out the identity of Ravana from this temple. However, as per the wikipedia of Koneswaram temple, " The Ramayana describes how King Ravana and his mother had worshipped Shiva at the shrine, and the former wanted to remove the temple of Koneswaram when his mother was in ailing health circa 2000 BCE.
As he was heaving the rock, Lord Shiva made him drop his sword. As a result of this a cleft was created on the rock, which today is called Ravana Vettu - meaning Ravana's Cleft."
Therefore, this marks the Mention of the mighty demon King. In my dream, as per the Akash vani (celestial voice); I was urged to visit it to see for myself. Again, historically or as per the historical records, it was
Ravana who brought the Shiv Linga from Tibet and built his shrine in Triconmalee. Whenever, Ravana comes in my dreams he mentions that Lord Shiva was never against him. He also mentions that he continues to support him even today. Nevertheless, the most surprising factor for me was he was not at all scary.
Whenever, you see any picture, movie, tv series mentioning Ravana you usually see a tall, ugly looking considerably old but fat sort of a man. He has tremendously long mustache and thick brows. He is almost dark. He also has a fat belly and the worst type of laughter. He also seems to have canine teeth.
But the man that I saw in my dream (first one) was neither of it. He was tall, extremely fair, soft but firm skinned. He had a mustache but it was well-trimmed. Yes, it was broad but not long. His brows were thick but not ugly thick. In fact, he was handsome. He had strong built and stout body. Strong muscles and a scintillating aura.
The aura that reflected that this man was indeed extremely intelligent, well-versed with knowledge and scriptures. The aura that spoke of his daredevil attitude and administrative intelligence. He looked like a real king nothing short of it. He must have ruled all the three worlds with surity of purpose and determination.
He must have been an able king irrespective of his ill-reputation regarding women. He was mighty and cool. He had perfectly flat abs and no belly fat. His smile reflected luster of Venus. Surely he had a strong taurus influence.
He spoke with utter calm and there was some divinity to it when he said I need not worry of any type of harassment. He had command over his language and didn't have any vanity. Vanity is something that defines Ravana for every religious Hindu. He is the symbol of evil. He also symbolises lust, pervetness and incessant cravings. He is the bad guy for every woman.
For your reference, I would like to mention that I am a religious but spiritual Hindu. I love my religiona and I love all 33 crore gods that it boasts of. I don't eat beef and never will. I respect cows and I believe killing them once they become useless is a symbol of ungratefulness.
I love lord vishnu and I am a great fan of his avatar- Krishna. I consider Lord Shiva as my celestial father and so complain to him when things don't go my way. He indeed is a good father so he works on complains on an immediate basis.
Yes, even when I would say, make a teacher remain absent today; he would fulfill my wish. I love bappa, (lord ganesh) and you will find an article on him on my blog.
Even then, I didn't see anything bad in Ravan. He was not egoistical to me, neither was he vain. He was sweet and helpful. He still worships lord Shiva and that shows that he was genuine in his devotion. His Golden Lanka was not a show-off like they say. He must have been a genuine lover of art and luxury. He never berefted his people from their rights.
There is a mention of another temple of lord Shiva built by Ravan in Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh. It has a statue of Ravan nearby. You will find the reference out here, Ravana Wikipedia.
Kakinada also has a water body nearby. So, I think, my dream has too many references. It is spooky and scary. I don't know why Ravan chose me to tell this. As per him, he knows me. Nevertheless, I have no such memory.
My only plea is to consider the great Demon King to be more of King than a demon. He was not a corrupt politician or a rapist. He respected his wife Mandodari and never mistreated her. He also respected Sita 's decision of not choosing him over Ram. He never forced her although he made regular attempts to impress her.
This has nothing to do with "forcing". He was an intelligent scientist with many inventions to his credit. He was a King and let us give him his due. Also for Lord Shiva for whom he was an ardent devotee and nothing else.
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