Not Meant To Be Warred With, But At War Today
While the name Ayodhya has symbolized “No war (Yuddha), “a place that cannot be won in war”, the city of Ayodhya has been embroiled in a war of faiths since the last 500 odd years.
Time Line of Indian History
In our work on the Indian civilization, as part of tracing the historical timeline of ancient India, we have been able to place and corroborate the historicity of personages such as Rama, Krishna and many other legendary figures of ancient India, according to modern methods of tracking time and history.
Events Historical, People Historical
This not only establishes these personages to be historical but also implies that their descendants would also have been historical and flesh and blood.
Where did the descendants of Rama live? Did they all continue to live in Ayodhya or did they move elsewhere? If so, where all did they go?
Spread of Rama’s Lineage
Tracing the history of Ayodhya and its descendants, we find traces of this dynasty all over India as well as the world, stretching from Far East in Korea, to Southeast Asia in Thailand, Indonesia and Cambodia and going west upto Russia, Egypt, Iraq, Turkey and many more lands.
The ancestry of King Shuddhodana, the father of Buddha, has been traced in Buddhist works, to the Ikshvaku lineage, the same Surya Vamsa, Solar dynasty as Rama.
The Sikhs of the Sodi and Vedi clan are descendants of Luva and Kusha, the twin sons of Rama respectively. The 10th Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh was a Sodi and thus a descendant of Luva. Guru Nanak Dev Himself, a Vedi, also traces His lineage to Kusha. This makes the Sikhs also a joint stakeholder of Ayodha, Rama and the temple at Rama Janmabhoomi.
Infact, Guru Nanak Dev was a contemporary of Babar. Guru Nanak Dev is probably the last Indian saint to have visited the temple at Ayodhya before it was demolished. As narrated to Bhai Mardana, his disciple, he was visiting Ayodhya and the birth place of Rama, because it was his ancestral home, as a descendant of Kusha.
When the kings of Thailand get anointed as Rama I, II to Rama X for the latest king living today, it also shows how the Thai kings consider themselves to be a part of the Rama lineage.
When the Indonesian King signs any proclamation, he signs it with the words “at the feet of Sri Rama”, showing how they are bound with Rama and His Ayodhya.
When the princess from Ayodhya went to Korea and married the Korean King, she gave rise to the Kim dynasty of Korea which is many million strong today. They all openly acknowledge and owe their descent to Ayodhya and Rama’s lineage.
When Egyptian Pharaohs took on the name Ramses, i.e. RMS (Ra Ma Sa) in the local language, they were openly claiming their link with Rama and Ayodhya.
When the Mittani and Hittite kings in the region of Anatolia (Turkey), Sumeria and Mesopotamia signed treaties, they signed under the names such as Dashratha and other names which can be found in the lineage of Rama.
When the cliffs in Iraq bear carvings of figures like Rama and name like Rama, they show the movement of those connected with Rama and Ayodhya through those regions.
There are many more such links, across the world including those in Ancient America who bond with Rama through their ancient, traditional festival called Rama-Sitva.
All these data and corroborations are available in detail, in the book, “Ayodhya – War and Peace” authored by D.K.Hari and D.K.Hema Hari published by Art of Living – Bharath Gyan.
Stakeholders of Rama’s Legacy
People in all these regions did not belong to the Hindu religion then and now.
Yet they all are stakeholders of Ayodhya, the place of birth of their forefather / ancestor / leader called Rama.
Knowledge of these facts, shifts the Ayodhya issue from the ambit of a Hindu – Muslim 500 year old war of faiths alone, to the realm of an issue that has world ramifications, even if many across the world, in today’s generation, are unaware of this history. India is also answerable to the future generations of the world when they wake up to lay a claim on a legacy that is their roots too.
A Way Out, With a Way In
English language has 2 very expressive words – exclusive and inclusive. The Ex and In in these 2 words convey the sentiment behind these words. Exclusive keeps everyone outside, except for oneself and Inclusive brings everyone inside, together to share and enjoy.
Out of the many kings in the entire Surya Vamsa lineage, the dynasty to which Rama belonged, if the ancient world had chosen to venerate Rama, it shows that Rama had something very special, something due to which they had held Rama near and dear. We find that to be the 16 noble qualities of which Rama was an epitome.
For the world, then, Ayodhya was also the cradle of nobility and all that Rama stood for.
India, as the birthplace of such a haloed personage has a greater role to play as the preserver of this world history and also as a custodian of the 16 values that Rama exhibited. In all of world literature and history, Rama is the unique person to have exhibited all 16 qualities that a human is capable of. Many of these values are fast disappearing in the modern world of today, making the need to highlight this role model a dire need for today. These 16 qualities and what they mean are discussed in the book in detail.
While Rama and Ayodhya share an inseparable link going back by more than 7 Millennia, the Babar – Ayodhya link is just 500 odd years old.
While the temple at Ram’s birthplace was built by His descendants few thousand years ago to commemorate His nobility and divinity, as evidenced by the archaeological finds of atleast 2000 years’ antiquity, the temple at Ram’s birthplace was demolished and the mosque named after Babar as Babri Masjid was built there only by Mir Baki, Babar’s general, to gain favour with his king, Babar.
While the temple for Rama was built for His time immemorial qualities, the mosque was built there by Mir Baki for currying temporary gains.
India will have to elevate itself to look beyond faiths to secure the faith of the world that it will preserve the heritage of the world and reminiscences of a personage who has influenced the growth of many world citizens – some biologically and some morally.
Need for a Monument
If Lincoln can have a memorial in Washington, to symbolize abolition of slavery, if Buddha can have monuments dedicated to Him at Lumbini, his birthplace and at BodhGaya where He attained enlightenment, for world Buddhists as well as others to visit, pay respects and pray to their leader, it is but natural for India to have a monument for Rama and His values at His birthplace for His descendants, followers and others world over, to visit, pay respects and pray.
That, some of those who come to pray there, will be people of the Hindu faith is purely incidental. They are world citizens too and are entitled to it as progeny of King Rama, since in Indian ethos, a king is also seen as the father of his subjects, an attitude which Rama had very openly adopted.
A Rightful Act For a Righteous Reason
A Heritage Site – Root for Many Global Citizens
Towards securing this heritage for the future world progeny, India will not be wronging if it sets up a monument at the birthplace of Rama to preserve his global identity, his historicity, his memory and the values he stood for. Each world citizen has a right to this world legacy irrespective of his/her faith.
On the contrary, by not acting to preserve this legacy that its own forefathers themselves had safeguarded for millennia, India will be failing in its duty towards the world and all the stakeholders of Ayodhya.
A Heritage City – A 7200 Year Old Continuously Lived In City
With the placing of Rama’s birth, historically at 10th January, 5114 BCE, we have an antiquity going back to 7130 years. This places the city of Ayodhya to be over 7200 years and more. Probably making it one of the oldest, continuously lived cities, anywhere in the world, with the site of Ram Janmabhoomi, being the epicenter of this 7 millennia old city.
It is not just a heritage site but a heritage city of the world at large too.
A Heritage Temple – A Living Monument of Values
While a temple is a place to pray, a temple is also a monument – a living monument. It is also a living museum, for it embodies that which is eternal – Principles of Creation, Divine, Nature, Life, Goodness and the Orderliness in the Principles itself, i.e. the Cosmic Rhythm.
The temples of India are a showcase for the cosmic order. They serve to create a conducive environment for aligning oneself with this rhythm. A temple, as a living museum, has hence been used to reinforce messages needed for good living.
A temple at Rama’s birthplace too, as a living museum, should bring out the 16 qualities that Rama stood for – the 16 qualities for which He was venerated as Purusha Uttama – Purushottama, the highest level of perfection that a human can attain, physically and through action.
Rama had reached such heights of perfection, for which he was held in such high esteem, not just for His lifetime nor in His kingdom of Kosala alone, of which Ayodhya was the capital. But as we can see here, He has been held at such high esteem, continuously for the last 7100 years, across continents, across civilizations, across peoples, across generations. It is these 16 qualities that need to be listed, showcased, venerated and followed – as many qualities possible, by as many people possible, in as many lands possible.
Bharath Gyan Work on Historicity of Rama and Ayodhya
Rama Trilogy- Books
To ratify the historicity of King Rama and the timelines for the rule of Rama and the building of the Nala Setu / Rama Setu, the bridge between India & Sri Lanka using a rational and interdisciplinary approach spanning Literature, Geography, Archaeology and Archaeo-Astronomy.
|Ramayana In Lanka
To ratify the historicity of Ravana and the incidents of Ramayana and thus Rama too, from a Lankan perspective
|Ayodhya – War and Peace
To trace the history of Ayodhya, the capital city of Rama’s kingdom as well as the lineage of Rama from after His times to present day
Documentary titled Historical Rama in 4 Languages
Short Film On the Antiquity of Ayodhya and Spread of Rama’s Influence
Short Film On Ram Setu an Engineering Marvel of 5076 BCE