What do you see that identifies Brahman?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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The concept of Brahman is evident throughout The Ramayana.  Lord Rama acts and is a model of how Brahman underscores the being of the individual.  Lord Rama's dharma, or duty, is geared towards this Brahman.  He views himself as its agent, a part of a larger configuration that envelops all human beings.  Part of what made Ravana's sins so great is that he saw himself as superior to Brahman.  He failed to understand his own role in the Brahmanic configuration.  His assertion of self in wanting his own conception of the good and appropriating reality in sole accordance to his subjectivity are both where Brahman tenets were discarded.  It is here where I think that Brahman is best demonstrated.  The conflict between Lord Rama and Ravana thus becomes a collision between the forces of Brahman and "anti- Brahman."  It is for this reason that Lord Rama emerges victorious, for no one can claim superiority to Brahman.  In this, one sees the entire narrative as one that seeks to reclaim Brahman from those forces who have sought to not give it the just due and respect it richly deserves.

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