Why Did Jatayu Fail Against Ravana

Krishna's Mercy

[Jatayu against Ravana]“Just as the unintelligent, without knowing the future bondage caused by their actions, are vanquished very quickly, so shall you meet with your own destruction in a short time.” (Jatayu speaking to Ravana, Valmiki Ramayana, Aranya Kand, 51.26)

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Friend1: I was thinking about the different pairs of brothers from the Ramayana.

Friend2: Which ones exactly?

Friend1: All of them. Rama and Lakshmana. Bharata and Shatrughna. Rama and Bharata, too.

Friend2: Vibhishana and Ravana. Sugriva and Vali.

Friend1: Different relationships. Really a hidden lesson from the Sanskrit work; that not every experience in life is uniform. There isn’t just one way to act with a brother.

Friend2: Oh yeah. For sure. Unique circumstances. You have the full spectrum. Lakshmana was ready to kill anyone who came against Rama. Bharata was ready to give up everything he had so that Rama could become king…

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