Three Reasons Ravana Might Not Be Universally Hated

Krishna's Mercy

[Sita-Rama]“The materialists, who are after opulence and material prosperity, may take lessons from the Ramayana that the policy of exploiting the nature of the Lord without acknowledging the supremacy of the Supreme Lord is the policy of Ravana.” (Shrila Prabhupada, Shrimad Bhagavatam, 2.7.23 Purport)

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An acknowledged rapist. A thief. A person who went against his own brother, for no reason other than to exercise power. A man-eater on the largest scale. A murderer. The original state sponsor of terrorism, in the form of night-rangers attacking innocent sages living in the woods.

These are different accurate descriptions of the ten-headed one, Ravana, the king of Lanka from a long time ago. He is the main antagonist in the real life drama that is told in the Ramayana, an ancient Sanskrit poem from Maharishi Valmiki.

How could anyone not have a negative opinion…

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