Doesn’t Ravana Show That Sadhus Should Be Viewed With Skepticism

Krishna's Mercy

[Ravana in disguise]“Then the ten-necked one, who was hiding nearby, quickly assumed the form of a wandering mendicant and approached Vaidehi.” (Valmiki Ramayana, Aranya Kand, 46.2)

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तदासाद्य दशग्रीवः क्षिप्रमन्तरमास्थितः।
अभिचक्राम वैदेहीं परिव्राजकरूपधृक्।।

tadāsādya daśagrīvaḥ kṣipramantaramāsthitaḥ।
abhicakrāma vaidehīṃ parivrājakarūpadhṛk।।

Friend1: Among the many heinous acts of Ravana is the deceit he employed in the forest of Dandaka.

Friend2: This was where Sita and Rama were staying. Rama’s younger brother Lakshmana was there, too. There is a history to the area, described in the Ramayana. I think Danda was a king descending from the Ikshvaku dynasty. Through some series of events the place came to be named after him. As a forest area it was known to be conducive to tapasya; hence a tapo-vana.

Friend1: A forest area where austerities are practiced. Just like it is not easy to stick to a diet while…

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