The Ramayana talks of three women.
Tadaka she was killed by Rama
Ahalya was supposed to have been redeemed by Rama
Sita the spouse.
Somewhere these women are not given their due. No matter what symbolization or explanation we give it is only a document of power play and oppression.
Assuming that Ramayana is a document of the agrarian cowbelt cult.
The forest dweller Tadaka would not abide by its rule. The agrarian cowbelter is not equipped to deal with aggressive Matsya Nyaya of the jungle. The jungle dwellers would not be able to accept the rituals performed by this population where flora and fauna of the jungle gets sacrificed. How does one condone the destruction of a life style, a school or thought and a different bonding with nature? With Hitler we pronounced it excess.
Ahalya in the agrarian perception becomes A-hal-ya the unploughable then what? A land that is of no use to the farmer, was that why Gautama did not tend to her? An uncared for land either goes wild, or gets tended too by anyone who feels the need for it. Land responds to it. So where is the question of Shaap vimochana unless the Agrarian prince rendered the untillable land till-able. It would be interesting to know how.
Finally Sita the spouse the daughter of Vasuda(yes, the queen of Mithala was a woman called Vasuda) we could symbolically call the earth, progenitor Janaka who found Sita when he tilled the land. An epitome of agriculture achievement.
Of course the philosophers and people who have deified Rama would talk of divinity. Probably despite Rama being called the Manava avatar of Vishnu, they find that he would not have the fallibility of human mind, nor its biologic needs. So the three women are raised from terra firma and elevated to the mind.
Now Tadaka becomes the unruly mind that has to be tamed. Ahalya the roving mind that has to be punished and Sita the sublime domesticated mind.!
But have we ever considered that .. The bow is the symbol of poise and balance, was it not an act of excessiveness when Rama broke it. The bow belonged to Shiva the supreme ascetic and personification of detachment does it mean Rama under the influence of Vishwamitra becomes less detached? Or finds earthly bonding like a wife in Sita? Again an attachment to land and want emerged from it?.

3 Replies to “Sita-Ahalya-Tadaka”

  1. Interesting trilogy of thoughts. I would recommend you Ramayana, the game of life by Shubha Vilas.
    In his book, he explains that Shiva’s bow needed to be broken, since it was causing imbalance and unrest in Mithila by its aura and weight.

    P.S – If you don’t mind, I think you can add images in each post for an added glow. I am learning by trial and error too. Please don’t mind!

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