Learn to ask for help
Ramayana, the epic, glorifies the virtue of humility that Lord Rama possessed. Lord Rama was known for his wisdom to ask for help, and to accept it, without judgement based on pride or prejudice. There are numerous examples throughout the epic demonstrating this virtue of Lord Rama.
When Sita was abducted, Lord Rama and Laxman went looking for her everywhere. They reached the home of an old woman called Shabri. She was surprised to see Lord Rama coming towards her, a woman from a ‘lower’ caste.
But Lord Rama didn’t hesitate to ask her if she had seen Sita. Shabri was delighted to be in the Lord’s company and offered berries to Lord Rama and Laxman. She tasted each berry, discarding the sour ones and giving them only the sweet ones. While Laxman refused, Lord Rama gladly ate them, as he saw the virtue of Shabri’s magnificent act.
Lord Rama was known to accept help from others graciously without judging the helper and his motives. He accepted help regardless of whether the helper was offering it selflessly or to gain favours in return.
During the war with Ravana, Lord Inder offered Lord Rama a chariot to fight only towards the end, when it was clear he would win. Lord Rama knew that Lord Inder was offering his chariot conditionally but he still accepted it graciously.
Eventually, when the war was won, Lord Inder offered Lord Rama his services for the future. Though Lord Rama saw through his real intentions, he did not hold it against Lord Inder. In fact, he immediately accepted his offer and requested him to bring back to life the monkeys who had sacrificed their lives in the war. Lord Inder sprinkled holy nectar on the corpses and all the monkeys came back to life.
We can all learn from the humility exhibited by Lord Rama. Often, we shy away from asking for help, or when it is offered we refuse to accept it, making our lives difficult and complicated.
Asking for help and accepting it, in challenging times, is not a demonstration of weakness, but a sign of maturity and wisdom. Let us work to develop our network of relationships, identify sources that can help us and have the grace to accept help from others.