A Brothers Bond

The classic bond of the Rama-Lakshman ‘Jodi’.  The unconditional bond between two brothers.  Step but step together supporting and protecting each other.  The original scriptures were written in Sanskrit by the Sage Valmiki in the epic Ramayana. Its tells the story of the majestic bond between two brothers. I have an older brother, my mum would laugh and say you are like two boys… wow did we fight? Gosh which siblings don’t?

That unconditional love that lasts a lifetime.  I am so close to my brother, even more so as I get older.  A day does not go by where we don’t message, facetime or call.  My boys absolutely adore their uncle “mama!”. I remember on my wedding day in my brothers speech he said, “My sister and are like a pair of scissors.  Tightly bond in the middle, often deviating in different directions, but god help anyone would come between us”. It brought tears to my eyes, he is certainly right!

The bond brothers share is raw and honest. It’s not always getting along and patting each other on the back, and it certainly isn’t about never fighting. I watch my two boys Syon aged 8, and Dhiyan aged 4.  Growing up, having fun together, certainly lots of mischief and drama lol! How they learn and how their relationship is forming.  The little one, “mighty mouse”, we call him wants to do EVERYTHING his brother wants to do, climb the highest climbing frame, run the fastest, he has by passed paw patrol and loves Minecraft! The experiences they are sharing, the resilience they are showing in the climate.  They are a wonderful duo.

The bond between Rama and Lakshmana was exemplary. In the Purana's Lakshmana is described as an incarnation of Shesha, the multiple-headed naga (serpent) upon whom rests the god Vishnu, whose  avatar Rama is considered.

When sage Vishvamitra takes Rama for killing the demons in the forest, Lakshmana accompanies them and goes to Mithila with them. Lakshmana is specially attached to Rama. When Rama marries Sita, Lakshmana marries Sita's younger sister Urmila. They had two sons Angada and Chandraketu. Lakshmana serves Rama and Sita reverently during the exile. In Panchvati, Lakshmana also builds a hut for Rama and Sita to live in. Lakshmana cuts off Ravana’s sister Shurpanakha's nose in anger when she tries to seduce Rama and insults Sita. He plays an important role in the war with Ravana and slays Ravana's sons Indrajit and Atikaya.

Later, when Rama is exiled for fourteen years on the insistence of Kaikeyi, Lakshmana leaves his wife Urmila and joins Rama and Sita in exile, a true journey of love, strength and loyalty.

The sibling bond is one of the most important relationships, which we can develop. Our siblings stay with us through the journey of life.

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