Invincible empathy.

A couple of months ago, I started reading this book called Asura. Asura is the story of the epic villain, Ravana who belonged to the tribe Asura.
The book is a masterpiece by Anand Neelakantan that has the most kickass one-liner that intrigued me at first, “Without the darkness, the light won’t have a meaning. Without the villain, what would Gods do?”
This book, however, in the beginning, fails to establish Ravana as a villain. He is intelligent, sensitive and curious. He is learned and an engineer. In fact, the way this book talks about the Asura tribe, you tend to sympathize with them. The Brahmins stole everything from them. Even their God, Shiva. Shiva was never a God-God, per se. He never needed rituals and yajnas and what not.
So anyway, moving on, as I finished reading this, I thought to myself, “Huh, after all this, you still can’t help but feel bad for Ravana now. Can you?” And then I realised (and this I am saying as no bias to myself) that I was just being kind.
In the past few years, I have seen a lot in my time. I have gone through a lot at work, on a personal front, mentally and even physically. I realised that when I was going through all of it, I might not have been the best person there is. There still were people who tolerated me and dealt with me.
So when someone’s being mean to me, I take a breath and try to remind myself of a small fact – what is he/she has to go home to something that’s even more terrible than this? I can be a little patient here and be kind. What’s the harm?

Power of kindness is always spoken about and it is so true. Believe me, practice it. In small ways, but many ways. You will see a change in yourself. And don’t they always say, be the change that you want to see in the world?

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