When Raavan was attacked
by Lord Rama and was nearing death, Rama asked his brother Lakshman to go to
him and learn something about the world, which no other person except for such
learned Brahmin like Raavan could ever teach him.
Lakshman obeyed his
brother’s order and stood near dying Raavan’s head. But Raavan did not say
anything and Lakshman returned to Rama.
Rama then told Lakshman that whenever one wants to learn something from
a person, you should never stand near his head, but his feet.
Lakshman again went to
Raavan and this time he stood near his feet.
Raavan seeing Lakshman standing near his feet told him 3 secrets that
would anyone’s life successful.
1 – The first thing Raavan
told Lakshman was that one should complete any auspicious work as soon as
possible and keep delaying the inauspicious work as much possible. He supported this teaching by saying,
He told Lakshman that he
could not recognize Rama and therefore delayed arrival at the shelter. Hence this is his condition.
2 – The second thing he taught
Lakshman was never to underestimate one’s enemy. He said that he did this mistake of
understanding the monkeys and bears lesser or incompetent and he lost the
battle against them.
He said, when he asked
Lord Brahma to make him immortal, he said no one else except for monkeys and
human could kill him. This is because he
believed that both these living beings were not capable to kill him.
This was his mistake and
he suffered life as a result.
3 – This third and final
thing Raavan told Lakshman that one should not reveal one’s life secret to
anyone in the world. Here also Raavan
made a mistake as Vibhishan knew the secret of his death. Raavan knew this was his mistake of life.