Sep 30, 2023
Sep 30, 2023
It must be conceded that Ramkrishna Mission is a decisive influence in the continuing relevance of Swami Vivekanand . The mission'smonks (sanyasis) have been carying out the mission of Swamijee in spiritual, social, educational and other spheres without blemish throughout the country and abroad. Swami Samarpananand is one among those monks. He has authored several inspiring books such as Param. Tiya - a parrot’s homeward journey, Carving a sky among others. He teaches in the university of the mission.
Junglezen Sheru is another book in the series. It is a fable which weaves the story of animals living in a forest as in the stories of Panchatantra, Hitopadesha and Jataka Katha . There is a catastrophe in the jungle. Poachers killed lion, the king along with his family. The King is dead, a vacuum is created. That leads to a succession of events to restore equilibrium.
The Jungle is inhabited by diverse animals weak as well as strong, wicked as well as kind, herbivores as well as carnivores, clever as well as wise, significant and dominant as well as insignificant and timid. The lion had kept this diversity woven in a cohesive whole. With that unifying thread now gone, the strong bullied the weak, the weak insulted the insignificant, and the insignificant cursed their fate. Within weeks of lion’s death utter confusion prevailed in the forest. Muktak, the wise, senior and compassionate elephant was very much concerned. He called an assembly of animals to find a suitable replacement for lion ( King), but his efforts were rigged and hijacked by clever animals such as Kapi, the monkey and Rig, the jackal. Sensing opportunity in the confusion they hatched a conspiracy. Kapi got himself elected as leader and Rig was appointed minister. Deal was entered with Magar, the vile crocodile
The forest then moved to a different future. History, traditions, lore and wisdom were given a new twist. Under the new dispensation, individuality was replaced by collectivity. They were no longer rats,cats,bears or bulls- or any such silly being. They all were now junglezens. Junglezen became their identity mark.
1.We are all Junglezens
2. Good of all, growth of all - is our motto
3. Collective over individuality - is our motto. only identity.
In the meanwhile another significant and exciting news gripped the forest. “there is a cub.” He was a lone survivor of the lion family. Mukak, the wise elephant, was delighted, even though Kapi, Rig and others became apprehensive. Muktak was relieved and hopeful that the jungle would regain its order. He hailed the lion cub as “Sheru the king.”
He enthusiastically took charge of Sheru; he knew that a child needs love of his mother, father, teacher, friends and family to find the space to grow and find freedom. Acceptance and respect for the person is an essential ingredient of love. You can not love a person if you do not care to know him/her. You have to understand the core of the person. Only then you are able to make him work on his strength.
Muktak made every effort to be every one of the above for Sheru. But Sheru had his own ideas of growth and freedom . Muktak says that there is no short cut to success and only hard and dedicated effort leads one to discover his strength and work on it. This does not appeal to Sheru. He does not like the idea of dedicated efforts and is more comfortable with the identity of a junglezen and resists attempts of Muktak to make him realise his strength.
Sheru failed to realise his core strength, so he remained a junglezen Sheru instead of Sheru the Lion. The Jungle could not be protected and saved from the marauders.
Like other fables, Junglezen Sheru conveys a moral. A person is not like any other person around him. Every personality is imbued with a core existence. That is to be identified and strengthened. That needs dedicated effort. There is no short cut.Then only he/ she would be able to realise his potential. He would evolve from being a Junglezen Sheru to the lion that he is.
Some quotes from the book:
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