Most of us are 2 weeks into isolation now (we're 3 weeks in our house), and I think it's starting to take its toll on many of us. It's hard to be without the people we're used to seeing every day outside of our home and we're hitting the point for most people when the novelty of some downtime is wearing thin.
So today's Monday Mantra is to help us face these trying circumstance with patience and to eliminate misery.
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It is dedicated to Sita, the devoted wife of Lord Rama. Sita is an incarnation of the Goddess Lakshmi, whilst Rama is an incarnation of Lakshmi’s consort Lord Vishnu. Sita plays a central in the Hindu epic, the Ramayana and she is well known to primary school children throughout the UK from their studies of Diwali, in which her story is a central part. You can read that here.
However, after this, Sita’s story takes another turn when she is exiled by her husband and is left to birth and bring up the twins she bore him by herself. She faces this turmoil with patience and strength and raises two strong men who are excellent warriors. When they are finally reunited with their father, she refused Rama’s request that she return to him and instead returned to Mother Earth, from whom she was born and her incarnation ended.