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    Whose was the better character in Ramayana, Ravana or Vibhishana?

    As we know Ravana and Vibhishana were brothers but Vibhisana took the side of Rama during the battle. Who do you think was a better character, Ravana or Vibheeshana? Please give reasons in support of your views.
  • #610213
    Without any iota of doubt, Ravana is/was much better than Vibhishana. The harmful effect of Vibhishana on Lanka can be easily understood if we closely follow the activities of the modern-day Vibhishanas of India, who are hell-bent to destroy the country by adopting various means including joining hands with the enemies.
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  • #610215
    I also agree with the opinion of Partha. Vibhishana is a representative of modern day politicians. Ravana is a representative of a sacrifier for the family. Because his sister got hurt in the hands of Rama's brother Lakshmana, he wanted to take revenge on the brothers. This is the affection he has towards his sister. This is the mentality of a family member.
    Another school of thought is a ruler should never think of his family. For him, his country is the supreme. But Ravana has not thought about his Lanka. His brother thought in that angel. So Vibhishana is the man who thought of saving his country.
    But definitely, Rama's victory has become easy because of Vibhishana's support.

    drrao
    always confident

  • #610232
    According to me both characters are important as Ravana teaches us how one should not be and Vibhishan describes how one should be though he is a demon. The characters of all epics irrespective of religions are to teach human beings to be and not to be.

  • #610248
    I think there is no point to make comments on who was the better character among both Ravan and Vibhishan. Because both played their roles as per the demand of the situation. It is right that whatever Ravan did was for his people and for his sister, but at the end, his view was to take revenge. And that revenge occurred also because of his sister's wrong doing towards 'Ram'. Since he was not aware of his sister's fault, so we cannot blame him too. But once he kidnapped 'Sitaji', he became more and more of an evil person. All the more, he did everything for his people.
    While, Vibhishan, since he was worshipper of Lord Ram from the beginning, and he always kept Ravan telling to not harm him, to not kidnap Sitaji, as if he did so, he will suffer bad defeat. So, Ravan asked him to leave him because he was constantly with Lord Ram. And so he helped him to defeat Ravan.
    So, as per my views, both have their own significant roles here.

    A positive attitude will lead to positive results.

  • #610250
    Actually Ravana is also a good man considering his wide knowledge and knack to grab the attention of Devas for granting boons. Just because he committed the sin of abducting Sita, Vibhishana has been critical of him and took sides to save himself from the possible destruction. Moreover Vibhishana was God fearing and has the devotee feeling for Rama inside his soul. So was his wife who also considering Sita as the Goddess. Many a time Vibhishana prevailed upon Ravana to return Sita to Lord Ram and avoid the possible war. But he wont listen. So his part Vibhishana has done good thing to move to the side of Ram.
    K Mohan
    'Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum "
    Even this challenging situation would ease

  • #610275
    As per the depiction of the author of Ramayan, Ravana was the powerful king of Lanka and even the Gods feared him. He will not allow anyone to attack Lanka however powerful that invader may be. He was so sure of his strength that he could not dream that someone will come and defeat him. He was a real warrior.

    Vibhisan on the other hand was a follower of Lord Rama and he did not like that his brother should fight with him. In fact Vibhisan requested Ravana to surrender to Lord Rama and return Sita and ask for forgiveness. Vibhisan was a great diplomat. He knew that Lord Rama being a divine person and fighting for justice and having support of so many monkeys and bears will ruin Lanka and Ravana may die soon. In the end all supporting Ravens will be dead or imprisoned. So best course is joining hands with Lord Rama.

    So there is vast difference between the character of Ravana and Vibhisan. One is diplomat other is warrior. As far a kings quality Ravana is unparalleled but he died in his ego while Vibhisan got everything under shelter from Rama.

    From human qualities point of view Vibhisan was better because he wanted to return Sita to Rama and then negotiate for ceasefire.

    Knowledge is power.

  • #610482
    A pregnant mother asked her daughter, "What do u want- A brother or a sister?"

    Daughter:- Brother

    Mother:- Like whom?

    Daughter:- Like RAVAN

    Mother:- What the hell are you saying? Are you out of your mind?

    Daughter:- Why not Mom? He left all his Royalship &
    Kingdom, all because his sister was disrespected.
    Even after picking up his enemy's wife, he didn't ever touch her. Why wouldn't I want to have a brother like him?
    What would I do with a brother like Ram who left his pregnant wife after listening to a "Dhobi" though his wife always stood by his side like a shadow? After giving "Agni Pareeksha" & suffering 14 years of exile.
    Mom, you being a wife & sister to someone, until when will you keep on asking for a "RAM" as your son???

    Mother was in tears.

    Moral:- No one in the world is good or bad. Its just an interpretation about someone.


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