5 Moral Values from “Baahubali” for Children – Part 1
Posted on: May 24, 2017. Comments ( 1 )

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Being moral, and ethical, is not a virtue that one can develop as an adult. It doesn’t work that way. A person being good or evil is determined by the circumstances and events that happen during his/her first fifteen years since birth.

Besides teaching your child how to be street-smart and successful, and “do anything” to achieve certain success, also teach them moral values which will assist them in living a content life without having to bear the burden of failure… or success… in their heads.

Small efforts every day adds up to big results:

Baahubali begins with the character Shivu trying to climb a very high, rocky mountain to reach its top, which is covered by numerous, insurmountable waterfalls. Reaching the top of the mountain by climbing its sheer walls—rendered slippery by sprays from the waterfalls—is virtually impossible and his path is full of treacherous cliffs and wide, unsurpassable chasms.

His mother tries to stop him from climbing the mountain, and his friends speak of his repeated, failed efforts since his boyhood to climb the mountain, and speculate whether or not he will be able to make it even on his hundredth time. There is a particular jump on slippery ground that he misses and falls all the way back to the ground at the foot of the rocky mountain, smacking himself against thick, protruding tree branches which cushion his fall. However, against all odds, Shivu successfully conquers the mountain on his hundredth attempt.

In all these hundred efforts to climb the mountain, Shivu never saw failure but learnt the ways of the mountain and the skill of climbing—small efforts every day. It was his perseverance, endurance, and optimistic attitude that made him achieve his target.

Shouldering parents’ responsibilities:

Shivu’s mother Sanga, in an effort to restrict her son’s addiction to climbing the high mountain, prays to Lord Shiva that she would keep him cooled all through the year by pouring pots of water on a Shiva Lingam. It is however a labor-intensive process and Shivu is pained on seeing his mother laboring hard to fetch pots of water from a stream far away and pour it on the Lingam—more so because his mother had prayed so due to his actions.

The scenes involving Shivu removing the Shiva Lingam fixed to the ground, hoisting it on his herculean shoulders (Baahubali literally means one with strong arms), carrying it through rocks and streams and eventually placing it under a small waterfall, makes both a visual and an emotional impact.

The son, Shivu, had literally ‘shouldered’ his mother’s responsibility in fulfilling the promise she had made, even though he knew that if the promise was fulfilled he would be discouraged from trying to climb the mountain. Shivu saw his mother’s problems as his own and was selfless in his support to ensure that his mother’s prayers were fulfilled.

Being supportive of a companion’s ideals:

While Shivu is walking downstream after relocating his mother’s Shiva Lingam, he finds an artistically carved wooden mask whose contours resembled a mystical damsel. Overcome by intrigue, he subsequently becomes more aggressive in his efforts to reach the top of the mountain and thus eventually succeeds.

He discovers that the mask belongs to Avanthika but is unaware of the fact that she is chosen to lead a rebellious guerilla-warrior group against Bhallaladeva, the tyrant-ruler of the Kingdom of Mahishmathi, who had imprisoned their queen Devasena of Kunthala, and subjected her to physical torture for 25 years. Avanthika is impressed to know that Shivu had climbed the mountain in search of her, and Shivu learns of her plans to rescue their beleaguered queen.

Any normal person to discover Avanthika’s true identity and mission would have instantly abandoned the relationship citing incompetence and life threat, but not Shivu. The mark of a true partner is to share the burden of his/her counterpart’s responsibilities, goals, objectives, and mission.

…continued in next part

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    Bhavani M says:

    The movie baahubali reveals about loyalty towards mother,secondly it says about Dharma,thirdly it states about the effort taken to reach success.fourthly it is about the culture and tradition that is followed..finally it states about keeping up on your word..

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