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When I was a small child, my mother told me a story from one of the sacred Hindu books – The ...
When I was a small child, my mother told me a story from one of the sacred Hindu books – The
Ramayana. In the story, Guru Vishwamitra asks Rama to come to forest to help him. The first
challenge Rama faces in the forest is an attack from a demoness. But Rama says that it is a woman and
I have been told not to attack a woman. Vishwamitra tells him that sometimes a person needs to break
all the rules and react according to his or her intuition. Rama kills the demoness. Guru Vishwamitra
takes him to another spot where he shows him a stone, which is actually a woman Ahalya embodied in
the form of a stone due to some curse given in the past for her extra-marital affairs. His guru says that
if Rama touches the stone, it will turn back in to a woman. Ahalya is turned to stone by a curse and
only returns to her human form after she is brushed by Rama's foot.