Ramayana is a magical tale of triumph of good over evil and Lord Rama is an embodiment of righteousness & an epitome of infinite leadership traits.
When Lord Rama was in the forest, He had nothing to organize as His army, wealth and ministers were in Ayodhaya. So when war broke out with Ravana, Sri Rama inspired Sugriva to organize a large army of the “Vanaras”. On the other hand, Ravana already had an organized, well-structured & well trained army.
Ravana’s army was fighting like a machine working coherently, not because they were inspired instead, they were fighting by force. In contrast, Sugriva’s army was not only inspired by the leadership traits of Sugriva but more than that, they were fighting for Lord Rama which in itself was enough inspiration. There was an element of fear too, but the fear was out of respect for the system of Sugriva.
Unlike Lord Rama humbly seeking Sugriva’s help, Ravana went to Marichi to seek help to kidnap mother Sita but rather than that he threatened Marichi that if he does not help, he will have to face death. So, Ravana forced and threatened his own uncle to take his life, what to speak of others. On the contrary, being inspired by Lord Rama’s exemplary leadership, Sugriva himself was willing to lay down his life for the pleasure of Lord.
Similarly, when Rama was banished to the forest, Dasaratha’s dear minister and chariot driver – Sumanthra was inspired to go along with Rama and bear the hardships as much as Lord would suffer in Vanvaas. He was not bound to be in vanvaas yet he desired to accompany the Lord out of inspiration.
When an organization is built on the basis of inspiration, even defeat creates greater force & refocus. However, when an organization is built on the un-inspirational value system like fear & imposition, it simply disappears.
Where is Golden Lanka today? Does it inspire anyone? Lanka definitely has a curiosity value, but Ayodhaya? It has inspirational value and millions of followers of Sri Rama have lived their life & are continuing to live for many generations, inspired by Lord Rama’s Ayodhaya.
The present day Ayodhaya may not resemble physically the way it is depicted in Valmiki’s Ramayana but it has the power to bring millions of people to worship the holy dust of Ayodhaya and feel the vibration of spiritual power.
The organized Lanka is over long back, the inspirational Ayodhaya still stands tall and deep in the heart of every admirer of Sri Rama and it will continue to be admired and relished.