Leadership and Selfless Service:

Selfless service can be defined as service which is performed without any expectation of result or award for the person performing it. Selfless service is not thinking less of yourself but thinking of yourself less. Selfless service was rendered by Pakhsi Rajan Jatayu to Rama to the extent of sacrificing his own life!

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*Pakshi Rajan Jatayu, was not an ordinary bird, but a like a sage, fully acquainted with the rules of dharma.

*Vinita, the wife of Kashyapa had 2 sons, Garuda and Aruna. Garuda became the vehicle of Lord Vishnu, while Aruna became the charioteer of Surya (the sun God). Aruna had 2 sons- Sampati and Jatayu.

Once in their childhood, Sampati and Jatayu decided to reach to the sun. So they began to fly higher and higher. But very soon, Jatayu was not able to tolerate the heat of the sun. Hence, his elder brother Sampati spread his wings over the younger Jatayu.

Sampati did save his younger brother but got his own wings burnt by the heat and he fell at the seashore.

Later Jatayu came to stay in Panchavati. Later on King Dasharatha came to the forests for hunting, where he met and made friends with Jatayu.

When Jatayu died, Rama who could not perform his father's last rites performed the last rites of Jatayu.

*Garuda, Jatayu & Sampati are all considered to be very powerful Pakhsi Rajas.

*Jatayu's character in Ramayana is not introduced just to give information to Rama at the time of his physical death. He is an example of self-duteous, self-dedicated, unpaid servant to his master or leader.

(courtesy:Ramayana for Leadership)

Source:Sundar Sriram