The Yayati complex
The Western world exposes us to Oedipus conflict, where Oedipus fulfills the prophecy to fight against his father, in order to gain affection of his mother. But on the other hand, India exposes us to concept of Yayati.
Yayati was the son of Nahusha, who ruled as Indra in the heaven, and had two wives - Sarmishta and Devayani. He was very fond of Sarmishta and her son Puru and would neglect Devayani and her son Yadu. Seeing Devayani depressed, Shukracharya who was Devayani father, cursed Yayati to lose his youth, and Yayati immediately became a decrepit old man. The only way he could regain his youth back was by exchanging his curse with someone else. When Yadu was asked for an exchange, he refused citing the ill-treatment of him and his mother, but Puru politely agreed. Yayati then crowns Puru as the King for his obedience and curses Yadu that he’ll beget cruel sons like Asuras.
This conjecture is popularly known as the Yayati Complex, where the son sacrifices for his father. The one who obeys, surrenders, submits is the good son because obedience is of the highest value. Father is the tradition, and he must be followed, and his mistakes are to be forgiven. There are numerous examples of Yayati complex in Indian mythology, where Rama abdicates his throne because Dashrath wants to maintain his integrity and tells Rama to, where Bhishma takes a vow of celibacy because Kunti wants the sun-god to make her children the Kings.
Mythological stories like these can help us learn, even in the modern world that we live in today. The father knows what is best for his son and what should he study, whom should he marry and the good son obeys. Disobedience is considered rebellious and the rebel is ostracized. The difference between Oedipus and the Yayati complex also highlights the differences in thinking between the West and the East. The west wants conflict, and wants to argue to prove a point, but the east maintains harmony even when he does not like what he is doing.