Bishwa Nath Singh
How the life of Lord Ram is relevant today in the present era could be a matter of great study!Now days when lies are rampant, betrayal, animosity and dejection are heard from many mouths. Lord Ram's life and his character are very relevant in present scenario. A true understanding of his life and character will provide ardently needed healing touch to the society. A mere mindless recital of the verses of Ramayan written by Maharshi Valmiki & Ramcharitmanas written by Goswami Tulsi Das will not give any fruitful result. The need of time is introspection of our heart, positive thinking and good deeds that can lead us to glory provided it is pursued very truthfully in our life. Let us have a glimpse of it in brief that is appended below!
(Picture of Lord Ram of Ayodhya of India)
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Bishwa Nath Singh :
Ramayan written in Treta Yug by Maharshi Valmiki in verses in Sanskrit and Shri Ram Charit Manas written by Goswami Tulsi Das in Awadhi (local dialect in Hindi)are living monument on the life of Lord Ram and his sterling character that ma...de him to possess the supreme divine life(Maryada Purushottam). They are our holy books that are read & chanted with great devotion & interest not only in India but far & wide.During the month of March-April every year ,Ram-Navami is celebrated throughout India to commemorate the Birth anniversary of Lord Ram.On this day, it has been described that Lord Ram was born. Lord Ram who is also said to be the re-incarnation of Lord Vishnu, descended on the earth to cleanse it from the sludge of sins and make it free from demons.The famous poet and Saint Swami Tulsi Das have described this event in his famous book "Ramcharitmanas" vividly and candidly. On the ninth day of Chaitra month of Hindu calendar when the days are romantic and pleasant in the mid-day Lord Ram manifested Himself before he would be ideal son of his most loving mother Kaushalya. Rani Kaushalaya had prayed and requested Him to be her son. Consequent upon this, He became a toddler and started His life as an ordinary child of a human-being - with all his sufferings and happiness; to be with humans, mingled with them, perceiving their agony and to remove the hardship of the people at large.Since time immemorial, human-being is always in pursuit of long lasting peace and harmony. The societies were formed and various rules were chalked out to regularize the system. In later times these rules were duly codified as law and along with custom of the time and place, became religion. Religion, therefore, can be said as the wide code of conduct touching all aspects of life. It is a strong limiting factor for the society to prevent becoming perverted.Every year while observing this day as a festival; somewhere in people's sub-conscious mind a fact hovers that God is omnipresent, looking after each and every thing and observing. Rewarding the worthies and punishing the cunnings. It is deplorable that with the passage of time this pious thought has become polluted and day-by-day perversion in various forms has crept in. So much so, that the life became full of foul cry, dissatisfaction and waning values. It is here where Lord Ram and his grand moral fiber help a lot to sooth the aching souls.The saga of Lord Ram tells a lot about values, deeds and austerity. It guides through the complex labyrinth of life. It also tells us that how a person with the ability to consolidate hostile forces to use them for larger benefits can do miracle and place him arrayed along with supernatural powers and God, thus gaining a stature insurmountable for times to comThis is a saga of a person born in a royal family and brought up in super luxury of palaces, denounced all his comforts and power to carry out the words of his dying father and led a life of exile in forest for fourteen years. With his cute, devoted wife Sita and a committed younger brother Luxman, he lived in thatched hut, faced all types of harshness of forest. In the vicinity of learned saints and sages, He learned the secrets of life and consolidated the opposite forces against the ill forces of a powerful demon king Ravana. A brahmin by birth, Ravana started a new cult which was not in consonance with the social norms. He became an autocrat, dictating his will and ruled according to his whims. He invaded and conquered many kingdoms and established a very powerful and affluent kingdom. It was impregnable and impossible for anyone to conquer. He became undefeatable and conceited up to the extent that he started taking the things for granted. He became synonymous to the evil forces and pain giver. His arrogance reached to such a height that he dared to kidnap pious and dutiful wife of Ram when she was all alone in her hermitage. He kept her as prisoner in one of his most secured gardens - The Ashok-Vatika and tried to pacify her. When failed, he tortured her to the extent that she started thinking of ending her life. She even pleaded with a sympathizer of her to arrange some fire and lit a pyre for self immolation. However, despite all odds she did not give up and held her courage. This was the time when Hanuman - a trusted lieutenant of Ram reached there and consoled her. Ultimately Ram was able to find the location of Sita, pleaded and requested with Ravana for return of Sita to him who did not pay attention to his calls and requests. Compelled by the deeds of Ravana, Ram attacked his capital city - Lanka, defeated and killed him. In the fight for justice Ram, who arrived there alone, had had help from various local kings and monarch.It is not a mere story of a person who conquered a powerful monarch but also tells us lot as to how virtues and virtuous person can win a battle in spite of all odds if he does not lose the patience and wits. It also tells us as to how good deeds pay rich dividends. Though it was an arduous task to locate Sita and to reach Lanka, Lord Ram, got all help from the locals because of his humble nature and willingness to help needy.This is quite disheartening that the very essence of this saga is being forgotten by the present society. In every era, epics were written to enlighten the people and they have said a lot on how the people can live a harmonious life. It is disquieting that now a day more and more people are taking the path of non-virtue, aggression, mendacity and disrespect to the laws of nature. These are leading towards the dungeon of doom. It is said that Ravan had had ten heads. Now days when lies are rampant, betrayal, animosity and dejection are heard from many mouths. Lord Ram's life and his character are very relevant in present scenario. A true understanding of his life and character will provide ardently needed healing touch to the society. A mere mindless recital of the verses of Ramayan written by Maharshi Valmiki & Ramcharitmanas written by Goswami Tulsi Das will not give any fruitful result. The need of time is introspection of our heart, positive thinking and good deeds that can lead us to glory provided it is pursued very truthfully in our life. Let us join to pay our humble obeisance's to the lotus feet of Lord Ram & Goddess Sita and seek their bliss for well-being of all living-being of this universe!
Sheenam Chhabra :
Ram Rajya sakaar ho uthe kalyug satyug ban jaye...