Bishwa Nath Singh:
The human birth has been given to man for practicing Dharma. This was the truth demonstrated by Lord Ram. He had practiced his Dharma. He had told his brother Lord Bharatha that the latter should rule over the Kingdom given to him and leave Him to do his duty Lord Rama had replied that he also had been given a kingdom to be ruled over. Both were equally eminent intellectuals and scholars. Let us pay our humble obeisances to their lotus feet and have a glimpse on their moving chacter that were crystal clear and made them immortal!
(Picture of Lord Ram)
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Bishwa Nath Singh :
Lord Ram or Sri Ramchandra who was the Son of King Dasarath and Rani Kaushalaya of Ayodhya of India who is widely adored and revered as , is the seventh avatar of Lord Vishnu and one of the hero-king-warrior incarnations of the God Vishnu.... Rama is one of the most popular figures and deities in Vaisnavism and its religious scriptures in South and Southeast Asia. Born as the eldest son of Kaushalya and Dasharatha, king of Ayodhya, Lord Rama is referred to within Hinduism as Maryada Purushottama, literally the Perfect Man or Lord of Self-Control or Lord of Virtue. Rama is the husband of Sita, whom Hindus consider to be an avatar of Lakshmi and the embodiment of perfect womanhood. The stories and glorious deeds of Lord Rama are renowned throughout the world. Here we will discuss the story of victory of Rama over Ravana, the demon. According to Ramayana, Diwali celebrates the return of Ram, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu and the eldest son of King Dasharath of Ayodhya, from his 14-year exile with Sita and Lakshman after killing the Ravan, a demon king. The people of Ayodhya lighted the kingdom with earthen diyas (oil lamps) and fireworks to celebrate the return of their king. The legend of Rama says, Lord Rama was the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu. He was a great warrior King. His father Dashratha, the King of Ayodhya sent him to exile along with his wife Sita and his younger brother Lord a, Lord Rama returned to his Kingdom Ayodhya. Ravana caged Sita and enforced her to marry him but she didn't agree to this. Lord Rama with the help of Hanuman, Sugreev and Bali and their "Vaanar Sena" attacked Lanka and after a severe battle, got Sitaji released from the control of Ravana. After this victory of Good over Evil, Rama returned to Ayodhya. The legend of Lord Rama is deeply influential and popular in the societies of the Indian subcontinent and across South East Asia. Rama is revered for his unending compassion, courage and devotion to religious values and duty. In scripture it is written that Lord Rama's was born in the Treta Yuga, the second age of the earth and he was born in the royal Kshatriya caste of the solar race of the Suryavanshi. His story does get mentioned in the Mahabharata also, but the epic Ramayana that gives comprehensive account of life and exploit the very name of Lord Ram who was both an ideal man and king.The legend of Lord Rama is deeply influential and popular in the societies of the Indian subcontinent and across South East Asia. Rama is revered for his unending compassion,courage and devotion to religious values and duty. In scripture it is written that Lord Rama's was born in the Treta Yuga, the second age of the earth and he was born in the royal Kshatriya caste of the solar race of the Suryavanshi. His story does get mentioned in the Mahabharata also, but the epic Ramayana that gives the most comprehensive account of the life and exploits of the ideal man and king named Lord Rama or Sri Ramachandra. close relationship and affection that existed between the brothers in those days. Recognizing the connection between Rama and Lakshmana, Bharatha felt very sorry that Lakshmana alone deserved to be close to Rama and that he did not get that opportunity of being close to Rama. In this way Bharatha’s ideal was to serve Rama all the time and thereby derive the grace of the Lord. We can describe in this manner that Bharatha’s devotion and faith were even more than those of Lakshmana. Brothers, between whom such devotion, faith and affection exist, are very rare in this world. These brothers were serving Rama all the time and in that service they were setting an example to mankind. Bharatha was not in a position to overrule Rama’s orders. Lord Bharatha did not like to become the king and rule the kingdom. In this conflict Rama tried to console Bharatha. Vasishta also gave a small advice which would give satisfaction to Bharatha. Vasishta said "You can take the sandals of Rama, and regard those sandals as symbolic of Rama. Perform the coronation for the sandals and carry on the rule of Ayodhya." He could not throw away the orders and suggestions given by the Guru. He could not also contradict the orders of Rama. So with a very heavy heart he agreed to receive the sandals. The people of those days were also such that they will obey good orders immediately. So they recognized the sacred heart of Bharatha and accepted these suggestions. He took Rama’s sandals placed them on the throne, and with a heavy heart went to the near by village Nandigrama. In that village he announced that he would stay without food and without rest till Rama returned to Ayodhya. He decided and began to live a life of austerity in the village Nandigrama in the same manner in which Rama was living in the forest. In this context the elders have been telling us that the attributes and aspects of Rama and Bharatha became one and the same. The very exemplary conduct of Bharatha by which he had accepted fully the order of his brother, and carried on the rule of the country, demonstrates his greatness. "Bha” means BHAGAWAN, the Lord Rama "Ratha" means ‘pleased by’. Thus his name itself signifies that he is sutured with love for Rama. Earlier in Ayodhya, Bharatha appealed that he be allowed to go to "The god of my prayers." Vasishta told him that it was his father’s command and his preceptor’s counsel that he be enthroned as the ruler. Bharatha replied that the request was proof of extreme hatred that the parents, the people, the preceptor and everyone in Ayodhya had towards him, for had they loved him they would not have pressed him to do such a mean sin.Lord Bharatha had given up his mother, his throne and all his wealth and power. He revealed it in the travail and poverty. He dwelled only in the thought of Rama in the forest and denied himself everything that his brother could not get. By constant contemplation on Rama, even his complexion changed into Rama’s. Following the promise he gave to Rama on the mountain of Lord Bharatha was spending all his time in the village of Nandigrama. None of the citizens of Ayodhya could see Bharatha who was leading a secluded life in Nandigrama. The reason for this was that Bharatha took a vow to lead the same life which was being led by Ramachandra, wear the same kind of clothes whichLord Ramachandra was wearing and eat the same kind of roots and fruits which Ramachandra was eating. After living for fourteen years in the forest and after the death of Ravana, Rama was returning to Ayodhya along with Lakshmana, Sugreeva and various other attendants. On the way, He reached the ashram of Bharadwaja. Rama knew very well the agony in the mind of Lord Bharatha. Lord Ram knew that if he delayed even a little beyond fourteen years, Bharatha would probably enter fire and destroy himself. So, Rama sent Hanuman in advance to Bharatha to tell him about his impending arrival. When Hanuman reached Nandigrama and told Bharatha that Rama was coming, Bharatha was overjoyed and was in ecstasy, and he quickly made all arrangements in Ayodhya for the reception of Rama. He called Sumantra and asked for his chariot to be brought. This chariot was placed on the outskirts of Ayodhya and Bharatha was awaiting anxiously for Rama. As soon as Rama, Lakshmana and Sita arrived, Bharatha prostrated to them and as a result of his being overjoyed he went and embraced his brother Rama and felt exceedingly This was the lesson taught by Rama. He revered his parents. He carried out faithfully their injunctions. Without regard to the consequences, he carried out their commands with love. He had immense love for his brothers. They had unity and harmony amongst them. The human birth has been given to man for practicing Dharma. This was the truth demonstrated b Lord Ram who had practiced his Dharma.