The gracious and omniscient Lord Ram is fully aware of our loving disposition and love towards mankind.By 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. Ram 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 Dasharath, king of Ayodhya, Lord Ram is referred to within Hinduism as Maryada Purushottama, literally the Perfect Man or Lord of Self-Control or Lord of Virtue. Ram 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 Ram 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 Ram says, Lord Ram 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 Ram returned to his Kingdom Ayodhya. Ravana caged Sita and enforced her to marry him but she didn't agree to this. Lord Ram with the help of Hanuman, Sugreev and Bali and their "Vaanar Sena" attacked Lanka and after a severe battle, got Sita released from the control of Ravana. After this victory of Good over Evil, Ram returned to Ayodhya. The legend of Lord Ram is deeply influential and popular in the societies of the Indian subcontinent and across South East Asia. Ram 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 Ram is deeply influential and popular in the societies of the Indian subcontinent and across South East Asia. Ram is revered for his unending compassion, courage and devotion to religious values and duty. In scripture it is written that Lord Ram'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 Ram or Sri Ramachandra close relationship and affection that existed between the brothers in those days. Recognizing the connection between Ram and Lakshmana, Bharatha felt very sorry that Lakshmana alone deserved to be close to Ram and that he did not get that opportunity of being close to Ram. In this way Bharatha’s ideal was to serve Ram 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 Ram all the time and in that service they were setting an example to mankind. Bharatha was not in a position to overrule Ram’s orders. Lord Bharatha did not like to become the king and rule the kingdom. In this conflict Ram tried to console Bharatha. Vasishta also gave a small advice which would give satisfaction to Bharath. Vasishta said "You can take the sandals of Ram and regard those sandals as symbolic of Ram. 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 Ram. 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 Bharath and accepted these suggestions. He took Ram’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 Ram returned to Ayodhya. He decided and began to live a life of austerity in the village Nandigrama in the same manner in which Ram was living in the forest. In this context the elders have been telling us that the attributes and aspects of Ram 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 Ram "Ratha" means ‘pleased by’. Thus his name itself signifies that he is sutured with love for Ram. Earlier in Ayodhya, Bharath 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. Bharath 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 Ram in the forest and denied himself everything that his brother could not get. By constant contemplation on Ram, even his complexion changed into Ram’s remembrances. Following the promise he gave to Ram on the mountain of Lord Bharatha was spending all his time in the village of Nandigrama. None of the citizens of Ayodhya could see Bharath who was leading a secluded life in Nandigrama. The reason for this was that Bharath took a vow to lead the same life which was being led by Ramachandra, wear the same kind of clothes which Lord 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, Ram 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 Bharath. Lord Ram knew that if he delayed even a little beyond fourteen years, Bharath would probably enter fire and destroy himself. So, Ram sent Hanuman in advance to Bharath to tell him about his impending arrival. When Hanuman reached Nandigrama and told Bharath that Ram was coming, Bharath was overjoyed and was in ecstasy, and he quickly made all arrangements in Ayodhya for the reception of Ram. 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 Ram. As soon as Ram, Lakshman and Sita arrived, Bharath prostrated to them and as a result of his being overjoyed he went and embraced his brother Ram and felt exceedingly This was the lesson taught by Lord Ram. 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. Lord Rama is known by all Hindus, the world over, as the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Lord Ram was the perfect avatar ( incarnation) of the Supreme Protector Lord Vishnu.Lord Ram has always been a well loved God among all the Hindu deities because of the several moralistic and virtuous characteristics that he brings along with him.Lord Ram is the epitome of how a man should be. He symbolizes the ideal man full of values and morals. Rama is also referred to as the Maryada Purushottama, which when translated means the idealistic man.Lord Ram had come on this worldly earth to destroy the evil forces of those times and bring about morality and virtues.Lord Ram had several wonderful characteristics. He always spoke the truth and had a tremendous sense of morality. Lord Ram was not only the ideal son but also an ideal husband, and most important of all an ideal king to his subjects. Ram and Sita, both of them are widely accepted by all Hindus to be actual historical figures that are loved and revered by Indians all over.Ram and Sita are the two main characters of the great Hindu epic of Ramayana. The Ramayana is also known for active habits and sterling character of Lord Ram. That was written by the ancient Sanskrit imminent Poet Mahrashi Valmiki. All Hindus living all over the world believe that Ram lived in at times when life was not good. The Historians purport another belief that was not defined until the eleventh century AD. Then Tulsidas, wrote another wonderful version of the Sanskrit epic "Ramayana” and turned it into "Ramcharitmanas". This was the writing that greatly etched in the minds of the Hindus all the characteristics that Lord Ram is popular for. Rama, the god went about to give rise to various devotional groups. Shri Ram was a man who was full of virtues from head to toe. Lord Rama was kind and compassionate. He was also magnanimous and sensitive to the way everyone felt around him. Lord Ram looked handsome and conducted himself well. Lord Ram had a wonderful personality who was considered as an exemplary son who is unequalled in the world. He resembled his father, Dasharath in every way and had wonderful good qualities. He never lied. He always respected learned men and scholars and elders. People loved him and he adored them in return. He was just how a king should be an ideal one. He could reach out to the people with his charming personality and touch their very souls. He was attractive and had all the qualities of a king's son. His subjects loved him and that was without any doubt. His superior qualities were showcased in the way he had conducted himself to live on this worldly earth. Let us join to pay our humble obeisance to the lotus feet of Lord Ram and his spouse Goddess Sita and seek their bliss for well-being of all living creatures of the universe! It will be all the more pleasant if we sing in chorus the most popular devotional pestle song and dedicate it at the lotus feet of Lord Ram.
SHRI RAAMACHANDRA KRIPAALU BHAJU MANA HARANABHAVABHAYA DAARUNAN,NAVAKANJA-LOCHANA, KANJA-MUKHA, KARA-KANJA,PADA-KAMJAARUNAN .KANDARPA AGANITA AMITA CHABI, NAVANIILA-NIIRADA SUNDARAN, PATA PATA MAANAHU TADITA RUCHISUCHIBHAJUDIINABANDHU DINESHA DANAVA-DAITYA-VANSHA-NIKANDANA,RAGHUNANADAN AANANDAKANDA KOSHALACHANDA DASHRATHA NANDANAN ,SIRA MUKUTA KUNDALA TILAKA CHAARU UDAARU ANGA VIBHUUSANAN,AAJAANUBHUJA SHARA-CHAAPA-DHARA,SANGRAAMA-JITA-KHARA-DUSHANAM ,ITI VADATI TULASIIDAASA SHANKARA-SHESHA-MUNI-MANI-RANJANAMAMA HRIDAYA-KANJ-NIVASA KURU,KAAMAADI KHALA-DALA-GANJANA ITI VADATI TULASIIDAASASHANKARA-SHESHA-MUNI-MANI-RANJANAMAMA HRIDAYAKANJ-NIVASA KURU,KAAMAADI KHALA-DALA-GANJANAM, SHRI RAAMACHANDRA KRIPAALU BHAJU MANA HARANA BHAVABHAYA DAARUNAN, NAVAKANJA-LOCHANA, KANJA-MUKHA, KARA-KANJA, PADA-KAMJAARUNAN. MANU JAAHI RAACHEU MILIHI SO BARU SAHAJA SUNDARA SAANVAROKARUNAANIDHAANU SUJAANA SIILU SANEHA JAANATA RAAVARO
YEHI BHAANTI GAURII ASIISA MUNI SIYA SAHITA HIYAN HARASHII ALIIN ,TULASII BHAVAANIHI PUUJI PUNI PUNI PUNI MUDITA MANA MANDIRA ,CHALIIN JAANI GAURII ANUKUULA SIYAHIYA HARASHU NA JAAII KAHI.MANJULA MANGALA MUULA BAAMA ANGA PHARKANA LAGE.
It translates into English as such:
O mind, remember Ram, the Lord of compassion who will eradicate even the most terrible dread of life; his eyes are like newly-blown lotuses set in his lotus-face; lotus-like are his hands and like ruddy lotuses his feet.With utmost humility I do obeisance to Sita’s consort, Ramachandra, whose boundless beauty excels that of myriad of cupids (taken together). He is as winsome as the rain-laden blue clouds. The yellow attire on his body, beautiful spotless and sanctified, looks as charming as the flashes of lightening.Meditate on Ram, the delight of the house of Raghu, root of all bliss, soothing as the moon to the Koshalas, Dashrath’s son, compassionate to the destitute, the scion of the solar race and the extirpator of the demons and diabolic daityas (giants).He has a (resplendent) crown on his head, a pair of pendants in hi ears, a lovely caste-mark on his forehead and ornaments on his lustrous body. The arms that reach the knees are holding the bow and arrows of the conqueror of Khara and Duushana (two of his demonic adversaries). No sooner this festal song, the Arti concluded, Tulsidas entreats Ram, the delight of Shiva, Serpent-King and anchorites and slayer of the troops of Lust and the like, to make his lotus-heart His abode. The dark-complexioned and naturally handsome prince, on whom you have set your heart, shall be your husband. The gracious and omniscient Lord knows your loving disposition and your love. Sita and all her companions were overjoyed to hear this blessing from Gauri’s lips. Worshipping Bhavaani again and again, Sita says Tulsidas, returned to the palace, rejoicing in her heart. Finding Gauri favorably disposed towards her, Sita was very glad of heart than words can tell. Her left side began to throb, a sure omen of good fortune. It’s time that we must join to pay our respectful homage to Lord Ram and Goddess Sita and pay our humble obeisance to their lotus feet and seek their bliss for well-being of all living-creatures of the universe!
By Bishwa Nath Singh
(Three Photos of Lord Ram- two are of Lord Ram,Goddess Sita, Lord Lakshman and Lord Hanuman and the third Photo is of Lord Ram and his spouse Goddess Sita)
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Bishwa Nath Singh:
Lord Ram is one of the popular and famous gods of the Hindu religion and was loved by millions of Hindus of all ages. Lord Ram is one of the commonly worshipped gods of the Hindu religion and no Hindu shrine would ever be complete without t...he idols of Ram and Sita in it.Lord Ram is known as a part of Lord Vishnu. He is considered to be the preserver of the Universe. Ram is the great lord of Hanuman, who helped him in getting back his wife Sita from the clutches of the demon Ravana.He had shared a wonderful relationship with all around him. He was the obedient son to his father Dashratha the king of Ayodhya. He was a wonderful brother to all his brothers but especially was devoted towards his younger brother, Lakshman. He dearly loved his wife Sita and his children Luv and Kush. He proved to be a wonderful friend to Hanuman. He treated his subjects like his children and they in turn worshiped the ground. Let us join to pay our humble obeisance to the lotus feet of Lord Ram and seek His bliss for well-being of all living-being of this universe!