Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Is Life Going Tough ?

 This article is not a fancy sugar-coat script to soothe your life convincing that everything will be okay.There are enough of such motivational quotes out in the vast net.

  What I am going to do here is,let you visualize yourself in Lord Rama's shoes - and embark yourself in a virtual narrative story.The interesting point to note here is - I am going to negate the divine avatarhood nature of Sri Rama.All these years,much serials and speakers have narrated the Ithihasa ( history ) of Sri Rama as that of God incarnate,all smiley,joyful,free from human bondages,free from human suffering,ultimate,powerful and the One who always made situations into His favour.




  Please note that I am not denying the divine nature of Sri Rama - He is definitely divine incarnate,born for a mission.But unlike other avatars of the divine like Shri Krishna,the role of Sri Rama was that of an ordinary mortal , or human being.He did not magically demonstrate his enlightenment, godly powers,manipulate nature,changed the fate of others,or deviated destiny.He demonstrated righteousness ( dharma ) with all human capabilities,in whatever situation He was in.

Alright,enough of the prologue,let's start the journey. Now imagine yourself in Sri Rama's position.You do not have to be enlightened to do this.Just live the character.




    Sri Rama , was born as Ramachandra - into a royal patronage.He was the most favourite prince amongst his siblings.He attended the gurukula education system.Rama and His brother Lakshmana,were particularly trained by sage Vishwamitra - into various knowledge regarding mantras,sound 
tehnology,dharmic laws,weapons and the secrets to Sun Worship.Soon,these two brothers mastered these knowledge.Sage Vishwamitra particularly ventured into the science and secrets of the solar energy-  Sun Worship,through the Gayatri Mantra and Aditya Hridayam hymn.Both siblings also spent their childhood destroying many demons that were terrorising Ayodhya.





  


Throughout His childhood,Sri Rama was brought up to be a king,as it would be.He even broke the Pinaka Bow ( Mighty Bow of Rudra ) to win King Janaka's daughter, Sita Devi.At a young age,His father had him marry Sita Devi,who was only a child.

( Note that Ramayana occured more than 20 000 years back.The royal norms and cultures varied back in ancient times.Kings got their prince married off at a very young age.The maturity and lifespan of people also varied.It is unwise to make a direct comparison to today's lifestyle to the ancient. )




  Soon came the coronation day where Rama was to be made the king.Unfortunately,several politically motivated events occurred which forced His father, Dasharatha to send Rama to exile for 14 years.Just imagine that - Rama got ready to be coronated at 7 am,and within moments He was made to leave to a forest with his newly married wife.No throne,no royal facilities,no family, literally nothing that He grew up with.

   Without any ill-feeling,Rama obeyed His father's words and left to the forest.His brother Lakshama accompanied Him.These three youngsters now had to live in the forest.No facebook or whatsapp to send smileys and voice notes to the beloved ones.Totally isolated from the public.




  Things did not go all fine within this exile years.Surphanaka,the sister of the King of the wealthy utopia - Lanka caught a glimpse of Rama and fell in love with Him.He politely declined her proposal as He was already married.Surphanaka then threatened and even attempted to harm his wife,Sita whom she felt jealous about. His brother,Lakshama,defended and cut Surphanaka's nose away.



  Now,we can expect something big awaiting after a great Kingdom's princess got her nose cut ( literally ). Ravana,upon hearing his sister's narration about the incident,got interested by the beauty of Sita Devi.Using sly trickery,Ravana managed to kidnap Sita Devi in the absence of Sri Rama and Lakshamana.He also slayed Jatayu,the bird who tried rescuing Sita Devi.




  Rama and Lakshamana reached at the site of this scenario only to realise missing Sita,and a dying bird.Jatayu,the bird explained how this humongous and wicked demoniac king kidnapped Sita Devi and flew away in an aircraft ( Ravana was a genius in engineering and aeronautics- his plane was called Pushpaka Vimana.Well,what is the point of genius in a demonic attribute ? ).





   As if the exile was not enough, Rama had to lose his wife in a forest.And no idea of who Ravana was.No GPS.No CCTVs.Only a dying Jatayu and some jewelries of Sita Devi as evidence.





   Rama still did not break and give-up.He might have underwent sorrow and grief.But even then,He did what He had to do , at His best.He started to gather an army of vanaras ( monkey-like humanoids ) to wage a war against Lanka.This was also when He got into contact with Hanuman and Sugreeva.




   Waging a war against Lanka is no ordinary thing.Lanka during the Ramayana was an utopia - a land extremely rich in resources and wealth.Their demon king,Ravana was no ordinary man.He was a genius in many fields.Any modern day terrorist would be put to shame by Ravana.He was an expert in astronomy,aircraft technology,magic, and even scriptures.He was giant-built.He was also an extremist in Shiva worship.He wore several grandiose jeweleries including a chain made up of 365 shiva lingas. 




    Somehow,again,after many many incidences  :- such as Hanuman burning off Lanka,meeting Mother Sita,conveying messages between Rama and Sita Devi etc... Sri Rama and his troops built a bridge to Lanka ( with floating rocks ) and destroyed Ravana.

The war was no ordinary.Many lives were lost.Sri Rama almost lost his brother Lakshmana.Terrorising astras ( ancient weapons empowered by mantras ) sent the lands to shiver.Sri Rama won the demon from what he learnt from His guru.No special army training or war tutorials.



   Destiny did not let Him rest even then.After coming back to His Kingdom,Rama was put to more tests.His wife,Sita devi had to undergo agnipariksha ( a trial by fire ) to validate her chastity and purity.Rama could no longer play a single role of a husband.He was now again the ruler of Ayodhya.He had to play various roles according to dharma.

  


  After several incidents, Rama had to send His then pregnant wife to exile,in order to maintain the stability of His kingdom,due to certain conflicts going about in the public.In the forest,Sita Devi gives birth to twins - Lava and Kusa,who grew up to be valiant heroes.Sita Devi told them stories about their valiant father- Sri Rama and brought them up,though they themselves have not seen their father.




  Meanwhile,Lord Rama was playing the role of an emperor.He was no ordinary king.This is proven by the fact that He conducted the Ashwamedha Yagya.This is a unique sacrifice or yagya.The emperor lets his horse free for a year or so.Whichever land the horse ventures,it belongs to the emperor.The emperor wages a war with whoever who refuses to give his land conquered by the horse.This was an ancient practice of the kings.




  Eventually,Rama's horse conquered the lands owned by Lava And Kusha.Lava and Kusha,being Rama's children themselves,refused to give up their land.Hence,a war waged between Rama and His own children.The war was indeed intense.Lava and Kusha managed to defeat many of Rama's army and even Bharata ( His brother).They even tied up the mighty Hanuman.Alas,Rama Himself went to the battlefield.The battle was extremely intense that Rama was close to killing Lava and Kusha,until intervened by sage Valmiki.Only then does Rama realise that He had been fighting His own children all this while.Lava and Kusha were equally as shocked to realise that they had been fighting their own father-whom they idolised from childhood.





  Things did not subside to a happy ever after ending even then.Several events occurred where finally,Sita Devi sorts of 'immolates' herself by submerging into the Earth ( pleading mother earth to swallow her ) . Lord Rama then walks into River Sarayu and disappears (the end of His avataric mission).



 Rama,underwent severe turbulences and hardships.Yet He was always in a samadhic state.He was not elated by joy not depressed by sorrow.He acted according to dharma at all times.He never had a what we would call a 'successful' marriage life.Nor did He experience a joyful fatherhood.

  Today,Sri Rama is still being highly worshiped and revered.It is not that He saw much prosperity and success in His life.No.It is the state of godhood that He was always fixed in.

 Hence,even today,we glorify Rama as the embodiment of dharma.The Atma is indeed Rama and therefore,Rama is always referred to as 'atma-rama'.We must understand the significance of Rama beyond the form.

   Sri Rama is perhaps the biggest motivation I can ever think of.The way He responds to life is simply tear-inducing.No matter what happens in life,never deviate from righteousness or break.

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