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Friday, April 29, 2016

Cosmic Mother

"Aryaputra, you are a virtuous man, an idol for the entire civilization. But, if given a thought, you are following adharm, though you are far away from any grief and lust so you have a choice to escape this adharm. I honor and respect you with all my heart that is why I am preaching you about it; hunting the demons without any enmity or killing any being without any cause or offence is not dharm. We are in exile and violence is totally a contrast subject"
{Valmiki Ramayan; Aranya Kaand; Chapter:9}

Its very rare to come across with such conversations. A wife preaches her husband; whom she respects the most, that too about his duties involving righteousness. Only a woman who is well versed with scriptures and is aware of dharm can do so. But that's our heritage, a wife had all liberty to express her opinion as well as to counsel her spouse, if she felt the need for so. Here the woman I am mentioning is no one else but Devi Sita. A true companion without whom, the sole purpose of Ramavtar; extinction of Raavarn, wouldn't have been possible. 

The reason why Ramayan is not just about Ram, but SiyaRam:

{Image Source: Sanjay patel}

Let's see what Valmiki Ramyan says about her:

  • She was an "ayonija", one who is not born from the womb. She didn't have any biological parent but appeared miraculously on Earth.
  • King Janak found her while ploughing a field. The front part of the plough, 'sita' got stuck with a box and there the king found her and hence named her 'Sita'.
  • She is famously and majorly believed to be the incarnation of Bhagwati Lakshmi, consort of Bhagwan Vishnu. 
  • Valmiki Ramayan also mentions her as Vishnu's 'shakti', jagatmata i.e. mother of the cosmos.
  • She is also believed to be the reincarnation of Vaidvati, an ascetic who did penance to obtain Bhagwan Vishnu.
Devi Sita's appearance is briefly described in the Valmiki Ramayan. Her resplendent contour was unmatched to any woman of that era. When Shri Ram annihilated Khar, the latter's commander, Akampan reached Lanka and informed him about Sita's enchantment, he advised to abduct her in order to avenge Khar. Raavarn himself was dumbfounded when he saw the first sight of her and appreciated her unparalleled beauty.

She was a firm woman with an unbowed attitude. A profound scholar who had excelled in vaidas and scriptures. Like the culture in those times, she had complete liberty to give her opinions, on the same time she was humble and respectful to her elders and caring to the youngers. Her love and devotion towards Shri Ram can be understood by the incident as when Shri Ram informed her about the exile and asked her to be in Ayodhya, she almost burst out at him with the fear of being distanced from him.

While in the exile, she stayed devoted to Shri Ram and when he promised the sages protection from the terrifying rakshasas, she didn't hesitate to preach him(her only concern being, if anything might happen to Shri Ram in spite of being aware of his vigor). Another illustration of her intellect was there in the Sunder Kaand, where she expresses her plight to Hanuman in a manner that an educated person does. Hanuman himself was an acclaimed scholar and not everybody could converse with him for longer. But Sita ji, in spite of her sorrows was able to converse with him about the situations.

But her prominence came during the golden-deer episode, where the real twist happened. When Mareech was eliminated by Shri Ram and the demon shouted Sita's and Lakshmarn's name in latter's voice, she asked Lakshmarn to go for Shri Ram's help. Lakshmarn tried to explain that no one in the world could harm Shri Ram. There, in order to send Lakshmarn away from the hermitage and to make her abduction successful, she turned into someone that shocked Lakshmarn. She alleged him of being Bharat's agent and reprimanded him for not helping Ram. She went so negative that she even charged him for having an bad eye on her. Hurt, Lakshmarn left the hermitage and went to look for Shri Ram. 
Devi Sita never doubted Lakshamrn, but to make her and Ram's plan work, she had to do so, else Lakshmarn would never left her form his sight. This was proven when Raavarn came in the sage's guise, Sita ji gave her introduction along with Shri Ram Lakshmarn and regarded the latter for his devotion.

Yet Sita's character had been portrayed week and timid by many, perhaps they never understood her ploy. She remained unmoved and determined in spite of Raavarn's riches and the threats he posed on her. She even rebuked the demon-king at times being firm on her devotion. That is the reason why she refused Hanuman's request to carry her to Shri Ram. She remained in Lanka and watched the fall of the Rakshas-Empire till the end of Raavarn. She even saved Hanuman from getting burnt during Lanka-Dahan, how, we shall discuss later.

The legend of Sita has more aspects that cannot be covered in a single post. We still have a lot of questions that remain unanswered. Who is she in actual; 'aadishakti', Lakshmi or Vaidvati, are these names identical or was she someone else. But to understand it, we need to understand the Ramayan further  with its characters and dharmWe will surely find our answers in one of my forthcoming posts, we will also examine the episodes of Agni-Pariksha and Vaidvati and found our answers in near future.
Till then, be proud; we deserve to be.

Here, the first season of Ram-Janki series is concluded. I am thankful to you from the bottom of my heart as your love and support has made it possible for me to go on with the legend of SiyaRam. We will get started with the next season soon, until then, you may connect with me anytime.

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Friday, April 22, 2016

The Underrated

We are approaching towards the end of my blog-posts of the first season with today's blog that will be followed by the last post next week. In this journey we have came along well, knowing Ramayan with a whole new perspective. We gained cognizance of our glorious past that is perpetual but was discarded due to false perceptions, those being imposed on us from centuries making us believe that we are inferior and backward. Various myths and taboos were challenged with apposite reasoning and we finally have a different point of view to understand the characters of Ramayan. Above all, we got closer to Shri Ram, realizing his divinity, his transcendence.

My apologies for not being there for so long. Been busy with my maiden book's launch. With your blessings and support, #RamAeon is trending in the social circles and my book is now available on Amazon:

{Book Cover: Acharya Shri}

In today's post, we will try to know the characters of the saga, those were sidelined or barely revered:

  • Kaushalya - Wife of King Dashrath, mother of Shri Ram. She was among the three prime queens of Ayodhya and revered as 'rajmata'. King Dashrath's senior most queen belonged to the kingdom of Southern-Koshal, another kingdom of Suryavanshees. She was an ardent devotee of Bhagwan Vishnu and was known for her composedness and austere lifestyle. When Shri Ram informed her about the exile, like any loving mother, she went went in distress; but soon she recovered from her state of mind and guided both Shri Ram and Devi Sita along with Lakshmarn to live a restrained life in the exile period. In the times of despair, she was always present to counsel in the spiritual matters to Bharat and Shatrughan.

  • Sumitra - Among the three wives of Dashrath and mother of Lakshmarn and Shatrughan. Sumitra was the princess of Kashi and an ardent devotee of Bhagwan Shiv, she was considered to be the wisest of all the queens. Where Kaushalya was spiritual and calmed in nature and Kaikeyi was an skilled warrior princess and aggressive in nature, Sumitra was a balanced woman and an expert in management of kingdom affairs. She was devoted to both Kaushalya and Kaikeyi and that is why, she happily sent Lakshmarn on exile with Shri Ram and Devi Sita so that he can serve them well. Shatrughan often consulted her in managing the kingdom affairs. 
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  • Shatrughan - The youngest amongst the four princes, Shatrughan never came in the limelight. Yet his devotion towards Bharat can never be ignored, that was similar in the same way Lakshmarn was devoted towards Shri Ram. He was married to Shrutkirti, cousin of Devi Sita, with whom he fathered two sons, Subahu and Shatrughati. In the whole exile period of fourteen years, it was he who took care of Ayodhya like an ideal ruler; but in a role of the caretaker. Though Bharat, kaushalya and Sumitra guided him from time to time but it was certainly he who looked after the whole kingdom proficiently in an authoritative way. He brought Manthara to justice presenting her in front of Bharat knowing what sin she committed.
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Shatrughan is also known for eliminating Lavanasur, king of Madhupuri(today's Mathura). Lavnasur was a tremendous demon who owned the trident of Bhagwan Shiv and hence was invincible. He was also the nephew of Raavarn and like him, was a menace to the beings. After killing him, Shatrughan reinstalled Mathura and ruled the kingdom with righteousness.

Now, after going with the above stated descriptive, we can understand the importance of every character to a legend. It were they, who made Ramayan one of the greatest epic serving Shri Ram in accomplishing his divine purpose. Hence, their contribution cannot be disregarded. In our next season, we will continue to explore more characters of the epic. Till then, be proud.

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Saturday, April 16, 2016

The 7th Incarnation

The moment has finally arrived. With the advent of the Great Lord yesterday at Ram Navmi, my debut book; The 7th Incarnation, is now available for your read.

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