Guneet kaur, Lucknow
It’s not that people started worshiping Shri Ram after he appeared in the house of King Dasharatha in Awadhpuri. In fact, King Dilip, Kind Raghu and Kind Dasaratha’s father King Aja also used to worship Shri Ram. Besides being the son of King Dasharatha, Shri Ram is the consciousness that has been pervading in every bit of life, the name of the one who is exists in every being is ‘Ram’. Thousands and millions of years before the incarnation of Lord Ram, the glory of the name of Ram is found in the Vedas.
रमन्ते योगिनः यस्मिन् स रामः।
(Ramante yoginah yasmins ramah)
Meaning: The one in whom the mind of the yogi enjoys is called ‘Ram’
एक राम घट-घट में बोले,दूजो राम दशरथ घर डोले।
तीसर राम का सकल पसारा,ब्रह्म राम है सबसे न्यारा।।
(ek raam ghat-ghat mein bole, doojo raam dasharath ghar dole.
teesar raam ka sakal pasaara,brahm raam hai sabase nyaara)
Meaning: One Ram pervades in a whirlwind, One Ram Dashrath brought home.
One Ram is the creator of the universe, Brahma Ram is the most unique.
The disciple said: "Guru (teacher) According to your statement, there were four Rams. How so?"
Guru (teacher) asked the disciple to meditate and chant to understand the true meaning of the statement.
After doing spiritual practice the intellect of the disciple became subtle, then the Guru said:
जीव राम घट-घट में बोले।
ईश राम दशरथ घर डोले।
बिंदु राम का सकल पसारा।
ब्रह्म राम है सबसे न्यारा।।
(jeev raam ghat-ghat mein bole.
eesh raam dasharath ghar dole.
bindu raam ka sakal pasaara.
brahm raam hai sabase nyaara..)
Meaning: Life form of Ram pervades in hustle and bustle, God form of Ram pervades in the house of King Dasharatha, Point (Focal Point of everything) form of ram, and Brahm form of ram is the most unique.
The disciple said: "Gurudev! Jeev (Life), Ish (God), Bindu (Point)and Brahm, there still exists 4 Rams!
The Guru understood that after meditation and chanting, the disciples mind has become a little subtle, but the disciple could still see four Rams. The Guru then compassionately explained that: "Vats! Look, the sky in the pot, the sky in the monastery, the sky in the cloud and the vast sky above, these four are visible. If you remove all titles – Ghata (POT), Math (Monastery), and Megh (Cloud), then there is only one sky in all four. Similarly:
वही राम घट-घट में बोले।
वही राम दशरथ घर डोले।
उसी राम का सकल पसारा।
वही राम है सबसे न्यारा।।
(vahee raam ghat-ghat mein bole.
vahee raam dasharath ghar dole.
usee raam ka sakal pasaara.
vahee raam hai sabase nyaara..)
The ram that pervades in hustle and bustle, the Ram that pervades in King Dasharatha’s house, is the Ram that is the epicentre of the universe and Brahm (Creator) is the most unique. The ever existing awakend element that exists in every bit of life is Ram. The day when Lord Ram was born in the House of King Dasharatha and Queen Kaushalya, is celebrated as Shri Ram Navmi.
How is he – Lord Ram?
Lord Ram used to roam in “Kaivalya Gyan” (Kaivalya, is the ultimate goal of Raja yoga and means “solitude”, “detachment” or “isolation”, a vrddhi-derivation from kevala “alone, isolated”. It is the isolation of purusha from prakṛti, and liberation from rebirth, i.e., Moksha).He was the ideal son, ideal disciple, ideal friend and ideal enemy.
Ideal Enemy! Yes, there were ideal enemies, even the enemy could not live without praising him.
Legend has it that the right arm of Meghnad, who was killed by Lakshman ji, fell near Sati Sulochana. Sulochana said: 'If it is my husband's arm, then prove it by signing it.' The severed arm made the truth clear by signing it. Sulochana decided that 'I should become sati now' (Sati or suttee was a historical Hindu practice, in which a widow sacrificed herself by sitting atop her deceased husband's funeral pyre). But the dead body of the husband was lying in the Ram-Dal. Then how could she be sati! When she asked her father-in-law, Ravana, to get the body of her husband, saying his intention, Ravana replied: "Goddess! You yourself go to the Ram-Dal and get the body of your husband. You should not be afraid to go to the society in which Bal Brahmachari Shri Hanuman, Param Jitendriya Shri Lakshmana and Ekpatnivrati Lord Shri Ram are present. I am sure you will not be returned disappointed by these admired great men." When Ravana was saying these things to Sulochana, some ministers were also sitting beside him. They said: "How far is it appropriate for your daughter-in-law to go to the Ashok Vatika, whose wife you have taken as a captive? If she goes, will she be able to return safely?"
Hearing this, Ravana said: "Ministers! It seems your intellect has been destroyed. Hey! It is the work of Ravana who can keep another's woman as a captive in his house, not of Ram."
Blessed is the divine character of Shri Ram, which even the enemy believes and does not tire of praising! Despite being divine, the holy character of Lord Shri Ram is so simple that man can follow him even in his life if he wants.