Sri Sathya Sai Baba
The Rama Prinicle is manifested in the
Gayatri Mantra. Rama is the
embodiment of three aspects of time. He is the Lord of the three
worlds and is the embodiment of the three Gunas. Hence, Sri Rama is
the indwelling spirit in every being.
Ramanavami i wen nature puts on her new vesture after shedding the
old. Rama thus represents all that is beautiful in nature.
Rama is the supreme example of how people should conduct themselves
in the world, how a country should be governed, how the integrity
and morality of human beings should be protected. High-minded
actions, ideal qualities, and sacred thoughts are basic foundations
of character. Rama is the very embodiment of these three attributes.
The Wheel of Personal Success
The Rama Principle is a combination of the Divine in the human and
the human in the Divine. The inspiring story of Rama presents the
triple ethical code relating to the individual, the family and the
society. If society is to progress properly, the family should be
happy, harmonious and united. For unity in the family, the
individuals composing it must have a spirit of sacrifice.
Rama is immanent in the entire cosmos. Rama is present everywhere.
Hence you have to love all, serve all... then one becomes eligible
for Rama's grace.
Rama Rajya is the reign of morality, truth and virtues. 'Rama
Rajya' means that which engenders
where there is no ill will towards anybody.
The True Essence of Rama
Rama is a symbol of
sacrifice, a model of brotherhood, an ideal administrator, and a warrior
unparalleled. The term Rama
Rajya stands for the most exalted concept of a welfare state.
Rama was not only divine; he was invested with the highest values of an
enriched tradition started by Raghu. The essence of Rama is therefore the
essence of excellence in every pursuit.
As an avatara Rama had to
enact his 'leela' in human form. As a child he let Kaushalya enjoy the
divine pleasure of treating him as a child, but he wanted her to share a
cosmic vision of his real self. Goswami Tulsidas describes that once
Kaushalya bathed and fed Rama and placed him in his cradle. Then she
prepared prasad and offered it to the Kuldevata in the puja room. She went
and checked if the child was sleeping. He was. She went to complete the puja
and found Rama there, eating the prasad.
Kaushalya ran back to the
cradle to find the child was asleep. But when she returned to the puja room,
he was there, eating the prasad. She was dumbfounded. Then Rama revealed to
her his swarupa, the universe itself, where birth and death, time and
space, causality and effect were a seamless One. A bewildered Kaushalya
prayed that she be allowed to see Rama as a child and nothing more.
Infinitely compassionate, the Lord consented.
The principle of humanity is yet another essence of being Rama.
When the ways of crossing the ocean were being discussed, and it was
suggested that Rama should make the ocean dry up, he resisted. With great
humility Rama initiated a puja to placate the sea god to allow for an
opening. Three days passed but the sea god was unrelenting. Then Rama
decided to use his divine astras, and dry up the ocean. This made the god
appear before him. With folded hands he entreated Rama not to dry the ocean,
as it would mean death to all sea creatures. The compassion of Rama made the
sea god suggest the expertise of Nala and Neela to bridge the ocean.
Rama, before crossing the
ocean, installed the Shivalingam at Rameswaram, and said: "The Mahakaal is
dear to me". Once he defeated Ravana, Rama anointed Vibheeshana as the king.
Traditionally the victor had the right to the riches and the kingdom, but
Rama was uninterested.
It has been said of
Rama's reign in Ayodhya, "... it was
such that no suffering of a mental, bodily or or physical nature afflicts in
citizens. There is no animus and every one is conscious of his duty. There
is no poverty, no untimely death, no want. The forests are lush and the
Rama's philosophy was that the ultimate
Dharma was doing good to
the people. There was no greater adharma than causing others to suffer. When
people do not perform heir duties according to their dharma, they do not get
the right results. Out of ignorance, they blame the cosmic scheme for their
misfortunes. Rama in the Uttarkand speaks of action that seeks no
reward, conduct which seeks no fruit, and faith which seeks no expectation.
Despite his divine nature,
Rama the prince requested Sage Vasistha to explain to him the nature of the
universe and the real truth of 'Being'. This great treatise, known as the
Yoga Vasistha or the Maharamayana, is one of the clearest expositions of
the core of Vedanta, holding that only
Consciousness, the real truth, is the
essence of Brahman.