Sree Rama Navami

HE WHO CAME AS RAMA

HE WHO CAME AS KRISHNA

HE HIMSELF HAS COME AS

RAMAKRISHNA

I offer my heartfelt prayers and express my gratefulness to the Lord for having placed me on the soils sanctified by the foot prints of Lord Rama.

Sage Valmiki states in his work Ramayana that Lord Ramachandra passed one night in the city of Vaisali on his way to Janakpura (Mithila)and enjoyed the hospitality of the then ruling king, Sumati.  This historical city of Vaishali, the land of world’s first democratic republic, is situated 30 kms from Muzaffarpur.  The route to the city of Vaishali from the ashrama of Viswamitra known as “Charitra-vana” (the present Buxar) is described in Ramayana as, from Charitra-vana to the Sona river, a journery of 12 hours, then along the Sona’s west bank northwards, a journey of 6 hours, to where Sona joins the Ganga, thence crossing Ganga to its north bank where lay Vaishali city.  The landing place of Sri Rama on the north bank appears to have been Hajipur from where Rama had a glimpse of the towers of Vaishali, a beautiful, celestial capital of Vaishali rajas.  This landing place of Rama is said to be the present Rama temple to the west of Hajipur.  It is also believed that the Lord visited for 3 nights the Gajendra-moksha-tirtha in Visalaksetra, which is now marked by the Sonepur temple.  Proceeding north from Vaishali, Rama, Lakshmana and Viswamitra came to Ahalyasrama (modern Ahisri) 24 miles south of Janakpur and saw Mithila city (the present Janakpur in Nepal).

The seeds of spiritual power sown by the foot prints of Lord Himself in this land of Vaishali are still yielding its fruits in the form of love for His holy name and holy life story. 

“Our life-blood is spirituality.  If it flows clear, if its flows strong and pure and vigorous, everything is right; political, social, any other material defects, even the poverty of the land, will all be cured if that blood is pure” says Vivekananda.  Swamiji had uttered these words after travelling the length and breadth of the whole country.  Those words uttered 100 years ago are applicable today and will hold good in all the days to come.  The unlettered ones forget themselves in listening to Ram katha and reciting his holy name.  His name is the “taraka mantra”.   Lord Shiva utters this mantra in the ears of the departed ones in Varanasi and gives final liberation to the departed souls.   Thus, the name of the Lord is mightier than the Lord Himself.

 

The Lord, in his Avatara as Rama, showed the ways of following the values of human life.   In the whole of Ramayana, Hanuman tells Sita on two occasions about Rama’s avatara.  The sloka is as follows:

Raksita svasya dharmasya, svajanasya ca raksita

Raksita jiva lokasya, dharmasya ca parantapa.

 

“Sri Rama is the protector of svasya dharma (his own dharma).  He is the protector of svajana (those who seek his refuge).  He is the protector of jivaloka (every created being in the universe).  He is protector of Dharma.”

In this sloka, the word ‘svasya’ refers to dharma as a kshatriya prince whereas at the end the word ‘dharma’ refers to the concept of dharma in the largest sense.   The Lord has laid down the rules of good conduct for the world, by precept and example.

 

In her farewell blessing to her son, Kausalya says that Rama followed the way of Dharma, not only with discipline but also with Preeti or love.

The role of Rama and Sita in the relation of husband and wife covers some of the finest pages of the epic.  She says to Kausalya:” How can a veena produce music without strings or a chariot move without wheels?  So a wife, even if she has a hundred sons, cannot attain happiness without a husband.  A woman receives affection from a father, a brother, or a son, there is always a limit, but when the affection proceeds from her husband, it knows no limit.”  

 

While she was in the clutches of Ravana, as she used to sit for meditation with the image of Rama in her heart, she saw neither the flowering trees around her nor the Rakshasas in Lanka, for her mind and heart were fixed on her beloved lord and she saw him alone and nothing else.

 

About this limitless affection of her Lord she says to Hanuman,” Neither to his father nor to his mother, nor to any one else, is my Lord’s affection shown in a measure either superior or equal to what he showers on me.  It is the recollection of this unbounded affection of my dear Lord that sustains my life, in this dreadful ordeal and in the hope that some tidings of his will reach me.”

 

The Lord’s birth and as well his marriage with Sita are celebrated throughout the globe on Rama Navami day.  Rama is our Self while Mother Sita is our intellect.  It is with the help of our intellect we give up the non-essential ones and experience our true self.

 

The all-pervading supreme power assuming a human form is called the Avatar.  By his mere look, wish or touch people are saved.

 

These memorable references about the establishment of dharma prove the loving title in which he is addressed – Ramo vigrahavan Dharma.    

 

This Maryadha purusha Rama has come again and lived on the earth in the year 1836, in the city of Kolkata, in the divine form of Bhagavan Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa. 

 

“He who came as Rama, he who came as Krishna, He Himself has come now as Ramakrishna”.  These were the words of Bhagavan  Sri Ramakrishna Himself.

 

Nistarini, wife of Shri Navagopal Ghosh, an ardent devotee of Sri Ramakrishna,  had the darshan of Lord Rama while she was doing her prayers.  Nistarini bowed down and when she got up, it was Sri Ramakrishna whom she saw.  Sri Ramakrishna then asked her,”do you know by now, who I am?”

 

A holy man of Ramavat community once visited Dakshineshwar.  His devotion to Lord Rama brought life to the image Rama.  But the child Rama always remained with Sri Sri Thakur.  After many days the sadhu decided to leave Dakshineshwar leaving behind his child Ram with Sri Sri Thakur.  Since then Ramlala had been with the Master Himself.

 

On another occasion a different sadhu visited Dakshineshwar with a water pot and a book.  He used to worship that book daily with flowers and one day the Master asked him to lend him the book.  Inside the book he saw that the only thing written in it with red ink in big letters, was “Aum Rama”.  The visiting sadhu said: “What is the use of reading a large number of books?  It is from the one divine Lord that the Vedas and Puranas have come out; He and His name are non-separate.  Therefore, what is contained in the four Vedas, the eighteen puranas and all the other scriptures, is there in any one of His names.  That is why His name is my only companion.  Such was the Sadhu’s faith in the name of God!

Once, a devotee of Lord Rama visited Dakshineswar.  It happened after the Maha Samadhi of Sri Sri Thakur.   The devotee got the information that his chosen God Ramachandra has again taken birth in another form and living in Kolkata.  But when informed about Sri Sri Thakur’s Maha Samadhi, he started weeping and crying.  After a few days, Ramlal saw him full of happiness.  Asked about the reason, he told that Sri Sri Thakur appeared and also fed him.   He also showed the bowl given by Sri Sri Thakur to him.

 

May the invocation “Sri Rama Jayam-Victory to Sri Rama” be constantly on the lips of us all as the guiding star!

 

I pray to the Lord to make our hearts the permanent abode of Him in place of wasting our short life span trying to raise a temple with bricks.  

 

 Swami Nishthatmananda of Muzaffarpur
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3 Responses to “Sree Rama Navami”

  1. Hamsa Kumar Says:

    Salutations to Bhavawan Shri Ramakrishna
    What a vivid description about the unknown and unknowable consciousness in the evolved in the human form The Great Master .. Shri Ramakrishna Dev.. who has sanctified the whole earth….thanks for all the narrations….
    Jai Ho to Shri Ramakrishna…

  2. Hamsa Kumar Says:

    Salutations to Bhagawan Shri Ramakrishna
    What a vivid description about the unknown and unknowable consciousness evolved in the human form flesh and blood.. the Great Master..Shri Ramakrishna Dev..who has sanctified the whole earth…thanks for all the narrations…
    Jai Ho Shri Ramakrishna..

  3. nishthatmananda Says:

    Thanks Mr.Hamsa Kumar for the positive feed back. If any word of mine has helped you to go nearer towards the Lord, I pass on the credit to that Lord Himself and remain grateful towards Him for having chosen me as His instrument for doing His work.

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