The paths shown by Rama

How to live in this Iron Age Kaliyuga? Lord Rama had shown us the way by Himself living thousands of years ago at Tretayuga. The relationship between father and son, teacher and student, husband and wife, ruler and his citizens and the importance of brotherhood have all been well portrayed, Damal Sri Ramakrishnan said in a speech.

In Balakanda, when Dasaratha told his son Rama to go to the forest with the sage Viswamitra, he did not even utter a single word of dissent but happily agreed. He listened to the advice of Viswamitra who told him to kill the demoness Tataka. He never bragged about it after killing her but politely told the sage “what else should I do”. It shows the respect and reverence a student should extend to his guru or preceptor.

In Ayodhya Kanda, when his mother-in-law Kaikeyi said he must go to the forest for 14 years as ordered by King Dasaratha, Rama was unfazed. He accepted it wholeheartedly. He said there shouldn’t be a duel between brothers for property reasons. “We have to make sacrifices to maintain peace in the family,” Rama said.

In Aranya Kanda, Rama assured the sages that he would save them from Ravana.

Through the treaty with the leader of the Monkey Legion Sugreeva, he established the importance of friendship in Kishkinda Kanda.

In Sundara Kanda, when Sita was overcome with grief while being held captive by Ravana in Ashoka Vanam, by sending Hanuman as her messenger, Sita was consoled and given confidence instilled in her by Hanuman that Rama would come and bring her back. It only shows that God would never let down anyone who prayed sincerely to Him.

He gave asylum to the person who came from the enemy camp. By accepting Vibhishana, Ravana’s brother, Rama established the concept of surrender in Yuddha Kandam.