Sri Ram Navami
April 19, 2013
Sri Ram Navami is celebrated to proclaim the birth of Lord Rama, the
seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The nineth day (Navami) in the
bright fortnight of the Hindu lunar month of Chaitra is referred to as
Ram Navami. On this day, when the five planets and the sun, etc. were in
the first house of cancer at noon along with the lunar asterism Pushya,
Ramachandra was born in Ayodhya. Several temples of Lord Rama celebrate
this festival for nine days beginning from the first day (pratipada) of
Chaitra. It is celebrated by periodic readings (parayans) of the
Ramayan, organising spiritual discourses (kirtans) and beautifully
embellishing Lord Rama's idol. On the ninth day, a
spiritual discourse on Lord Rama's birth is held.
At noon, a coconut, draped in a hooded cloak is placed in a cradle and
rocked. The coconut signifies the baby Lord Rama. A red, fragrant powder
(gulal) and flowers are showered onto it. Many places in North India
host fairs in connection with the festival, culminating in spectacular
fireworks on Rama Navami.
Rama was the Lord Vishnu Himself, incarnate on earth for the destruction of Ravana. He
was well accomplished, beautiful and endowed with royal marks. His glory and prowess were
unlimited. He was peerless on earth. He was free from malice. He was gentle. He was the
protector of all His people. He always addressed them in gentle words. He never used any
harsh words even when somebody provoked Him. He held sway over the whole world.
Let Sri Rama be your ideal. Ideals are remembered and adored for the purpose of
adopting them in your own life. The Ram Navami celebration or the Vasanta Navaratri every
year is an opportune period for us to saturate ourselves with the spirit of Lord Rama. We
love and adore our ideals because we express thereby our yearning to unite with them. In
our worship of God it is implied that we should be virtuous, good and perfect even as God
is. Hence the wise instruction: "One should become divine in order to be able to
worship God". One cannot be a real worshipper of Lord Rama unless one makes an honest
attempt to grow in the virtues that the Lord represents. On the other hand, worship of
Lord Rama is itself the surest means to develop such virtues.
One who approaches Sri Rama with love and worshipfulness becomes large-hearted, pure in
spirit, good-natured and dispassionate in thought, word and deed. A true devotee of Lord
Rama is His representative, with His power and His knowledge.
Sri Ram ~ Jai Ram ~ Jai Jai Ram
Lord Rama was the prince of the Ikshvaku race. He was virtuous and of great strength.
He was the Lord of the mind and the senses. Brave and valiant, He was yet gentle and
modest. He was a sage in counsel, kind and sweet in speech, and most courteous and
handsome in appearance. He was the master of all the divine weapons, and a great warrior.
Ever devoted to the good and prosperity of His kingdom and His subjects, He was a defender
of the weak and the protector of the righteous. Endowed with numerous wondrous powers of
the mind, He was well versed in all sciences--in military science as well as the science
of the Self.
Deep and unfathomed like the ocean, firm and steadfast like the Himalayan mountains,
valiant like Lord Vishnu, He was the joy of Kaushalya. Though fierce like fire on the
battlefield, He was calm like the cool breeze of the Mandara Hills, patient like Mother
Earth, bounteous like the god of wealth and righteous like the lord of justice himself. In
the pains and the griefs of His people, His heart swiftly sympathised with the sufferers.
In the festive scenes which held them in joy, He like a father, shared their joys. By His
honour and heroism, as well as by His gentleness and love for His subjects, He greatly
endeared Himself to the hearts of His people. Such a great person was the Lord Rama!
Lord Rama was the best of men with a sterling character. He was the very image of love.
He was an ideal son, an ideal brother, an ideal husband, an ideal friend and an ideal
king. He can be taken to embody all the highest ideals of man. He led the ideal life of a
householder to teach the tenets of righteousness to humanity. He ruled His people so well
that it came to be known as Ram-Rajya, which meant the rule of righteousness, the rule
which bestows happiness and prosperity on all.
The noblest lesson embodied in the Ramayana* is the supreme importance of
righteousness in the life of every human being. Righteousness is the spiritual spark of
life. Cultivation of righteousness is the process of unfoldment of the latent divinity in
man. The glorious incarnation of the Supreme Being in the form of Lord Rama has
exemplified the path of righteousness. Let mankind follow His footsteps and practise the
ideals cherished by Him, for it is only thus that there can be everlasting peace,
prosperity and welfare in this world.
None but the righteous can be truly happy. None but he who has the correct sense of
duty and the will for its implementation can be said to live worthily. One must be imbued
with a definite conviction about the supremacy of moral principles, ethical values and
spiritual ideals. These ought to guide one's day-to-day actions and serve as powerful
means for the culture of the human personality. That is the purpose of life. That is the
way to Self-realisation. That is the message and the mission of Lord Rama's life on earth.
To a devotee, Sri Rama is not simply a good and a great person, but God Himself. Rama
was the son of King Dasaratha of Ayodhya, but He is also the divine omnipresent,
omnipotent and omniscient God. The destruction of the ten-headed Ravana signifies the
annihilation of the mind or the ten senses. Worship of Lord Rama is worship of the
all-pervading Godhead Himself. Devotion to God is not a simple emotion. It is the result of intense dispassion and
purity of heart and attitude. One should strive to possess the good qualities
that are extolled in the Ramayana and exemplified in the life of Lord Rama.
* An ancient Sanskrit epic poem forming an important part of the Hindu faith and ascribed to sage Valmiki who is regarded as India's first poet. It depicts the duties of relationships, portraying ideal characters
like the ideal father, ideal servant, the ideal brother, the ideal wife
and the ideal king.
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Sri Ram ~ Jai Ram ~ Jai Jai Ram
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