Tuesday, 9 August 2016

378. Rama was told who he really was.

         The act of Seetha combined with the reaction of ALL the spectators seeing the action of Seetha made Rama pensive. 
Hearing the cries of these who were thus wailing, made Rama to become thoughtful. Afflicted as he was with melancholy, his eyes filled with tears.
Suddenly something seemed to be happening from the firmament. The people (human beings, rakshashas, vanaras and bears) in the ground were staring with amazement the arrival of a good lot of aerial cars landing on the grounds around them. Surprised exclamations were heard like 'That is Kubera',  'That is Yama', 'That is Indra', 'That is Varuna', 'That is Shiva', 'That is Brahma'. All those deities together with the ancestors of Rama approached Rama. Lifting their long arms, their hands decked with ornaments, they told in unison Rama, who was making  respectful salutations to them with his folded hands "How did you, the maker of the entire cosmos, the foremost among those endowed with knowledge and an all-capable person, ignore Seetha who was falling into the fire? How did you not recognize yourself to be the foremost of the troop of gods? Among the Vasus you are the Vasu, named R^itadhama (one whose abode is Truth or Divine) who was formerly the self-constituted ruler, the first creator of all the three worlds and the lord of creatures.
"You are the eighth Rudra among the eleven Rudras and the fifth ( Viryavan by name) among the Sadhyas (a particular class of celestials belonging to Gana Devata). The twin Aswinis are your ears. The sun and the moon constitute your eyes. O the destroyer of the adversaries. You are known to exist  at the beginning and at the end of creation. Yet, you ignored Seetha, just like a common man."
Rama replied them with all modesty "I think of myself as a human being, by name Rama, the son of Dasaratha. You, as gracious Divinities, tell me that what I  really am.”
 Brahma, wearing a smile on his face told Rama "O! My lord! If you desire us to tell you who you are, we, certainly will tell you so that everyone will come to know who you really are. You are the Lord Narayana himself the glorious god, who wields the discus. You are the Divine Boar with a single tusk, the conqueror of your past and future enemies.
"You are Brahma, the imperishable, the Truth abiding in the middle as well as at the end of the universe. You are the supreme righteousness of people, whose powers go everywhere. You are the four-armed. You are the wielder of a bow called Sarnga, the lord of the senses, the supreme soul of the universe, the best of men, the invincible, the wielder of the sword named Nandaka, the all- pervader, the bestower of happiness to the earth and endowed with great might.
"You are the leader of the army and the village headman. You are the intellect. You are the endurance and the subduer of the senses. You are the origin and the dissolution of all, Upendra the Divine Dwarf and the younger brother of Indra, as also the destroyer Madhu, the rakshash.
"You perform action for Indra, the lord of devas, the Supreme Ruler, the one having a lotus in one's navel and who puts an end to all in battle. The divine sages pronounce you to be fit to afford protection to all and the refuge for all.
"In the form of the Vedas, you are the great Bull with hundred heads (rules) and thousand horns (precepts). You are the first creator of all the three worlds, and the self constituted Lord of all. You are the refuge and the forbearer of Siddhas  and Sadhyas (a class of celestial beings).
"You are the sacrificial performance. You are the sacred syllable 'Vashat' (on hearing which the Adhvaryu priest casts the oblation to a deity into the sacrificial fire). You are the mystic syllable 'OM'. You are higher than the highest. People neither know your end nor your origin nor who you are in reality. You appear in all created beings like the cattle and in brahmanas. You exist in all quarters, in the sky, in mountains and in rivers.
"With thousand feet, with hundred heads and with thousand eyes along with Lakshmi the goddess of wealth, you bear the earth with all its created beings along with its mountains. O Rama! You appear as the great serpent in water, at the earth's bottom, bearing the three worlds, devas, Gandharvas and the Danavas.
"O Rama! I ( Brahma) am your heart. Saraswathi is your tongue. O lord! The gods created by Brahma are the hair on all your limbs. Night has been recognized as the closing of your eye-lids and the day, as the opening of eye-lids. The correct usages of your words are the Vedas. Bereft of you, this visible universe does not exist.
"The entire cosmos is your body. The earth constitutes your firmness. Fire is your anger. The moon constitutes your placidity. You are the bearer of the mark Srivatsa. In the past, the three worlds were occupied by you in your three strides, after binding the exceptionally formidable Bali and Indra was made the king by you.
"Seetha is no other than Goddess Lakshmi, while you are Lord Vishnu. You are having a shining dark-blue hue. You are the Lord of created beings. For the destruction of Ravana, you entered a human body here, on this earth.
"O Rama, the foremost among the supporters of righteousness! The aforesaid purpose of ours has been fulfilled. Ravana has been killed. Return to your divine abode, with a rejoice. O Lord! Unerring is your valour. Your exploits are never in vain. O Rama! Your blessed sight is powerful. The songs in praise of you never go in vain.
"Those humans who are full of devotion to you will never be unsuccessful on this earth. Those who are devoted to you, the primeval and the eternal lord, belonging to ancient times and the Supreme Person, will forever attain their desired objects here as well as hereafter. Humiliation will never be the plight of those humans who will recite this hymn in a divine ancient history, sung by Brahma, the foremost seer."

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