Introduction to Lord Rama

Lord Rama in battle
Lord Rama fighting the evil

Lord Ram also known as Ramachandra, is the seventh avatar of the god Vishnu who took birth at Ayodhya as the son of Kaushalya and Raja Dashrath (The ruler of Kosala Kingdom) and was eldest sibling to his 3 brothers Lakshmana, Bharata, and Shatrughna. Despite being born in a royal family, Lord Rama’s life was still exposed to challenges by unexpected changes such as an exile into impoverished and difficult circumstances, questions of principles and righteous choices.

Of all their life events, the most notable well knowns is the kidnapping of his wife Sita by demon-king Ravana. Lord Rama along with his brother Laxmana and other supporters gained Sita’s freedom and destroyed Ravana against great odds with their determination and wisdom. The entire life story of Rama, Sita and their companions is written in from of an epic ‘Ramayana’ and it symbolically discusses duties, rights and social responsibilities of an individual, demonstrating dharma and righteous living through characters involved in the saga.

Lord Rama’s life story is iconic and offers a better understanding of world and the nature of life. His life symbolizes the characteristics of an ideal person and because of which he is also termed as ‘Maryada Purushottama’. Having all the righteousness and was always fulfilling his moral duties, Rama is considered as the best of upholders of Dharma. Rama’s life regularly showcases that one must pursue and live life fully, that all three life aims are equally important: virtue (dharma), love (kama), and legitimate acquisition of wealth (artha). Lord Rama’s tale teaches us that one must introspect and never neglect what one’s proper duties, appropriate responsibilities, true interests and legitimate pleasures are.

Important things to learn from Lord Rama:

  1. Keeping the honor of word: Lord Rama accepts to go on an exile to keep his father words as Raja Dashrath has already given his words to Kaikeyi.
  2. Not to have extreme pride of your skills: Lord Rama was the best archer around but he never had pride in his skill. Unlike Arjuna (from Mahabharat) who had extreme pride in his archery skills which killed him on the journey to heaven.
  3. Pertinence Of Righteousness:  Lord Rama took every step in his life to be truthful and righteous from leaving his kingdom of Ayodhya to asking his wife Sita for Agnipariksha. Even though he was in grief to have asked Sita to undergo the terrible test but to protect her respect and to prove her purity in front of his whole kingdom, he had to take the action.
  4. Be Loyal To Your Spouse: Lord Rama left no stones unturned when it came to rescuing his wife Sita from the Demon King, Ravana.
  5. Being Gentle and Compassionate: Lord Rama lived a princely life till he grew up but being a king of Suryavanshi clan he did not hesitate while eating fruits (ber), which were already tasted by a poor old woman named Shabri.

More About Lord Rama

 

Lord Ram is the seventh Avatar of Lord Vishnu and is also known by his other names such as Ramachandra (beautiful, lovely moon), or  Raghava (descendant of Raghu, solar dynasty in Hindu cosmology), or Dasarathi(son of Dasaratha). The remaining manuscripts of Balakhanda section of the Ramayana describes his education and training similar to that of a young prince.  Rama is portrayed as a polite, self-controlled, virtuous youth always ready to help others. His education included the Vedas, the Vedangas as well as the martial arts.

As he is an avator of Lord Vishnu, his name come at the 394th place in Vishnu Sahasranama. Lord Rama’s rule over Ayodhya was regarded as its golden period and is termed as “Ram Rajya”, which extended for a period of eleven thousand years!

The Death of Lord Rama – Rama would have never died as Hanuman wouldn't allow Yama to enter Ayodhya to claim Rama. To divert Hanuman’s attention Rama dropped his ring through a crack in floor and sends Hanuman to fetch it back. Going down, Hanuman reached the land of serpents and asked the King for Rama’s ring. The king showcases Hanuman a vault filled with rings, all of which were Rama’s. He tells shocked Hanuman that when in the cycle of time a Rama is to die he drops a ring down the crack so as to divert Hanuman from his guard.