Qualities of Lord

Namaste to readers and fellow bloggers,

Today I chose to write something different than my usual content. Let me know, if you enjoyed reading.

There is hardly any doubt that whenever anyone in India would be asked to recite some verse from Bhagavad Gita, majority of them would land up in mentioning below two verses

yada yada hi dharmasya
glanir bhavati bharata
abhyutthanam adharmasya
tadatmanam srjamy aham

 paritranaya sadhunam
vinasaya ca duskrtam
dharma-samsthapanarthaya
sambhavami yuge yuge

I am not sure that how many of them will know the real meaning of these verses. For that matter, even I was oblivious of the meanings till few years back. But somehow got to know  and on this auspicious day of Ramnavami, when Lord Ramchandra manifested himself in this world, I thought of writing about it.

In these two slokas (verses) Lord mentions the reason why he appears in this material creation. The reasons why He came can be concluded from the verse as..

Lord comes,

  1. Whenever there is decline in religiousness and irreligion rises
  2. To deliver those who are pious and
  3. To annihilate the miscreants

So in Hinduism, we are aware that Lord had ten incarnations called as Dashavatar. If we would study a bit it about these incarnations, then we will surely find that every time when he came,  above three criterion were satisfied.

Lord Ramchandra came in Treta Yuga, and whatever happened after that, is an epic and known to all Indians (not only Hindus), at least the overall story. So I am not going to tell you about the story of Ramayan. My purpose of this writing is to remember the qualities that Lord had displayed during his stay on this planet. He was an ideal as He was Lord himself. So we cannot imitate or emulate him, but by knowing his qualities, surely we can try to follow his footstep. So today is Ramnaumi and taking the cue from the Ninth day of the Chaitra Month, I tried to write nine out of innumerable qualities of Lord in short. However I am not competent to describe the glory of him, yet I gave it a try.

ram ji
Credit: ISKCON
  1. A Perfect Son: Nowhere in the world you wouldcome across a story where a son in his youthful stage left all his lavishness and luxuries of kingdom and spent 14 years in exile, faced innumerable hardship as Ram did and that too just for the sake of keeping his father’s word. Even though he knew his stepmother is the culprit for all his adversity, yet no where we come across an incident where he has raised a voice of disrespect against her.
  1. A Perfect Brother: When Lord Ram got to know that her stepmother wanted to coronate his son Bharat as Crown prince of Ayodhya, even though Lord had exclusive right over throne. Yet, he readily agreed to the proposal and left for the forest as if he was relinquishing a blade of grass. The same love was from the other side too. All three younger brothers were so attached to Ram that they were even ready to accept death but not the separation from him. Till today the brother’s relationship between Ram and Bharat is revered in India.
  1. A Perfect Student: Ram had formal education in ashram of Vashishta and Vishwamitra. Both the teachers taught the intricacies of diplomacy, weaponry, politics etc. Lord Ram excelled in all the discipline and was revered by them as well.
  1. A perfect Husband: Lord Ram is known as Maryada Purushottam, a supreme in Virtue. When polygamy was prevalent in that era especially among the Kings and Kshatriya (warrior class), he vowed and later observed that he will have only one wife in his life. When Mother Sita was taken away to Lanka by Ravana, Ram was so tormented and agonized that he saw her in trees, in stones, in rivers etc. As her presence was unknown, he was helpless and asked about her from birds and the animals of Dandakaranya. Later when he got to know that Ravan has kidnapped her, with meager of resources and army of Monkeys and Bears he attacked mighty Ravan(from whom even Indra, king of Demigods, was affraid) and defeated him in war and brought back Maa Sita home
  1. A perfect Friend: His friendship was conspicuous when he assisted Sugriva, who was on the weaker side and made him the King of Kiskindha. The story of his friendship with the King of Nishad is well known and highly revered.
  1. A perfect Enemy: As we know that he was a perfect friend, at the same time he was a perfect enemy of the devils and miscreants since the childhood. As stated earlier one of the reasons that he came to the earth was to destroy the evil force. So he killed many demons who used to trouble the Sadhus or the Saints . Some of them were so powerful that they had even defeated Demigods. Ram killed many demons during his stay.
  1. A perfect warrior: Ram was a perfect Kshatriya and a valiant warrior. On one hand Ravan had well equipped with all the mysterious weaponry, yet Lord defeated him with handful of army which manly comprised of Monkeys and Bears.
  1. A Perfect Master: There is a very interesting past time of Lord Ram, when he eat the berry given by Sabari, a lower caste women in her old age, who herself has tasted them before giving to Lord. In Indian context, it is an offence to give something to the master after first consuming or defiling it. But she was so engrossed in the love of lord that she did not wanted to give a sour berry to Him. And Lord was so generous that he accepted and consumed all the berries.
  1. A perfect King: In Ramayan we come across an ideal world, where a king used to go in disguise to see the wellbeing of his countrymen. It is said that in his state no person was in distress. His reign was so celebrated that till today politicians cutting across the party lines claims before the election that they will bring Ramrajya, yet they had no intention to follow the footsteps of him.

Although, my words will not do justice to the describe the qualities of Lord, yet I am hoping that you have enjoyed it.

Thank you for reading.

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    1. Well, first of all Thank you Monika for going through such a long post. Since I was discussing about the qualities of Lord Ram on the occasion of Ramnavami, so I dealt with the role which He had played as a human. Thank you:)

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    1. Thank you very much for your kind words. However I differ from you in describing it a mythology. The vicious propaganda, first by the Britishers and later by the leftist academicians, to demean the Hindu scriptures has a disastrous implications on the minds of even Hindus . To quote you an example, Ayurveda and Yoga were initially ridiculed by them as they call it non scientific. Now it’s gaining acceptance all corners of the world even though it’s an archaic practice. If we treat our legends as mythology, we will be non serious and skeptical of their teachings. Hope I am not sounding like a philosopher 😊

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      1. No not at all it sounds philosophical.Infact thanks for sharing your views.However your example of yoga and Ayurveda finding acceptance all over seems illogical and unrelated here because this is something based on proven results. Anyways yes while I was writing this comment,I was doubtful of calling it a mythology but to be frank I am still not sure to call it as legends.Although I believe Bhagavad Gita is the crux of life yet I am still little skeptic.I don’t know if it is right or wrong on my part,but I think it will take time on my part to accept it as legends.

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        1. Hi,
          Good Morning
          Thank you for your point of view. As far as my example of Yoga and Ayurveda, which you find “illogical” and “unrelated”, is concerned I find this example as most apt, coherent and easy to discern. Why because, Yoga which we see today in current form finds its root in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, which is also a very old Vedic (am not calling it Hindu) literature. Many intellectuals till recently termed it as Mythology as it’s not scientifically proven like Ramayan or Mahabhart. But since it is gaining acceptance, voice against it is diminishing.
          And you mentioned Bhagvat Gita and being skeptic, let me present you one verse from it, which I came across in my first reading of this book. It grasp my attention, as to tell you the truth, I was also very Skeptic (to some degree still I am). It may sound harsh, but pardon me as it’s the Voice of Lord Krishna , and not of me.
          Geta 4.40
          ajñaś cāśraddadhānaś ca
          saṁśayātmā vinaśyati
          nāyaṁ loko ’sti na paro
          na sukhaṁ saṁśayātmanaḥ

          Translation:
          But ignorant and faithless persons who doubt the revealed scriptures do not attain God consciousness; they fall down. For the doubting soul there is happiness neither in this world nor in the next.

          Thank you for your time!!!

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          1. Hi Abhay;
            A very Good afternoon!
            I never knew of this root of yoga.Anyways now it is partially making sense.Thanks for making me aware.
            Secondly coming on to these religious teachings,I learn a lot and try implementing it ..but when it comes to God,I meant skeptic in the sense that I don’t believe in worshiping in the form of Krishna or Ram and even Idol form. I believe in one supreme power in the form of soul emitting light,energy and vibrations of peace hope and love.I have develiped a relation of friend with that power and through meditation daily,I fill myself with his energy and give him an account of all my day’s deeds…So there is no doubt in my mind of his existence only my way is different….By the way I learned it from spirituality..it appealed to me and can see working for me and so now I am happy applying it.

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            1. Good Afternoon Shivangi !
              I am glad that you are able to connect the point which I was trying to make, at least partially
              Everybody is entitled to form her/his own opinion about the religion, God and Soul; we are from the most tolerant society and our constitution gives us the Fundamental Right to practice, profess and propagate our religion in article 25. 🙂 Our ancestors dealt all these aspects such as God has a form or he is formless like you mentioned as in terms of energy, vibration, love etc in detail
              I am inspired that you practice it regularly.
              All the best in your quest to Truth.

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                    1. Good morning!
                      Indeed I felt it honest and thanks Shivangi that you liked my blog title.
                      By the way your tag line is impressive too and am not going to ask proofs for existence of soul. 😀

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    1. That’s good. By the way these social networking sites are quintessential these days, I was also a part of it, however on my part I gets carried away by its drift, hence I am avoiding it for now ☺️

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    1. Sumit ji, first of all Thank you that you read the complete post. As far as your question is concerned, Sita was not proving any thing to Lord. We have to understand that they were not the ordinary couple but a divine eternal companion. It is difficult to understand their relationship as we see them as an ordinary mundane pair. Lord knew that she had spent an year in Lanka. And society of that time, definitely would have questioned her integrity. So as he known as Maryada Purusottam, he set a very high standard, even though it was not desired from him. So to alleviate the doubt of the citizens he did so. Hope I am making sense.

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    2. Yeah Sumit,it is for this and few other reasons that I am never convinced to take Hindu religious epics more than mythology.I just take what is worth learning for me,apply it but never able to believe that it existed in reality for God does not need to set examples by throwing light on wrong deeds even if it was for the purpose of leaving a lesson.

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    1. I am a rationalist and believe in logic. I don’t get hurt by anyone’s point of view. As they are free to think and form their idea, based on their experience But question that science will prove the existence of God and the nature of Him, is beyond my comprehension. Science, even after a lot advancement, not able to measure and enhance the basic human feelings such as love, happiness etc, to know about God is a distant dream. Thank you for your input.

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