Search of RAM


Shyam Singh

Hrit-Pundrikaksh as mentioned in the ancient literature means heart is GOD's abode. GOD lives in our heart and one can visit HIM any time. A cardiologist may say, "Each day I study angiogram but never see HIM on the monitor". CT surgeon may also like to add that he performs open heart surgery but never finds GOD sitting or sleeping there. He sees only muscles and blood, so the above statement is only a created myth. This may be placed as: When surgery is performed on the breast of a mother, what leaks out is blood, not milk; but when a baby touches the same breast with his tender lips; only milk comes out, not the blood. For the true love of a baby who identifies only the mother, her breast releases milk. The same could be true for a seeker who has invoked a true fire of love in his vision; the sparkling divine love introduces him to HIM and helps entering into the domain absolutely free from fear, sorrow and agony of pain or worries.

A story told in past may be narrated here. After taking charge of Ayodhya, Ram on the advice of his councilors performed Ashwamegh yaz. Heads of all territories in the vicinity surrendered to him and became colony of Ayodhya. They had to pay annual revenue on a fixed day as we pay income tax. This used to be a ceremonial occasion. People of Ayodhya and around became used to singing brave acts of their king Ram, who freed the continent from the atrocities of Ravan and later extended his empire where people lived with peace and harmony. Narad, an elated soul, thought of doing something to make aware of the reality to the people of Ram's Kingdom. On the day of annual revenue paying ceremony Narad approached one head of the State standing last in the queue for his offerings. Narad said to him, "You are here to pay the revenue, you pay it. You are also a king; I do not understand why you should touch Ram's feet and bow before him. You don't do it, what harm Ram can do to you?" The king's ego got aggravated and he followed Narad's suggestion. He offered the revenue but did neither bow to Ram nor touch his feet and moved out. Ceremony was just to be concluded, Narad informed Lakshman that this particular slave king did not pay due regards to Ram. It is purely a matter of misconduct and indiscipline. He should be punished properly, so that in future no one dares to repeat this kind of indiscipline. Lakshman, as usual, got angry and appealed to the council that this act of the slave is punishable. The council unanimously passed death sentence for the poor king and announced that tomorrow at 10:00 AM he will be killed by an arrow through his heart by Ram.

The king was taken into custody, but Narad got him released on bail. The king asked Narad, "Did I ever harm you, why did you poison my mind?" Narad replied, "You have done no harm to me; you are going to serve for a noble cause. You are free till tomorrow morning, you follow my advice. Reach immediately to Chitrakoot, where Hanuman is offering his prayers to almighty RAM. By 3:00 AM he will become available. You cry out before him, please save me, save me. Save me please he will kill me in the morning. Keep crying until he asks you to reveal the name of killer. You should not disclose the name of Ram until he has promised to save your life. Once he has promised to save your life then tell please save my life, Ram is going to kill me". It is told that those who supported Ram during war all came to Ayodhya. After Ram took over Ayodhya, they were sent back to their homes. Only Hanuman was allowed to remain in Ayodhya. While annual celebration in Ayodhya was going on, what was Hanuman doing in Chitrakoot? Was he another Hanuman?

The king reached Chitrakoot and acted accordingly Narad had taught to him. When Hanuman promised to save his life then only he revealed the name of Ram. Can one realize the situation of Hanuman? He had promised to save the life of a punishable enemy of his deity. Hanuman took it very cool and advised the king to reach the town hall campus of Ayodhya immediately, seat straight on the punishment sit, and start reciting with cool mind: R-A-M, R-A-M, R-A-M , considering R-A-M is sitting in his heart. He arrived at town hall around 4:00 AM and followed truly the advice of Hanuman. In the beginning he had fear mixed with illusion in his mind which disappeared gradually practicing R-A-M, R-A-M, R-A-M,

People started assembling in the town hall and were surprised to see the king sitting straight and quite, ready to receive death. At the stroke of 10:00, Ram aimed his arrow at the heart of the king.  You may be thinking king would have been killed. No, it did not happen. The arrow before reaching heart slipped to the right side; others went to the left side or over the head of the king. People witnessed that none of the arrows could penetrate through the heart of that ordinary king. They were amazed to witness the miraculous event and whispering earlier these arrows had killed the mighty Ravan and several others. Did Ram's arrows get aged and become powerless? Narad came forward saying, "O! All dignitaries present here, listen to me. It was a close encounter but arrows of Ram could not touch his body. This king is no more an ordinary person, each cell and tissue of his body have become energized with the power of RAM. Recitation with mind through heart had led him to get unified with RAM." Exactly what Kabir says: "the moment body, mind, sabad, surat, and neerat get integrated into that one, you get unified with HIM". The king's body was behaving like Rutherford's atomic model, where the bombarding particles (arrows) could not penetrate through the nucleus of the atom (unified head and heart), and deflected the expected path.

Recitation in coordination with mind and heart may be taken parallel to magnetization of an iron bar. During magnetization process anisotropically arranged atoms of an iron bar (a continuum of thoughts) get aligned in one direction and become an identical magnet. When the body, mind, words and thoughts get aligned in harmony; one realizes of HIS sweet and fragrant presence in his heart; finds no blood there.

In the epic Ramayan Tulsi Das has exemplified great works of Ram. Dasrath never liked Ram to be away from his sight. Viswamitra asked for his two sons, Ram and Lakshman, to take them to his asram. Dasrath realized what is stated in Narad Puran "elated souls are rare, once found they are certain to benefit those who come into their contact" and honored his wish. Both princes went to rishi's ashram and drove away hoodlums from the region and helped him to perform his routines peacefully. Around the same time Janak, the ruler of Mithila announced savyambar for his adopted daughter Sita, the most beautiful princess of her time. The condition was whosoever would lift the bow of SHIVA will qualify to marry her. How can it be called savyambar? Savyambar means to select own choice without imposing a condition. Viswamitra was also invited to attend the ceremony and he decided to take both princes with him to Mithila. On their way to Mithila they met lady Ahilya, deserted wife of rishi Gautam.  Viswamitra pleaded Ram to rehabilitate her in the society so that she could live with respect. Honoring words of rishi Ram pronounced her respectful acceptance in the society.

It is told that on the eve of Savyambar ceremony Ravan, the most powerful king of his time, visited hiding and attempted to lift SHIVA's bow for practice. He had a great desire to marry Sita. He tried to lift the bow but could not displace that. Sita happened to witness the scene, she laughed. Ravan felt insulted and did not return to attend the official ceremony. Viswamitra and both princes were warmly welcome in Mithila. After each one present there had tried his luck, Janak expressed his concern.  Lakshman got annoyed with the words of Janak and stood up to break the bow. Viswamitra ordered him to remain seated and be quite. Rather he asked Ram to handle the situation. Viswamitra was a rishi as well as a teacher of both brothers, then why did he deprive Lakshman of his human rights ? Ram not only lifted but also broke the bow into pieces. Perhaps there was a technical matter which only Viswamitra knew and taught to Ram during his stay in Asram. Sita got married to Ram and joined his family in Ayodhya. Ram on his honeymoon night promised Sita that he will not remarry any woman.

Everyone in Ayodhya was living happily. One fine morning the most loved wife of Dasrath, Kaykai asked him to announce two orders: first to send Ram in exile for 14 years, and second to crown her son Bharat. A good deal! A key point to realize; Dasrath never asked Ram to quit the palace and live in exile; it was his third beloved queen who expressed her words to Ram. Ram together with his wife Sita and brother Lakshman left the palace. Dasrath could not bear the shock of Ram's separation and died. He did not cry for Lakshman. Why did Dasrath not think of joining Ram while Sita and Lakshman could accompany him? Ram was his obedient son, he should never have denied to the proposal of his father.

Ram was having pleasant time with his wife and brother in exile. A lady from foreign land visited him and first proposed then pressed to marry her. Ram told her, "For peaceful life one wife is enough. You may realize why I am in exile." Lady thought of killing Sita and then to marry Ram. On the advice of Ram, Lakshman removed her nose. Why nose, not the head? Removal of nose is symbolic. She was a sister of Ravan. Ravan got an opportunity to take revenge of his insult and kidnapped Sita and put her in Ashok Vatika. If Sita was a lady whom Ravan first desired to marry and later take revenge of his insult; why did he not take her to his palace? Heroes of our time have no room for considering woman's feelings but take them straight to bedroom. To avoid hassles like DNA fingerprinting and other sophisticated tests later, these heroes do not hesitate taking their lives.

Ram and Lakshman started making search for her. If Ram of the story is RAM, who is said to be omnipresent, he should have known where his wife was. They met Sugriv and Hanuman, both hiding in forest from the fear of Bali, and became friends in need. They came to learn that Ravan had kidnapped Sita. Hanuman was assigned the task to go in search of Sita. He flew to the kingdom of Ravan and spotted Sita resting in Ashok Vatika and set Ravan's capital on fire. But when Sita asked him to carry her back to Ram he expressed his inability. Imagine, Hanuman who was hiding with Sugriv only after meeting with Ram has become so strong that he could easily fly over the sea and create threat to Ravan's security

To recover Sita, Ram was left with no other option but to kill Ravan. To kill Ravan he has to cross the sea with his army. To cross the sea he has to build the bridge across the sea (construction of bridge and killing of Ravan are symbolic). Only stones engraved with the word RAM could float on the surface of sea; rest would sink into the sea. Can one find a reason for the decrease in density of stones engraved with RAM? Ram with his army crossed the sea, entered into war and after killing Ravan he could recover Sita and here ends the literal part of the popularly sung story.

In the beginning and concluding of Ramayan, Tulsi Das had clearly mentioned that he has composed Ramayan for swantah sukhaya (pleasure of own inner self). This means he was not singing for a king's son. Perhaps he used the story as a background to explain experiences during his search of RAM. The usage of characters and their acts may be like a teacher introducing alphabets and numbers to Nursery School children.  He very clearly mentioned in the first chapter "Bal Kand" that Ram has lifted only one Ahilya, but the word RAM has lifted many million. Guru Nanak Dev ji had also narrated that the ship of holy word had sailed thousands across the Bhavsagar, i.e., the ocean of life. Breaths inhaled reciting RAM (stones engraved with RAM) are floating stones which bridge the ocean of illusion and make safe journey to HIS abode.

Routines of our life in the form of living body are accomplished with ten organs; five to perform action and other five are for realization. The whole sum of this physically appearing body (the chariot) operated with the help of these ten organs is Dasrath (a chariot driven by ten horses, in Hindi number 10 is pronounced as das). The super natural invisible force maintains this integrated system alive, which on the face of its appearance seems to be violating laws of thermodynamics.  No sooner the super natural force quits, nothing taking away from this chariot, it is recognized as dead and the laws of thermodynamics become visible. The super natural force which can be neither touched nor captured by ten horses is named by spiritual teachers as RAM.  It is the occupancy of RAM which makes our eyes to see HIS wonderful world. When HE had gone, the same eyes even in the presence of accumulated light from thousands of Suns can see nothing. Believers of Hindu faith identify this RAM as ATMA, and believers of Islamic faith identify HIM in this body as Noor-e-Ilahi. HIS presence in this body generates a continuum of sound (UNHAD NAD, sound independent of boundaries). People of Islamic faith describe it as Bang-e-Ilahi. Linguistically these pair of words are different but have absolutely the same meaning.

Chariot is composed of five fundamental elements; the Earth, Water, Air, Fire and Ether regulated by the Mother Nature (HIS Maya) in two undefined (for us) domains of time and space. By virtue of continuously changing nature of these two domains Maya renders this world attractive. Maya has the powerful hold on the master of ten horses, the mind.  As soon as Maya overrides mind, problems begin to crop up and the presence of ATMA in the body is kept ignored. Realize the situation of ATMA; when we are ignored by our dears how miserable we feel.

In this body ATMA and JEEVA (a portion of ATMA driven by ego to perform routine work) are two sons Ram and Lakshman. What would be more lovable than these two? Permutation and combination of five action performing organs and five for realization constitute a huge army of Maya. It may be addressed like this; the arrangements of only four bases resulting in many millions of giant sized DNA and RNA molecules, the carriers of genetic and functional information, make the body to evolve, function, and wind up.  One can easily imagine probabilities resulting from permutation and combination of code letters of ten horses.  They can drive anywhere from peace to destruction. A person who has practiced to live in harmony with the army of Maya, the universe of ten horses, is named as Viswamitra. Visvamitra means friend of all Natural phenomena.  By indulging in arguing with any one of the soldiers of Maya, the sense approaching RAM gets held up in the plane of space and time domains.  However, no natural force can perform a job in the domains of duality without the help of body.  A person with the Vismamitra's state of mind may only identify ATMA and JEEVA, Ram and Lakshman, respectively, the two sons of Dasarath of the narrated story, and work in harmony with these two to achieve goal. 

Whosoever breaks the bow of SHIVA may marry Sita.  There would have been no other beautiful example to provide clarity between ATMA and JEEVA.  All born have some ego, the driving force of physical body.  Ego is still the gentler form of Maya, but GOD save us from egotist. Ravan is present within us in the form of egotism. Lakshman got hurt by the ceremony concluding remark of Janak. What can be hurt within us is our ego.  Read the word SHIVA, remove I, it becomes SHVA (the dead body). Life becomes like a bow due to the presence of I the ego. Unless the bow of ego is broken, Sita, the Bhakti, cannot be accomplished.  Lakshman had ego and was hurt.  Ram did not come forward himself. Viswamitra trained Ram how to eradicate ego and be free from it, that is why he asked him to handle the situation. ATMA and JEEVA are present in all living being, but when additional quality Bhakti is attained, it becomes wonderful, all accomplished.  A person with the blend of Bhakti can never be disturbed. 

After building a beautiful and strong house, you invite all of your near and dear to join house warming ceremony. All attending persons appreciate the construction.  But think of a little ant, which has entered in your house, keeps searching for a hole. Each time she comes out of hole it brings a tiny particle from foundation of your house. You keep cleaning floor each day, but never notice her action.  Such an unattended action of ant makes the foundation of building weaker and weaker day by day and finally building collapses, what exactly happened with mighty Dasrath.  Building is our life and we have some weakness. The ant is duality in the house; it exploits our weakness and in due course of time brings quake to the faith in our most beloved. If such an action of Maya is not understood and eradicated in time, it grows in life like Kaykai.  The mighty king Dasarath of the story begs for his life, the RAM. HE lives out and the empire of this body becomes motionless.  Question was raised why Dasarath did not ask Ram to take with him? The body and RAM belong to two different domains.  It is like a person living in a house may move in and out any time but the house can never accompany him.  Dasarath is under the domain of Maya and that is why it could not move out with RAM. 

Rest of the story does not belong to Maya.  The spiritual characters of life; Sita, Lakshman and Ram (Bhakti, Gyan and Vairagya seem to have formed the body as said by Tulsi Das) make life completely peaceful.  Due to appearance of duality ego takes over the command and Bhakti is lost.  Question was raised why Ravan kept Sita in Ashok Vatika and did not carry to his palace room? Ravan is the egotism of our life.  Bhakti and egotism can never remain together.  Wherever the Bhakti will be there will be, no sorrow or pain that is why the name Ashok (a place without sorrow) was used.

Hanuman: (Hanu + Man) Hanu is a Sanskrit word meaning to eradicate and Man (please read Man in Hindi) is the mind's ego.  An ego-less mind which has left no chance for ego to reappear is called Hanuman.  An individual with such a state of mind get unified with ATMA and attains all powers automatically.  Hanuman did all jobs that Ram could not do himself.  Question was raised Ram being said omnipresent; why did he need assistance? Mind can only speculate and perform hypotheses which neither of ATMA, JEEVA or Bhakti can do. It can perceive Bhakti and threaten to ego. However, limitations of mind are also there. Hanuman could not bring Sita back to Ram since to perform work of life the complete system of physical body is required. Bhakti is the pleasant treasure of life. ATMA does not differentiate between pain and pleasure. ATMA is the part of HIS power. We have lust for the ego power but not for HIS true power. True power may be briefly described as; one who feeds a hungry, supports a needy, serves the one suffering from pains and agony, forgives  those who had hurt him, taken all he possessed and risked his life, but forgets to reveal all these acts even to HIM.  The last word forgets to reveal even to HIM is the true power of a person and this state is the humble beginning to the search of RAM.  It distinguishes RAM from the kind hearted and generous prince of Ayodhya, Ram.


   Published on 01/01/2012

 Source: E-mail 30/12/2011

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