Lord Sriman Narayana incarnated as Lord SRI RAMAR to personally demonstrate the world the teachings of Vedas and adhere to the path of DHARMA in all circumstances. Azhwars, acharyars, and innumerable saints and advanced devotees like Tyagarajar, Bhakta Ramadas, Kabirdas, Tulsidas, Kambar and countless worshipped Lord Rama who personally blessed them all. Our elders suggest us to read Srimad Ramayanam, especially the first sargam in Sundara kaandam for self realisation .
Nammazhwar in his emotional out pourings “Thiruvaimozhi 7-5 reveals “kaRpaar Ramapiraanai allaal maRRum kaRparO?…”
Sri Rama ruled the entire world from Ayodhya for 11,000 years and when he was reminded by Brahma through Dharmaraja to return to Sri Vaikuntam, Lord Rama shed all the royal robes and walking barefoot from the royal palace, clad in pure white holding dharbha reached the banks of Sarayu to ascend to Sri Vaikuntam.
The Lord took everything (the Grass, the creeping ant, the living and non-living, everyone and everything, – both animate and inanimate- all that was born or created by Brahma- all that existed in His Ayodhya to the supreme position (moksham).
That was Lord SriRama so merciful and compassionate that He took ALL (irrespective of their jnanam, bhakti, knowledge, scholarship, or even an inclination to think of moksham) out of His own unlimited compassion .
Kulasekhara Azhwar confirms this in Peria Thirumozhi “ Andru Saraasarangalai Vaikunthathuku Yetri….”. Lord took the entire living and non-living thing to Sri Vaikuntam. Once again Mother Andal glorifies Lord Rama as “Manathukku Iniyaan”-the one who is dear to heart.
One is reminded with the divine incident when Sage Valmiki requests Narada to name a person who is known for having all the sixteen opulent qualities. Narada unhesitatingly replies that Lord Sri Rama, the Emperor of Ayodhya is the embodiment of all the sixteen qualities. Among the sixteen great qualities Goodness Honesty Sweetness Simplicity
Compassion , Strength , Humility , Bravery , Valour, Talent , Prowess, Success , Memory , Trustworthiness , Heroism, Genuinity we humans get attracted to the quality of Daya(compassion) as it is only due to Lords mercy , our pile of sins are forgiven and thus redeemed from the cycle of birth and death.
Lord Rama exhibited this quality of dhaaya to many of the humans . Ayodhya vaasis, Kakasuran, the rakshasa who attacked him in Panchavati , Kaikeyi and most of the characters in the Ramayana ….
It is said Once , Parvati devi questions ParamaShiva as to on whom he contemplates while meditating. ParamaShiva replied that he always keep chanting the most sacred naama of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.- the sweetest name RAAMA .
Lord Shiva emphasizes the importance of the innumerable names of the Lord composed by Bheesmacharyar known as Vishnu Sahasranama stotram. Parvati devi out of motherly compassion questions Parama Shiva as to what is the alternative if a person is not able to chant the entire thousand names of the Lord. ParamaShiva answers that uttering the holy name of SRI RAMA will bestow the benefit of reciting the entire thousand names of Lord Sri Hari. Such is the power of RAAMA NAAMAM. In Varanasi, Lord Shiva personally utters the Tharaka mantram in the ears of the person leaving this mortal body and ensures that the jiva atma attains moksham. When Bharata along with raja maatas and entire retinue met Sri rama in Chitrakoot, Bharata abuses his mother for her sinful action and seeks pardon from Lord . Lord Rama chastises Bharata for accusing Mother Kaikeyi and remained untainted with her behaviour. He showed the same respect to her. Indra’s son Jayantan was captivated by Mother Sita’s looks .
He took the form of a crow and while Lord Rama and Sitadevi were resting in Chitrakoot, he inflicted injury on Sita maata by perching her . Lord Rama who was lying on Sitadevi’s lap was fast asleep, Mother Sita endured the pain without disturbing the Lord . But the evil Kakasuran took it as an advantage and continued with his evil act until Lord Rama got up. Lord Rama was furious with Kakasuran and as he did not have Kodhandam with HIM at that time, HE took a grass, uttered Brahmastram and aimed at Kakasuran which chased him until he fell down on the same rock where Sita and Rama were resting.
Mother Sita out of compassion slowly turned him towards Lord Rama’s holy feet and made him seek refuge. The most compassionate Lord, who is spared his life by defacing his eye.
Lord Rama’s daya gunam was exhibited. Spatik shila in Chitrakoot is the place where this incident took place. While in Panchavati, when 14000 rakshasas headed by Kara and Dhooshana attacked , Lord Rama killed everyone but spared one rakshasa as he donned a saree and escaped. Lord Rama’s dhaya gunam was so much that even though he knew him to be an enemy, he spared him because he was in woman’s attire! Lord Rama performed the final rites to Jataayu, the eagle king who fought valiantly with Ravana and tried to rescue Sita .
Lord Rama affectionately took the ailing Jatayu in HIS arms and conferred moksha .
The holy place where Lord Rama completed his incarnation is glorified as Gupthar Ghat located in Faizabad about 15 kms from Ayodhya. Driving past the military areas in Faizabad roads really grand , we reached Gupthar Ghat in half an hour’s time from Ayodhya few years ago as a part of our Sri Rama Anu Yatra . River Saruyu also known as River Gargha considered as Sage Vasishta’s daughter was very calm. The bathing ghats at River Saruyu are meaningfully constructed and are well maintained. After purifying ourselves in the sacred waters and offering morning oblations, Adiyen was engaged in routine morning rituals when a group of devotees headed by Sri Gomadam Swami of Sri Rangam reached the banks of Sarayu .
Looking at us near the ghat, they chose to have bath in the same place. When we approached Swami to pay our respects, the revered swamin was delighted to know about our trip and blessed us. He said that it was due to the divine will of the Lord that we drove all the way from Ayodhya to have holy bath in Saruyu at this place because usually devotees have bath in Ayodhya itself . Swami mentioned about the greatness of Gupthar Ghat and appreciated us for having chosen this place for purifying ourselves.
More details of this holy place at this appended link :
Adiyen Ramanuja dasan
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