A new fact on Rama

Here is an interesting piece of information about Rama – from Murali Vishwas a good friend of mine.  It has to do with Sita being asked to take the test of fire when she was rescued from the Ashoka Vana. 

If you look at the “ramayana darshanam vachana chandrike” by kuvempu, he answers this portion of it. When Rama suspects his wife for infidelity then she enters the fire to prove, Urmila (wife of lakshmana) asks her husband the same question. Then Rama enters into the fire and brings Sita out. This is depicted in Valmiki Ramayana too but not highlighted.

Thanks Vishwas for that.  Vishwas could you throw some more light on the other incidents like the Vali-samhaara , banishing pregnant Sita to the forest. 


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One thought on “A new fact on Rama

  1. Vali Samhaara:
    Vali, Son of Indra, had a special boon according to which anyone who came before him lost half his/her strength to Vali, there by making Vali invulnerable to any enemy. But he was put to an end by Rama. Some claim that, Rama being the follower of dharma, did wrong by killing Vali. But Rama justifies his act of Vali-Samhaara. Vali’s killing is a puzzle from the viewpoint of imperial politics and dharma. Hence Vali questions logically about it, even at his dying stage

    Vali was killed by Rama (from distance) by his arrow. The arrow slices the tensed battlefield air and pierces Vali’s Chest. On the death bed Vali questions Rama’s ethics of killing him as he did not trouble Rama or his country anytime. He asks Rama 13 questions to which Rama answers with his calmness. When Vali asks “I have not done any misdeed either in your country or city’ is answered in this, “when entire earth belongs to us where is the question of a city or a particular country?”

    Bharata did not give any explicit orders to Rama or others making them responsible for the upkeep of dharma, on his behalf. Rama himself orders Bharata as at: tvam raajaa bharata bhava svayam naraaNaam | vanyaanaam aham api raaja raaNmR^igaaNaam | Ayodhya Kanda II, 1-674-17 ‘Bharata, you become the king of humans, and I shall be the king of forest-beings’ Thus, taking responsibility on his own shoulders, in his own duty as a Kshatriya to keep up dharma, Rama treks forests. So what we have to understand here is Rama has not killed a human instead Vali is a monkey (Forest Being) for which Vali asks ” You killed a non-guilty being”. Rama’s reply to this was “I am that Supreme Soul residing in the hearts of all beings. So I alone will decide what is right and what is wrong”

    Another reason why Rama kills Vali is normal, that Bad deeds are to be punished. If you look at Vali he misbehaves with brother’s wife. Thus Vali being a king has committed incest transgressing tradition. This is the very fault found by Rama when expressing ‘vaalii caaritra duuSakaH ‘abuser of history/tradition…’ in Kishkindha, 4-10-33

    By hitting Vali from front Rama has proved that he has not killed anyone from behind like a cowardice. He has followed dharma. Explicitly it is Vali’s harsh accusation of Rama, but implicitly it is a praise offered to Rama, since his arrow accords heavens to Vali.

    ashubham ca api ayuktam ca sataam ca eva vigarhitam |
    vakshyase ca iidRisham kRitvaa sadbhiH saha samaagataH ||

    Taking the last word Vali is prompting Rama to say like this: samaagataH is cleaved as saH maagataH, maam gataH ‘he, that Vali, Me, reached…’ Vali attained salvation and reached Me. a+shubham ca a+yuktam ca api san, maam gataH ‘Though Vali’s actions are unpropitious, unjustified and condemnable by the righteous, but by Me eliminated he attained Me, the Supreme Being…’ And this agrees with mRityuH sarva haraH ca aham Gita – 10-34 ‘I am the death, an all- exhausting-one.’

    Thus Vali atains refuge in Rama, proving the point that Vali is not supreme. There are three kinds of giving. Grudge giving, duty giving, and thanksgiving. Grudge giving says ‘ I have to…’ Duty giving says ” I ought to…’ Thanksgiving says ” I want to…’ The first comes from constraint; the second from a sense of obligation; the third from a full heart. This being the saying by an unknown, Vali gave torture to Sugreeva because he had to, Rama gave punishment to Vali because he ought to, and Sugreeva given himself to Rama, because he wanted to. Rama befriends Sugreeva only to take his help in searching Seetha, because Danu, the demon, after release from his curse advises Rama to do so. The killing of Vali is incidental to that befriending. To take help of Sugreeva, he is to be uplifted from his nasty state, and the abuser of tradition Vali is to be resolved

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