Saturday, 10 September 2011
When one thinks of the Sun, he thinks of its radiance, its brightness. Just as brightness and the Sun can never be dissociated, so too can Sita and Lord Rama never be viewed separately, and should not be viewed separately, said V.S. Karunakarachariar in a discourse. Rama with Sita is benevolent. Rama without Sita is dangerous.
Whenever He killed, it was when Sita was not beside Him. He killed Tataka, Subahu, Vali, Ravana and Kara and Dooshana, when Sita was not beside Him. He did not kill Kakasura because Sita was with Him at the time. This is a very interesting episode, which highlights the importance of approaching Rama when He is with Sita. Ravana's sins of coveting another man's wife and then carrying Her away were unpardonable. But even he did not cause Sita any bodily harm.
Kakasura, on the other hand, pecked at Sita's breast. When compared with Ravana's act of kidnapping Sita, Kakasura's sin is more serious. Yet Kakasura was spared by Rama, who only blinded him in one eye. How did Kakasura get away with a mild punishment? The answer lies in the fact that Sita was beside Rama, when Kakasura surrendered to Him. In fact, even this Saranagati (surrender) of Kakasura was deficient, for instead of placing his head at the Lord's feet, the demon placed his feet at the Lord's feet. This is not the way to surrender, for the act of surrender must be done with humility, by placing one's head at the feet of the Lord. Sita, noticing that Kakasura had not surrendered as required, turned him over so that his head now rested near the Lord's feet. Thus it was through Sita's act of kindness that Kakasura was saved.
Rama is the Lord of the universe, yet it is the presence of Sita that makes Him our protector. Rama is every inch a king, and the way Rama sits on His throne indicates His Supremacy. Such is His bearing. But Rama is like a cool ocean. Just as we retire to the seaside on a hot day and find the sea breeze soothing, so can we approach Rama, for His mercy will rid us of the heat from our sins. The feeling of safety we get in His presence comes from the fact that Sita is beside Him.