There’s no Rama without Sita

Sita with Luv and Kush

By Kanaka Ramakrishna

Ramayana, the most ancient and popular epic, is the encyclopaedia of the ancient Indian life and wisdom portraying an ideal civilization. It has been the cherished heritage of the whole Hindu world for the last several thousands of years and forms the basis of their thoughts and of their moral and ethical values. Ramayana depicts the life of Rama and Sita, the ideals of the Hindus.

“Sita is the idealised India. There is no other pauranika story that has so permeated the whole nation, so entered into its very life and has so tingled in every drop of blood of the race as this ideal of Sita … The Hindus never think of Rama without remembering Sita” – Swami.Vivekananda.

The character of Sita is the most fundamental ideal to the cultural consciousness of India. She is the epitome of purity and virtue. Her life is apparently conceived as that of suffering, docile, meek, subjected to and oppressed by circumstances.

The deeper study of her life as depicted in the Ramayana would reveal the fact that she was not always docile and yielding. She was strong, smart, brilliant, gentle and graceful. She spoke up when needed. She could force her will if it was proper. When there was suffering, she accepted it voluntarily, even to the extent of her remorse. If there was Dharma to be upheld, she did it more strikingly than Rama did.

Perhaps no woman in the epic literature can come to the stature of Sita as portrayed by Valmiki. Her matchless beauty, tenderness of emotion, kindness to a fault, sincerity, faithfulness, brilliant intellect and wisdom, extraordinary courage, endurance beyond human limits – all these traits found a harmonious place in her. Though victimised and oppressed, her extraordinary strength and power, which originated from truth, purity and chastity, showed best in times of adversity.

Sita wanted to accompany the banished Rama to the forest. Rama tried to convince her to stay in the palace, saying the life in the forest would be very difficult for her. Sita boldly but lovingly said, “ If you start for the most impenetrable of forests even today, I will lead the way, crushing the grass and thorns in front.”

As the constant companion of Rama, she lived in the forest happily. The sight of the golden deer which she wanted to have, made  Rama to chase it for her. When Maricha called out for help in Rama’s voice, she wanted Lakshmana to go and help Rama. But Lakshmana was convinced that Rama was not in trouble and he refused to go to help him as he was obeying Rama’s instruction to protect Sita.

Sita pleaded him first and again told him to go and help Rama, but he did not budge. Out of her love and obsession for Rama’s safety, she breathed fire and brimstone in what she told Lakshmana. Later, she magnanimously repented for her excessive outburst of emotion at a time of too much mental anguish. Making amends for the cruel words she used against Lakshmana, she sent words through Hanuman: “Sita sends very solicitous enquiries about Lakshmana, who is very gentle, pure, competent and entirely dear to Rama.”

Sorrows do not come in singles, but in battalions. Sita’s abduction by Ravana and her captivity in Lanka were the days of unbearable kind of misery and suffering. Yet, she showed amazing strength and character. After Ravana’s death, when she was freed and brought to her husband Rama, he refused to accept her. She had to undergo the ordeal of fire, Agnipariksha, to prove her chastity and she came out unscathed.

The God of fire not only responded to her prayers, but also gave a testimony of her chastity. He told Rama, “Sita is sinless and pure of heart. Please accept her.” It is only after this proof Rama accepted her. The coronation of Rama appeared to have brought an end to her trials and tribulations and looked like her happy days were ahead. But it was only for a brief period.

After the coronation, Rama and Sita lived in Ayodhya happily for some time. Nothing was wanting to keep their cup of joy full to the brim. Meanwhile, Sita had become pregnant. Rama wanted to please his pregnant wife by satisfying any desire she might have had in her mind. Sita had only one desire; to visit the holy hermitages of the Rishis residing on the banks of the Ganga and pay her respects to them.

Events happened soon which brought an abrupt end of their happy life. A tragic and an unending suffering was in store for Sita on this earth. Being a dutiful king and caring for the welfare of his people, Rama one day asked one of his counsellors to find out and report to him the opinions and feelings of his subjects  regarding him as a king of the people.

For most of the citizens Rama was Dharma incarnate, but the kingdom was not without a few people who judged even Rama’s actions. They not only whispered about Rama’s errors and wrongs but also spoke openly in public places. They thought the most unbecoming thing Rama did was taking Sita back to him.

Rama was grieved. He sent for his brothers who saw him in tears. They soon learnt the cause of his grief. Rama  himself  was in no doubt about Sita’s purity. He had not forgotten that he had her chastity tested by god Agni before she joined him. But he was a king whose Raja Dharma was first and foremost to him. He could not bear the censure of his people.

The highly sensitive and dutiful Rama decided to abandon and banish Sita from his Kingdom. He ordered Lakshmana to take out Sita in a chariot the very next morning and leave her alone in the forest near the hermitage of sage Valmiki. What an irony that Sita had asked just a few days back to be taken to the forest to visit the sages! What a way of fulfilling the desire of the pregnant woman Sita, who was carrying his progeny!

Lakshmana broke the news of her banishment  and told her that he was only carrying out the command of the King Rama. Hearing this heart-breaking news, Sita said, “O Lakshmana, really the creator created this body of mine to experience sorrow.” She did not blame Rama or anybody else though extremely hurt and pained, she blamed herself for being born as a woman.

However pure and perfect she was, Sita could not escape the calumny. The most undeserved calumny was acted upon her by her husband, her very own soul mate, Rama. The out come of the whole thing was a great tragedy, too deep for tears.

But chance and circumstances were kinder to her than the King and the slander. Sage Valmiki saw the exiled Sita, warmly welcomed and accommodated her in his hermitage.

Sita soon gave birth to twins in the hermitage of Valmiki. The boys were named Kusa and Lava. As a single mother, Sita raised her children with the help of the women of the ashrama and moved on with her life. Valmiki brought up the two boys in the best manner possible. He composed the Ramayana and taught them to sing melodiously.

Meanwhile, Rama had decided to perform an Aswamedha sacrifice. A huge gathering had assembled to watch the sacrifice. Valmiki, with his two disciples, Kusa and Lava also attended.

The sage took advantage of the occasion of the sacrifice and made the boys recite the epic of the Ramayana. He instructed them not to accept any monetary reward and to introduce themselves only as the disciples of Valmiki. Rama, along with several others listened to the recital of his own story. Pleased with their melodious recital, he ordered the award of 1800 gold coins to the boys, who of course declined to accept it. The people noticed the remarkable resemblance between Rama and the boys. Only their bark clothes and clotted hair suggested their forest dwelling.

Listening to the story of his own life induced Rama to think of taking back Sita. But the king in him demanded that Sita should solemnly make an affirmation of her purity and provide satisfactory proof of it publicly in an assembly. Valmiki agreed to this and things seemed to be shaping towards a happy ending. The assembly met where many sages attended on the invitation of the king. There was a vast gathering of people belonging to all walks of life. Curiosity was writ on every face.

Valmiki entered the assembly, followed by Sita behind him with downcast look, folded palms, tear-filled eyes and her heart set on Rama. Valmiki, speaking with the weight of long and hard penance, assured the vast gathering headed by Rama, that Sita was pure and chaste; her character was blameless and she always held her husband as her god and Kusa and Lava were Rama’s own sons. Rama answered that though personally he was convinced of Sita’s virtue and chastity, he would like her to give a sure evidence of her purity to the public.

Sita, clothed in ascetic dress, with folded hands, pitiful eyes and bent down head, spoke her swan song:

“In as much as I have with my mind never thought of any one other than Rama, may Mother Earth give me an asylum!”

“In as much as I adore Rama, by thought, word and deed, may Mother Earth give me an asylum!”

“If I have spoken the truth declaring that I know none other than Rama, may Mother Earth give me an asylum!”

Hardly had Sita sworn and prayed, the earth opened, a throne came up and carried her down and away. Mother Earth warmly received her daughter into her bosom in the underworld.

Thus ended the mortal journey of Sita.

But was this the end? Let us listen to the assurance of Swami Vivekananda: “Sita has gone to the very vitals of our race. She is there in the blood of every Hindu man and woman; we are all the children of Sita.”  Sita is immortal.

 

 

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1 Comment for “There’s no Rama without Sita”

  1. Gupta_b2001

    requests, to request ——–every one was not born with the god’good grace and nature’s good grace of good qualities and the good fate and luck to have good inteligence ,good wisdom ,good qualities ,and circuimstances not to commit ever any mistakes or sins .
    request and pray —every human every soul either good or bad ,angle or evil ,sinner,demon , god or devil every creature ,every one want to live as a good humanbeing –please save

    request—-instead of killing ,spoiling lives,destroying ,sending under earth ,hells ,if some place is given far away from india .and some thing are done for better to improve the qualities of humans and souls .so that every one can live .

    ———————————————————————————————————————-in india ,tamilnadu ,human souls are taken under earth ,under rocks ,even to several thousnds kilometers under rocks,taking old revenges ,vengenes ,conspirancies ,polatics and given different shapes .in sevrages and made like aliens .taking under earth and beating and burning .please save to every one,every molecules and request to bring all the souls ,creatures from under earth to on earth .and requests to request not to spoil souls and humans.please save from pains sufferings .please save .requests to request to make to stop all quarrells and taking under earth and hells and spoiling souls
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    request you and to request– souls ,grand souls, microsouls or any molecules of human or any creatures should not be taken under earth or any hell for any punishment ,any kind of torturings ,sufferings .and requests, what ever punishment ,should be given on the earth only .requests you to come forward to make to bring back every souls every molecules of humans fron under earth and hell and save everyone good or bad
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    requests you to request to —
    there should not be any hell under earth .if any punishment is given it should be given on the earth only .any souls ,even any molecules should not be taken under earth , sevarages or any hell under earth , for punishment ,any sufferings ,or any kind of torturings .request you to come forward . so far what ever souls has been taken under earth and hells make to bring back on the earth even single molecule also.

    request and pray to –every soul, every molecule ,every human may be sinner or good get back each and every molecule which are taken from humans ,souls,and be the humans again .and every human ,soul,molecule get the good wisedom ,good intelegence not to commeiting any sin not doing wrong bad,not doing anything wchich cause insult to anyone which makes anyone angry ,there be no bad words,no bad thoughts,no hates ,no sins,no vengeances,no quarrels ,no life lose, be respect for every one ,in every soul,human, kundalini ,every molecule .

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    request — from the time of old vedic (india ancient scriptures time) .puranic stories (indian ancient) time and stories, curses of rishes (saints) devtas (angles) asurans (satans) ( devatas quarrels ) ramanya , mahabharata enemities, conspirancies ( षङयत्रॅ ) cheatings ,dirty polatics , mistakes ( THAT TIME MAY BE MISTAKES OF ONE OR TWO PERSONS ) ,old revenges are taking place still going on. due to some bad budhies ( wise )(wisedom) ( बुदधि ) bad thoughts , bad understanding , egos , and adamant natures ( हठ ) ,blaming each others, those enemities and revenges has brought to this level . now it has taken very destruction .

    2 ) if at those ancients times some wise peoples would have taken wise decissions for the betterment for each others and others , no ramayana, no mahabhartha , no war ,no fight ,no quarrels , in puranic (ancients) times and now nothing would have not taken place .

    3 ) on the name of punishment , taking revenges, taking under earth alive , several thousnds kilometers under earth , even to center of the earth, where no body can be able to find out , under rocks .even converting souls (atamas) to pieces the size of molecules even to newtron, proton size so that no one can search .buring alive .beating , cutting parts of boby of (souls) atama , sending to hell the place where no body sees , making aliens and like aliens from human .joining different souls atamas giveing unnatural shapes .breaking soul cutting hands , legs .stomach ,toungs,seprating layers of body and souls . spoil of budies brains , spoiling souls , kundlanies shakties ,nurves systems ,spoiling humans ,beating souls ,human micro soul powers .

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    whatever punishment for anyone .please given on the earth only , what ever it may be human,souls ,grand souls or any molecules infront of every one.not by taking under earth or hell-REQUEST to request to give DEATH for ME ,MOTHER ,and FATHER ,and even to my TWO BROTHERS,and ONE SISTER to soul,grand soul ,kundaliy ,by giving or injecting POSION (which science & scientits can produce) and shown in the “DASAVATARAM “tamil & hindi india movie.BURN infront of ALL ON THE EARTH ONLY
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    a pray and request to ..requests— there should not be any hell under earth .no soul be taken to under earth ,hell ,or any kind of placses under earth for suffering ,punishment or any kind of torturings .due to bad wisdom and bad fate every one do mistakes , sins. every one was not born with the good grace god and qualities not doing mistakes .every soul, every molecule ,every human may be sinner or good get back each and every molecule which are taken from humans ,souls,and be the humans again .and every human ,soul,molecule get the good wisedom ,good intelegence not to commeiting any sin not doing wrong bad,not doing anything which cause insult to anyone which makes anyone angry ,there be no bad words,no bad thoughts,no hates ,no sins,no vengeances,no quarrels ,no life lose. be respect for every one ,in every soul,human, kundalini ,every molecule .there be no any soul,molecule, creatuers,with any kind of suffering,punishment,or any torturings
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    requests to request and pray– quarrels,old evil (bhudhi) intelligence of sins , thoughts of revenge,vengeances,wars,bad words ,enemities,which are coming from old ancient times bad evil thoughts( KAMA (sex) , was the only mistake at a time . so far which are the cause for every bad happenings)thoughts of enemities to destroy,spoiling others, hates for others all bad wisedom, be change to good & noble and for betterment for others, intelligence not commiting sins and not doing bad for others,and to save every soul ,grand soul, humans ,balas in back bones ,kundlani power,every molecules of humans, gods,evils become good and noble , every creatures.where ever may be even in earth ,hell ,heavan or in any molecules and get back lifes back as humans as they were ,on the earth only.

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