Thought of the Day

As written at Prashanthi Nilayam on 21 - 4 - 2021

This day, the birth of Sri Rama is celebrated in all lands. Rama had His deed, word and thought, that is, body, speech and mind, ever pure and totally free from blemish. Really speaking, one ought to revere the story of Rama as a profound allegory. Every act and actor in that story attracts attention and gets imprinted on the memory because the allegory is personal to each of us. For example, consider Dasaratha. He represents the human body with the five senses of perception and the five sense-organs of action. He has three wives - the three Gunas or dispositions: Satwa, Rajas and Tamas- named Kausalya, Sumitra and Kaikeyi. He has four sons, who embody in themselves the four goals of human life - Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha. Rama is the very embodiment of Dharma (Morality, Virtue, Right conduct). The other three goals can be achieved only by steady adherence to Dharma. We find, therefore, the brothers Lakshmana, Bharatha and Shatrughna following the footsteps of Rama. (Divine Discourse, Apr 18, 1986)
- Baba