WHOLE DUDE – WHOLE BELOVED

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Sree Raama, Raama, Raameti, Rame, Raame, Manorame

Sahsra naama tastulyam, Raama naama Varaanane.

MY BELOVED HERO :

The Culture of the Land Of India had introduced to me several personalities and Cultural Icons and I tend to develop a relationship with them and each of my relationships exists in a particular context. Shiva is my protector and the Master who guides my intellectual functions. I have described Lord Krishna as my ” GURU “,the Guru who guides my actions and I would like to name ‘ KARNA ‘ as my favorite Hero as he is the “Salt of Life”. Rama had described himself in the following words. On the occasion of Seeta’s ordeal by fire at the end of the epic battle, Rama says to Brahma(The Lord of Creation) who appeared there among others :-

” I regard myself only as Rama, son of Dasaratha, an ordinary human being. Who I am in reality, where I belong, why I took birth, are matters on which you may enlighten me, and I do not know.”

In the personality of Rama, the course of human conduct and the ‘ DHARMA ‘ governing it come linked together. My love for Rama could be mostly attributed to the story that is revealed in Chapter XV, ‘ Ayodhya Kanda ‘ of RAMAYANA. We should view the events described through imagination and actually experience the emotional state of each character as the story is enacted in front of our eyes. It is claimed that , wherever Rama’s tale is told, Hanumaan himself joins the gathering and reverentially stands with tear-filled eyes, listening. This has been my personal experience. Whenever I read the story about this ” ordinary human being “, my eyes fill up with tears. I rechecked my emotions while preparing to write down this entry. When I read Chapter XV, my eyes can not resist from filling up with tears. For having experienced this emotional connection, I could claim that Rama is my beloved Hero. My desire to speak about Rama is provided by Rama himself and I did mention about it in the very first entry and had given credit to the Telugu poet Bammera Potana whom I had acknowledged as my ‘mentor’.Potana had proclaimed that he wrote his poems with the help of the creative spirit that springs directly from Rama. My Master Shiva had consented to entertain this idea that Rama is my resource for creative writing, my GURU Krishna had approved that I could act to express my sentimental attachment to Rama, Saraswati had gracefully provided the ability to pen my thoughts , Hanumaan had certified that my tears are genuine and Ganesha had blessed my effort and would let me post this entry.The life’s journey is described as a perilous and tedious swim across an unknown and uncharted ocean and I would like to remain afloat while I cross this ocean and the name ‘ RAMA ‘ is like a life jacket, a floatational device which would help me to get to the destination and would let me reach the shore.I live in a universe which is a reflection of ” MAYA “. I find no better way to know the ultimate reality. I would prefer to cling to the two letter ‘MANTRA’ of RA MA . I would just be happy if I could find the way and end up in the company of others who had lived before me and had placed their trust in this name.

Mother Kaikeyi spoke prophetic words when she said Rama’s dutifulness would bring him glory undying. That glory she said will continue as long as the Himaalaya stands and the waters of Ganga flow and as long as the ocean-waves beat on the solid earth.

May everyone that reads the Chapter XV of Ayodhya Kanda receive by Rama’s grace the strength to bear the sorrows that have to be faced in life.

I would have loved to share these thoughts with my mother and I shed tears reading Rama’s story while remembering her.

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