Sri Rama Navami (Birthday of Lord Rama)

Today (9th day of Chaitra Masa, Shukla Paksha in Hindu Calendar or Panchanga) is celebrated as the birthday of God Sri Rama.

SriRama is considered as an incarnation / avatar of Lord Vishnu (the preserver in the Brahma-Vishnu-Maheshwara Trinity). His birth was to preserve peace and prosperity and restore Dharma by freeing the world from the clutches of demons like Ravana.

Ramayana, written by the great sage Valmiki is an epic that gives full account of Rama’s life. Brief account of Ramayana can be found here.

We grew up listening to Rama’s stories from our Moms. Many versions of Ramayana were made and still being made into serials on Indian television exploring the epic from various angles and perspectives.

The life of Lord SriRama serves as a case study of challenge management.

Though SriRama was born as a prince, heir to the throne, he had to give it up to fulfil his Father’s promise. He had to live in the forest with his newly married wife, Sita, a princess herself, and brother, Lakshmana while protecting hermits from demons.

As they get used to the life in the forest, fate throws a spanner in the works in the form of demon Ravana abducting Sita. With the help of Hanuman, Sugriva, Jambavanta, heading armies of Monkeys and Bears, he defeats Ravana and returns to his kingdom with his wife and brother, gets crowned as the King after fulfilling his Father’s promises.

Then again he gets separated from his pregnant wife due to some allegation made by one of his citizens. He gets to meet his twin sons in a battlefield! By the time he reconciles with them, his wife exits from his life forever.

Life of Rama offers us valuable lessons in emotions and self management. All through his life he had to face a number of ordeals. He didn’t flinch or become bitter or hold grudge; he conducted himself gracefully in each and every situation. He lived by the values he believed in. He was blissful when he was living in the palace and was equally happy, humble and graceful while living in a hermitage in the forest.

No wonder, SriRama is considered as the Maryada Purushottham.

I feel Lord SriRama is beyond any faith or country. His life is full of life lessons.

We can dismiss these lessons saying, ‘Oh! Rama was an Avatar of God. So, he was able to do live like that. How can we, mere human beings be like that?’ Rama was an incarnation, but he lived like a normal human being during his avatar on Earth without exercising any special divine powers. He faced all the difficulties that came his way.

Human being is considered as the highest form of creation. The Almighty has endowed us with intellect. What is stopping us from using our intellect and imbibing the values / lessons we get from the epics like Ramayana?!

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