April 2nd, 2020
Answering questions on the significance of Ram Navami (the day believed to be Lord Rama’s birthday), Sri Sri had once shared the following which decoded the mythology around Lord Rama.
- Ram means the radiance within us; the light of the Self. The light in our heart is called Ram. This day of ‘Ram Navami’ celebrates the birth of this Divine inner light.
- Lord Rama was born to King Dashrath and Queen Kaushalya.
- Kaushalya means skill, and Dashrath means one who has ten chariots. Our body has ten organs – Panch Jnanendriya (referring to the five senses) and Panch karmendriya (referring to the five senses associated with action, that is the two hands, two legs, the genitals, the excretory organ and the mouth).
- Sumitra means the one who is friendly with everybody.
- Kaikeyi means one who is always giving selflessly to everyone.
- Ram means inner light, and Lakshmana (Lord Rama’s younger brother) means awareness. Shatrughana (son of Sumitra and twin brother was Lakshmana) means one who has no enemies, or one who faces no opposition. Bharat (son of Kaikeyi) means the talented one.
- Ayodhya (Lord Rama’s place of birth) is one which should not be destroyed.
The essence of the story is this: Our body is Ayodhya, the king of our body is the five sense organs and the five organs of action. The queen of the body is skill (Kaushalya). All our senses are usually outwards, with the use of skill we bring those inwards, and that is when the divine eternal light, which is Lord Rama, dawns within us.
When the mind (Sita) was kidnapped by ego (Ravana), then both the divine light together with the awareness (Lakshmana) brought her back home, on the shoulders of Lord Hanuman (signifying Prana). This Ramayana keeps on happening in our body all the time.
Sri Sri led a guided meditation to remember and invoke this radiance present in everyone.
Lord Rama always took decisions keeping the interests of his subjects above everything else. Though he never gave a discourse, his timeless ideals guide us to this day, aeons later. Best wishes & blessings to all of you on #RamNavami.
— Sri Sri Ravi Shankar (@SriSri) April 2, 2020
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