By His personal example, Lord Ramacandra wanted to instruct both of them (those who strictly follow the religious principles and those who are devotees) how to fully adopt the discipline of the religious system and how to be a beloved and dutiful husband
SB Canto 5
It was ordained that RÄvaá¹a, chief of the RÄká¹£asas, could not be killed by anyone but a man, and for this reason Lord RÄmacandra, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, appeared in the form of a human being. Lord RÄmacandra's mission, however, was not only to kill RÄvaá¹a but also to teach mortal beings that material happiness centered around sex life or centered around one's wife is the cause of many miseries. He is the self-sufficient Supreme Personality of Godhead, and nothing is lamentable for Him. Therefore why else could He be subjected to tribulations by the kidnapping of mother SÄ«tÄ?
When the Lord appears in this universe in the form of a human being, He has two purposes, as stated in Bhagavad-gÄ«tÄ (BG 4.8)âparitrÄá¹Äya sÄdhÅ«nÄá¹ vinÄÅÄya ca duá¹£ká¹tÄm: to destroy the demons and protect the devotees. To protect the devotees, the Lord not only satisfies them by His personal presence but also teaches them so that they will not fall down from devotional service. By His personal example, Lord RÄmacandra taught the devotees that it is better not to enter married life, which is certainly followed by many tribulations. As confirmed in ÅrÄ«mad-BhÄgavatam (7.9.45):
- yan maithunÄdi-gá¹hamedhi-sukhaá¹ hi tucchaá¹
- kaá¹á¸Å«yanena karayor iva duá¸¥kha-duá¸¥kham
- tá¹pyanti neha ká¹paá¹Ä bahu-duá¸¥kha-bhÄjaá¸¥
- kaá¹á¸Å«tivan manasijaá¹ viá¹£aheta-dhÄ«raá¸¥
Ká¹paá¹as, those who are not advanced in spiritual knowledge and who are therefore just the opposite of brÄhmaá¹as, generally take to family life, which is a concession for sex. Thus they enjoy sex again and again, although that sex is followed by many tribulations. This is a warning to devotees. To teach this lesson to devotees and to human society in general, Lord ÅrÄ« RÄmacandra, although the Supreme Personality of Godhead Himself, underwent a series of tribulations because He accepted a wife, mother SÄ«tÄ. Lord RÄmacandra underwent these austerities, of course, only to instruct us; actually He never has any reason to lament for anything.
Another aspect of the Lord's instructions is that one who accepts a wife must be a faithful husband and give her full protection. Human society is divided into two classes of menâthose who strictly follow the religious principles and those who are devoteeses. By His personal example, Lord RÄmacandra wanted to instruct both of them how to fully adopt the discipline of the religious system and how to be a beloved and dutiful husband. Otherwise He had no reason to undergo apparent tribulations. One who strictly follows religious principles must not neglect to provide all facilities for the complete protection of his wife. There may be some suffering because of this, but one must nevertheless endure it. That is the duty of a faithful husband. By His personal example, Lord RÄmacandra demonstrated this duty. Lord RÄmacandra could have produced hundreds and thousands of SÄ«tÄs from His pleasure energy, but just to show the duty of a faithful husband, He not only rescued SÄ«tÄ from the hands of RÄvaá¹a but also killed RÄvaá¹a and all the members of his family.
Another aspect of the teachings of Lord RÄmacandra is that although Lord Viá¹£á¹u, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and His devotees may apparently suffer from material tribulations, they have nothing to do with such tribulations. They are mukta-puruá¹£as, liberated persons, under all circumstances. It is therefore said in the Caitanya-bhÄgavata: (CB Madhya-khaá¹á¸a 9.240):
- yata dekha vaiá¹£á¹avera vyavahÄra duá¸¥kha
- niÅcaya jÄniha tÄhÄ paramÄnanda-sukha
A Vaiá¹£á¹ava is always firmly situated in transcendental bliss because of engagement in devotional service. Although he may appear to suffer material pains, his position is called transcendental bliss in separation (viraha). The emotions a lover and beloved feel when separated from one another are actually very blissful, although apparently painful. Therefore the separation of Lord RÄmacandra from SÄ«tÄdevÄ«, as well as the consequent tribulation they suffered, is but another display of transcendental bliss. That is the opinion of ÅrÄ«la ViÅvanÄtha CakravartÄ« á¹¬hÄkura.
|Compiled by||MadhuGopaldas +|
|Completed sections||ALL +|
|Date of first entry||May 31, 0012 JL +|
|Date of last entry||May 31, 0012 JL +|
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|Total quotes by section||BG: 0 +, SB: 1 +, CC: 0 +, OB: 0 +, Lec: 0 +, Conv: 0 + and Let: 0 +|