Absorption in Lord Rama

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my dandavat pranams. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev.

Today is the auspicious day of Sri Rama Navami. Each of the incarnation of the Lord exhibits a specific special quality and as Rama the Lord exhibited His quality of compassion. Because of this compassion, He was able to attract all living entities of various backgrounds (monkeys, bears, demons and humans). Rama is called by many names base on different lilas. When He was crowned as king, He is called Pattabhirama, as husband of Mother Sita He is called Sitarama or Janaki Rama, Kothanda Rama (wielder of bow), Raja Rama (King of Ayodhya), Bāla Rama (a charming child), possessing infinite qualities and infinite form of bliss (Ananta Rama), beloved Lord of Lord Siva (SivaRama) etc. Raja means one who rules (rājate) everyone. He ruled citizens of Ayodhya not only by His leadership, but mainly by His affection for them and they were captivated by His qualities and grace towards them. In Padma Purana (5.35.50-52) the entire secret essence of all the Vedas and other scriptures is stated as follows by the great sage Aranyaka.

sarveṣāṃ vedaśāstrāṇāṃ rahasyaṃ te prakāśitam
samācara tathā tvaṃ vai yathā syātte manīṣitam
eko devo rāmacandro vratamekaṃ tadarcanam
maṃtro'pyekaśca tannāma śāstraṃ taddhyeva tatstutiḥ
tasmātsarvātmanā rāmacaṃdraṃ bhajamanoharam
yathā goṣpadavattuccho bhavetsaṃsārasāgaraḥ

I hereby reveal the essence of all Vedas and other scriptures. Please assimilate this with your intelligence and put into practice. There is only one Supreme God - Ramachandra. The only supreme vow is to worship Him. There is only one mantra which is the name of Rama. There is only one scripture i.e. that which glorifies Rama. Therefore with all your hearts please serve and worship the charming Ramachandra so that the ocean of material existence would become small like the hoof print of a calf.

The residents of Ayodhya practiced the above teachings in every step of their existence. When Lord Rama went on exile for 14 years, the entire Ayodhya was immersed in sorrow. Elephants threw out morsels of food from their mouth. Cows did not give suck to their calves. Mother did not rejoice on delivery of new child. The people became apathetic and lost interest in food and pastime. The trees withered without giving fruits and flowers. The lotus flowers immersed themselves in the lakes and became invisible. The water in the rivers, lakes and pools started boiling. Thus all citizens of Ayodhya including birds and animals and even inanimate things displayed their affection for Rama.

After return from forest and coronation, Lord Rama used to send spies to roam in the night and find out what people were talking about His rule. One spy went to various houses and observed interesting things. The Padma Purana states that in one house a mother was breast feeding her baby and to encourage the child to drink milk, she chanted the glories of Lord Rama. In one house husband and wife were preparing to engage in conjugal love and they were discussed the affection between Lord Rama and Mother Sita. In another house husband and wife were playing the game of dice and during that time also they chanted about the greatness of Lord Rama. Thus the Lordships Sita Rama were the centre of all their activities and both during separation and union they were completely absorbed in Lord Rama. Because of their complete absorption, Lord Rama took them along with Him to the spiritual world. The Srimad Bhagavatam (5.19.8) confirms this as follows.

suro ’suro vāpy atha vānaro naraḥ
sarvātmanā yaḥ sukṛtajñam uttamam
bhajeta rāmaṁ manujākṛtiṁ hariṁ
ya uttarān anayat kosalān divam iti

Therefore, whether one is a demigod or a demon, a man or a creature other than man, such as a beast or bird, everyone should worship Lord Rāmacandra, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who appears on this earth just like a human being. There is no need of great austerities or penances to worship the Lord, for He accepts even a small service offered by His devotee. Thus He is satisfied, and as soon as He is satisfied, the devotee is successful. Indeed, Lord Śrī Rāmacandra brought all the devotees of Ayodhyā back home, back to Godhead [Vaikuṇṭha].

Thus Sri Rama Navami is meant to absorb ourselves in the name, form, qualities and activities of Lord Rama so that we can gain entrance into the spiritual world. Let us all pray at the lotus feet of our beloved Gurudeva, Srila Prabhupada and Lord Rama so that we can absorb ourselves in Rama bhakti.

Thank you very much.
Yours in the service of Srila Prabhupada and Gurudeva,
Narahari Krishna das
Birmingham.