Lord Rama's Determination

18th Apr 2024
Vaijayantimala devi dasi

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances! All Glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev!

We  are all celebrating the apperance of Lord Shri Ramachandra, the Supreme Personality of Godhead.In Srimad Bhagavatam 5.19.3 we see that Hanumanji is glorifying and offering obeisances to the  the lord as  sādhu-vāda-nikaaāya to the Lord, who is like a stone for examining all the good qualities of a saadhu. Lord Rama is a reservoir of all the good qualities which continue to keep inspiring  us all after lakhs of years.

One beautiful quality of the Lord is His being a dhrta vrata – one who is fully determined to follow the vows. In Srimad Ramayana we see that Shri Rama agreed to go to be in the forest for fourteen years in order to keep up the promise given by His father Dasaratha to Kaikeyi. When Lord Rama went to Lanka and when Ravana was killed, the fourteen year exile period was almost over and only a few hours were left. At that point of time, immediately after the destruction of Ravana we see Lord Rama speaking these words to Lakshmana.

vibhīaamima saumya lakāyāmabhiecaya
anurakta
 ca bhakta ca tathā pūrvopakāriam

ea me parama kāmo yadima rāvaānujam
la
kāyā saumya paśyeyamabhiikta vibhīaam

Gentle Lakshmana! Vibheeshana is friendly to me and devoted. He has done me good work in the past. Consecrate him in Lanka. O gentle one! This is my paramount desire that I should see this Vibhishana, the brother of Ravana being consecrated on the  throne in Lanka. - Valmiki Ramyana 6-112-9 and 10.

Herein we see that Lord Rama, did not want to enter into the city of Lanka to consecrate Shri Vibhishana. At that point of time He was in the outskirts of Lanka wherein the battle took place. He did not want to break his vow of being in exile by entering into the city and hence He asked Lakshmanji to do the consecration. Once that was done, the next thing was that the Lord spoke to Hanumanji the following.

anujnāpya mahārājamima saumya vibhīaṇam
praviśya nagarī
 la kauśala brūhimaithilīm

O Gentle one! Taking permission from this Vibhishana, the great king and entering into the City of Lanka, inform about our welfare to Seetha. - Valmiki Ramayana 6-112-24.

Herein again with great humility and following dharma, from which He never deviated even a bit, (Ramo vigrahavan dharmah) the Lord asked Hanumanji to get the permission of King Vibhishana and enter into  the city and inform Seetha mata of Victory.

We see that  after Sita Mata joins Lord Rama, Shri Vibhishana requested Lord Rama to stay back and rest for a few days in Lanka, bur Lord Rama remembering Bharata, immediately wanted to return to Ayodhya. Thus even though it was just the last phase of few hours of the fourteen year exile period, Lord Rama as a dhrta vrata, was so much determined to keep up the words. We saw the story of Transformation just a few days back in Granthraj wherein the dancer chanted a beautiful verse

atīto bahu kālo re kincit evāvasishyate
kśana mātrasya dośena mā bhava tvam kalankitah

This means that, "Hey! A long time has passed. Only very little time is remaining. By committing a mistake in the last minute, don’t become polluted or subject to be condemned."

We see herein that Lord Rama lived up to this by not deviating from His words in the last phase of the exile, after having followed it strictly all fourteen years, even though none would have questioned Him or judged Him on this. 

Our spiritual master H H Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj said, "Our determination should be to become a devotee of Krishna. Instead of other determinations that drag us to the hellish life, we should be determined and resolved to be with Krishna."

I pray that I develop atleast a bit of this determination for my own purification.

Sri Ramachandra Bhagavan ki jai!

Thank you very much.
Yours in the service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev,
Vaijayantimala devi dasi
Chennai.