Made For Each Other - Part 3

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

This is in continuation of the previous offering titled "Made for Each Other", wherein we were meditating on the Divine Couple Lord Rama and Mother Sita. In previous offering we saw how the divine couple Mother Sita and Lord Rama are perfect match for each other in terms of form and physical features. We shall continue to meditate further.

Generally unless a person is in mode of goodness, one cannot appreciate the Lord's beauty. But we see that in Ramayana, apart from the sages and devotees, the rakshasas who were man eaters, who feasts on dead bodies of humans were very much attracted by His beauty and beauty of Mother Sita. We see that Surpanaka was very much attracted by the beauty of Sita and Rama. Maricha, Ravana, Mandodari, Vali and Tara praised so much about the beauty of Lord Rama. Generally when we take darshan of the deities in the temple, we can appreciate the beauty better when our mind is serene and peaceful. When we are in anguish or mental agony due to material problems, even if we take darshan, the beauty will not appeal to us that much. But we see in the life of Lord Rama, even those who considered Lord Rama as their enemy, appreciated His beauty in their most anguished moments.Tara and Mandodari were very upset and frustrated when their husbands (Vali and Ravana respectively) were killed by Lord Rama. They were crying in suffering and they wanted to accuse Lord Rama. But when they saw Him, they were captivated by His divine beauty and glorified His form and qualities in a way which even great sages did not do. So even in their most anguished moments, His beauty attracted them.

The beauty of Lord Rama and Mother Sita cannot be described by words adequately. One ancient Vaishnava poet who wrote Ramayana in Tamil language states that to describe the beauty of the Lord Rama one needs to use sky as the paper and all the water in the ocean as ink. And even then one cannot completely describe His beauty fully. When it comes to beauty, there are two kinds of beauty, one is overall beauty and other is beauty of every limb. In case of Lord Rama and Mother Sita, their overall beauty and beauty of every limb was exceptional and absolutely matching.

Overall appearance:- The Ramayana states that from birth itself Lord Rama was endowed with all beautiful bodily features. His beauty was not artificially acquired by putting makeup or facial surgery as it is the case with modern day beauties. The Ramayana sloka 1.8.10 states,

prodyamāne jagannātham sarvaloka namaskṛtam
kausalyājanayad rāmaṃ sarva lakṣaṇasaṃyutam

Queen Kausalya gave birth to Rama (the lord of the universe who is adored by all the worlds) possessing all the divine bodily features and qualities, the greatly blessed delightful offspring of the Ikshvaaku dynasty.

Great sage Vashishta was so much attracted by His beauty which made him blissful and hence he gave the name Rama (one who delights everyone). Surpanaka also says to Ravana, that Rama is kandarpa sama rupah (one who is like Cupid in beauty). In the same way Mother Sita was also endowed with all perfections at her birth and this is confirmed by Valmiki in Ramayana (1.1.26,27) as follows:

rāmasya dayitā bhāryā prāna samā bityam hitāh
janakasya kule jātā nirmitā deva māyā iva sarva lakṣaṇa
sampanna

Sita, who was the loving and devoted wife of Lord Rama, was like the life energy of Lord Rama. She was born in the family of Janaka and Her beauty was as if fashioned by divine marvel. She was endowed will all bodily features and beauty.

We can see that the word 'sarva lakṣaṇa' is used by Valmiki for both Lord Rama and Mother Sita explaining that they are a perfect match by their overall beauty. Let us continue to meditate more on this perfect match in terms of form (anurūpa dāmpatyam) of this divine couple in the following offerings, Lord Rama willing.

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