Made For Each Other - Part 10

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". We have been meditating on how the divine couple Mother Sita and Lord Rama are perfect match for each other in terms of qualities (anuguna dāmpatyam).

One important quality is their all-pervading nature. The Supreme Lord is all pervading in His transcendental form and the Lord's consort is also a perfect match, because She is also all pervading and hence never separated from the Lord. They are always united and present together at all places. This is stated in the Vishnu purana as follows:

nityaivaiṣā jaganmātā viṣṇoḥ śrīr anapāyinī
yathā sarvagato viṣṇus tathaiveyaṃ dvijottama

O best of the brahmanas, Mother Lakshmi is the constant companion of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Vishnu, and therefore she is called anapāyinī. She is the mother of all creation. As Lord Vishnu is all-pervading, His spiritual potency, mother Lakshmi, is also all-pervading.

In addition, Mother Lakshmi constantly adores the Lord's chest and hence the Lord is called by the name Srinivasa. However, we see that in the Rama Lila, Mother Sita was carried away by Ravana and Lord Rama was searching for Her and crying. Also we see Mother Sita was distressed while held captive in Lanka by Ravana, separated from the Lord. If They are constantly united and all pervading, how come there is separation between Them and suffering for Them? In reality Lord Rama and Mother Sita were never separated because both are all pervading. They enacted the role of a normal husband and wife and displayed suffering to teach two lessons to humanity.

a) To show the miseries of family life:-They taught by their example one of the miseries of family life, which is forced separation of husband and wife. The Bhagavata purana states this as follows:

SB 9.10.11
rakṣo-’dhamena vṛkavad vipine ’samakṣaṁ
vaideha-rāja-duhitary apayāpitāyām
bhrātrā vane kṛpaṇavat priyayā viyuktaḥ
strī-saṅgināṁ gatim iti prathayaṁś cacāra

Then Lord Ramacandra wandered in the forest with His brother Lakshmana as if very much distressed due to separation from His wife. Thus He showed by His personal example the condition of a person attached to women.

The word 'krpanavat' (as if very much distressed) shows that there was no misery for Lord Rama or Sita. Their suffering like normal humans was a display to instruct us. Srila Prabhupada explains in the purport (5.19.5), "To teach this lesson to devotees and to human society in general, Lord Sri Ramachandra, although the Supreme Personality of Godhead Himself, underwent a series of tribulations because He accepted a wife, mother Sita. Lord Ramacandra underwent these austerities, of course, only to instruct us; actually He never has any reason to lament for anything."

b) To exemplify a dutiful husband and wife:- Srila Prabhupada explains this as follows in the commentary (5.19.5) "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 men — those who strictly follow the religious principles and those who are devotees. By His personal example, Lord Ramacandra 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 Ramacandra demonstrated this duty."

Lord Rama willing, we shall continue to meditate further on this divine couple in the subsequent offerings.

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