Made For Each Other - Part 12

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). We will continue to see how they match in terms of compassion.

Usually the Lord is called "bhakta vatsala" or "śaranāgata vatsala" (one who is compassionate towards devotees and surrendered souls). But in Ramayana, Lakshmana and Garuda addresses Lord Rama as 'ripunam api vatsala' (Ramayana verses 2.21.6, 5.50.56). 'ripunam api vatsala' means 'one who is compassionate and shows motherly forbearing even to offenders'. Ravana committed a great offense at the feet of Lord Rama by kidnapping Mother Sita. But Vibhishana came for surrender. Lord Rama said that He is willing to accept even Ravana if he comes to surrender.

ānayainaṃ hariśreṣṭha dattam asyābhayaṃ mayā
vibhīṣaṇo vā sugrīva yadi vā rāvaṇaḥ svayam

O Sugriva, leader of the monkeys, Vibhishana has been granted shelter and fearlessness by Me! Please bring Vibhishana here. Even if Ravana himself comes asking for shelter, please bring Him here.

This proves that Lord Rama is compassionate even to His enemies. Also after Ravana was killed in the war, Vibhishana refused to perform final rites for Ravana because Ravana was a great offender of the Lord. But Lord Rama persuaded and convinced him to perform funeral rites. In this regard, Srila Prabhupada states in purport of Srimad Bhagavatam verse 9.10.29, "Ravana was killed by Lord Ramacandra and was destined for hellish life, but by Lord Ramacandra's advice, Vibhishana, Ravana's brother, performed all the duties prescribed in relation to the dead. Thus Lord Ramacandra was kind to Ravana even after Ravana's death."

Mother Sita also exhibited great compassion to Kakasura who offended her. Once a demon by name Kakasura (demon in the form of a crow) wounded the breast of Mother Sita with his beaks and Sita experienced great pain and bleeding. Lord Rama was infuriated by this and threw a blade of grass against the crow and it became a brahmastra and started chasing the crow. The crow went to find shelter in all the worlds and no one protected it. Finally it fell at the feet of Lord Rama to save his life. But while falling his legs were pointing to Lord Rama. When Mother Sita saw this, she became compassionate and thought, "Oh this poor crow does not know how to surrender." She then lifted the crow and placed his head at the feet of Lord Rama. Seeing this act, the Lord became pacified and spared the life of the crow. He did not kill the crow. But as a punishment, He removed one eye of the crow. This shows the great compassion of Mother Sita to the demon who offended Her.

Thus the divine couple are personification of compassion and ready to accept the surrendered souls and elevate them spiritually. We may have demoniac and offensive tendencies in our heart. But when we approach the Lord through our spiritual master, the all compassionate Lord will accept us and engage us in His service. Let us pray for Their mercy through the medium of our spiritual master and Srila Prabhupada. 

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