Dear Prabhujis and Matajis,
Hare Krishna. Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev.
Sri Sri Ramachandra Bhagavan ki jai!! Sri Sri Sita-Ram-Lakshman-Hanuman ki jai!
Wish you all a very very happy Rama Navami!
Today is one of the most auspicious days for all of us - the appearance day of Lord Sri Ramachandra. Lord Rama is one of the primary incarnations of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Almost all of us have heard the pastimes of Lord Ramachandra which are as sweet as nectar. When Lord Krsna appeared in this planet in His personal form, He displayed many of His opulence but at the same time, in order to taste the mellow of intimate loving affection with His pure devotees, He made them forget those opulences thru His internal potency (yoga maya). Whereas in the form of Lord Ramachandra He did the reverse. He was displaying His opulences on so many occasions but when the devotees revered and glorified the Lord for His wonderful pastimes, He presented Himself as though He had forgotten that He was the Supreme Personality of Godhead. To put it simply, when He came as Krsna, He made others (intimate friends and demons) to forget that He is God and when He came as Rama, He made Himself to forget that He is God. These are all simply inconceivable and transcendental pastimes of the Lord which He does for His and His devotees enjoyment.
There is one (among many) very interesting incident in the Ramayan which goes well with the above point. When Lord Rama decided to fight with Ravana, all the monkeys decided to help the Lord in His mission. So to go to Lanka, then wanted to build a bridge across the ocean. All the monkeys went around picking stones, always chanting "Ram Ram". They were writing "Ram" on each stone and throwing it in the ocean. By the power of the Lord's name, the stones were floating instead of sinking down. Lord Rama was watching the construction and became surprised to see all the stones floating on the water just by the monkeys writing His name on them. A small desire arose in His heart to try it out for Himself. Then He threw a small stone on the water. To His embarrassment the stone went down the water. The Lord became morose that He does not even have the power of the monkeys to float a small stone on water.
His dear devotee Hanuman was seeing this from a distance. He came to the Lord and inquired Him about what He is really trying to do. The Lord was not willing to disclose what was He really trying to do, basically out of embarrassment. But Hanuman said, "I know what you are trying to do my Lord! You should know better than me, that, when we throw anything away, it means we are rejecting it. If we living entities reject anything or anybody, You are always there to give protection. Whereas if You Yourself throw away or reject anything or anybody, who is there to give them protection? This is why the stones went down the water." Through this very simple and sweet incident the Lord proved two points :
1. His holy names are all powerful.
2. As long as we are being protected by the Lord, we will never fall down.
Lord Ramachandra is merciful beyond imagination. He says that even once if a person surrendered to Him, He will take care of him eternally.
Srimad Bhagavatam has a glorious prayer to Lord Rama recited by Hanumanji in 5.19.7:
na janma nūnaṁ mahato na saubhagaṁ
na vāṅ na buddhir nākṛtis toṣa-hetuḥ
tair yad visṛṣṭān api no vanaukasaś
cakāra sakhye bata lakṣmaṇāgrajaḥ
One cannot establish a friendship with the Supreme Lord Rāmacandra on the basis of material qualities such as one’s birth in an aristocratic family, one’s personal beauty, one’s eloquence, one’s sharp intelligence or one’s superior race or nation. None of these qualifications is actually a prerequisite for friendship with Lord Śrī Rāmacandra. Otherwise how is it possible that although we uncivilized inhabitants of the forest have not taken noble births, although we have no physical beauty and although we cannot speak like gentlemen, Lord Rāmacandra has nevertheless accepted us as friends?
Such a humble prayer by Hanumanji, the dearmost devotee of Lord Ramachandra! In essence he has given us the mood in which we should worship the Lord. Let us pray to Krpa-sindhu Lord Sri Ramachandra on this most auspicious day by remembering Him through His pastimes.
Sri Rama Navami Mahotsava ki Jai!
Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev,
Kalacakra Krsna das.
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