“My dear beautiful wife, what you have said is befitting the occasion and also indicative of the greatness of your family heritage. You are dearer to Me than My life, for you are My companion in the performance of religious duties.” (Lord Rama speaking to Sita Devi, Valmiki Ramayana, Aranya Kand, 10.21)
He had left home. He took practically nothing with Him. He didn’t want His wife or His younger brother to suffer, yet they insisted on accompanying Him. He was there on patrol; sort of like a police officer. The area was the tapo-vana, the forest conducive to the practice of austerity and penance. The people residing there were under a constant threat of attack, and they were not equipped to defend themselves.
His wife had concerns, however. She presented them very mildly, but to any husband even the softest rebuke…
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