How Could Kaikeyi Do What She Did

Krishna's Mercy

[Dasharatha and Kaikeyi]“Being under the control of passion and lust, Rama’s father, Maharaja Dasharatha, wanted to fulfill Kaikeyi’s cherished desire, thus he did not go through with Rama’s installation ceremony.” (Sita Devi speaking to Ravana, Valmiki Ramayana, Aranya Kand, 47.12)

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कामार्तस्तु महातेजाः पिता दशरथस्स्वयम्।।
कैकेय्याः प्रियकामार्थं तं रामं नाभ्यषेचयत्।

kāmārtastu mahātejāḥ pitā daśarathassvayam।।
kaikeyyāḥ priyakāmārthaṃ taṃ rāmaṃ nābhyaṣecayat।

“I like how the Ramayana accurately portrays the struggles of married life, even though the events took place so many thousands of years ago. Society thinks they are advancing, that they are correcting the wrongs of generations past, but in truth human behavior is always the same. There are the same defects and struggles.

“King Dasharatha has three wives, but even that experience is relatable. He is so kind to everyone, even though he is the greatest warrior. It is like he turns on his fiery nature…

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