Comparing Rama To The Sun

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[Sita-Rama]“O monkey, with a brilliant network of arrows the brave Rama, who is like the sun, will dry up the water that is the Rakshasa enemy.” (Sita Devi, Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 37.16)

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śara jāla aṃśumān śūraḥ kape rāma divā karaḥ |
śatru rakṣomayam toyam upaśoṣam nayiṣyati ||

The kids were looking forward to playing outside. They had their gear ready. Homework was done. The winter just completed, so now there was no excuse. Every day, if possible, the father would take them out to the fields to kick around a ball or just run from here to there.

The problem is that it rained overnight. There is water everywhere. No way to tread through puddles on the grass. Mud would fly everywhere. Instead of considering the situation hopeless, there is a thought to go later on in the day. The conditions will…

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Dealing With Bad Guys

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[Sita-Rama]“It is not possible for that best of men to be moved by danger. I know well of His energy, like Shachi knows with Indra.” (Sita Devi speaking to Hanuman, Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 37.15)

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na sa śakyaḥ tulayitum vyasanaiḥ puruṣa ṛṣabhaḥ |
aham tasya anubhāvajñā śakrasya iva pulomajā ||

Indrari. Surari. These are Sanskrit words used to address the bad characters from ancient times. There was a dividing line when the species first came to be. Two sisters were the origin. Diti and Aditi; the good guys sprung from Aditi and the bad from Diti.

The good guys are known as suras. A few English translations for this word are “god” and “demigod.” In scientific terms people of this category live mostly in the mode of goodness. Since they possess goodness at such a high level, the suras can…

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The Symbolism To The Reality

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[Lord Vishnu]“It is said in the Vedic literature that innumerable universes issue forth when Maha-Vishnu exhales in His yoga-nidra, and innumerable universes enter His body when He again inhales. We have to imagine that these universes, which, according to our limited knowledge, are expanded unlimitedly, are so great that the gross ingredients, the five elements of the cosmic manifestation, namely earth, water, fire, air and sky, are not only within the universe, but are covering the universe in seven layers, each layer ten times bigger than the previous one.” (Krishna, The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Vol 2, Ch 32)

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“Give me a specific project to do and I’m okay. Straightforward and matching my skillset. It doesn’t necessarily have to be simple. I’m not asking for the easy road. The only issue I have is with distractions. Different components, where you can’t gather momentum in…

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With One Hand Tied Behind His Back

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[Shri Rama's arrow]“He killed fourteen thousand Rakshasas in the forest of Janasthana without the help of His brother. What enemy would not become agitated by this?” (Sita Devi speaking to Hanuman, Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 37.14)

caturdaśa sahasrāṇi rākṣasānām jaghāna yaḥ |
jana sthāne vinā bhrātrā śatruḥ kaḥ tasya na udvijet ||

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This was the reason Ravana resorted to trickery. Sure, he was previously proud of his fighting prowess. He would boast about it after the fact, as well. In between? Not so much. Better to satisfy the senses, in any way possible. You can do damage control later on.

Politicians are known to employ what is called “spin.” They get caught on camera saying something unflattering. They turn against the party and vote for something they promised during the campaign they were against. They did not express themselves properly in an interview, and now…

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There Should Be No Doubt

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[Sita-Rama]“O Vanara, in Raghava there are fortitude, manliness, courage, gratitude, non-maliciousness, prowess and energy.” (Sita Devi speaking to Hanuman, Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 37.13)

utsāhaḥ pauruṣam sattvam ānṛśaṃsyam kṛtajñatā |
vikramaḥ ca prabhāvaḥ ca santi vānara rāghave ||

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There should be no doubt on the matter. The evidence is clear, though the present situation might say otherwise. He is not on the scene at the moment. Does that mean He is not visible? Does that mean He has no witness? Does that mean His mind is elsewhere?

Actually, Shri Rama is there to witness everything automatically. This is accomplished through the feature of Supersoul, also known as Paramatma. It is the superior kind of atma, or soul. Soul is what defines an existence. Without the presence of the soul, nothing could live.

Alongside the individual soul is Supersoul, who is God’s expansion…

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Qualities That Match

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[Sita-Rama]“O best of the monkeys, I hope that my husband will regain me soon, as my heart is pure and the good qualities in Him are numerous.” (Sita Devi, Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 37.12)

āśaṃsa iti hari śreṣṭha kṣipram mām prāpsyate patiḥ |
antaḥ ātmā hi me śuddhaḥ tasmin ca bahavo guṇāḥ ||

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In Vedic literature a person finds many names for the Almighty. There are too many to remember offhand, and so there are certain prayers recited to help bring auspiciousness. There is the Vishnu-sahasra-namam, which means “the thousand names of Vishnu.” Each name has a different meaning, revealing a different feature to the person most of the world refers to as God.

Many of those names reference a relationship to a person. Specifically, the Supreme Lord is the husband of the goddess of fortune. He is Vishnu and she is…

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Not Judging A Book By Its Cover

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[Shri Hanuman]“O monkey, the eldest daughter of Vibhishana, named Anala, told me this herself, having been sent by her mother.” (Sita Devi, Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 37.11)

jyeṣṭhā kanyā analā nama vibhīṣaṇa sutā kape |
tayā mama etat ākhyātam mātrā prahitayā svayam ||

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They say to not judge a book by its cover. The illustrator may be particularly skilled. They have artistic talent; enough to catch the attention of prospective buyers. The cover looks intriguing, but nothing about the visual speaks to what is on the inside. The content can be completely different. The skill of the writer may not be up to the standard of the cover.

The reverse can hold true. The cover might be plain and unappealing. Nothing to catch the eye. Just another book among millions that have been published in the history of the world. Yet the inside can…

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