Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Special Leela of Sri Rama
Jai Bedi Anjaneya,
Hare Srinivasa !!!!
Moola Ramayana is the original Ramayana, which has over 100 crore shlokas. It was first taught to Brahma Devaru by Hyariva roopi paramatma.
Brahma Devaru taught this to Sri Narada, Narada in turn based on Sri Hari icche; realized that it was very difficult for people in Kaliyuga to read Moola Ramayana, so he inspired Rishi Valmiki to write Ramayana which composes of 24,000 verses.
With the advent of Kaliyuga the shastras started getting corrupt; there was no clean point of reference. Sri Madhvacharya composed the Mahabharata TatParya Nirnaya to settle all these problems.
MBTN is a voluminous work where Sri Madhvacharya has quoted several references and knitted them all into the context. One of the references is the Moola Ramayana.
For this article, I have taken facts from both resources, MBTN and Valmiki Ramayana.
May Sri Raghavendra grace me and correct my mistakes.
Sri Rama, shows a special roopa during the end of the battle with ravana. ravana has a special army that he has kept reserve in lanka, this is the moola bala or core army.
MBTN states that this army is three hundred thousand Akshohinis along with another six thousand Akshohinis viz. 3,06,000 akshohinis. armed with various weapons.
Valmiki Ramayna mentions that the army of demons were capable of changing their form at will.
Compared to this mind boggling number; Mahabharata's war which was 18 akshohinis in total seems miniscule.
* Please note Mahabharatas war of 18 akshohini's sena is also small compared to the fact that Sri Krishna has single handedly killed 18 akshohini's sena of jarasandha 17 times viz. 18*17 = 306 akshohinis
Added to this enormous number, this army had the following boons from Brahma Devaru
2) Ability to stay in a small space viz. Lanka.
Owing to these boons, even Sugreeva was not even able to look at this army, the Vanar Sena panicked and pleaded Sri Rama to protect them.
Sri Rama, singlehandedly came forward taking his bow. The whole creation was waiting with bated breath; this is a insight when we are faced with problems, they seem enormous, endless and armed to the teeth.
Sri Rama started showering arrows on the sea of Rakshasas. The whole army was being sorched by Sri Rama's arrows. Valmiki Ramayana actually details out "persistance of vision". Sri Rama was taking the arrow out of the quiver, fixing it on his bow and firing the arrow; but he was doing this with such speed; people could just see a circle.
The created beings saw Sri Rama as a discus. Sri Rama started moving around the battlefield with such speed, that people started seeing Sri Rama everywhere, they would see Sri Rama in one place, another instant in another place, suddenly they would see Sri Rama all over, sometimes all the Sri Ramas would merge into one, sometimes Sri Rama would not be seen at all. All the time the Rakshasas were being slaughtered all over.
Sri Rama appeared in all the main directions and all intermediate directions, Sri Rama was seen on the ground, in the sky, wherever the eye can see Sri Rama could be seen. Firing multitude of arrows Sri Rama decimated the Rakshasa army.
Within seconds, the whole army was finished with a few survivors.
So no matter how much, what or how deep your troubles; Sri Rama can solve them in an instant.
Hanuman, the Kapi Sena and the Devatas in heavens rejoiced on this feat of Sri Rama, this leela of Sri Rama gave them immense joy.
* Note: Leelas of Sri Hari bring immense joy to his devotees and misery for Sri Hari dweshis or asuras.
The demons could not behold Sri Rama just an asura cannot understand that Sri Hari is the internal controller of his senses.
Valmiki Ramayana has one statement I want to clarify.
After this feat, Sri Rama mentions that this feat is achievable by himself and "tryambakasya". I have used the word "tryambakasya" because most translators will translate it to Rudra Devaru.
Tryambaka - Try+ambaka = 3 + mothers(main) or 3 + eyes(alternate)
The main meaning of ambaka is mother; i.e. one having 3 mothers. With this meaning; the person refered to is Sri Rama.
Similarly even if the meaning is taken as eyes, the meaning is Sri Narasimha devaru (see prayer of Prahalad to Sri Narasimha). Because, bimba Sri Narasimha has three eyes, pratibimba Sri Rudra Devaru also has 3 eyes.
One way I feel to interpret this, is Sri Rama is telling that he is no different from Sri LaxmiNarasimha Devaru. Sri LaxmiNarasimha Devaru proved that Sri Hari is present everywhere and destroyed the entire demons headed by hiranyakashipu.
Similarly in this event Sri Rama, showed that he is present everywhere and destroyed the entire demon army.
Purandara Dasaru has captured this event in the composition.
alli nODalu rAma illi nODalu rAma |
ellelli nODidaralli shrIrAma ||
You can see Rama here, you can see Rama there |
Wherever the eye can see, you see Sri Rama ||
Full song is present at
Another form of interpretation is that since Sri Rama is Vasudev roop of Paramatma.
***** Vasudeva *******
‘Vasu’ means one who covers everywhere , everything . God Srinivasa covers us like a sheet and protects us from external dangers and calamities . He regulates the entire universe by being outside and inside it . Thus he is vasudev .
Va means one with complete strength. ‘asu’ means one who controls everyone . ‘de ‘ means one who gives everything and ‘va’ again here means one who is present everywhere . Being present everywhere , he controls everyone and gives whatever wished for to those who pray him . Thus Srinivas is vasudev .
Also the Sri Venkateshawara in Tirumala is in Vasudeva roopa (moksha pradayaka roopa)
***** ********** *******
So the lyrics are relevant for the context as well as otherwise.
Carnatic Sangeeta Pitamaha Sri Purandara Dasarige Namon Namaha !
Bharati Ramana Mukhya Prana antargata Sri Krishnaarpnamastu !