Created on Tuesday, 01 January 2013 19:34
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On this Day it is beneficial to contemplate Sri Rama's qualities - 20 verses in the beginning of Ramayana
In the beginning of Ramayana it is said that Valmiki asked Sage Narada 1-1
"Is there a person in this present world, who is endowed with good qualities (GuNavaan) and also a powerful one (Veeryavaan), a knower of Dharma and accomplished in Dharma (Dharma jnah cha krita), who speaks only truth and accomplishes whatever he has determined in his mind (satya vaakyaH dhRiDha vrataH)"
"Who is he with good-conduct (chaaritre)... who in respect of all beings (sarva bhUteShu) is gentle (hitam)... who is adept in shaastras (vidvaan) and also the ablest (samartah) one... also uniquely good to look to (eka priya darshanaH)"
"Who is well aware of himself (aatmavaan), who has won over unnecessary anger (jita krodho), who is brilliant (dyutiman), non-jealous (anasuuyakaH) and even whom do the Devas fear (kasya bibhyati devaaH), when provoked to war"
"All this (etat) I (aham) wish (ichaami) to listen (shrotum) from you, Oh! Great Sage (maharishi), with great eagerness (kautuuhalam hi me) as you (tvam) are a capable (samarthum) of knowing (jnaatum) such a man (vidham naram)"
"On listening to all those words of Valmiki, the preceptor of all the three worlds, Sage Narada, said "let it be heard..." and beckoning at Sage Valmiki to listen attentively, he spoke these words very gladly."
"Oh! Sage Valmiki, the merits which you have extolled are many, and unattainable even for great emperors, let alone ordinary humans, and also infinite are they... but, about such a man with such merits I will speak on... for I, having known from Brahma of such a man, will make clear about that man..."
From the Ikshvaku dynasty (ikSvaaku vamsha prabhavo) and known to people (janaiH shrutaH) by the name of Rama (raamo naama) , and he is conscientious (niyata aatmaa), highly valorous (mahaveeryo), steadfast and a controller of his own senses (dyutimaan dhRitimaan vashii)
He is intellectual (buddhimaan), just (niitimaan), learned, owner of wealth (Shriimaan), and a destroyer of enemies (shatru nibarhaNaH). His arms are lengthy (mahaabaahu), and his neck is like a conch-shell, with high cheek bones (kambu griivo mahaahanuH)
He is lion-chested (mahorasko), thick-shouldered and who handles a long bow (maheshvaaso), thick shouldered with concealed collar bones (guuDha jatruH), an enemy-subjugator (arindamaH), whose arms extend upto his knee (ajaanu baahuH),and is with a pleasing head (sushiraaH), with a perfect forehead (su lalaaTaH), and who walks like is like that of a lion (suvikramaH)...
He is perfectly-sized physically i.e., not too short or tall or fat or lean (samaH), limbs poised symmetrically (vibhakta angaH), with pleasing colour (snigdha varnaH), who is very famous (prataapavaan), strong-chested (piina vakSaa), wide-eyed (vishaalaakSo), who is married to Lakshmi (or Seetha devi - Lakshmivaan), with good and pleasing signs (shubha lakshanaH)
He is the knower of Dharma (dharmajnaH), always abiding by truth (satya sadhaH), also his concern is in the welfare of subjects (prajaanaam ca hite rataH), glorious (yashasvii), with great knowledge (jnaana sampannaH), clean (both inside and outside), self-controlled (vashyaH) and having a balanced mind (samaadhimaan)
He equals Brahma the creator of all worlds (Prajaapati samaH), he is the controller of his wealth (not the other way around - Shriimaan dhataa), and he eliminates enemies completely (ripu niSUdanaH), he is a guardian of all living beings (rakshitaa jiivalokasya) and he guards Dharma (dharmasya pari rakshitaa)
He doesn’t sway from his Dharma (rakSitaa svasya dharmasya) and also takes care of good people like Sadhus and Rishis (sva janasya ca rakSitaa, and he is a scholar in the essence of four Vedas (Rig, Yajur, Sama and Atharvana) and the six limbs of Vedas the Vedangas (veda vedaaNga tattvajno). He is an expert in Dhanur Veda i.e., the science of Archery.
He is the knower of the meaning and essence of all the scriptures (sarva shaastra artha tattvajno), excellent at memory (smRitimaan), brilliant (pratibhaanavaan), and loved by everyone in all the worlds (sarvaloka priyaH), gentle (saadhuH), level-headed (a diinaa atmaa ) and clear-headed in discriminating and distinguishing (vicakSaNaH)
He is always accessible (sarvadaa abhigataH) to good men (aryaH) like an ocean that is reached by many rivers (sadbhiH samudra iva sindhubhiH), and he treats all equally (sarva samaH), and ever a feast to the eyes (sadaiva priya darshanaH)
He who brings happiness to his mother Kausalya (kausalya aananda vardhanaH) as he is an embodiment of all noble merits sa ca sarva guNopetaH) , and in majesty he is like the ocean (samudra iva gaambheerye), and in braveness he is like Himalayas (dhairyeNa himavaan iva)
In valour Rama is comparable with Vishnu (viSNunaa sadRisho veerye), and in his looks he is attractive like full-moon (somavat priya darshanaH), for his enemies he like the fire that comes at the end of each yuga destroying everything (kaala agni sadRishaH), he equals the earth in patience (kSamayaa pRithvii samaH),
In distributing wealth he treats everybody equally (dhanadena samaH tyaage) and he is like Dharma itself (satye dharma iva aparaH) he is the possessor of such qualities (tam evam guNa sampannam), thus Raama has truth and valour (raamam satya paraakramam)
Rama is the eldest (jyeSTam) being the possessor of such good qualities and merits (shreSTa guNaiH yuktam ), dearest son of Dasaratha (priyam dasharathaH sutam), naturally inclined in the welfare of people (prakRtInaam hitaiH yuktam) and desires welfare of all (priya kaamyayaa).
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