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Director ayodhya research Institute department of culture government of u.p. india
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Ram : by Daljeet kaur ji
Lord Rama, a figure from history or from legends, an incarnation or an imaginative being, is now for centuries the core of faith for millions of Indians. They find in Rama the prime source of their spiritual energy and material well being. Lord Rama did not propound any philosophy or thought, nor he founded a sect or a sectarian path, neither did he preach any dogma or metaphysics, yet for ages now Indian thought, standards and principles for structuring a society remain centered around Rama-cult, an outcome of a perfect living being, as Lord Rama is believed to have modeled his life. Lord Rama is their ultimate – Parabrahma. They act on his strength and they leave upon him all that they are not able to do, know, overcome or accomplish. The Indians find his name interknitted with their breaths from birth to death and from songs to sighs.
Both as a man and ruler Rama had alike concern for everyone, rich or poor or whatever a person’s status in society. Rama’s adherence to social, ethical and human values, cultural norms, standards of governance and sanctity of individual life was innate and inherent. Not that a sentiment or emotion never moved him, but the sublime one lived over and above personal passions and aspirations, sentiments and feelings and beyond all material compulsions. Though absolutely detached, he mourned death, fought a battle, loved and pined for his abandoned wife Sita and ruled his state not like a king, but as its guardian.
Despite that his life had always been in turmoil and dilemma he as an incarnation of lord Vishnu symbolizes cosmic energy, unruly winds, tumultuous oceans, thundering skies, roaring rivers, silence’s echoes and nature’s frowns, yet contrarily lord Rama stood or stands for a system, an order and innate discipline- the Maryada acclaiming thereby for himself the epithet Maryada Purushottama.
He represented Vishnu as he had in him wind’s pace, ocean’s depth, sky’s vastness, nature’s wrath and a silence that echoed. He also had in him alike proportion of a soldier’s forbearance and courage, a mortal’s simplicity and submissiveness, and divine’s grace, youth’s purity and a son’s obedience. It was not any coincidence that he broke the bow of Lord Shiva for wedding Sita. With Lord Vishnu’s unruly cosmos within, he required most the stability and forbearance, the characters of the earth. His union with Sita, the daughter of Mother Earth, aimed at creating the equilibrium establishing cosmic unruliness with earth’s forbearance. He worshipped Lord Shiva because only Lord Shiva was able to put in order the unruly cosmos; however, he also knew that Shiva’s wrath alone could destroy this equilibrium and the unity of cosmic energy and the earth’s forbearance; hence he broke the bow of Shiva, the instrument of Shiva’s wrath.
The centrality of the personality of Rama, in the cultural consciousness of India and Indians, is amply demonstrated in the poet Mohammad Iqbal’s poem entitled ‘Rama’. One couplet says it all:
“Hai Ram ke wujood pe Hindostan ko naaz
Ehl-e-nazar samajhte hain usko Iman-e-Hind."

Ramayana is Rama’s journey, just going on like a mighty river carving its path across whatever it encounters, a hill or tract of a barren land. The river’s journey ends but the journey of Rama goes on unending and incessant in Indian way of life.

This write-up is the introductory note of the Catalouge -Ramayana in Indian Miniatures, written by me with Dr. V.K.Mathur and published by the National Museum in 2015
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Orisha Day 1/4/2018 at Lucknow speech of Hon. CM Yogi Adity Nath
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