Guiding Light by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Who is Ram?

Guiding Light by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Who is Ram?

Sri Sri Ravi ShankarUpdated: Sunday, January 21, 2024, 07:14 PM IST
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'Ra' means light, radiance. 'Ma' means myself. Ram translates to the light within me, the light in my heart. That which shines forth within you is Rama. That which is radiant in every particle of the being, of creation, is Rama. Lord Rama is known for his truthfulness, he is considered to be perfect in all human behavior and an ideal king. Mahatma Gandhi once said, ‘You take away everything from me, I can live. But if you take away Ram, I cannot exist.’

Lord Rama was born to Dasharatha and Kaushalya. Dasharatha means ‘the ten-charioted one’ in Sanskrit. It signifies the five sense organs and the five organs of action. Kaushalya in Sanskrit means ‘skilled’. The skillful driver of the ten chariots can give birth to Ram. When the five sense organs and the five organs of action are used skillfully, radiance is born within. Rama was born in Ayodhya, which means ‘the place where no war can happen’. When there is no conflict in the mind, then radiance dawns. Just realise that you are radiant.

The creation is made up of five elements and the ten organs. What is more important - objects or the senses? Senses are more important than objects of the sense. Your eyes are more important than television. Ears are more important than music or sound. Many do not realise this. They think sense objects are more important than the senses. They know that watching too much TV is not good for the eyes, yet they don’t care about their eyes and keep watching television. They know that their system does not want a lot of food, yet they will give into the taste and eat more.

Mind is more important than the senses. When mind is not cared for and only senses are cared, you get depressed. When your craving for things becomes more important than the mind, it causes depression. When your craving for things becomes more important than the mind, it causes depression. The mind is kept alive by cravings and aversions — shoulds or should nots and wants.

So, how to stop the flight of the mind? Meditation and breathing techniques is the answer.Through this, people can experience bliss. To be in bliss is total rest. These also help to maintain health as well as purify the mind, intellect and emotions and your inner space, the space that rules your life. It is the space from which all thoughts and emotions emerge, of which you are simply a puppet. When your emotions rise high, you become a victim of your own emotions. We seldom take time to look at our own emotions, look at our own thought patterns, at what’s happened inside. We act before thinking; we act before even resolving our feelings. Inner rules are just like the watchman, the doorkeeper, but the emotions are the owner of the home. So when the owner barges in, the doorkeeper just gives way. And this is exactly what happens with our mind and feelings.

The whole Ramayana is happening right within us. Rama is the Self. Lakshmana is the awareness. Sita is the mind and Ravana is ego. Sita got enamored by the golden deer. The nature of mind is to waver, similar to how the nature of water is to flow. Our mind gets enamored by objects and goes towards them. It gets abducted by the ego and gets separated from the Self. Hanuman is also called Pavanputra, the son of wind. Hanuman helps Rama get Sita back. So, with breath and awareness (Hanuman and Lakshmana), the mind (Sita) gets united with the Self (Rama).

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