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King Dasharatha performs the Ashwamedha Yajna | Lord Vishnu incarnates as Lord Rama | Valmiki Ramayana-7

King Dasharatha performs the Ashwamedha Yajna | Lord Vishnu incarnates as Lord Rama | Valmiki Ramayana-7

Continuing the story, King Dasharath saw many kings enter Ayodhyaji to grace the Yajna event. The king and his three principle queens were present in front of the sacrificial altar. The sacrificial altar was set at the northern bank of the Sharayu River. The king was getting ready to begin the sacrifice, dressed for the occasion. Meanwhile, in another dimension of the universe, the Devatas, celestial beings, unable to tolerate the atrocities of the demon king Ravana, approached Sri Brahma for a solution. Sri Brahma led the host of Devatas to the banks of the causal ocean where Lord Vishnu in His magnanimous form lay peacefully resting in Yoga Nidra, reclining on his colossal serpent bed known as Sheshanag. Sri Brahma broadcasted the problems of the celestials to Lord Vishnu and expressed their distress on account of Ravana, to the Supreme Lord. Lord Vishnu smiled at Sri Brahma, as if to say that Ravana grew in power, taking strength from the blessings given to him and Kumbhakarna by none other than Sri Brahma himself. Lord Vishnu’s lower garments were of silk yellow and his body shimmered as if it were an exquisite mountain of blue sapphire, sparkling like an open treasure chest. The Lord prepared to mount His vehicle, the eternal Eagle king, Sri Garuda. When he mounted the bird, it was like the sapphire mountain studded with the sun and the moon, the broad, lotus like eyes of the Supreme Being. The Lord is compared to a dark cloud which is lit by lightning; lightning is the presence of Sridevi (श्रीदेवी). Mother Laxmi is ever present with Him, say the Shastra. Sri Brahma and the celestials requested the Lord to appear on earth so as to put an end to Ravana who was a terror to Bhudevi (भूदेवी), the presiding deity of earth. The Lord conveyed His confirmation to the request of the celestials. The Lord had last incarnated only in Satyuga and the earth was close to the end of Treta Yuga. It is the Lord’s promise that He shall appear on earth in every Yuga.

The Lord decided to split Himself into four, in order to appear on earth so that He could take four beautiful forms of Sri Rama, Bharata, Laxmana and Shatrughna. Rama was to be the son of King Dasharath and Queen Kausalya. Normally, humans do not have the choice of selecting their parents. They are forced into birth by the brute force of their past Karma alone. Here, as Lord Rama, the Supreme Lord has the choice of selecting His parents on the earthly plane. Ravana had discounted the Vanaras (वानर sub-humans) and the human-beings from the list of his possible slayers when he asked for his boon to Sri Brahma. The demon king was so sure of himself that he could not even dream of being slain by Vanaras or humans. Such was his pride and over-confidence. As the Lord decided to descend to the earthly platform, Sri Brahma decided to manifest himself as Jambavan, the aged and wise bear. Hanumanji Maharaj descended as the son of the wind-god. Indra descended as Vali, Surya came down as Sugriva. Most of the celestials appeared as the Vanaras thus.

Published at Wed, 13 Jan 2021 18:10:49 +0000