King Dasharath divides Sweet rice among Queens | Birth of Lord Rama, Lakshmana, Bharata and Shatrughna| Valmiki Ramayana-8
The 18th Sarga of the Sri Valmiki Ramayana describes the birth of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Sri Rama. Six seasons had passed, each season was of 2 months duration, which indicates that 12 months had passed. In the Chaitra Month, on the 9th day of the lunar month in the Punarvasu Nakhshatra (पुनर्वसु नक्षत्र Punarvasu star), in the Lagna of Karkata (कर्कट लग्न Cancer ascendant), Lord Jagannatha was born to Queen Kausalya as the first son of King Dasharath who ruled the entire planet. The Lord had eyes that were lotus shaped and extremely big and beautiful. The one who was responsible for the bliss of Mother Kausalya, was born, making His father, King Dasharath filled with joyous pride. Next, in the Pushya Nakhshatra, Bharata was born to Queen Kaikeyi. Next, Laxmana and Shatrughna were born as identical twins in the Ashlesha Nakhshatra, to Queen Sumitra. The Devatas rejoiced the appearance of the Lord along with 3 of His part incarnations. The whole city of Ayodhyaji rejoiced on the coming of the Lord. King Dasharath was put to rest with the thought that he now had an heir apparent.
Sage Vashishtha arrived on the scene and was eagerly wanting to name the new born children. At that moment, all the 4 princes started crying in deep voices. Queen Kausalya became worried, seeing the children cry inconsolably. Sage Vashishtha was able to see the reason as to why the divine children cried. Queen Kausalya had arranged the children in the order of their birth. She had arranged the children in the order: Rama, Bharata, Laxmana and Shatrughna. Sage Vashishtha asked for the reordering of their cradles. The new order of the children was: Rama, Laxmana, Bharata and Shatrughna. Half of the intensity of their cry had reduced. Sage Vashishtha introspected further. Then he ordered removal of two cradles and retain only two of them. One cradle had Sri Rama and Laxmana and the other cradle had Bharata and Shatrughna. Immediately, the children stopped crying. Right at the time of birth, Laxmana was born as the ardent devotee of the Lord. Shatrughna, in the same way, was born as the ardent devotee of Bharata. When sage Vashishtha looked at the resplendent face of the Lord, he was inspired by the Lord Himself to name Him Rama. The word “Rama” itself meant, giving pleasure to the one who is the seer. Lord Rama, true to His name gave pleasure and contentment to whoever who saw Him. Laxmana meant the one who had “Laxmi”, prosperity. The type of prosperity that Laxmana possessed was Kainkarya Laxmi (कैंकर्य लक्ष्मी the wealth of servitude). For a living entity, there is no other prosperity greater than serving the Supreme Lord. This is true wealth according to the Vedas. This wealth is eternal unlike money and physical wealth. The next child was named Bharat. Sage Vashishtha knew past, present and future. He knew that it would be Bharata who would rule the land of Bharath even before Sri Rama and so he got his name. There is another root for the word Bharath known as “Bhar” (भार load), which means unnecessary load on one’s shoulders. Bharata ruled Bharath without wanting to do so and hence the 14 years of his rule, he considered ruling the land of Ayodhyaji, as an unnecessary load on him. Shatrughna got his name, which meant destroyer of enemies. Shatrughna had destroyed the inner enemy in the form of ego and accepted the position of a servant, of the servant of the Lord.
Published at Tue, 19 Jan 2021 12:56:49 +0000