27 January 2024
"That which ought to be done": A leaf out of Sri Rama’s life by Sadguru Sri Madhusudan Sai
The article reflects on the recent pran pratishtha (consecration) of Sri Ram Lalla at Ayodhya and the ushering in of a new era called Rama Rajya, where dharma (righteousness) is considered the guiding light. Sadguru Sri Madhusudan Sai delves into the life of Sri Rama, the embodiment of righteousness, highlighting key aspects that define his character.
1. Sacrificial Life: Rama, born as a prince, led a life of sacrifice for the well-being of others. His selfless actions distinguish him as a spiritual personality who never lived for personal gains.
2. Embodiment of Dharma: Rama is revered as Maryada Purushottama, the best among honorable men, and Ramo Vigrahavan Dharmah—the embodiment of righteousness. His life represents the highest ideals of selflessness, morality, and ethical conduct.
3. Understanding Rama’s Decisions: The author emphasizes the importance of understanding Rama's decisions through the lens of dharma. Every action of Rama should be seen in the context of righteous conduct, providing valuable lessons for life.
4. Multilayered Dharma: Dharma is described as multilayered, with greater dharma superseding lesser dharma. Sacrificing smaller duties for a greater cause is considered the path of dharma.
5. Rama's Various Roles: Rama had multiple roles or dharmas to fulfill, including being an ideal king, husband, son, brother, friend, and father. He ruled with integrity, treated all subjects equally, and ensured justice for all.
6. Life of Sacrifice: Rama's life is characterized as a saga of sacrifice, and the concept of sacrifice is deeply embedded in ancient Indian scriptures. The Ramayana narrates Rama's unwavering commitment to upholding dharma at all costs.
7. True Dharma for Everyone: The article concludes by emphasizing that the true dharma for everyone is to lead lives for the sake of others, echoing the highest lesson of selflessness taught by Rama.
In essence, Sadguru Sri Madhusudan Sai draws inspiration from Sri Rama's life to advocate for a life of sacrifice, righteousness, and selflessness for the greater good of humanity.