Interesting Shloka in the Srimadramayanam

I’m recently into the habit of reading the Srimadramayanam, and this is one of the many interesting shlokas i came across.

” All said and done, Rama had to leave for exile along with Sita Peratti, thus leaving the whole of Ayodhya in gloom. The entire royalty, ministry was in a flood of tears. Just before Rama, Sita and Lakshmana were to depart, Lakshmana goes to his mother Sumithra to seek her blessings. One would expect Sumithra to be totally shattered. Her son, who almost 27 years, in his youth had to part with his family, the life of  luxury and endure the hardships of a hermit’s routine.

On the contrary Sumithra is calm, embraces her son and blesses. She is in fact glad to be sending her son with Rama and Sita, so that he may serve them. Sumithra, is character that symbolises a Jnanin, in the Srimadramayanam. Valmiki Bhagavan portrays her like silently flowing river of knowledge. She blesses her son very surprisingly thus:

||Ramam dasharatham Vidhi, Mam Vidhi Janakathmajam||

||Ayodhyam Ataveem Vidhi, Gacha Tata Yatha Sukham||

Lakshmana-and-Sumithra

Outwardly, this might mean very obviously thus:”think (Vidhi) of Rama as none other than Dasharatha, find me(Mam) your mother, in Sita. The forest(Ataveem) shall be your land of luxury(Ayodhya). May all goodness be yours.”

However, there is bigger vykhyana to this shloka, by our poorvacharyas. Dasha means bird. Ratha is chariot. Thus Dasahratha refers to the One who has a bird (the kind of birds is Garuda) for His chariot, is Garuda Gamana, the Lord Srimanarayana Himself. Ma means Mother, referring to Thayar, that is Sita Devi. So what Sumithra actually advocates Lakshmana is,” Rama is none other than Emperuman and Sita is none other than Thayar. Where they reside, the kshetra or the divya desa itself is the place of bliss and by service to the Lord, Thayar, and all His devotees alone, may all happiness come to a  jivan.”

Emperumanar Thiruvadigale sharanam

Azhwar Thiruvadigale sharanam

Thayar thiruvadigale sharanam

Emperuman Thiruvadigale Sharanam

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3 thoughts on “Interesting Shloka in the Srimadramayanam

  1. This verse called as the best verse from ramayanam has been beautifully stated by you, every time i read, it makes me happy. Great job!
    Sriram

  2. Pingback: ramam dasaratham vidhi & different meanings – Best sloka of Valmiki ramayana | sathvishayam

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