Sri Rama observed that evil maid Manthara had not yet become a part of the main story-line. Only she could conspire and exile Sri Rama for 14 years.
Sri Rama was summoned by his preceptor, sage Vashishtha. He and was asked to take the blessings of the Lord. The deity of Sri Ranganatha was served by Brahma.
Sri Rama told Sita Devi: “See, I have built this bridge along the sea which will in future become a place of worship. Whoever comes to this pilgrimage and worships Me will have his sins reduced to ashes. Therefore, you must look at this site carefully and shower your blessings, so that devotees are receive maximum benefits from it.”
Common man when overpowered by lust, commits regressive activities while spiritual love, devotion or Bhakti endows one with progression in both spiritual and material field of life. Spiritually one is able to focus on the goal of life while materially one gains more charge of one’s own life without giving in to the flimsiness of the mind.
Shukhadeva said: “From the navel of Sri Vishnu, the creator of the material universe, Sri Brahma was born. The creation is fundamentally split into two parts, the first being manifestations of Brahma the material universe, while the second part is the creation initiated by the Supreme Lord Himself. The universal creation of Brahma is known as Vyasthi Shristhi
Marriage mantras are significant. They sanctifying thought, word, deeds and body of the couple. There are several rituals that deal at various platforms, on the gross physical body as well as on the subtle and aatmic levels.
The breaking of the Shiva Dhanush, in Sita Swayamvar is a very memorable event in Ramayana. This marks the union of the eternal couple, Sri Rama and Sita Devi. Along with Sri Rama's marriage, his brothers also get married to the sisters of Sita Devi.
The exploits of Lord Rama is very interesting. As the Lord travelled with his brother Lakshmana and Sage Vishwamitra, he went by foot from Ayodhya to Mithila. His surrender to his preceptor Vishwamitra and his obedience to him is something that the world lacks today. The current state of the world makes it necessary for sincere living entities to revisit the life and adventures of our great Lord, Sri Rama.
The Ramayana envelops within us many other anecdotes that appear in different Puranas. The purpose of these anecdotes is to awaken great lessons of life within humans so that they conduct their lives with intelligence and discipline. Dharma is the basis of life and our final goal can only be reached, following the path of Dharma. The path of the Supreme Lord is lit with the flood-lights of right conduct and right living. If anyone is ignorant towards this central conception of right living, such a person is a deemed fool.
The Ramayana is a practical handbook for a sincere sadhaka, for a practitioner who has made up his mind to observe Dharma at any cost. The Supreme Being, in His incarnation as Sri Rama, establishes the value of obedience and surrender. The Supreme Personality is a personification of humility and courage, rolled into one. Whoever contemplates on the Ramayana, again and again shall discover the blazing, brilliant secrets of Dharma that shall never let its practitioner down at any time.