Once, Sage Narada visited Sri Valmikiji’s former Ashram at Bithoor. Sri Valmiki did not leave this golden opportunity to get the answer for his most pertinent yet intriguing question.
Sage Valmiki Asks a Question | Valmiki Ramayana-3
Sri Valmiki asks: “Who is the Being who never gets angry even on provocation?” and “Can this be the same personality, who gets angry at the drop of a pin, and even the Gods or Devatas of the heavens tremble, fearing his anger?”
Now one may argue that if a person never gets angry, how can the same person’s anger make others tremble? This appears to be a misrepresented question. Isn’t it?
It can be understood with this simple situation. If some stranger intends to insult us, we may ignore the person. It does not matter in such a case. But, when the same person tries to insult or harm our dear ones, (devotees of this personality) then our anger gets ignited. The same person can crosses all boundaries of anger. Such a condition is always possible.
We get to see this condition getting satisfied in one episode of Ramayana.
Revelation of Lord Rama’s Love for Devotees
When Ravana attacked Sri Rama and hurled many blows at Him, our gracious Lord, accepted those blows with a smile on His face. Sri Rama was such a great master that anger being a vice , found place at the Lotus feet of the Lord. Sri Rama was beyond anger. Anger was thus, His obedient servant. If Sri Rama is ready to adorn anger, then it would come to Him. Likewise, if He commanded anger to leave, it would simply disappear.
Anger was at His beck and call. Sri Rama could never bear his devotees being harmed. He would immediately display anger and punish the guilty. So, when Ravana released his arrow towards Sri Rama, He did nothing.
But, when his first arrow sped up towards Sri Hanumanji Maharaj, the great Lord Rama decided Ravana’s destiny. He decided to slay Ravana because he did the offence of harming His devotees. This was the love of the Lord towards His devotee.
An Exchange of Love
Sage Narada delivered the entire Rama Katha in brief to Sage Valmiki. He was blessed to hear the divine pastimes. Yet, for mankind Sage Valmiki felt the need of documenting the life events of Sri Rama so that by remembering its pastimes the untold baggage of sins and bad effects of Karma lurking in the hearts of the devotees reduce to ashes. Such were the noble intentions of the great sage Valmiki.
The intention of Sage Narada was that “I am recollecting the divine tales of Lord Rama and delivering it to Valmiki. I really wish someone documents it.” This was his mood. Shortly after, the same mood was transferred to the heart of the sage Valmiki.
When devotees recollect or intend to perform the Lord’s personal activities, the Supreme Lord immediately makes arrangements to make it happen. Such is the mercy of the Divine Lord.
Lord Rama blesses Valmiki Ramayana after seeing the great sage’s pure intentions
The mood of the Lord is that “My story, shall represent the Vedas directly. The story shall be non-different from the objective of the Vedas and that is to attain Me alone.“
This was the thought in the heart of Lord Rama, as the conversations between the two sages happened at Bithoor. The Lord intended thus: “The one who remembers my stories documented by Sage Valmiki, shall immediately be redeemed of all sins. Such an ardent devotee shall ascend to my spiritual Kingdom of Saket.“
Saket is the spiritual domain of Ayodhya.
The Lord continues: “Not only shall the devotee attain pure Bhakti towards my Holy feet, but all his relatives who love him shall attain the same state”, intended the Lord.“
Sage Valmiki Describes the Water of Tamsa River
Sage Valmiki as well as his eternal disciple Sage Bharadhwaja offer prayers at the feet of sage Narada and receive His blessings.
After Sage Narada left for the heavenly abodes, Sage Valmiki and his disciple immediately rushed to the nearby Tamasa River to carry out their evening ablutions. These evening ablutions are performed by renunciants of the Dharma, at the twilight hour.
As the sages arrived at the banks of the Tamasa River, Sage Valmiki addressed Sage Bharadhwaja and said: “See how clear and pure, the waters of the river is. It creates peace and contentment in my heart. It appears as if it represents the heart of the truthful beings, whose heart is uncontaminated by the sediments of Maya. The water shines like crystals, just like the seekers of Truth who surrender their hearts at the feet of enlightened sages.“
This statement has a solution for man’s problems.
Power of Associating with Enlightened Rishis
It is a well-known fact that if one is in turmoil, one finds peace in the hermitages of sages. In ancient times, kings used to consult their gurus who were the knowers of truth. At times of need, they used to guide their disciple kings. The kings found solace under the fine guidance of their spiritual masters. However, today this tradition has gone extinct.
One whose heart is confounded by material energy, associates with sages and devotees who have realized God. Associating with wise and enlightened beings settle down the sediments of confusion and one is able to easily discriminate between what is appropriate and inappropriate.
Associating with sages and seers is just like adding alum to turbid, dirty water. When all the sediments settle down, one is easily able to witness the amount of filth settled down at the bottom of the vessel. It shall be very easy to now filter clear water and separate the sediments.
Sage Valmiki gets Overjoyed
Normally after the evening ablutions the sages walk back to their hermitage without wasting much time. But on this evening, sage Valmiki decided to visit the neighboring thicket, instead of directly retiring back to the hermitage, after carrying out their evening ablutions.
This happened by the will of Sri Rama. In that thicket the sage saw two Krauncha birds, one male and the other female, enjoying each other’s company. As he watched the two birds his mood became ecstatic as he remembered his deity Sri Rama along with His eternal consort Srimati Seeta Devi.
The sage was very joyful as he witnessed the shared joy of the Krauncha birds. Suddenly there was a din and the sage saw that the male Krauncha bird was brutally hit by a bird hunter.
This event marks a significant episode of Sri Ramayana, forming its very first verse. It was by the Will of the Superior Forces.
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