The characters of the Ramayana are interesting and are reflective of the million shades within human consciousness. The role of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Sri Rama is to harmonize these varied shades of consciousness and create a symphony so as to make the experience of life blissful. Lord Laxmana and the brother of the demon king Ravana, Vibheeshana stand at antipodal ends. It is interesting to study the characteristics of these two brothers of diametrically opposite characters represented by Lord Rama and King Ravana.
One should understand the need for being in touch with sages and seers in the context of one’s own spiritual progress. Unless one understands one’s own character there can be no spiritual progress. In one’s normal consitutional position, Maya covers the intellect, making it difficult to perform self-analysis. Under these circumstances consulting with a sage can be of highest merit.
Sri Laxmana verily represents Death. In the form of Sri Sheshanaga, he is the eternal attendant of Sri Narayana in the milk ocean. As Sri Laxmana he is the faithful servitor of our eternal Lord Sri Rama. Understanding Sri Laxmana in the context of the Ramayana is vital towards the understanding of the concept of Death and Time.
The glory of Sri Laxmana is perhaps the most important aspect of the Ramayana. Sri Laxmana is personfied Time and He is present with us at all times, as we continue to live our lives on earth. Understanding Sri Laxmana is an important aspect of our earhly life.