Faith

Doctrine of surrender

An incident known only to Rama and Sita is narrated to Hanuman by Sita when she gives her jewel, Chudamani to be handed over to Rama. It had happened in Chitrakuta when they were alone and Rama had placed his head on Sita’s lap and slept. Indra’s son Jayanta who appeared in the form of a crow had taunted her repeatedly. When Rama woke up, and realised the evil intention of the crow, he aimed an arrow that pursued the victim tenaciously. After seeking refuge with many, the crow finally had to come back to Rama for pardon.

In a discourse, Kalyanapuram Sri Aravamudhachariar drew attention to Vedanta Desika’s text Abhaya Pradana Sara that showcases the Ramayana as exemplifying the doctrine of surrender.

Together Rama and Sita are seen to uphold their vow to not only protect the erring souls from the various kinds of distress they may face in life but also offer the promise of salvation to those desirous of it. The Kakasura incident reflects the plight of all jivatmas who finally have to seek this ultimate refuge, says Vedanta Desika.

It is also shown that the Divine Mother is a cut above the Lord in her love and concern for all jivatmas and untiringly pleads with the Lord for their forgiveness and protection. In the case of Ravana, Sita though a captive who is constantly threatened by him, is unafraid to advise Ravana to mend his ways and not continue with the grave sin of coveting another man’s wife. She indicates Rama’s Paratva for He alone is the refuge to all.

She tells Ravana that even if he does not surrender, it would be wise if he merely adopts a friendly stance towards Him. This would save Lanka and his people from further destruction. Trijata sees Sita as a refuge and entreats the rakshasis to seek her feet instead of threatening her.


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