“Seeing the city of Kishkindha, which was formerly protected by Vali, Sita, who was feeling shy out of love, then spoke the following humble words to Rama: ‘O King, I wish to enter Your capital city of Ayodhya with You, accompanied by the beloved wives of Sugriva, headed by Tara, as well as the wives of the other Vanara leaders.’” (Valmiki Ramayana, Yuddha Kand, 123.23-25)
A person can be forgiven for lacking clarity in this area. Unless they are taught from authority, tapping into wisdom belonging to the descending process of knowledge transfer, the only resort is speculation.
From such thoughts arise the image of an angry God. The old man with a white beard, looking down disapprovingly from above. As the Valmiki Ramayana of the Vedic tradition presents the idea of the avatara, the personal God descending to the earthly realm with a specific intention, the supposed angry Rama and His wife Sita could have viewed things a certain way on their return trip to Ayodhya while riding on the aerial car known as Pushpaka.
1. Look at those sinful Rakshasas
While the Supreme Lord is free to do as He wishes, to come and go to any situation whenever He likes, the external cause for the purpose of the Rama advent is the rise of the sinful Ravana. This person of mixed origin, Rakshasa and brahmana, had sinful tendencies.
Coupled with tremendous power and the world is soon put into difficulty. Ravana had immunity against so many kinds of beings. To him, this was de facto immortality. If you know that no one can defeat you in battle, why not overpower everyone? Why not take over the city of gold, Lanka, and drive out your brother, the demigod Kuvera?
The Rama avatara defeated Ravana in a fair fight. The human species was one that Ravana forgot to ask immunity from. This was no ordinary human, either. The hostilities were predicated on Ravana’s most regrettable act of stealing Sita Devi, the goddess of fortune. She was already married to Rama and happily living with Him.
After Ravana’s demise, Rama reunited with Sita. The Divine couple returned home on the aerial car that Ravana had previously stolen and unjustly kept for himself. Sita had been away from Rama for many months, so her husband decided to point out various places of significance related to her rescue.
Rama showed where the Rakshasas had been killed on the battlefield. If Rama were angry and vindictive, He could have remarked as follows:
“Look at those lowly, sinful wretched living beings. I repaid them for the harassment they previously gave to the pious ascetics living in the forest of Dandaka. I am so happy to see their dead bodies from afar. My army, consisting of Vanaras from the forest, took them out. I derive so much pleasure from seeing the proper distribution of justice.”
2. Look at those lowly monkeys
Due to the unique circumstances at the time, Rama could not return home to Ayodhya to use the royal army for Sita’s rescue. But since God is automatically related to everyone, He found friends in the Vanaras living in the forest. These were something like monkeys resembling human beings.
Rama pointed out to Sita many places related to the Vanaras and how they fought against the Rakshasas. An angry God could have remarked as follows:
“Just see where all the Vanaras were. They deserved to perish in this battle. They were born in sinful bodies, after all. I punished them by sending them to inauspicious births. I should not have even come in contact with such lowly beings, but I had no choice. They are known for stealing, and they even destroy groves belonging to others. Moving forward, I will be more careful. Better to stay among the purer classes.”
The truth is that Rama did not hold any lasting enmity with Ravana. As soon as the war was over, He ordered Vibhishana to conduct the funeral rites. Rama placed Ravana’s brother on the throne in Lanka and then left the area. No reason to dwell on the matter.
Both Sita and Rama were so appreciative of the efforts of the Vanaras that they kept them in mind while returning home. Sita asked for the plane to make a temporary stop in Kishkindha, so that the wives of the principal Vanara warriors could board with them and return home to Ayodhya.
This means that the family of the Supreme Lord extends beyond the human species. He is naturally affectionate towards everyone. He maintains a kind, peaceful and merciful disposition, and for the protection of the saintly class He is ready to go to war and succeed with whatever assistance is available.
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