Sri Rama Commanded Anger to Come

Mata Sri Amirtanandamayi, “Recall how fierce Sri Rama became when the ocean would not yield to His prayers. In order to please the ocean, so that He could build a bridge across it, Sri Rama sat down on the seashore and performed severe austeriries continoulsy for three days. He wanted to cross the ocean and reach Lanka, the abode of Ravana, who kidnapped Sita, Rama’s holy consort. His intention was to rescue Sita with the help of the monkey army, led by Hanuman and Sugreeva. But the ocean would not yield. It continued raising gigantic waves and became more turbulent than ever.

“Sri Rama was the Supreme Lord Himself, the Master of all creations. He did not have to be humble towards any one of his His creatures, and there was no need for Him to be so humble towards the ocean. But he acted with humility because He wanted to set an example. However, the great epic, The Ramayana, says that when He did this the ocean became proud, and this made Sri Rama terribly angry, that is, He commanded anger to come. Taking His great bow and stringing an arrow to it, the Lord in His fierce form stood up and said, ‘I have tried to be humble and patient, obeying the set laws of nature. But fo not consider it to be a weakness on my part. With this single arrow, I can dry up your entire waters, and destroy every living creature within you. Should I do this, or are you going to yield?’ And the ocean yielded by subsiding its waves.

“Sri Rama is the personification of supreme patience and forgiveness. He had even forgiven Kaikeyi, His step-mother , who had been extremely cruel towards Him. But when He now became angry, His anger was as deep as His patience. The Ramayana says that when Rama stood with the bow and arrow in His hands, ready to charge at the ocean, He looked like the God of death, the fire of final dissolution.”

(pgs. 115-117, Awaken Children, Vol. 7)


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