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First ever Poem, Profound Virtues

Exploring Bhagavan Sri Rama’s 16 Auspicious Qualities in Srimad Valmiki Ramayana
- Smt. GN Praveen

In the serene ambiance of the Tamasa River, Maharishi Valmiki and Maharishi Bharadwaja found themselves captivated by an incident that would change the course of literary history. Witnessing a hunter kill one of a pair of birds, Maharishi Valmiki, overwhelmed with emotions, unintentionally uttered a poetic verse - a verse that marked the genesis of the timeless epic, Ramayana.

maa nishhaada pratiSThaamtva | magamaH shaashvatiiH samaaH | yat krau~Ncha mithunaat eka | mavadhiiH kaama mohitam || 1-2-15

The poetic lines, rich in grammar and set in a unique meter, astounded Maharishi Valmiki. This moment, believed to be the inception of Srimad Ramayana, was more than a mere creation of words. It was an encounter with the divine, orchestrated by Brahma Deva himself

As the perplexed Maharishi contemplated, Brahma Deva, the effulgent four-faced creator, appeared. He revealed that the verse originated at his divine will and ordained Maharishi Valmiki to compose the epic of Bhagavan Sri Rama. Thus, began the journey of Ramayana, a narrative woven with righteousness, virtues, wisdom, and unwavering steadfastness.

But why did Brahma Deva want the life of Bhagavan Sri Rama to be documented? The answer lies in the essence of Bhagavan Sri Rama’s divine attributes, encapsulated in 16 auspicious qualities. Enter the realm of Bhagavan Sri Rama – the epitome of righteousness, virtues, wisdom, and unwavering steadfastness. Why should we delve into the profound tapestry of Srimad Ramayana? Picture it as a grand gallery of virtues, where each stroke of the divine brush paints the portrait of a hero, a guide, a paragon of virtue.

Imagine you want to be kind or brave. Bhagavan Rama is like the superhero who can teach us how. It’s like when a magnet makes metal act like a magnet, or when a thread starts smelling like the flower it’s tied to. We want to soak up the goodness of Bhagavan Rama and be good too. Think of it as a brain dance – the more we think about these good things, our brain learns and makes them part of who we are. It’s like walking the same path every day until there’s a trail in the grass. Talking about Bhagavan Rama and thinking about his divine qualities does something similar in our minds.

Now, imagine Maharishi Valmiki starting Srimad Ramayana with a big question to Devarishi Narada. He wondered if there’s anyone in the whole world who has all 16 good qualities needed for his hero. Devarishi Narada said, ‘Yes, it’s Rama!’ The Ramayana then becomes like a painting, showing us all these auspicious qualities in action. So, Ramayana is a journey into being a better person, guided by the divine qualities of Bhagavan Rama.

konvasminsampratan loke gunavankasca viryavan. dharmajñasca krtajñasca satyavakyo dr dhavrata:||1.1.2|| caritrena ca ko yuktassarvabhutesu ko hita: vidvanka: kassamarthasca kascaikapriyadarsana: ||1.1. 3|| atmavanko jitakrodho dyutimanko.nasuyaka: kasya bibhyati devasca jatarosasya saryuge ||1.1.4||

GN praveena

Gunavan (Filled with Wonderful Qualities): Bhagavan Rama treated everyone equally, exemplifying inclusivity and acceptance. He embraced diverse beings, from the hunter Guha to the vaanara king Sugriva

Viryavan (Powerful): Balancing fierceness with assertiveness, Bhagavan Rama showcased strength not only in defeating demons but also in maintaining empathy, as seen in his acceptance of Vibishana. Dharmajña (Righteous): Bhagavan Rama unwaveringly followed the path of righteousness, upholding values even in adversity, such as abiding by his father’s words and willingly accepting exile.

Krtajña (Grateful): Expressing gratitude, Bhagavan Rama thanked the Vanaras wholeheartedly and acknowledged Hanuman’s selfless service, fostering a culture of appreciation. Satyavakya (Truth-Teller): A speaker of truth under all circumstances, Bhagavan Rama’s honesty was coupled with the sensitivity to avoid hurting others with his words.

Drdhavrata (Steadfast): Unyielding in the face of challenges, Bhagavan Rama’s steadfast commitment to dharma was evident when he refused Bharata’s plea to return to Ayodhya during his exile.

Caritrena Ca Ko Yuktah (Blent with Good Conduct): Bhagavan Rama exemplified the traditions of his family, portraying impeccable conduct and embodying the values passed down through generations. Sarvabhutesu Hitah (In Respect of All Beings): Bhagavan Rama wished well even for his greatest enemy, Ravana, reflecting a compassionate and inclusive nature.

Vidvan (Thought Leader): Possessing mastery over all subjects, Bhagavan Rama was hailed as a Vidvan, showcasing knowledge not only of weapons but also the Vedas. Samartaha (Capable): Bhagavan Rama’s capability was evident from childhood, defeating demons and showcasing unparalleled strength, such as lifting Lord Shiva’s bow. Eka Priya Darsanah (Uniquely Good-Looking): Described as tall, well-built, and handsome, Bhagavan Rama’s radiance left onlookers mesmerized

Atmavan (Spiritual): Bhagavan Rama was a spiritual master, understanding the significance of the inner soul, highlighting the harmony between spirituality and personal growth. Jitakrodhaha (One Who Has Won His Anger): Subduing the six internal enemies, including anger, Bhagavan Rama’s patience and controlled emotions set a profound example. Dyutiman (Radiant): Possessing a unique glow, Bhagavan Rama’s tejas or radiance left an indelible impression, evoking a deep sense of awe and devotion. Anasuyakah (Not Jealous): Free from jealousy, Bhagavan Rama’s humility and lack of envy set the stage for admiration and emulation. Bibyati Devaha (Be Dreaded): Feared in battles, Bhagavan Rama’s controlled anger made him a formidable force, respected even by the gods.

As we delve into the auspicious qualities of Bhagavan Sri Rama, we embark on a journey of self-reflection and inspiration. Each trait serves as a beacon, guiding us towards a life of righteousness, compassion, and unwavering commitment to our values. Let us celebrate the legacy of Bhagavan Sri Rama, a source of timeless wisdom that resonates through the mountains and rivers, echoing the eternal story of Ramayana in our hearts.