Shatashloki 14: Rama’s diligence in abiding by righteousness, truthfulness and other noble traits.

Dharmajña satyasandhaśca prajānām ca hite rata

Yaśasvī jñānasampannaḥ sucirvaśya-ssamādhimān.

Meaning- He has complete knowledge of righteousness and is eternally truthful. He is forever inclined towards ensuring the well-being of his citizens. He is of great renown. He is a repository of entire knowledge and is very pure. He is under the sway of his devotees.

Dharmajna– Rama is perpetually oriented towards abidance towards righteousness. Every action of His stems out of dharma. Even killing of Ravana was for dharma only. Dharma (rules of righteous living) is very subtle and minute (sookshma). It is extremely complicated to understand its true essence and its principles.  Rama who was adept in all forms of knowledge, forever acted per the tenets of the Vedas. Only when this fact is deeply understood, will His actions become clear to us. In its absence, it is likely that we may question his decisions and actions.

Rama has made it his primary dharma to offer protection to those devotees who have sought complete refuge in Him. Although Demon Vibhishana, belonged to the enemy camp, Rama gave him refugevas soon as Vibhishana prayed for it. He further declared that instead of giving protection (Abhaya) to the one who seeks refuge (sharana), if his faults and mistakes (doshas) are counted, then it is unrighteous.

Satyasandha- Satyasandha is He who is eternally bound to truth. ” Seeta, I can abandon you, my brother and even myself but will never abandon truthfulness”. Rama is forever inclined towards ensuring the well-being of all his citizens. He left Seeta in the hermitage of Valmiki for the benefit of his citizens. He taught through his actions that well-being of the citizens is the real well-being of the king.

Yashasvi- He was very famous for offering protection to those who had taken protection under Him. The manner in which he subdued the demons and his valour brought him great fame (yasas).

When Lakshmana swooned in the battle-field, Rama lamented that in future people would criticize Him and his ancestors due to his inability to protect his wife and his younger brother.

Jñānasampanna means Rama is well versed in all branches of knowledge. More importantly He is well versed even in that knowledge which is the root for all other forms of knowledge. In other words, He is adept in Self-knowledge. Only because of his mastery in this root knowledge, He could grant liberation even to the bird Jataayu.

Rama is totally pure (suchi). Be it in His speech, in His mind, in His body or in His actions, total purity is visible.

He allows himself to be held in the total sway of those devotees who have placed implicit faith in Him. He will be under their control. He has the complete knowledge of the type of protection He should offer to any devotee in distress. When it comes to dealing with elders such as his father or His Gurus, He is obedient.

Rama acquired Self-realization through spiritual practices  and through mastery in Yoga. Neither when He was a prince nor when He became the monarch of this universe did He abandon Self-contemplation. From Him we should learn to spend at least a little part of the day in Self-study.

Om Seeta ramaabhyaam Namaha.

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