Raghuveera Gadhyam – 33


GS 69: sva samaya vigatitha sugaditha sahrudhaya sahadharma chaariNeeka! Jaya! Jaya!

Rama is seen holding the hand of Sita

(Meaning): O Lord who out of your own volition (sankalpam) separated and then united with your consort! Hail to Thee! Hail to Thee!

(Background): Your consort was united with you by VibhishaNA, when RavaNA was killed. You wanted to demonstrate to the world her purity and asked her to enter the fire before the assembled gods and monkey chieftains. Agni Bhagavan lifted your Devi in his hands and united her with you to demonstrate her unimpeachable chastity as a Pathivratha of the highest order. Both of you, as husband and wife, had agreed on this course of action to be separated first and then united to fulfill the mission of your incarnation as the son of asarathA. It is no surprise that your dharmapathnee went along with your sankalpam.

GS 70: VibhishaNa vasamvadheekrutha Lankaisvarya! Jaya! Jaya!

(Meaning): O Lord, who put at VibhishaNA’s disposal the entire wealth of the kingdom of LankhA and crowned him as the king! Hail to Thee! Hail to Thee!

(Comments): Rama had won the kingdom of LankhA by his valour and therefore could easily have appointed VibhishaNA as the care-taker of Lankha on behalf of him as the conquering hero. Being of a generous disposition and being an unfailing keeper of promises made, Rama would not think of anything else except to crown VibhishaNA as the successor to RavaNA to rule LankhA. Earlier on the beach at ThirupullANi, Rama asked LakshmaNA to bathe VibhishaNA in the waters of the ocean to symbolize his future coronation as the king of LankhA. Therefore this satyavrathA (Rama) crowned VibhishaNA as per his original pledge.

GS 71: nishpanna Kruthya! Jaya! Jaya!

(Menaing): Hail to Thee! O Lord, who fulfilled Your duties!

(Comments):Sriman NarAyaNA was approached by the Devas at the milky ocean as he was resting on Adhiseshan to save them from the cruelties of the evil RavaNA. Sriman NarAyaNA heard their pleas and agreed to incarnate as a human being on this earth and remove the fears of the Devas by killing RavaNA. During his wanderings in the forest as the son of king DasarathA, the sages sought his protection from the marauding rakshasAs. Rama came to the rescue of the DevAs, VibhishaNA and the sages and demonstrated his auspicious attributes as the saraNAgatha rakshakan. He performed his duites and freed them all from their fears. The excellent manner in which Rama completed his duties is saluted by Swami Desikan as ” NISHPANNA KRITHYA “.

GS 72: ka pushpitha ripu paksha! Jaya! Jaya!

O Raghuveera who made those who opposed you in battle reach the status of the blossomed lotuses of the sky! Hail to Thee! Hail to Thee!

(Comments): Here Swami Desikan suggests that Rama made his enemies nonexistent just like lotuses blossoming in the sky. Lotuses do not bloom in the sky and therefore they have no existence. The same situation existed for the enemies of Rama according to Sami Desikan.

GS 73: pushpaka rabhasa gathi goshpadheekrutha gaganArNava! Jaya! Jaya!

(Meaning): O Lord who made the vast ocean resemble the size of a hoof of a cow because of the speed with which you traveleld over that ocean to reach your kingdom! Hail to Thee! Hail to Thee!

(Background): At the end of the coronation of VibhishaNA and completing his duties, Rama wanted to return to AyodhyA for reunion with the waiting Bahratha and his mothers. He stepped into Pushpaka VimAnam with his Devi, LakshmaNA, VibhishaNA, SugreevA, Hanumaan and the vast simian army. That airship accomodated all of them and sped over the vast ocean with the speed of the ligtining. That vast area of the ocean looked a that time like the little space covered by one hoof of a cow becuase of the speed with which the VimAnam travelled to its destination.

vimohitha jagath trayam vikacha padma patrEkshaNam |
VibhishaNa surakshakam Vijayaramam eeLE Harim ||

Sri VaishnaVa Daasan,

Oppiliappan Koil VardAchAri Sadagopan

To be continued…


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