returned to Rama and told him of the state of Sita at Ashok Vatika.
that Rama’s army knew the whereabouts of Sita, it was essential to get to her.
how was this tremendous army to get across the mighty ocean.
wanted to pray to the ocean to give them way, whereas Lakshmana wanted to attack
it with bow and arrow.
has been explained earlier that the ocean is symbolic of the mind and its
desires and attachments.
a spiritual journey one’s biggest obstacle is the mind with its desires and
seekers claim that the best way to control one’s desire and attachments is
that of penance. These are hardships imposed upon the body, to bring the mind
claim that a better way is to make the mind co-operate with the spirit by means
of understanding and compassion of the intellect.
way of dealing with the ocean seemed to be the drastic one, whereas Rama
preferred to try to persuade the ocean to co-operate and allow the army to cross
over to get to Lanka.
prayed to the ocean, but the ocean did not pay much heed to the prayer.
Rama then decided to attack the
ocean. The ocean realising its folly decided to give in to Rama’s wishes.
Rama and his army decided to
build a mighty bridge to get to Lanka.
The latter part is also
symbolic. When the mind refuses to come under control by persuasion then one
must employ stricter measures.
When the mind repents and
decides to co-operate then one chalks out a spiritual path to reach one’s
How were they to build the
bridge was the question? Stones were sinking into the sea.
It was with the help of the two
monkeys Nala and Neela that they were able to achieve the almost impossible
Hanuman wrote the alphabets “R”
and “A” of Rama on one stone and the “M” on another. The stones
automatically connected together to form the word Rama, and wonder of wonders,
floated on the ocean to form a bridge large enough to get to Lanka.
God is the hand behind which our
hand moves. If we are able to give God the credit for our victories, in other
words, if we write God’s name on our actions, we become unburdened of the ego
that is weighing us down.
The above is the symbolism of
the stones becoming lighter and floating as Rama’s name was written on them.
could also be explained thus.
great army of Rama finally crossed the bridge and arrived In Lanka.
sent Angada, the son of Bali, to Ravana’s court to give one final chance to
Ravana to return Sita and avoid a confrontation.
often God sends messengers to make us come to our senses as we walk on the path
these messages may be in the form of an accident or a sage’s wise words that
remind us of the insecurity of life. It is never too late to turn a new leaf.
reached Ravana’s court. He asked that Sita be returned. Ravana refused.
the mighty messenger of Rama, challenged everyone in Ravana’s court to use
all their might to try and move his leg which stood planted firmly
on the ground.
challenged them saying that if Ravana’s courtiers so much as moved his leg by
an inch, Rama’s army would go back without Sita.
tried. No one could move the mighty leg of Angada even by an inch.
of the Ramayana have wondered how Angada could have gambled in this
manner. Would they have left without Sita if anyone had been able to shake
incident is however symbolic. It is the confidence of a devotee’s faith.
faith was so staunch that not for a second did he think that anyone would have
the strength to move his leg.
the proof of the prowess of the messengers of Rama, Ravana refused to see