Sage Vishwamitra had been invited to a
marriage in the land of Janakpuri. He urged the two divine brothers to accompany
King Janaka was the wise and benevolent
King of Janakpuri. It is claimed that his beautiful daughter Sita was the
daughter of the Earth.
Our Hindu scriptures have always
believed that the whole of creation is energy. Science too agrees with this
theory. Hindus believe that the manifested Energy of God is Female. Hence all
Hindu incarnations have a female counterpart.
Energy arises from the Earth. Sita was
the daughter of the Earth. However Sita was humble and loving. Sita was ‘Bhakti’
What is Bhakti? Bhakti, according to
Hindu scriptures, is one of the paths through which to achieve the Ultimate.
Bhakti is Love for the Lord; Total
Surrender, Total Devotion and Total Compassion.
Bhakti is not blind. In its foundation
lies the unshakable knowledge that the God one seeks is not far. Bhakti believes
that God’s proximity is in direct proportion to one’s faith.
King Janaka wanted to get Sita married.
He decided that, that man would be worthy of his daughter’s hand, who would be
able to string the bow of Lord Shiva.
The bow of Lord Shiva was so heavy that
no one could move it, let alone pick it up and string it.
The bow is symbolic of the Ego.
Kamsa, the demon during Krishna’s
time, also possessed a bow to which he would pray regularly.
This is what we subtly do with our ego-
we inflate it by worshipping it.
King Janaka on the other hand wanted to
move it and was not displeased when it was broken by Rama.
Looking at the bow, some contestants did
not even attempt to try to pick it up whereas others failed miserably.
King Janaka was angry. “Is there no
one man enough to be able to perform this feat”, he roared.
His anger is natural. Here are
contestants who have come in order to make prayer and devotion incarnate Sita,
their life-partner and they are not able to even move their ego, leave alone
Sri Rama had only to touch it and the
bow broke of its own accord.
God is said to have everything, but
lacks the ego.
We may be asked to praise God during our
prayers, but that is not to flatter him. That is a lesson to us in humility. It
is a reminder of how very helpless we truly are when it comes to brass tacks.
Thus came about the Great Union of
Wisdom (Gyan) with Bhakti (Devotion).
According to Hindu philosophy, mere
knowledge without devotion is as incomplete as the other way round. It is only
the union of both these qualities that truly liberates man from the bondage of
life and death.