In the previous episode we had witnessed that Hanuman comes to meet Mother Sita in the Ashoka Vana to convey the news of Rama’s victory over Ravana. Mother Sita, upon hearing the news from Hanuman, is overwhelmed with joy and her eyes show that! As Hanuman looks at the seven hundred demons (Raakshasis) around Mother Sita, he wanted to kill all of them for the crime of torturing his divine mother. However, Sita is not in favor of that.
Mother Sita replies to Hanuman, “Oh Hanuman! I don’t need to teach you anything about Dharma. You are an embodiment of it. However, you need to note that in this world, you would not find anybody without any sin or wrongdoing in his or her lives. Everybody has some kind of sin in them. Hence, if Lord Rama has to punish people who have done sins and if he has to protect those people who have a clean record, then he is not going to get anybody in this world! Oh Hanuman! You do not know how to protect a person who has exhibited complete surrender to the Lord’s feet (Sharanaagatha Dharma). Only people in the Ikshvaaku Dynasty know that better!”
As Mother Sita says thus, Hanuman immediately thinks within himself, “Fine! I wasn’t so fortunate to be born in the Ikshvaaku Dynasty! However, I’m a ‘Raama-Daasa’ (Servant of Lord Rama)!”
As Hanuman is thinking thus, Sita immediately understands Hanuman’s thought process and quickly replies back, “Oh Hanuman! Yes, What you’re thinking is correct! However, till today you’ve seen ONLY Rama, but not the ‘Sita and Rama combine’! You know Rama in single terms, however, till now you’ve not seen the significance of Sita and Rama together. Only if Sita and Rama are together will Rama protect. Else, he will only keep destroying! Hence Hanuman, it is only now that you’ve known about me. It is only from today you are going to experience the protection of Sita and Rama together. Hence, as a Mother, I have given these Raakshasis (Demons) protection. They will not be harmed by anybody and by any means!”
Thus, here we can infer a very important point: Who is the one who protects more? Mother Sita or Lord Rama? From all the above narrations, it becomes evident that Mother Sita protects devotees more than Lord Rama. It is because of Her unconditional compassion and love towards Her children. Here also we can see this exactly – These Raakshasis (Demons) had never requested Sita to protect them. But still, Mother Sita protects all of them with Her unconditional love and compassion. However, we had witnessed in our previous episodes that Vibhishama, Kaakaasura, etc. had cried and begged to Lord Rama to protect them and it is only after that, Lord Rama accepted them! Who is better now? Mother Sita or Lord Rama? 🙂 It is for this reason that even today we follow the custom wherein whenever we visit a temple, we worship Mother Sita (Goddess Lakshmi) first, before going to the sanctum of Lord Rama (Lord Vishnu). It should be learnt from this episode that if we as human beings have to be protected, it is Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi who protect us together!
So for today, let us pray in our hearts to both Mother Sita and Lord Rama together to protect us. Let us appreciate and realize the significance of Lord Rama and Mother Sita combine. The action continues in the next episode! 🙂