Today we are at an extremely important and a crucial situation wherein there is a debate raging between two important aspects – Is “Raaja-Dharma” more important than protecting and safeguarding “Womanhood” or vice versa? Mother Sita has been the victim on the pretext of upholding the “Raaja Dharma”, for no fault of hers and hence this debate! Eventually, when Lord Rama meets Sita once more along with Lava and Kusa, Mother Sita vents out her frustration because of the cruelty that was inflicted on her! How can Mother Sita be put into such a struggle, given the fact that she is an epitome of “Pathivratha Dharma”? Thus, Mother Sita is furious and she demands an answer from King Rama on this important issue!
Of course, Lord Rama is speechless upon hearing to Sita’s emotional accord and hence he tries to convince Sita to forget the past and to re-start a new life along with Lava and Kusa at Ayodhya. But is Mother Sita going to relent? Let’s see today.
Upon hearing Lord Rama’s reply, Mother Sita makes up her mind and replies him with a smile in her face. She says thus, “Oh King Rama! I understand that you’re a righteous king who stands by the “Dharma” at every moment. From your point of view, whatever you’ve done to me is totally right. I also understand that although you’re physically away from me, I’m always there in your heart. It also shows that over these years since our separation, you did not marry another woman and this shows your deep love and concern towards me! However, what has happened has happened to me! I’m at the verge of a brink in terms of my integrity and Ayodhya has imposed an unanswerable question with regards to my chastity. This indicates that our society is not mature enough to treat a man and a woman on par with each other!”
As Lord Rama along with the entire courtroom listens to Mother Sita, she continues further thus – “Ohh Rama! You may say that you are asking forgiveness to me. I can also forgive you and come back to Ayodhya. But, what kind of a message are we going to send to the people of Ayodhya? There are sadly many women in our society who are currently undergoing whatever sufferings I underwent over these years without you! What would be the answer to all of them? Thus, whatever injustice has been metted out to this Sita, is the injustice that has been metted out to the entire womanhood! If I again re-enter the Ayodhya palace today, what is the guarantee that I would not be suspected again, maybe five years later? This men-dominated society would keep on doing this and should we women have to silently move on with this? Hence, let this episode be a lesson to all those who have the guts and audacity to doubt and talk ill about chaste and pure women! I’m not going to return back to Ayodhya forever!”
As Mother Sita thunders with the above words, the entire courtroom is stunned! Lord Rama couldn’t believe what he just heard! How can his beloved Sita utter such things? Even before Rama could respond one word in reply, Mother Sita continues further, “Let the world learn a lesson today about the significance of womanhood and chastity! If it is proved that I’m a pure and a chaste woman and I’ve been put into this torture that is uncalled far, and if I’m right that many other women across the world are undergoing similar tortures in this men-dominated society, let my mother – Mother Earth (Bhooma-Devi) open up beneath me and absorb me into her forever! I think I’ve completed all my duties in this world and if there is one last wish I can ask for to King Rama – Please accept these two children Lava and Kusa as yours, take them to Ayodhya and bring them up! If this happens, then I’m ready to leave forever!”
Hearing these thunderous words from Mother Sita, Lord Rama is shell-shocked! He couldn’t believe what’s happening! And as Mother Sita is praying ardently thus to Bhooma-Devi, within a few minutes, the earth under Mother Sita’s feet cracks up into a huge hole beneath, and Goddess Bhooma-Devi absorbs Mother Sita into her – ONCE AND FOREVER!!! Mother Sita has vanished from this earth forever!
Upon seeing the miraculous happening, Lord Rama is unconsolable! He literally falls on the ground and is completely dejected beyond words! His heart is completely broken! Mother Sita is no more! In the place where she was absorbed into the earth, is now just a handful of grass! Lord Rama couldn’t do anything to stop Mother Sita’s disappearance!
For today, let us join with the entire courtroom to console the unconsolable Lord Rama! Let us try to recover him from the heavy loss of Mother Sita! Also, let us remember Mother Sita for today and appreciate her unique qualities of patience, sacrifice, chastity and love! We shall wait till the next episode to witness the further action that has to unfold!