In the previous episode we had witnessed a fascinating event wherein Yama Dharma-Raja, the God of Death wants to meet Lord Rama. However, Hanuman stood as a stumbling roadblock for Yama Dharma-Raja from entering into Ayodhya. Lord Rama knows this and tricks Hanuman into a tight situation, thus moves him from that place. As Hanuman moves out, Yama Dharma-Raja quickly uses this opportunity to move into Ayodhya and to meet Rama. He conveys to Lord Rama that time is ticking out for him to return to his holy abode – Vaikunta. Lord Rama too realizes Yama Dharma-Raja’s words and makes a plan for the next course of action.
Thus according to Lord Rama’s divine will, Yama Dharma-Raja utters that as he is talking with Lord Rama, nobody should come inside the chamber. Thus Rama calls up Lakshmana and informs him not to let anybody into his chamber till further instructions. He asks Lakshmana to guard his chamber from outside and orders him to execute his order.
As Lakshmana is guarding Rama’s chamber, unexpectedly Sage Dhurvasa arrives at Ayodhya! Lakshmana is completely taken aback by Sage Dhurvasa’s arrival and is perplexed as to how to react. It is to be noted here that Sage Dhurvasa is known for his extreme short temper and anger! As Sage Dhurvasa arrives in front of Lakshmana, he conveys to Lakshmana that he wants to meet Lord Rama urgently. However, Lakshmana knows that his brother has strictly advised him not to send anybody inside until he finishes the conversation with Yama Dharma-Raja. Lakshmana is perplexed as to what to do! One one hand he has Rama’s strict order and on the other he has Sage Dhurvasa who is on an urgent mode, failing which, he would be inflicted with a curse! What does poor Lakshmana do?
He makes up his mind – Rather than obtaining a curse from a Sage, he decides to disobey his own brother. He knows that there is a danger ahead! Hence, he defies Rama’s order and enters into the chamber! Upon seeing Lakshmana walking inside, Lord Rama is stunned! He immediately asks Lakshmana for the reason of his unauthorised entry! Upon listening about Sage Dhurvasa’s arrival, Lord Rama understands that he has been pushed into a tricky situation – He now has to honour his words! Yama Dharma-Raja reminds Lord Rama’s assurance that if anybody enters inside the chamber during this time, he/she has to be exiled for life! Now, Rama clearly has to exile Lakshmana from Ayodhya! As all of us know that Lord Rama is an epitome of Dharma, he stands for it and makes up his mind – The action is very clear – With a heavy heart, Lord Rama exiles Lakshmana forever from Ayodhya!
How cruel that can be! Lakshmana has been that person who has been Rama’s right hand till date! However, as Dharma is compelling to be harsh at times, Lord Rama keeps all his emotions apart, to execute the Dharma. This is a great learning for all modern day leaders – If a harsh decision has to be taken for the welfare of the organisation/team/country, he/she should keep emotions aside to execute the harsh decision, keeping in mind the long-term benefit.
Thus, as Lakshmana hears Rama’s exile orders, he knows what is coming! He immediately leaves Ayodhya and sets out to the forest all alone! However, as he could not bare the separation from his dear Rama, Lakshmana decides to finish his life off! He has completed his duties with perfection. It is now time for Lakshmana to leave this earth and go back to Vaikunta. It is to be remembered once more that Lakshmana is the incarnation of “Aadi-Sesha” (The divine serpent-bed of Lord Vishnu). Thus he finishes off himself finally and returns back to Vaikunta.
As Lord Rama gets the news of Lakshmana’s death, he couldn’t bare himself. He knows how attached he was to Lakshmana. Hence he decides that the time has come for him too, to depart! What does he do? The action continues in the penultimate episode of this season!!