Shri Datta Swami

Posted on: 12 Apr 2011



[Message on Shri Rama Navami] Festivals have become the occasional days of enjoying special food items. Holidays are given on these festivals so that you will allot the time to think about the significance of these festivals and change yourself to some extent at least. If this aspect is not served, there is no use of the holiday. Today is Shri Rama Navami, on which, Lord Rama was born, who was the human incarnation of God. The next human incarnation was Krishna, who was meant for spiritual path (Nivrutti). Before that [Lord Krishna’s birth], Rama was born to preach the behavior in the world (Pravrutti). Today, the main problem in the society is the ambition for money, which results in corruption. Due to this, the wealth does not reach the poor people. Rich are becoming richer and poor are becoming poorer. Even the members of any political party governing the country become corrupt. They are not doing their duties for which they are elected by the people. Their ambition is only for money, power and fame. The sincere generations have gone and you can count on fingers the sincere people in this time. Rama also became the king. Today, we criticize monarchy and praise democracy. If the system is perfect, either monarchy or democracy is good. Rama was in the system of monarchy but never was ambitious of wealth or name and fame. Such monarchy is better than the present democracy.

Rama sacrificed His pregnant wife for the sake of the criticism given by a single human being in the public. A pregnant lady means wife and children. Rama sacrificed [His] wife and children for the sake of public. But today, the rulers in the democracy are looting the public for the sake of comforts for their wives and children. Even if hundred persons criticize, they do not mind and give false replies. Unless the mind is changed, the system will not help in any way. Even the government-officials are highly corrupt for the sake of comforts of their families. Even the ordinary person, who is expected to vote for a good person, has become corrupt and votes by taking money. Therefore, both the government and the public are now corrupt and there is no use of any system. Only the spiritual knowledge can change the present situation. Anybody does some action based on the strong concept present in his mind. The strong concept in corruption is that nobody will punish him or her here if the sin is done in an undetected way. Regarding the punishment in hell also, there is no fear because people think that hell is only imagination. When the kings became highly corrupt and dictators, Parashurama, the previous human incarnation, punished them here itself to show that the sin will be punished here itself. All this earth was donated to sages by Parashurama and since then, the rulers started ruling the public under the guidance of sages. The council of ministers consisted of sages. But today, the council of ministers consists of people with unimaginable corruption. The sages were very simple and did not enjoy any luxury. But today, the ministers are representatives of luxury. Even if you don’t believe in hell, you have to undergo punishment in the next birth. This message was given by Rama. He killed Vali hiding behind a tree and the punishment of such action was met in the next birth. This means that the punishment is inevitable, whoever so, he or she maybe, since even the Lord obeyed the rule. You may say that the hell is only imagination since the rocket has gone up to moon. But, the space is infinite and you have not seen the limiting boundary of the space to say that hell does not exist anywhere in the space. Moreover, the departed souls exist in invisible energetic bodies and therefore, the upper worlds are invisible to your materialistic eye or any instrument due to very low frequency of the energy of their bodies that is never embraced by the existing energy spectrum of science.

Rama sacrificed the kingdom to protect the word of His father. But, you find Aurangazeb killing his father for the sake of kingdom. But, you should appreciate him, who led a very simple life as king. You should always take good from others leaving the bad. Rama gave this message and asked Lakshmana to go to Ravana and learn the public administration from him. We always see bad in others and mock them. We never appreciate anybody. We find some defect even in Rama and try to criticize Him also. Today is an important day for the rulers and officials. If they stop corruption and serve the poor people, they will be blessed by Lord Rama. Even the common public should vote for good people rejecting the corrupt favors and get the blessings from Lord Rama. Otherwise, there is no meaning in this festival and the holiday is unnecessary. Mahatma Gandhi always remembered the name of Rama expecting the future rulers and officials to take the ideals of Rama. Pravrutti is the basic foundation of Nivrutti. The present human incarnation, Shri Satya Sai Baba, called as Sai Ram, is totally concentrating on Pravrutti, which is the human value of the society, like Rama. Corruption is destruction of Pravrutti and the corrupt people are cold blooded demons, who will be punished by God severely here and there. You should not violate the rules of pravrutti. You should not imitate Lord Krishna and violate the rules. He violated the rule to show that He is the rule maker and He alone has the power to violate the rules. By this, He also tested the faith of the devotees in Him. Rama always behaved like a human being to preach the behavior of the human being and never even said that He is God. Even though sages praised Him as God, He refused it by saying that He is an ordinary human being as the son of Dasharatha. This is a message to all the human beings not to think themselves as God in spite of such praise from others. This will avoid the false human incarnations. Rama never preached anything and simply practiced the rules of God. Krishna declared Himself as God and therefore, cannot behave like a human being. Even the preaching of Krishna about Nivrutti is also based on practice or karma yoga only. Practice alone gives the fruit and the best eternal fruit is the grace of God.