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Sunday, September 18, 2011

What a fall!..

अहो रूपमहो धैर्यमहो सत्त्वमहो द्युतिः।
अहो राक्षसराजस्य सर्वलक्षणयुक्तता॥१७॥
यद्यधर्मो न बलवान् स्यादयं राक्षसेश्वरः।
स्यादयं सुरलोकस्य सशक्रस्यापि रक्षिता॥१८॥
श्रीमद्वाल्मीकीये रामायणे आदिकाव्ये सुन्दर्काण्डे सर्गः ४९
aho rūpamaho dhairyamaho sattvamaho dyutiḥ|
aho rākṣasarājasya sarvalakṣaṇayuktatā||17||
yadyadharmo na balavān syādayaṁ rākṣaseśvaraḥ|
syādayaṁ suralokasya saśakrasyāpi rakṣitā||18||
śrīmadvālmīkīye rāmāyaṇe ādikāvye sundarkāṇḍe sargaḥ 49

A very interesting statement by Lord Hanuman when He meets Raavaneswara, the demon king of Lanka for the first time  as narrated in Sundarakaandam of Srimad Vaalmikiraamayanam
" What an imposing carriage, what an imperturbable courage, what an awfu size of  body, what a lustre,  the Lord of Rakshasa is indeed a perfectly created personality.  Had his tendency to sin at any cost been not so prominent in his character, this god-like leader of rakshasaas would have been in such an exalted position where he could act as the protector of the heaven with its suzerain, the Indra."

The statement is significant from various angles.
(1)  Aanajaneyaswamy is indeed one of the strongest and wisest living beings ever. Still he has the magnanimity to appreciate greatness even when it is manifested in an avowed enemy.
(2)  The Lord, who knows the past, present and the future is fully aware that, in spite or all the strength and charisma, Ravaneswara had alreday invited death for himself through his sinful activities, and the great fall was imminent. 
(3)  The Lord Hanuman delivers a warning to the world that however strong and well-placed one is, if he deviates from the path of righteousness and indulges in sinful activities, nemesis will overtake him and nothing can save him.

What a fall!..
Even though he is a  Raskasa Ravana is  being referred to as Iswara, a title befitting only Lord Siva, Lord Nandi, Lord Sani etc.  Even such a person cannot go scot-free after breaking the Dharama.

।श्रीकृष्णो रक्षतु।
|śrīkṛṣṇo rakṣatu|
Have a nice and happy day
with profound respect and warm regards
K V Ananthanarayanan
त्यजन्तु बान्धवाः सर्वे निन्दन्तु गुरवो जनाःI
तदापि परमानन्दो गोविन्दो मम जीवनंII
let all my relatives abandon me, let the great people insult me, still I am in supreme bliss since my life  is GOVINDA alone.
Iकृष्णात् परं किमपि तत्वं अहं न जाने"I
लोकाः समस्ताः सुखिनो भवन्तु।
lokāḥ samastāḥ sukhino bhavantu|

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