The character of Lord Ramachandra summarised.

By Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj

There are many stories about Ramachandra in the Ramayana, and the Ramayana is so long. It is not possible to explain everything about Ramachandra in a short time. Everything, however, is explained about Ramachandra in gist form in His pranam mantra.

ramam rajiva-lochanam raghu-varam sita-patim sundaram
kakuthsam karunamayam guna-nidhim vipra-priyam dharmikam
rajendram satya-sandham dasaratha-tanayam syamalam santa-murtim
vande lokabhiramam raghu-kula-tilakam raghavam ravanarim

Ramam Rajiva-lochanam Raghu-varam: Rama was born in the Raghu dynasty, and His eyes are like lotus petals. Sata-patim: He is the husband of Mahalaksmi, Sri Sita Devi. Sundaram: He is very beautiful looking. Kakuthsam: He is very respectable. Karunamayam: He is very merciful to everyone. Guna-nidhim: we cannot say how many beautiful qualities He has. Vipra-priyam: all the brahmans give great respect and affection to Him. Dharmikam Rajendram: He shows the ideal of perfect religion, and He is the king of kings. Satya-sandham: He does whatever He thinks, that is, everything He thinks and does is truthful and honest. Dasaratha-tanayam: He is the son of Raja Dasarath. Syamalam: His complexion is a beautiful syama-varna. Krishna is tamala-syama, bluish black, but Ramachandra’s complexion is greenish like a lotus leaf. Santa-murtim: His mind is always peaceful. Whether He is facing many disturbances or He is feeling great happiness, He always remains peaceful like an ocean. Lokabhiramam: everyone likes to see Him and everyone respects Him. Raghu-kula-tilakam Raghavam: He is the jewel of the Raghu family and is thus called Raghava. Ravanarim: He is the enemy and rescuer of Ravana.

Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj is the foremost modern representative of the teachings of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Both definitive and progressive, his exemplary life, practice, and teachings brilliantly illuminate the path of divine love. For more information on Srila Govinda Maharaj, please visit his biography page.

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