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24. Union of Rama with His Children Lav and Kush

Synopsis Union of Rama and Lav - Kush Lord's Sympathy
Passage of the Soul Invocation  A Vision of Brahma (Creator)
Omnipresent Form Praying for forgiveness

  

Synopsis :

Towards the end of the anthology, the episode of Lav and Kush unknowingly catching a sacred horse (of their father), called "Ashwamegh Yagnya horse" is narrated. Wherever the sacred horse goes, the people of the land have to accept the King Rama as their Emperor. If they do not do so, then they have to fight the mighty army of the king.

Lav and Kush fight a battle with the army of Rama. But as they are children of the Lord himself, every blow of their weapon on the soldiers, instead of killing them, sends them into a meditative trance called "samadhi".

Laxmana, the brother of Rama, recognizes that these twin children are none other than Lord Rama's children from Sita. Laxmana painfully remembers that RAMA had sent away Sita into the forests just based on doubts of a few common citizens. But, how to tell this bitter-sweet truth to Rama, is the question that baffles Laxmana. Then Laxmana thinks of a plan.

Laxmana invites Rama to the battlefield saying that since the children have defeated the army. Lord Rama should not fight a battle with the children, but instead challenge the children with a debate on Brahma-Gnyan (i.e. spiritual knowledge of the creator, the soul etc.), in the hope that, once the children are rendered answer-less, they will fall at the feet of their father. Meanwhile, the citizens of Ayodhya have got a scent of the events and they turn up in large numbers to see the unfolding drama.

Finally, Lord Rama himself comes to the battlefield. He is overcome with affection on seeing the brave children and has no desire to fight them. The children too, when they point their arrows at the heart of Rama, surprisingly see the image of their own mother Sita in His heart. Awestruck, their weapons fall to the ground.

Keeping a deliberate control on his choking voice, Rama then asks questions of Brahma-Gnyan to Lav and Kush. But Lav and Kush, being well groomed by their mother, Sita, answer every question flawlessly and render their father himself speechless.

When Lav and Kush answer all the above spiritual questions forthright, thanks to the knowledge given by their mother Sita, Lord Rama is filled with admiration.

With great admiration, Rama then asks them who their father and mother are and who their Guru (teacher) is, who have given such good education, not only in weaponry, but also in spiritual knowledge.

Just then Sita enters dramatically with a convoy of forest animals viz. A tigress, peacock and others.

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