In all the Ages humankind is continuously confronted with questions related to spiritual and secular quests. Sages meditated for Ages and wise men wrote millions of pages about such demanding enquiries like, who is a good human being? What are our duties and responsibilities towards the family and the society and do we perform them well in a just and equitable manner? Who is God? How is He like? What does He expect from an individual? These are some of the recurring questions that continuously confront us as we take stock of situations in our life. Serious contemplation on such issues often leads to mind-boggling state of affairs and we are unable to arrive at conclusions in spite of our best efforts. But Nature is not incomplete; the divine designs are not imperfect, we only need to locate the proper authority that has the power to tender perfect solutions. That Know-all authority is the Sadguru. He has the power to reveal to you the correct path as well as the procedure to tackle that route correctly. He is the guide, philosopher and the result-giver by kindling the divinity within an individual.  One such divine incarnation in Treta Yuga was Lord Rama who donned the human garb to guide humankind to stride the glorious and blemish-less path of spirituality. He also showed in practical terms how to live spiritual and secular life simultaneously and progress further like a train that speeds on two parallel tracks. He stood up to the most challenging situations in the saga of secular life, without forsaking truth and He upheld the spiritual values at all times and at critical junctures.   

Shri Ram Katha at Abohar, Punjab: The Perennial Source of Eternal Spiritual Principles and Secular Dispositions

Ram Katha held at the place mentioned in the subject is the outcome of the pious and dedicated efforts of thousands of divine souls would who ceaselessly worked for the success of the huge event. The volunteers of Divya Jyoti Jagrati Sansthan, a socio-spiritual organization, whose Founder and Head is His Holiness Ashutosh Maharaj Ji gave an excellent account of themselves, to show to the public what does true sewa mean and they were blessed with the additional value of Maharaj Ji’s grace.

Shri Ram Katha at Abohar, Punjab: The Perennial Source of Eternal Spiritual Principles and Secular Dispositions

Marriage and family are noble institutions. Mother Sita is an embodiment of love. The Sanskrit word “Vivaha” is beautifully composed. “Vaha” means to flow and “Vi” means harmoniously together. Such was the life of Lord Rama and Sita.  The wise saying goes, “Happy Children, Happy Family, Happy Society and Happy Nation.” Lord Rama is the embodiment of the family love.

Learned Sadhvi Tripada Bharti Ji, disciple of Shri Ashutosh Maharaj Ji recited Ram Katha and explained how the life of Lord Rama teaches one and all about the treatment that needs to be meted out the family members. Each character in Ram Katha reveals the nobility of character and the appropriate roles they play in different stages of their life. At every turn of life, Lord Rama implicitly followed the orders of his Gurudev, did not take credit for his accomplishments, and he was the embodiment of humility and worked within the limitations (maryada).He was a loyal son, a trustworthy friend, a faithful husband and a benevolent ruler who always kept in mind the good of the society and did what was right. He had to take the most difficult decision of his life to forsake Sita for upholding certain societal values.

Sita’s matchless character showed how a women has to mold her to fit into different roles, and as a wife, she implicitly followed the words of her husband and governed by the advice of her father. For Hanuman, renunciation (viragi) was a way of life and he always kept a positive attitude. He exhibited confidence in his sewa and never owned ego. The learned Sadhvi explained why it is necessary to challenge monsters like  attachment, jealousy, gluttony, envy  and one should be humble before the divine power and perceive divinity in every human being and treat all as equals, without entertaining superiority complex.

The character of Lakshamana is unique and noble. He stood by his brother and chose to accompany him to the forest to be with him for fourteen long years, and he had no hesitation to give up the materialistic comforts of the life in the palace. His devotion to his brother is an admirable example in the domain of sewa.  Bharats had no love for the throne and he refused to be the King at Ayodhya, as demanded by his scheming mother Kaikeyi. He worshipped the sandals (padukas) of Lord Rama. Shatrughna, as the name suggests, is the one who has conquered all the negative traits like   greed, anger, lust, sloth etc. All the characters in Ram Katha are worth emulating and the text serves as the complete guide for humankind to follow.

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