The need of a conscience keeper like Valmiki to Rama

The need of a conscience keeper like Valmiki to Rama

Unconditional love is supreme.

 It is the ability to love without being judgmental.The basis of this concept lies in the fact that no one is perfect; hence there is really no point in nitpicking. Unfair criticism can only lead to a lot of unpleasantness and sometimes bad blood making our lives onerous. 

This certainly does not mean that we must lose our sense of discretion and adopt the love me, love my dog policy. We must garner enough moral courage and cultivate the ability play the conscience keeper of our loved ones.

Valmiki, the contemporary of the great king Rama, composed the Ramayana at the behest of Narada. 

He was completely in awe of the righteous character of the principled king who steadfastly trod on the path of truth despite all odds. It was around this time he came across the abandoned pregnant wife of his hero. Despite being unattached at the personal level, he took the responsibility of Sita. 

He offered her consolation, asylum and paternal care in his hermitage till she delivered her sons.

He took the initiative to bring up the royal scions of the Raghu clan. 

In other words he was their much required friend, philosopher and guide. As they grew up he helped them excel in academics, martial arts and life skills. In addition he taught them to sing his magnum opus – The Ramayana, in the most scintillating manner. 

He took care not to reveal that they were the off springs of the estranged royal couple. 

When the king of Ayodhya announced the Ashwamedha Yagna, he made it a point to send the young sons of Rama to Ayodhya and sing the Ramayana to the public. 

He was very sure that, sooner or later, the talent and the content of the recital by the twins would reach the ears of Rama and they would be summoned to perform in his royal presence. 

Valmiki considered and projected Rama as a paragon of virtues and an epitome of all that is good and great. 

Yet the sage did not deter from holding a mirror to his hero Rama and sensitise him to the pathos created after the aftermath of his righteous action of abandoning Sita in order to quell the loose talk triggered by a washer man in Ayodhya.  By doing so, he became instrumental in putting the spotlight on Rama’s undying love for Sita and reuniting the king with his sons over a course of events.

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