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Devotee dear to God

CHENNAI : The spiritual tradition avers that the Almighty will condone human lapses if He is the one affected by them but He would not tolerate if they were directed towards His devotee. That even the Divine Mother was not spared can be seen from the Ramayana. When Rama, Sita and Lakshmana were living in Panchavati, Surpanaka suffered humiliation at Lakshmana's hands for her overtures. She immediately rushed to her brother Ravana and instigated him by describing Sita's great beauty so that she could settle her score with him. She knew that Ravana would not rest until he attained the object he desired.

In their discourse, Sri V.Subbaraman and Smt. V.Alamelu said Ravana immediately sought Maricha's help to abduct Sita. Maricha tried his best to dissuade Ravana by describing Rama's invincibility and redoubtable prowess, which he had experienced at first hand. Ravana was bent on his mission and when he commanded him to do what he wanted Maricha had to agree. Maricha assumed the form of a bewitching deer and frolicked near their hermitage. Sita captivated by its unusual beauty pleaded with Rama to catch it for Her. Reluctantly He set out asking Lakshmana to guard Her. When Rama killed Maricha he called out to Sita and Lakshmana much to Rama's surprise. It was a ruse to remove Lakshmana so that Ravana could kidnap Sita without any difficulty. Lakshmana did not want to leave Sita alone but She in Her anxiety for Rama's safety spoke harshly to him and suspected his intention for not going immediately.

Commentators interpret that Sita suffered captivity in Ravana's kingdom for 10 months because She offended Lakshmana who was a sterling devotee of Rama. One may wonder why Rama agreed to catch the deer for He would have known its true nature. Scholars comment that He prided in being Dasaratha's son and so He set out to please His wife. Sita is said to have entered fire and assumed an illusory form (Maya) before crossing the line Lakshmana had told Her not to, which is why Rama after rescuing Her made Her undergo the fire ordeal to enable Her to get back Her original form.

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