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The Legend of Sita – Part 2- From Pleasant Reads Research Team

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Matru Devobhava, Pitru Devobhava, Acharya Devobhava, Pathaka Devobhava.

Sri Gurubhyo Namaha.
The Legend of Sita – Part 2

For Part 1- Please click here.

She rose from the field and proclaimed “SITA” – we ended our previous dive into the Ramayan with this verse. Let us now examine this verse and try to find out the secrets of Sita Mata’s birth. Are you ready? Here we go.

When Rajarshi Janaka describes Mata Sita as Ayonija, we are faced with some questions. I will start with the question easiest to answer. If Mata Sita was born sans Uterus, had a divine glow radiating about her, could she be a mere mortal? This is a pointer towards unnatural conception. Hence, we can conclude that Sita Mata was not a mere mortal.

Who then is Mata Sita? In order to understand the birth of Mata Sita, we must refer to Advaita Vedanta. Shri Shankara, in his work, Tattvabodha, explains the process of Panchikarana – how Brahman, manifests itself into the 5 subtle elements, from which gross matter or material life is derived. Although Panchikarana is described by Shri Adi Shankara in his work Tattvabodha, its origins can be traced backwards to, Chandogya Upanishad and Devi Bhagavatam. Tattvabodha, among many things, deals with the creation of the Universe, creation of elements and how through a process of Panchikarana the elements manifest into gross matter. It describes in details how each sense organ is evolved from each element, how the mind, memory, intellect and ego come into existence. To put it simply, the blue print of creation is explained in Tattvabodha, by Sri Adishankara.

For further reading please refer: Source: https://www.advaita-vision.org/tag/panchikarana

Panchikarana involves grossification required for further creation of
Bhoutika lokas including the gross bodies etc.

The process involves each of the five elements splitting into two halves and one half of each further spilling into four parts. Thus we have space
Splitting into two and one of the halves further splitting into four parts.
Like so, each of the elements undergoes divisions. The four 1/8th parts are now distributed to other elements. Thus air, fire, water and earth each of them get 1/8th of space. Similarly the other elements get distributed giving again one full for each of the units. Thus space has half of its own and 1/8th of other elements. This process is called panchikaranam or grossification of the five subtle elements.

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A simple Illustration of the knowledge in our scriptures

So, we now know that, science has existed in the Vedas, whereby material manifestation is possible without what is known as normal conception.

Furthermore, in Ananda Ramayana, Sage Valmiki, explains, how as a child, Mata Sita, with her left hand, pushed aside the Manjusha (a receptacle with wheels) carrying the Bow of Lord Shiva. The bow of Lord Shiva even when placed in a Manjusha, needed 5000 able bodied men to move it by an inch. The fact that Mata Sita pushed it aside playfully, demonstrates her superhuman strength.

Since, it now clear to us that Mata Sita was not just a mortal, but divine in nature, the question comes up, who then should be the suitor for this divine lady? Certainly, only one worthy of Mata Sita can be allowed to marry her. Rajarshi Janak was aware of Mata Sita’s divinity. But he had no knowledge of who her suitor would be. As Mata Sita grew into a young princess of marriageable age, Rajarshi Janak, declared that the bounty for marrying Her, was the bravery of the suitor. This would be determined by the capability of the suitor in stringing the Bow of Lord Shiva

भू तलात् उत्थिता सा तु व्यवर्धत मम आत्मजा || १-६६-१४
वीर्य शुल्का इति मे कन्या स्थापिता इयम् अयोनिजा |

Bhoo Tallat Udbhitaa = she who rose from the surface of the Earth, Vyavartham mama Aatmaja = she, who I have raised as my own daughter ( although not borne to me ), Veerya Shulka Iti = bravery as dowry for the marriage , Me kanya = of my daughter , Sthapitah = determined , Iyam = she is , Ayonija = borne sans Uterus.

Rajarshi Janak explains to Sage Vishwamitra, that although Mata Sita rose from the surface of the earth, he (King Janaka) considered her as his own daughter. As qualification to marry Her, he sought bravery and valour as dowry for this One, borne sans Uterus (Sita).

If Mata Sita was divine then is Lord Ram divine too? But isn’t it said that Ram avatar is a completely human avatar? What was the need for this Avatar in the first place?

In our next blog we will examine the reason for Ram Avatar, the story of the most feared Rakshasa of his time, Lankapati Ravan. Who was he? How did he attain his powers? And what mandated a human incarnation for Lord Vishnu?

Jai Shri Ram.

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