crossing the oceans (fwd)
kartik at ECE.UTEXAS.EDU
Sat Feb 12 16:22:14 CST 2000
I asked my father whether or not there is a mention of RAma performing a
prAyashchitta for "crossing the sea" in the VAlmIki RAmAyaNa. Here's the
reply I received:
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Date: Sat, 12 Feb 2000 08:06:56 +0530 (IST)
To: kartik at ece.utexas.edu
Subject: Re: crossing the oceans
3. Regarding crossing of the ocean, there is no mention in Vaalmiki-
ramayana about Sri Rama doing Praayaschitta for that. There is also
another story that Sri Rama did Praayaschittam at Rameswaram for
having killed a Braahmana, namely, Raavana. There is no mention of that
either in Vaalmiki's work. The day he abducted Sitadevi, Raavana lost any
remnance of Brahminhood left in him after his other demonic activities.
The only mention about Rameswaram is :
When they return to Ayodhya on the Pushpakavimaanam, Rama
describes to Sita the various locations traversed by him after
she was abducted by Raavana, he tells Sita,' This is the spot where
Raavana was killed; this is where Indrajit tried to perform a Yaaga which
was intercepted by Lakshmana and Indrajit was killed; ...;this is where
the bridge was built across the Samudra. "THIS IS WHERE LORD SIVA
BLESSED ME. (atra pUrvaM mahAdevaH prasAdaM akarot.h vibhuH)"...'
Lord Rama continues to describe in 'fast forward'-style till he
says,'here is where I met Sugreeva...'
4. I think that the Praayashchittam must have come, because when one is
not under scrutiny by one's native social group, one is likey to commit
undesirable (or unacceptable) actions . The Praayaschittam is intended
for that. In fact, many acts of Praayaschittam are atonement for
undesirable former actions. The rule is : If one has offended or harmed
another, the atonement must be done in the presence of those who were
present at the time when the offence was committed.
5. I do not know the reason for asking this query under the subject you
have mentioned at the top of your mail. If I start discussing that, I
may take another half an hour or more. The power may go off and I may
have to retype this mail.
Hence, so far for today.
bhava shankara deshikame sharaNam
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