Vibhishana Gita From Ramayana Yuddha Kanda.


Vibhishana Gita
From Ramayana Yuddha Kanda
The legend of Sri Rama is well-known. Ravana kidnaps Devi Sita during Vanavasa (living in forest). Sri Rama wages war against him with the help of Sugriva. Ravana loses all his great warriors and generals including his mighty brother Kumbhakarna and son Meghanada. He then himself comes for final battle with Sri Rama riding a Yuddha-ratha (war chariot), well protected by armour, and equipped with sophisticated weapons, while Sri Rama does not have a chariot, or armour or even shoes, except his bow and arrows.

Seeing this contrast Vibhishana becomes very much concerned about the safety and victory of Sri Rama—and, out of extreme love and affection, expresses his doubt to Lord Sri Rama thus— “My Lord, you have no chariot, nor any protection either for your body (in the shape of armour) or for your feet (in the form of shoes). How then are you going to conquer this valorous and mighty Ravana?”

In reply Lord Sri Rama gives an enlightening sermon to Vibhishana. The whole scenario and discourse is narrated by Goswami Tulasidas in the following melodious Caupais and Dohas (Verses). Lord Sri Rama says— “My dear friend listen, the chariot which leads one to victory is totally different.” The Lord then describes in detail the chariot—the Dharmaratha (the chariot of Dharma or righteousness) which gives everlasting victory in every situation of life. The Lord points out––”The wheels (Caka) of that chariot (Tehi Ratha) are valour (Sauraja) and fortitude (Dhiraja). Steadfastness (Drdhata) in truth (Satya) and good character (Sila) are its flag and banner (Dhvaja-pataka).

The horses (Ghore) of that chariot are strength (Bala), discrimination (Viveka), self-control (Dama) and care for others (Parahita). Its reins are made of the ropes (Raju Jore) of forgiveness (Ksama), compassion (Krpa) and equanimity (Samata). Devotion to God (Isa Bhajanu) is the intelligent charioteer (Sarathi Sujana). Dispassion (Virati) is the shield (Carma) and contentment (Santosa) is the sword (Krpana). Charity (Dana) is the axe (Parasu), understanding (Buddhi) is the missile (Sakti Pracanda) and knowledge of the self (Vijnana) is the relentless bow (Kathina Kodanda).

Describing the armour and other weapons of the person riding Dharmaratha (chariot of righteousness) Sri Rama tells—A pure and steady (Amala Acala) mind (Mana) is like a quiver (Trona Samana), while quietude (Sama) and the various forms of abstinence (Yama) and religious observances (Niyama) are a sheaf of arrows (Silimukha Nana). Homage (Puja) to the Brahmins (Vipra) and one’s own preceptor (Guru) is an impenetrable armour (Kavaca Abheda). There is no other equipment (Upaya Na Duja) for victory (Vijaya) as efficacious as this (Ehi Sama). My friend (Sakha), he who owns such (Asa) a chariot (Ratha) of piety (Dharmamaya) has no enemy (Ripu) to conquer (Jitana) anywhere (Katahun). Concluding the sermon, Lord Sri Rama says—”Listen, O friend of resolute mind, a person who possesses this strong chariot (of Dharma) is a great hero, and can conquer even the mighty and invincible foe i.e., attachment to the world.”

On hearing these words of wisdom Vibhishana clasps the lotus feet of Lord Sri Rama with joy and says—”O Rama, an embodiment of grace and bliss, through the metaphor of Dharmaratha (chariot of Dharma) you have given me valuable instructions and guidance for life.”

Thanks to

Pandit Channulal Mishraji





About dhavalrajgeera

Physician who is providing free service to the needy since 1971. Rajendra M. Trivedi, M.D. who is Yoga East Medical Advisor Graduated in 1968 from B. J. Medical College, Amadavad, India. Post Graduate training in Neurological Surgery from Charles University in Czechoslovakia. 1969 - 71. and received Czechoslovakian Government Scholarship. Completed training at the Cambridge Hospital and Harvard University in Psychiatry. Rajendra M. trivedi is an Attending Psychiatrist at Baldpate Hospital. He is the Medical Director of CCA and Pain Center in Stoneham, MA where he has been serving the community since 1971 as a Physician. OTHER AFFILIATIONS: Lifer of APA - American Psychiatrist Association Senior Physician and Volunteer with Massachusetts Medical Society and a Deligate of the Middlesex District. Patron member of AAPI - American Association of PHYSICIANS OF INDIA. LIFE MEMBER OF IMANE - Indian Medical Association of New England. Member of the Board of Advisors "SAHELI, Boston,MA. Dr. Trivedi is working closely with the Perkin's School for the Blind. Dr. Trivedi is a Life member and Honorary Volunteer for the Fund Raising Contact for North America of BPA - Blind People Association of Amadavad, India. Dr.Trivedi is the Medical Advisor for Yoga East since 1993. He is a Physician who started Health Screening and Consultation At Shri Dwarkami Clinic in Billerica, MA.

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  1. સત્યમાં ન જીવી શકાય તો સત્યની જેટલું નજીક જીવાય તેટલું નજીક જીવવું.

    સત્ય પાળનારે બીજાનું સત્ય પણ સ્વીકારવું પડે.

    બીજાનું સત્ય સ્વીકારવું એ સત્યની ઉપાસના છે.

    કલાનો પૂર્ણ વિકાસ એ નિર્વાણ છે. ….. ગુલાબનું ફૂલ પૂર્ણ વિકસીત થાય એ તેનું નિર્વાણ છે. ….. રવીન્દ્રનાથ ટાગોર

    ભક્તિમાંથી જ જ્ઞાન પ્રગટે. ……. મધુસુદન સરસ્વતી

    જ્ઞાનમાંથી ભક્તિ પ્રગટે કે ન પણ પ્રગટે.

    જ્ઞાનમાંથી સમાધાન મળે.

    સાધન ભક્તિમાં પ્રશ્નો ઉદભવે

    જ્ઞાનમાંથી ભક્તિ, ભક્તિમાંથી સમાધન ભક્તિ અને પછી દ્રષ્ટિ પ્રાપ્ત થાય.

    શબદ અને સુરતા પરણે છે.

    શબદ એટલે ગુરૂનો શબ્દ અને સુરતા એટલે સાધકની જિજ્ઞાસા, આ બે એક થાય છે.

    ઉદ્વેગ ભજનમાં – ભક્તિમાં બાધક છે.

    કારણ વગરના તર્ક વિતર્ક એ ભક્તિ માર્ગનું બાધક તત્વ છે.

    ભોગ પણ ભક્તિ માર્ગનું બાધક તત્વ છે.

    આમ ઉદ્વેગ, તર્ક વિતર્ક અને ભોગ આ ત્રણ ભક્તિ માર્ગનાં બાધક તત્વ છે.

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