A mother’s love for her child is considered to be the purest form of love in this world. But did you ever try deliberating why it is so? The simple and obvious reason is the willingness of the mother to ‘sacrifice’ her personal comforts for the child, and her mood of ‘selflessness’ in doing so. One may accept inconvenience to oneself for pleasing somebody, but such act is not considered a sacrifice unless it is done with no expectation in return. Sure enough, it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that ‘selflessness and sacrifice’ makes any relationship pristine, whether it is between a child and parents, wife and husband or even among friends.
The epitome of such pure relationship is found between the Lord and His part and parcel living entity – so much so that even if the living entity takes birth as a worm, still the Lord willingly accompanies him in his heart as the all pervading Supersoul. The Lord, out of His love, reciprocates with His devotees in different relationships and out of love, His devotees reciprocate in the mood of selflessness and sacrifice. Ramayana is one such description, of the Lord and His devotees in various roles as a father, mother, wife, brother, servant and so on, reciprocating with each other in this mood. The Lord personally accepted many inconveniences for the sake of others and taught us to be selfless in our relationships to make them sweet and more meaningful.
Dasaratha, the foster father of Lord Ramachandra decided to coronate Him as the king of Ayodhya. Influenced by the bad association of envious Manthara, Kaikeyi, the stepmother of Rama asked her two rightful boons from Dasaratha – one being Lord Rama’s exile for 14 years and the other, to make her son, Bharata the king. Although Dasaratha was not willing to send Rama to the forests, Rama, just to keep up His father’s word, selflessly sacrificed the royal throne and the kingdom of loving citizens.
During Lord Rama’s exile, the king of demons, Ravana had sent Maricha in the form of a golden deer to allure Rama’s wife, Sita devi. When the Lord went to capture the illusory deer as per Sita’s appeal, Ravana kidnapped Sita and held her in captive in Lanka. Great saints explain the profound meaning of this pastime. Mother Sita, in this pastime, represents the living being who has the tendency to get attracted by the illusory objects of this material world. This tendency separates the living entity from the association of the Lord and keeps him captive in the material world, which is represented by Lanka. Lord Rama, after being separated from Sita wept for loosing her. The Lord, being the supreme well-wisher of all the living beings, grieves when they depart from Him, because He knows that they are best situated in His association. All that we need is the genuine desire to reunite with the Lord, just as Mother Sita did sitting in Lanka. The all-merciful Lord thensends His representative, the spiritual master, who reestablishes the lost connection between the living entity and the Lord, by giving information about the Lord – just like Rama had sent Hanuman to pacify Sita devi by giving her information about Lord Rama. If the living entity is serious enough to associate with the Lord again, the Lord would personally come to deliver him just the way He came to Lanka to release Sita. Its known to everyone the nature of troubles Lord Rama has taken to save Mother Sita. The Lord is willing to undergo any amount of sacrifice to reclaim the lost living being, because the highest happiness is in the association of the Lord.
After completion of the 14 years of Lord Rama’s exile, Rama had sent Hanuman to find out whether Bharata was willing to hand over Ayodhya or continue to rule. Rama was ready to sacrifice the throne for His brother even after completing his term of exile in the forests. But the virtuous Bharata who ruled Ayodhya as a servant of Lord Rama had no intention to take over the kingdom. So, the Lord accepted to rule the kingdom in the mood of selfless servant of the citizens, and satisfied His brother and the citizens.
Is there any other relationship that is purer than the relationship with the Supreme Lord, who extends Himself selflessly for the sake of our welfare?