Philosophy (tattvA) behind Ramayana

ItihAsAs and purAnAs have underlying principles (tattvA) which will be understood as one scales up in the spiritual journey through a guru.

The tattvA behind Ramayana is explained by Sri Vedanta Desikar in Sankalpa Suryodayam using 1/n
the sloka darbO dagra dasEnindrIyAnana manO
nartanja ra diStithe”

Ravanan has 10 heads and is represented by 10 indriyas (senses). The mind is the 11th indriya.

Ravanan, Vibeeshanan & Kumbakarna refer to 3 gunas (modes of material nature) viz rajas, sattvam & tamas. 2/n
Surpanaka is represented as mAyA. Prakruthi is the manifestation of maaya and is responsible for the creation of maarisan which denotes the object of attraction in prakruthi. When a jIvan is tempted or attracted to this object, it stays away from paramatma. 3/n
Alternatively, when jIvan wants paramatma, then maya stays away from the jIvan. Here thayar (Sita) represents the jIvan & Rama, paramatma. Until she met maarisan, she always wanted paramatma and the moment she was attracted to worldly pleasures in the universe then 4/n
Rama, paramatma, stayed away.

The sea which raavanan crosses is the ocean of birth & death which the jIvan goes through when it stays away from paramatma. Asoka vanam represents the state of sorrow which jIvan is in.

Paramatma takes immense efforts to bring jIvan back 5/n
in His abode. This is reflected by Rama’s yearning in aranya kandam wherein he cries and asks every tree if it has seen Sita. More importantly, Paramatma’s yearning to take jIvan back to His abode is much higher than jeevan wanting to reach Paramatma. 6/n
Jivan and Paramatma is bridged by a guru and Hanuman is referred by ‘hanumath samena guruna’. An ideal guru should understand the both jIvan & Paramatma and what’s very important is to identify the right guru. The vAnarAs who said they will cross 10/15 miles, etc 7/n
represent gurus that can take the jIvan to some extent but cannot completely cross the ocean of birth & death. Such a guru is chosen by lord himself and He hands his angulyikam to the guru, in this case, Hanuman, who, brings both Rama and Sita together.
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