Tiger and Bear Story told by Sita in Ramayana (Post No.4277)

Written by London Swaminathan

 

Date: 6 October 2017

 

Time uploaded in London- 21-49

 

Post No. 4277

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Sita, Rama’s wife, was full of mercy. When the Rakshasis (demonesses) were tormenting Sita, she was very much distressed. Sita thought of killing herself. At that time, Trijata, only demoness who was supporting Sita, told her a dream with a positive message. She interpreted the dream all too favourably and said,

“Everything is going to turn out well for Sita. Lanka is going to be destroyed. Ravana is going to perish.  You Rakshasis, are going to suffer. So I advise you, Rakshasis, to fall down at the feet of Sita now itself and ask for pardon, so that she may save you”.

 

The words of Trijata consoled her. and she had begun to feel that all would end well. So, she tells the Rakshais, “Without your begging me, before you ever fall at my feet, I will give you the pardon. If ever what Trijata says happens, then be sure I will protect you all”. The occasion came when she was to protect them.

 

After Ravana’s death Hanuman said to Sita, “ Give me orders now. I will torment your tormentors. I will bite them. I will tear them with my nails; I will crush them with me feet”.

 

But Sita humbled and taught a lesson to Hanuman. She told him a story:-

“Let us remember women were not their own mistresses but were acting under the orders of a dreaded monarch. It is not just to be angry with them. They are not the cause of my mystery. I have no doubt brought it on myself by former misdeeds. The law of karma is inexorable. I pardon these slaves of Ravana. Now that Ravana is dead they won’t torment me hereafter. Let me remind you of a great moral taught of old by a bear.

 

Once upon a time a hunter pursued by a tiger, got up a big tree, which was already tenanted by a bear.

The tiger, halted in his course at the foot, looked up at and advised the bear to throw down the hunter, for he was not their common enemy? The bear refused, saying that a guest must be protected by all means, and he would not break the law of hospitality. With this higher thought the bear closed his eyes, sleeping the sleep of the just.

 

The tiger then turned to the fugitive, and asked him to hurl down the sleeping bear. This man did. The bear, however used to such mishaps, caught another branch and saved himself.  The tiger saw a fresh opening for his talent of persuasion.

‘Look at this human, says he to the bear, is not a miserable ingrate? Down with him’.  Quietly and in the accents of benignity, the bear enunciated the eternal code:

‘A righteous man ought not to be turned from the right by the sin of a sinner. The rule of honour is inviolable. Good men have only one jewel, their unblemished contact, and they must guard it. Come what may. Be they good men or bad, be they deserving of death, still must they be pardoned and treated with mercy by one claiming to be a cultured person. For no one is above error. So then let us give up the idea of retaliation or retribution and abstain from injury even to miscreants and persecutors of mankind’.

–Ramayana 6-116. 37/45

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