What made Rama the Greatest Man in the World? Gems from Balaakaanda? (Post No.11,722)


Post No. 11,722

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Ascetic Valmiki asked Narada to name one person with good qualities. And Narada said,

I know one person Mr D Raama.

He is the son of Dasaratha , King of Ayodhya. He is the best because he is sea, he is moon, he is Himalaya, he is Earth and he is a Man!

Before going into the details, I want to point out the wonderful similarities in Indian literature. Sangam Tamil literature also praise the good kings in the same way.

As cool as Moon in appearance

As patient as Earth

As treasure trove as Sea; as Deep and Vast as ocean.

As High as Himalayas in name and fame

These wonderful similarities show that India is one in Thoughts and Words and Deeds.

Here are the beautiful Slokas/couplets in simple Sanskrit of Valmiki (vaal meekee).


Shaamudrikaa lakshana of Raama

Tamils also repeat this in Sangam Tamil literature: broad chest, knee long arms, strong shoulders etc.

“Possessing a broad chest, armed with a great bow, with fleshy collar bones, knee-long arms, a noble head, a graceful forehead and great prowess, he is the destroyer of foes (sins)”.

महोरस्को महेष्वासो गूढजत्रुररिन्दमः ।
आजानुबाहुस्सुशिरास्सुललाटस्सुविक्रमः ।।1.1.10।।

“Mighty and powerful, he has a well proportioned body, neither tall nor short, shining complexion, well developed chest, large eyes, lustrous body and good qualities”.1-1-11

समस्समविभक्ताङ्गस्स्निग्धवर्ण: प्रतापवान् ।
पीनवक्षा विशालाक्षो लक्ष्मीवान् शुभलक्षणः ।। 1.1.11।।

“He (Sri Rama) is a great intellectual, adherent to rules, eloquent, handsome, destroyer of foes (sins), broad shouldered, strongarmed, having conch shaped neck and prominent cheeks”.

बुद्धिमान्नीतिमान्वाग्मी श्रीमान् शत्रुनिबर्हण: ।
विपुलांसो महाबाहु: कम्बुग्रीवो महाहनु: ।।1.1.9।।



“Pious, firm in his vows, he is ever intent on doing good to his subjects. He is, illustrious, wise, and pure at heart. He is obedient to elders (or accessible to those who are dependent on him) and ever meditating (on the means of protecting those who take refuge in him)”.

धर्मज्ञस्सत्यसन्धश्च प्रजानां च हिते रतः 
यशस्वी ज्ञानसम्पन्नश्शुचिर्वश्यस्समाधिमान् ।।1.1.12।।

प्रजानां च हिते रतः – In Bhagavad Gita , Lord Krishna says Sarva Bhuta Hiterathaahaa (B. G. 12-4).

In Tamil, oldest book Tolkappiam says, Ellarakkum Inbam (happiness to Everyone)

Later Tamil Saivite Siddha Tirumular says,

Let the world get all happiness that I got (Yaan Petra Inbam Peruka Iv Vaiyakam).


Rama is sea
“Sri Rama, like sea to rivers, is accessible to men of virtue and has equal disposition towards all. He always has a pleasing appearance”.

सर्वदाभिगतस्सद्भिस्समुद्र इव सिन्धुभिः ।
आर्यस्सर्वसमश्चैव सदैकप्रियदर्शनः ।।1.1.16।।

Vedic Hindus were great sea farers. Rig Veda, the oldest book, talks about Asvins’ sea adventures. They were great geographers. Kalidasa knew the length of Himalayas. He described it as the Measuring Rod of the Earth touching both Eastern and Western oceans (Kumarasambhava sloka 1)

So they always use the simile ‘as all the rivers go to sea.’

Men are rivers; they all go to Rama as refuge, as source of everything.

Brahmins say every day Aakaasaath patitam Toyam Yathaa Gachcati Saagaram… Like all rivers go to the sea at the end, all prayers go to Krishna/Kesava.

And Kalidasa in Raguvamsa says Solar dynasty kings ruled vast land touching both the oceans.

Sangam Tamil poet Ammuvanaar used ‘vast sea’ in many similes.

So when Valmiki says Rama is like sea, it has very deep meaning.


Raama is Sea and Himalaya

Sri Rama, bestowed with all virtues, enhanced the joys of Kausalya, He is like the sea in deportment and like Himavant in fortitude. 

स च सर्वगुणोपेत: कौसल्यानन्दवर्धन: ।

समुद्र इव गाम्भीर्ये धैर्येण हिमवानिव ।।1.1.17।। 

In Tamil Aavuur Muulankizaar, Uruththiran kannanaar (Mr Rudraksha), Perunchithranaar, Mudamosi, Napppasalai and many more use Himalaya as simile. They knew the height of Himalaya and they greet the king Long Live Like Himalaya. Let you have fame as high as Himalaya.


Raama is Moon, Kubera, Agni 

The moon like appearance is used throughout Hindu literature for two reasons: its brightness and it is cooling effect in night.

विष्णुना सदृशो वीर्ये सोमवत्प्रियदर्शनः ।

कालाग्निसदृशः क्रोधे क्षमया पृथिवीसमः ।।1.1.18।।

धनदेन समस्त्यागे सत्ये धर्म इवापरः ।

So, from these slokas and later slokas in other Kaandaas, we come to know he was honest, truthful, man of words, believed in the rule of law and at the same time worked for the welfare of people and easily accessible.


Tags- Rama, virtues, Sea, Moon, Earth, Bala Kanda, Gems

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