Rama’s Vow and Arjuna’s Vow (Post No 2770)

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Compiled by london swaminathan


Date: 30 April 2016


Post No. 2770


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There are two beautiful sayings in Sanskrit about Arjuna and Rama, covering two Hindu epics Mahabharata and Ramayana.


Arjuna of Mahabharata is famous for his valour. He was a great archer. Since he was the best student among the royals, Drona, the teacher of Pandavas and Kauravas, taught him all the tricks of the trade. He has made two vows, never to beg to anyone to save his life and never to run away from a battle.

In Sanskrit:-

Arjunas pratiknjaa (Arjunas vow)

1)Na Dainyam
Never to be reduced to a pitiable state
2)Na palaayanam
Never run away from war
“Arjunasya pratikjne dve na dainyam na palaayanam”


Rama’s Vow

Rama stood for all the good virtues enumerated in the Hindu scriptures but yet he is more famous for his two vows:

He never shoots an arrow at his enemy for the second time; that means there was no need; he was so focussed and skilful that his first arrow would definitely hit the target. He had never missed it.

The second vow is he speaks only once about any issue; if he gives a word he would never go back. He had given words to Kaikeyi, Sita, Bharata, Guha, Sugreeva and Vibhisana. He had never gone back.

He promised Kaikeyi that he would abide by what Dasaratha ordered him to do i.e. 14 years stay in the forest.
He told Sita that he would not even think of any other woman; that is why there is a saying in Sanskrit ‘ Where is Rama, there is no Kama/desire.

He even rejected the golden Lanka. He handed it over to Vibhisana after the fall of Ravana; when his brother Lakshmana remarked that Sri Lanka was a golden land, Rama said to him, “mother and motherland are greater than the Heaven” (Janani Janama bhumisca Swargadapi gariyasi). He said that Guha was his fifth brother in the very first meeting. Rama was a prince and Guha was just a hunter!

In Sanskrit :-

Tad bruuhi vacanam Devi raaknjaa yadabikaankshitam
Karishyee pratiknjaate ca raamo dvirnaabhibhaasate

—from Valmiki Ramayana

The same is in Mahanatakam as well:–

Dvissaram naabhi sandhatte raamo dvirnaabhibhaasate
Dvi saram = two arrows

Na Abhisandatte = never shoots

Dvi = two times

Na Abbhibhasate = never speaks

Let us keep these ideals before us and try to follow in the footsteps of Rama and Arjuna.


Read also my previous posts:

Five heroic qualities of Lord Rama; post no. 2006; posted on 20th July 2015

Lord Shri Rama- the world’s Best PR Man; posted on 17 November 2011