Lord Rama was Maryada Purushottama. He was a Prema Murti. He was an ideal son, an ideal brother, an ideal husband, an ideal friend, and an ideal king. He can be taken to embody all the highest deals of man. He led an ideal life of a householder to teach humanity. He ruled His people so nicely that His rule came to be called Rama Rajya, meaning the rule of righteousness, the rule which bestows on all happiness and prosperity.
What you admire is the sequence in which Ram Rajya is described. First of all, it is human behavior that has to be in place, then the ecology then comes the grandeur of the city or state.
Everyone lives in harmony with affection towards each other while performing their own duties as described in the scriptures. For our times, we can take it as per the law and ethically.
In 1989, when late Rajiv Gandhi inaugurated Congress party’s election campaign, he made a promise to usher in Ram Rajya, a promise that has been long-forgotten by the Congress party today. For some reason, the Congress party has always held back from talking about Lord Ram and Ram Rajya, giving an opportunity to the BJP to capture the term.
In Ramayana, Ram Rajya is established once Sri Ram returns to Ayodhya after killing Ravana in Lanka. As the king of Ayodhya, he creates a kingdom where everyone is happy. The description of this Ram Rajya may look Utopian to us today. Given the fact that this legend and phrase has survived for so long, this must have been a reality at some point in time, even if that period did not last forever.
Lord Ram’s rajya was an ideal one. Free from wrongdoers, with people devoted to Dharma and virtuousness. Mahatma Gandhi, dreamt of a rajya similar to the one that Lord Ram had created—founded on righteousness and integrity. As a matter of fact, being the ardent Hindu that Mahatma Gandhi was, he was always inspired by Lord Ram’s teachings and included many of them in his daily life.
To quote Mahatma Gandhi on Ram Rajya, he said and wrote on February 26, 1947, “Let no one commit the mistake of thinking that Ramrajya means a rule of Hindus. My Ram is another name for Khuda or God. I want Khuda Raj which is the same thing as the Kingdom of God on Earth.” Obviously this meant an ideal society where everybody follows a code of righteous living and more or less happy, meeting all their essential needs.
God has created us with a purpose to help others human beings and make their life better by doing whatever service we can do for them. Where ever due to apathy or high handedness of Government employees, Administration, and other Law enforcing agencies our fellow citizens are suffering, here we are trying to get their legal rights enforced and bringing back smiles on their faces.
In due season, rain and shine came. The air was fresh and cool. The trees were laden with plenty of fruits. There were abundant flowers of sweet fragrance. There were plenty of crops in the fields.
All the forests are full of flowers and fruits. Lion and elephants live together. All the birds and animals live harmoniously without the known animosity between them, with mutual affection.
The government of Sri Rama was an ideal one. Rama’s kingdom was free from evil-doers, thieves and dacoits. People did not put locks to the doors, nor bars to their windows. A bag of gold could be kept quite safe even in the highways. No calamity ever befell anyone. The aged people never performed the funeral rites of the young. No one injured another. Everyone was devoted to Dharma, righteousness or duty. All the people always narrated Sri Rama’s stories. They always uttered Rama, Rama. The whole world reverberated with the Name of Rama.
Disregarding Lord Ram’s beliefs in renunciation of the ego that grasps the mind, our nation today is busy in the uninhibited expansion of this very ego. Parties like BJP, motivated to achieve their materialistic wants and whims, have forgotten the values that Lord Ram once gave to the world.
The part that most fascinated me was the description of Ram Rajya. We have often heard this term, whenever politicians talk about good governance. I guess I can safely assume that most of us have not read about what it means.