Lakshman-Ram Relations Explained at Dayaram Mandir
On Thursday evening September 6, at the Dayaram Mandir, Pt Krishna Misir's Pravachan at a Maha Yajna focused on the relationship between Prince Laxman (Lakshman) and his half-brother Shri Ram. The Yajna is sponsored by Dayaram and his dharam patni nalinee and family. The pandit’s katha at every session attracted large congregations – some of the largest gatherings at a mandir in NYC.
At the katha, various references were made on the relationship between the two Godly brothers and various lessons drawn. It is an example of an ideal kin relationship as Shri Ram called Laxman almost every loveable description giving him many titles -- father, brother, son, friend and minister and more.
As the Pandit Krishna eloquently explains, although they had different mothers (Queen Sumitra for Laxman and Queen Kousalya for Shri Ram) and a common father (Raja Dasrat), they had a strong bond with one another just like how the other half brothers Bharat and Satrughan were extremely close. They grew up together and even went to banvas (exile for fourteen years) together. Shri Ram asked Laxman to accompany him in exile. Lakshman was attached to his older brother and served him with devotion and love. And his actions demonstrated what community and public service should be as well as the role of a brother. Laxman did everything his brother requested including ending his life.
Laxman (who was reincarnation of Sheshnaag – the snake) performed some specific deeds and sacrifices for his brother (who was the avatar of Lord Vishnu). It is noted that Lord Vishnu slept on Sheshnaag – illustrating the close bond between Ram and Laxman. Laxman fought many battles for Shri Ram and was wounded by Rawan’s evil forces. Ram did everything to rescue his brother sending Hanuman to find the medicine to save Laxman’s life.
However, when Laxman broke a promise he made to Shri Ram not to disrupt a meeting Ram was having with Jamraj (Yama), Ram ordered Laxman to his death to honor a commitment Ram made to Yama. The moral is if you break a word to a pious person, it is similar to death and one must honor a commitment. Laxman knew he did wrong, and he had carry out the order of his older brother for violating a basic trust. He went to the holy Saryu River to perform tapasya (seeking penance) for breaking a commitment to his brother. Then he transformed himself to his original form that of Sheshnaag and went to sheer-sagar. Lord Rama recognized that his duties on earth were complete and he also transformed himself into the original spiritual form (Vaikunth) of Lord Vishnu.
As Lakshman was the incarnation of Shehnaag on whom Lord Vishnu rested, it was essential for Lakshman to die before Ram. So Shri Ram would on the laps or arms of his younger loving brother on whom he placed his life.
The essence of the Pt. Krishna Misir’s pravachan of Thursday’s katha was the importance of maintaining good behavior and relations with family members and others and to honor one’s promises unless it is a life and death situation. People need to be aware of their responsibilities towards themselves, their families and communities or the society at large. Pt. Krishna urged devotees to emulate the brotherly relationship.
The Maha Yajna continues thru Sunday morning September 9. There are two sessions (9 to noon and 7 PM to 10 PM). The public is invited. Dayaram and Nalinee have been most generous. Gifts were distributed to attendees nightly since Sept 1 and that gifting continues till Sunday morning. Dayaram mandir is located at 192 Street, just East of Hillside Ave. The yagna can be seen live on the internet at swaraag sangeet TV.