Posted: 15 May 2008 at 4:15am | IP Logged
Originally posted by coolpurvi
Ram, Sita, and Lakshman enter the great forest called Dandaka Forest and adore the eminent sages, who are in penance and hermitages in that forest. This kand is named as Aranya Kand not just to show that Ram roved over just forests. The forests, as per Indian tradition, are the treasure houses of knowledge, and they are the ultimate in Vedic culture.
Thus, until Ayodhya Kanda Ram's exile is in aaryavarta , the place of noblemen, from River Ganges to Greece. Now Rama is stepping into an area called janasthana ,meaning people's place. This janasthana is the place where Ram eradicated certain negative aspects of the then anarchic individualised dominions where jungle law was the only recourse and brought all of them under one roof. Though people lived there about along with sages and demons as well, demonic influence is said to be predominant, as per Ramayana or other Purana-s.
It is said that Ram performed diina jana rakshana (protection of weaker section) in this Aranya Kand. Miserable People's Protection and mitra jana rakshana in the next kand Kishkindha Kand, i.e., Friendly People's Protection. The raksha means protection, and they protect their own culture and ethnicity, and if any outsiders to join them, they shall be subservient.
For e.g., Ravana does not tolerate the insult meted out by his sister Shuurpanakha at the hands of Lakshman . Ravan , though persuaded by Maarich not to encounter Rama, does not listen to any advises but wished to abduct Sita, because he wanted to possess that beautiful woman, like all other beautiful, pompous objects like Kubera's wealth, Lanka, the golden city and Pushpaka aircraft etc. Ravan even baits Sita with queen-hood, if only she subjugates to him, and all these dictatorial aspects reveal the pride and vanity of Rakshasa culture. But the term 'demon' used in paucity of equivalent term may not be taken to mean just as a wicked demon or a devil, but a powerful antagonistic culture or ethnic dominions of Rakshasas, in Janasthana.
Ram does much good in jansthana in wiping out those cultures of greedily dictatorial, magically overpowering, and ruinous to other forms of civility. In fact this Aranya Kand is not explained in vivid terms by the ancient commentators, and if things are probed deeper in this book, Aranya Kand, Ram did more social work than miracles.Hence much can be explored into this Aranya Kaand, in terms of sociological, demographically and ethnological pursuits of Ram to establish one great orderly civil empire under one emperor, that is what we call Ram Raajya. Ram killed these Rakshasas in thousands
thanks !!a bunch for this great info !! purvi !!!