Lakshman’s love for Ram

Lakshman was Lord Ram's brother. Tales of their divine, brotherly love are told even today. For example, when Shriram was exiled for 14 years, Lakshman followed Him to the forest instead of staying back at the palace and enjoying life. He would never eat anything special unless Ram was there to share it with him. When they were in the forest, it was Lakshman who built the wooden hut for Ram and His wife Sita. Lakshman loved, respected and obeyed Ram completely. He cared for Ram's honour more than he cared for his own life and was faithful to Ram, unto death. An incident which is the greatest example of this quality is given below.

After their return from exile, one day, Ram needed to have a discussion with Kalpurush, the Deity who keeps time. Ram told Lakshman to stand guard outside the meeting room and to let no one disturb them. He added that if anyone should try to come in, they would be put to death. While Ram and Kalpurush were having their talk, Sage Durvasa came to the palace to see Ram. Lakshman told Him that the king was in a meeting and was not to be disturbed. The Sage became very angry and told Lakshman that He would curse him and his brothers, if Ram were not informed about His visit, right away.

Lakshman thought to himself, "It is better that I die than letting my brothers die." He therefore went into the room and told Ram that Durvasa was there to see Him. ShrirRam was in great grief. He knew that His word to Kalpurush had to be kept so He sadly condemned Lakshman. Lakshman then went to the riverside and gave up his life, while praying. He was grateful that he could serve Lord Ram and obey Him until his last breath.

Moral: This story shows us how deep brotherly love between Ram and Lakshman was. They could sacrifice everything for each other. We too can experience such great love by praying to God to make us loving towards our siblings, parents and friends. We can also pray for Him to teach us how to sacrifice for others rather than fighting with them, by sharing what we have and to chant as much as possible through out the day.

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