||Sundarakanda||

|| Sarga 29 ||

|| Tattva Dipika ||


||om tat sat||

Sundarakanda
Sarga 29

Tattvadipika
Good omens

In the earlier Sargas thinking of Rama and Lakshmana - 'రామానుజం లక్ష్మణపూర్వజం" ,
Sita blames herself as the cause of the separation from Rama.
And unable to bear the sorrow and in desperation,
Sita says she is ready to go to Yama - "యమస్య మూలం"

For a tormented soul there are two protectors.
Bhagavan and the teacher.
When separated from both, with no ostensible support , the Jiva will be devastated.
Sita is also in a similar position.
For Sita Rama and Lakshmana are the Bhagavan and the teacher.

Portending that Sita will come out of her sorrows,
the poet says in the very first sloka of this Sarga -
'శుభాం నిమిత్తాని శుభాని భేజిరే'
thus describing the good omens.

What are those good omens?
That is "వామమరాలపక్ష్మ", her left eye was quivering,
" వామ భుజశ్చ", her left shoulder which rested in the arms of Rama too was quivering,
Her left thigh too was quivering. .
The golden colored Saree too slipped , just a little from her shoulder.
With these omens she felt as though,
"రామం పురస్తాత్ స్థితం అచక్షే"
Rama was standing in front of her .

These omens were in vogue having been declared as such by people who knew.
Poet describes that Sita, feeling a bit relieved, was looking like
the full moon who who came out of his encounter with Rahu.

This is the poet telling us that the sorrows of Sita are ending.
Hanuman has seen Sita's sorrow, the threats of Rakshasa women, Trijata's dream.
The time is ripe for Hanuman to come out and reveal himself to Sita.

In Upanishads we keep hearing the dialog of the Teacher and the taught.
In all those dialogs The teacher tests to see if the one to be taught is in a fit condition to receive the teachings.
Only when he is sure of the readiness of the one being taught,
the teacher proceeds with his teachings.

The one being taught has to have five characteristics.

1 Belief in the goal to be achieved
2 Hunger for achieving that goal
3 Will to work for that goal
4 Patience to achieve that goal
5 Being free of jealousy

Desiring reunion only with Rama, disregarding the temptations of wealth and pomp , Sita has been praying for Rama only,

1 She is ever focused on Rama, rejects all entreaties of Ravan and symbolically keeps a blade of grass between herself and Ravana. She does not see anything including the Rakshasas in front of her. She has only Rama on her mind.

2 Her sorrow and the the fact that she has taken to fasting as well as sleeping on the floor to achieve her wish. This is the second characteristic.

3 Willing to give up life if she cannot attain Rama is the third characteristic

4 When Hanuman sings the story of Rama, she listens with rapt attention.

5 Thoughts about Rama having neglected her welfare did occur to her , but it did not lead to her blaming Rama..

These five indicators tell us that Sita is still in a receptive state.
Like a disciple ready to hear the Guru, Sita is ready.

Thus it is also time for Hanuman to appear.

This what we hear in the twenty ninth Sarga.

Thus the twenty ninth Sarga comes to an end.

||Om tat sat||
|| This is what we understood from Tattva Dipika of Shri Bhashyam, Appalacharyulu garu"||
|| om tat sat||