Sunday 29 May 2016

A Chariot

Vibhishana saw Ravana mounted on a chariot and the Hero of Raghu's line without any. His great fondness for the Lord filled his mind with, diffidence; and bowing to His feet he spoke with a tender heart: 'My Lord, You have no chariot nor any protection either for Your body (In the shape of armour) or for Your feet (In the shape of shoes). How, then, can you expect to conquer the hero.

 'Listen, friend,' replied the All-merciful, 'the chariot which leads one to victory is quite another. Valour and fortitude are the wheels of that chariot, while truthfulness and good conduct are its enduring banner and standard. Even so strength, discretion, self-control and benevolence are its four horses , that have been joined to the chariot with the cords of forgiveness, compassion and evenness of mind. Adoration of God is the expert driver, dIspassion the shield, and contentment the sword. Again, charity is the axe; reason the fierce lance, and the highest wisdom the relentless bow. A pure and steady mind is like a quiver; while  quietude and the various forms of abstinence (Yamas) and religious observances!  (Niyamas) are a sheaf of arrows. Homage to the Brahmanas and to one's own preceptor is an impenetrable coat of mail; there is no other equipment for victory as efficacious as this.

My friend, he who owns, I , such a chariot of piety shall have no enemy  to conquer anywhere. 'Listen, 0 friend of resolute mind: the hero who happens to be in possession of such a strong chariot can conquer even  that mighty and invincible foe, attachment  to the world.'

 Ramacharitmanas,  Lanka Kanda, Verses 79-80.

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