Saturday, May 12, 2007

003 Guha- Know me as an ascetic wearing deer skin and eating fruits and roots

2-50-44, Sanskrit verse
Ayodhya Kanda
Chapter 50
Kus`a ciira ajina dharam
phala muula as`anam ca maam
viddhi pran`ihitam dharmee
taapasam vana gocaram.

Rama was on the way to forests. Shri Rama was the guest of Guha, the King of Nishadas. Guha in reverence to Rama, arranged food and bed for Rama, Lakshmana and Sita.

Bhakshyam bhoojyam ca peyam ca
leehyam ca idam upasthitam
shayanaani ca mukhyaani
vaajinaam khaadanam ca tee.

He told Rama that he had brought different types of succulent food and requests Rama to take it.

Know me (mam viddhi) as an ascetic living in forests, wearing deer skin and having fruits and roots as food.

Next day they crossed river Ganga with the help of Guha. The three (Rama, Lakshmana and Sita) were very hungry. They hunted four deer and took them as dinner. (2-52-102) you can see in another post below). Breaking the vow just in one day!

Lesson: Promise today and break it tomorrow.


M G Hariharan said...

The sloka #2-52-102 only says they hunted 4 animals for pleasure and rested under the tree as they were hungry. Did not eat those animals. The four animals are named and are not deer- frm. Hariharan

vitahavya said...

well know rama performed panchashira sthapanam when he built his hut. pancha - five; shiras - heads; sthapanam - establishment of; this is done even today in kerala - albeit heads are made of metal;

oh most people think that ancient rishis didn't eat meat. they are quite wrong. even buddha died eating pork. he only asked monks to forbid householders from killing if the householder said to a monk that come tomorrow i will give you meat.

baudhyana in his sutra says that it is a sin for sannyasa to refuse to take meat if it is offered by householder who is performing sraddha on that day.

rama eating meat is quite normal. if fact he would have faced protein deficiency if had survived on fruits and roots alone.

the above para only exposes two different atttiudes towards meat eating through time and changing socio-economic and religious mores