Once upon a time Lord Siva was seated on the mount Kailaash that Paarvatee Jee started speaking to him out of mercy to eradicate the sins of the people since all are her children and she wanted to make them sinless. She said that she wanted to know about the ancient truth about the Supreme Being and the means of crossing the ocean of Sansaar (world. How can the devotion and detachment be practiced, which will bring release from bondage and will provide eternal joy.
She further said that devotion is mentioned as the easiest path to salvation and that Shree Raam is the Supreme Being and by meditating on Him day and night one will attain the imperishable state of Mukti. But Raam was supposed to be under the influence of his own Maayaa and that is why one had to acquire the knowledge of Aatmaa (soul) only through the instruction of others such as Maharshi Vashishth. Paarvatee Jee asked - "If he was the Supreme Self why did He lament over the loss of Seetaa like an ordinary man?"
Shiv was very pleased to hear Paarvatee's question that she asked about the Supreme knowledge, which he said that no one had ever asked him about Him. He said that he was very happy that Paarvatee wanted to know about Him and she was endowed with Bhakti and Shraddhaa. Hence he said that he would tell her about it in detail. Then Shiv started explaining the real truth behind the Raam Avataar.
Shree Raam is the Aadi Purush, the first cause of the universe. He is Aanand Swaroop, personification of eternal bliss. He transcends the Maayaa and incomparable with any other. He is the one who has created the whole universe through His Maayaa and pervaded it in and out like the Aakaash and also the inner self of all beings. Those who are ignorant do not know this and they superimpose their ignorance of Raam and consider Him as an ordinary mortal. Hence they perpetually go through the cycle of transmigration. As there could be no darkness in the Sun, the ignorance can never enter Raam who is the light of lights. He is in every heart but the foolish never know Him as the one who is unaware of the necklace on his neck.
The meaning of the above analogy is as follows: One who wears his necklace around his neck but is not aware of it searches for it everywhere. This can be more easily understood in the modern days by citing the example of the one who wears his spectacles on his nose and searches all over, but the moment someone points out it to him, he realizes that he was having it on him all the time. This function of pointing out is done by the Shaastra and by the Guru who imparts the knowledge of the Self.
Hence Shiv said that Raam was never deluded and was under the influence of His own Maayaa. And Shiv started to relate the conversation that transpired among Raam, Seetaa and Hanumaan, which is known as the Shree Raam Hridayam, which when is supposed to be auspicious and chanting it three times in front of Hanuman one finds that all his wishes come true. The text and the meaning of the passage we shall see next.
Created by Sushma Gupta on August 9, 2007
Modified on 06/13/12