temple of Lord Rama. The statue of Rama preaches two points to you:
1) The Lord will come in human form.
2) Miracles are not the signs of the Lord.
As told in the Gita, the Lord comes only in human form (Maanusheem Tanu Maasritam). Even though Lord Rama did not perform any miracles, Hanuman and the sages identified Rama as the Lord. Hanuman Himself exhibited several miracles but He never claimed to be the Lord. Ravana on the other hand, exhibited miracles and claimed to be the Lord, but nobody agreed.
Lord Rama came to preach \u2018Pravritti\u2019. Pravritti means, the path of worldly justice in which one human being has to interact with other fellow human beings. Nivritti means sacrificing your work and the fruit of your work (money) to the Lord, with full faith and full surrender, when the Lord comes in human form. Nivritti is the way of salvation in which the Lord comes in human form. Lord Krishna came to preach Nivritti. He preached the Bhagavad Gita, which is the knowledge of Nivritti.
Lord Rama practiced the knowledge of Pravritti. Pravritti (justice) is only practice. It is just the knowledge of rules of the Lord, which you have to follow in society. There is no discussion in Pravritti. But in Nivritti you have to discuss the truth. World peace is the result of following Pravritti. Only when there is world peace can devotees travel in the path of Nivritti in peace by putting forth spiritual effort. In Pravritti, loving fellow human beings is important. By Pravritti, one can atleast love the human form of Lord as one of his fellow human beings. Otherwise generally people insult Him due to their jealousy as told in the Gita (Avajaananti Maam Mudhaah). In this way, Pravritti helps Nivritti. If you treat the human form of Lord as an ordinary human being, it is not wrong. But if you recognize Him as the Lord you will get salvation.
In the temple of Lord Rama, Sita stands by the side of Rama. She was a great devotee. Among human beings the difference between male and female is only in body and not in the soul. Sita served the Lord by Karma Sanyasa (Sacrifice of work). She could not do Karma Phala Tyaga (Sacrifice of the fruit of work). She indicates the firm faith in the Lord. Even though she did not get happiness in the forest, she never left the Lord. This means that one should not leave the Lord even if He does not give boons or even if He gives troubles. One should not aspire for anything in return from the Lord. Ravana showed miracles. But Sita did not mistake him to be the Lord. This means that a true devotee will never recognize the Lord by miracles. Lanka, the kingdom of Ravana was a golden city. Ravana invited Sita to be his queen. But she was not attracted. This means that wealth and money will never attract a true devotee.
Also in the temple, there is an idol of Hanuman kneeling at the feet of Lord Rama. Hanuman believed in the human incarnation (Lord Rama) and participated in the work of the Lord. He even sacrificed family life in the beginning itself, for the sake of the Lord. He always sacrificed his work because he was a saint (monk). The fame of all his works was dedicated to the Lord only. He never claimed to be the Lord even though he performed miracles. Hanuman was made the future creator of this world. He tore his heart with his own nails and was prepared to give up his life for the sake of the Lord. Hanuman always did the work of the Lord. He grew to a gigantic size when he was praised and he jumped over the sea. But he did so only for the sake of the Lord. He will not grow when you praise him in order to get your work done by him. He is not such a fool. He will not insult the deity of justice by canceling your sins and by giving you the fruits of good deeds, which you have not done. He is not a monkey who will run for your bananas and palm leaves. He is very intelligent. He is the topmost scholar and highest devotee. He is the real servant of the Lord, who never aspires for anything in return. He is the purest person. This knowledge must come to your mind when you see Hanuman. Like him you must also recognize the Lord in human form and participate in the work of the Lord with great concentration.
Lakshmana was very young but he still left his wife for fourteen years to concentrate on the service of the Lord. He sacrificed the Kama (love towards his wife). Bharata gave back the kingdom to the Lord and sacrificed Artha (wealth) to the Lord and did Karma Phala Tyaga. He kept the two wooden sandals of the Lord on the throne and ruled on the Lord\u2019s behalf without actually taking the powers of a king in his own hands. This means that once you sacrifice anything to the Lord you should not try to manage or control it again. Sathrughna tried to attack and kill Kaikeyi (his own step-mother) with a sword when she unfairly sent Rama into a forest-exile. He sacrificed Dharma (justice) for the sake of the Lord.
People criticize God due to misunderstanding. God can never be criticized because whatever God does is the perfect justice. You are criticizing God with your limited knowledge. Let us take the case of Lord Rama. People criticized Him mainly in two points.
After the battle, Sita was brought to Lord Rama. Rama said to her, \u201cGo and marry Bharata to become the queen of Ayodhya or marry Vibhishana to become the queen of Lanka\u201d. People criticize Rama for such harsh words. If you refer to Valmiki Ramayana (Sundara kanda), Sita said \u201cPiturnidesam...\u201d i.e., \u201cO Rama, after two months you will go to Ayodhya, marry several ladies and enjoy the kingdom. I will die here always thinking about you\u201d. Sita blamed the Lord by such words and therefore the Lord retorted with the same harsh words.
Even though Sita was proved to be chaste by entering the fire, a washerman in Rama\u2019s kingdom blamed her. Based on that blame, Rama sent her to the forest (exile). For this point, the answer is as follows:
When Rama was chasing the golden deer, Sita asked Lakshmana to go and help Rama but he refused since he wanted to stay and protect her as per the orders of Rama. Angry at his refusal, Sita said to Lakshmana \u201cYou have come to forest along with your brother with a motive to enjoy me in the absence of your brother\u201d. This sin is more severe than the previous sin because abusing a devotee (Bhaagavat apachara) will make God more furious, than abusing Himself (Bhagavat
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