“You can literally birth a God within you because the God is not just a superstitious concept… The birth of a God is the birth of this particular God within oneself.” – Dr. Pillai
Every year, on the 9th day of the Chaitra month (March – April), festivals in India honor the birth of Lord Rama (RAH-mah). Rama took birth as an Avatar (Divine Incarnation) of Vishnu. He became a king. Celebrations usually run for nine days.
The Meaning of Rama’s Birthday (Rama Navami)
Rama represents truth, righteousness, purity of purpose, and justice. He’s known for giving tremendous powers to his devotees, like Hanuman, the Monkey God who represents devotion and the unlimited potential of human beings. Gandhi was a well-known devotee of Ram as well. He had tremendous powers over his own senses, and he had a very powerful influence on the history of India and its relationship with colonial powers.
Dr. Pillai further explains Rama’s birthday: “Rama Navami is the birthday of Rama. Navami means the 9th Moon. The 9th Moon is a very important Moon because Rama is born. The reason why we celebrate the birth of Avatars, Messiahs, is that they represent hope. They are also the time when we can awaken their energy. Rama is the one that fought for truth all his life. That is the energy that we recall on this day, also the power behind the sound Rama.”
The Purpose of Rama’s Birth
Rama was born as the son of Dasharath, the king of Ayodhya. The purpose of his birth was to defeat another king, Ravana of Lanka. Ravana may have ruled a kingdom, but he was also ruled by his own senses and bodily instincts. The tyrant ruling over him is a universal route of evil everywhere. Rama, therefore, represents control over the senses, victory over evil and falsehood, and honoring your Divine Purpose (Dharma) with purity of action.
In South India, Rama Navami is also a celebration of the marriage of Rama and his wife, Sita. While Rama is an incarnation of Wealth Archetype Vishnu, Sita is an incarnation of Vishnu’s wife, Lakshmi, the Wealth Goddess. Rama represents the perfection of virtue in men while Sita represents the perfection of feminine virtue and courage.
Receive the Power of Rama’s Name
“In the Hindu tradition, they say you should say the name of God – Rama – all of the time. Or you can write his name. Just write Rama Jaya (victory to Rama) a million times. Once you do that, you can get the power of all the Gods and Goddesses who are in Rama, in the name of Rama, Rama, Rama. It’s a tremendously powerful sound.” – Dr. Pillai
Dr. Pillai says the word Rama is of the same eternal status as Om, the primordial sound. The power of “Rama” even predates Rama’s birth. It not only has the power to align you with truth, Dharma, and righteousness, but it can also heal your Karma.
“Whenever you are feeling sad and no energy, then just start chanting Rama Rama Rama Rama Rama. The sound will completely take over, and then it will stop your bad Karma,” he says.
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