Abandoning Of Sita Devi - Is It Justifiable?

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Sriram Ji's abandoning of Seeta Matha and sending her away to the forest - is it justifiable? What was the role of Sriram Ji primarily on earth? A king, a ruler. Is democracy the rule of the will of the majority? No. If that was the case, then the vast majority of Ayodhya trusted the purity of Seetha Devi. Only a miniscule minority raised the question. She has spent months in Ravana's palace. How can you be sure? In today's democracy it would have been simply brushed aside. Or worse, dealt with defamation or even treason cas....

Sriram Ji's abandoning of Seeta Matha and sending her away to the forest - is it justifiable?
What was the role of Sriram Ji primarily on earth?
A king, a ruler.
Is democracy the rule of the will of the majority?
No.
If that was the case, then the vast majority of Ayodhya trusted the purity of Seetha Devi.
Only a miniscule minority raised the question.
She has spent months in Ravana's palace.
How can you be sure?
In today's democracy it would have been simply brushed aside.
Or worse, dealt with defamation or even treason cases.
It's just a few people, they can be silenced in so many ways.
Sriram Ji's rule strictly following Rajadharma as per Dharmashastra was no different from pure democracy.
He didn't rule for the gain or pleasure of his family or those in his coterie.
The ruler should listen to the feeblest voice from among his subjects.

What was the real concern?
Of course, Seetha Matha had no choice in her being abducted, taken to Lanka and forced to stay there.
But this can set a precedent.
Tomorrow, anyone would stay away from the family for as long as they want, do whatever they want and come back whenever they want.
If you ask them, they would say, 'Isn't this what Seetha also did?'
If the epitome of dharma, Rama took no objection, then what is the problem now?
This was the real concern.

Then it was only one or two or ten people.
But it would soon multiply and become a social issue affecting the stability of the family system.
So, could a white paper or a public statement from Sriram Ji helped?
No, he is an interested party.
It would have been just taken as propaganda.
People are intelligent, they have been intelligent always.
Even saying that Seetha Devi had undergone Agni-pareeksha in Lanka and proven her purity may not have helped.
Who has seen it?
The general public has not seen it.

So what is the one and only way to establish her purity?
Any clarification or explanation should come from an independent source.
A source which can not be influenced by anything or anyone.

So in the forest, Sage Valmiki took Seetha Devi into his ashrama.
Lava and Kusha were born there.
Valmiki taught them Vedas and Shastras including Dhanurveda and Gandharvaveda.
Most importantly, he taught them his own Ramayana.
He taught them to sing Ramayana to the accompaniment of Veena.
They sang beautifully, their rendering touched the heart.

Sriramji was conducting Ashwamedha yaga in Naimisharanya.
Sage Valmiki was invited and he went with his discipled including Lava amd Kusha.
Maharshi sent Lava and Kusha to Ayodhya.
Their task was to make the inhabitants of Ayodhya listen to Ramayana.
They had specific instruction from the Maharshi not to accept anything from anyone.
They carried fruits with them and only ate them.

The boys started with Ayodhya kanda and the people of Ayodhya could immediately relate to the narrative.
Everything was there exactly as it happened.
Completely impartial.
Not even an iota of distortion.
Pure narration of the events that took place before their own eyes.
This is something that you can trust.
The people, the presentation, the narration - 100% trustworthy.

So when Lava and Kusha continued with what had really happened in Lanka, everyone became clear.
They had no more suspicion.
Because it came from a source which was not an interested party.
The credibility arose from dispassion.
Everyone saw how the boys conducted themselves, wearing skins of trees, eating fruits, and drinking water from wells and rivers.
They didn't come to give discourses in sponsored events in sponsored vehicles.
They were not ambassadors of propaganda for Sriram Ji.
They were not paid influencers.
This was clear from their conduct.
This was clear from their narrative.

If people think that you are representing a certain agenda, a certain vested interest, you are aligned with a certain cult, or a certain political party, then they won't trust you completely.
A celebrity actor, the moment he aligns himself with a political party, then his credibility take a hit.
You may have noticed this.

The narration of what happened came from a source which was 100% reliable.
Even if this had come from Rajaguru Vasishta, people would not have believed so much.
Because Vasishta was attached to the royal family.
Even those who opposed her, became her devotees.

And on the other side, Sriram Ji kept his part.
He didn't remarry.
He observed brahmacharya.
He remained a brahmachari for the next 11,000 years.
And he only caused Seetha Matha's purity to be established forever without anymore doubts.

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