The principle of humanity is yet another essence of being Rama.
When the ways of crossing the ocean were being discussed, and it was
suggested that Rama should make the ocean dry up, he resisted. With great
humility Rama initiated a puja to placate the sea god to allow for an
opening. Three days passed but the sea god was unrelenting. Then Rama
decided to use his divine astras, and dry up the ocean. This made the god
appear before him. With folded hands he entreated Rama not to dry the ocean,
as it would mean death to all sea creatures. The compassion of Rama made the
sea god suggest the expertise of Nala and Neela to bridge the ocean.
Rama, before crossing the
ocean, installed the Shivalingam at Rameswaram, and said: "The Mahakaal is
dear to me". Once he defeated Ravana, Rama anointed Vibheeshana as the king.
Traditionally the victor had the right to the riches and the kingdom, but
Rama was uninterested.
It has been said of
Rama's reign in Ayodhya, "... it was
such that no suffering of a mental, bodily or or physical nature afflicts in
citizens. There is no animus and every one is conscious of his duty. There
is no poverty, no untimely death, no want. The forests are lush and the
Rama's philosophy was that the ultimate
Dharma was doing good to
the people. There was no greater adharma than causing others to suffer. When
people do not perform heir duties according to their dharma, they do not get
the right results. Out of ignorance, they blame the cosmic scheme for their
misfortunes. Rama in the Uttarkand speaks of action that seeks no
reward, conduct which seeks no fruit, and faith which seeks no expectation.
Despite his divine nature,
Rama the prince requested Sage Vasistha to explain to him the nature of the
universe and the real truth of 'Being'. This great treatise, known as the
Yoga Vasistha or the Maharamayana, is one of the clearest expositions of
the core of Vedanta, holding that only
Consciousness, the real truth, is the
essence of Brahman.