Why Maryada Purushottam Ram Is Worshipped, Sadhguru Explains
Sadhguru: A very large part of the Indian population worships Rama. People refer to him as "Maryada Purushottam." They say he was "Uttama" among the "Purushas" – which means a great human being. They are not saying he is God. They are saying he is a great human being. This is the fundamental of our civilization. We are not looking for people to descend from heaven and become great here. We are looking for people who are born here, and they raised to such a point, that you could not identify him as a human being. He seemed divine. Here, divinity is cultured. Divinity is grown within the human being.
I am not saying this with any disregard but if you look at the situations in his life, and the way life happened to him, it seems like a continuous series of disasters. He lost the kingdom that was rightfully his and ended up in the forest. Then his wife got kidnapped and he had to fight a brutal war even though he did not want to. When he brought her back, he suffered very uncharitable comments about her from some people. So, he took his wife, who was very dear to him and pregnant with two children, and left her in the forest. Then he unknowingly ended up in a battle against his own children and finally lost his wife. Despite all that, why do so many people worship Rama?
The significance of Rama is not in the situations he faced in his life, but in the gracefulness with which he conducted himself through them. That is what is valued; that is the highest value in one’s life. Though his life became a continuous series of disasters, never once did he waver from his truthfulness, from the fundamentals of life that he set up for himself. He fought for what he thought was right and did what he had to do but never once was he seen angry, cursing someone or hateful.
The quality of who you are is not determined by how much you have, what you achieved, what happened or what did not happen. Whatever happened, how did you conduct yourself? That is what determines the quality of who you are. You will see this happening to lots of people: they look perfectly fine till one big challenge comes in their life. Then you will see who they are. When something does not go the way they think it should go, they spill themselves all over the place.
It is important that human beings carry themselves well, with gracefulness, irrespective of how someone else is or the situation they are in. Even if you have to go to the gallows, you still walk gracefully. This is the quality of the human being. The rest is only the quality of the situation.
Does this mean to say we should not manage our life properly? No, we manage what is around us well because it is good for everyone. But even if the situation is well-managed, it need not necessarily make you feel wonderful. You will feel wonderful only when you can conduct yourself gracefully through every situation.
Rama tried to manage the situations in his life, but he could not always do that. He lived in difficult times and things went out of control, but the important thing is that he always conducted himself gracefully. This is the fundamental essence of becoming spiritual.
Ranked amongst the fifty most influential people in India, Sadhguru is a Yogi, mystic, visionary and a New York Times bestselling author. Sadhguru has been conferred the Padma Vibhushan by the Government of India in 2017, the highest annual civilian award, accorded for exceptional and distinguished service. He is also the founder of the world's largest people's movement, Conscious Planet – Save Soil, which has touched over 4 billion people.