RAMA NAVAMI: FESTIVAL OF THE IDEAL KING RAMA
Lord Ramachandra, the deity of millions, the ideal son, husband, brother, master, king, administrator and the direct incarnation of the Supreme Personality of Godhead appeared on the ninth day (Navami) of the waxing moon (Shukla Paksha) of Chaitra masa in Treta yuga. The appearance day of Lord Rama, Sri Rama Navami is being celebrated in many parts of the world on April 3 (today).

This is an article about Lord Ramachandra based on the epics Ramayana and Srimad Bhagavat. During the last few hundred years, man has been striving hard to achieve a state of existence free from all problems and miseries. Great Philosophers, thinkers, politicians, leaders, and scientists have all tried to steer mankind toward a happy, peaceful and problem-free world.

In spite of their tireless endeavors, what is increasing in the society all over the world is war, hatred, crime, animosity, violence, pollution, cheating and a general erosion of character and values. In such a disturbed condition filled with chaos and confusion, the Vedic scriptures point out striking examples of great kings under whose regime, trouble and disturbances were conspicuous by their absence. The Srimad Bhagavatam and Ramayana give vivid portrayals of the state of affairs during Lord Rama's reign. The following description is of the rule of Lord Rama from Srimad Bhagavatam.

" jugopa pitåvad ramo menire pitaram ca tam "

After accepting the throne of the State, Lord Rämachandra cared for the citizens exactly like a loving father, and the citizens, being fully satisfied and pleased, accepted Him as their father. When Lord Ramachandra, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, was the King of this world, all bodily and mental suffering, disease, old age, bereavement, lamentation, distress, fear and fatigue were completely absent. There was even no death for those who did not want it.

During the reign of Lord Ramachandra the forests, rivers, hills and mountains, States, seven islands and seven seas were all favourable in supplying the necessities of life for all living beings." (Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 9 chapter 10).

Even today, People are very fond of the pattern of Ramarajya, and politicians sometimes promise to provide a similar rule, but unfortunately they have no obedience to Lord Rama. It is sometimes said that people want the kingdom of God without God. Such an aspiration, however, is never to be fulfilled. Good government can exist when the relationship between the citizens and the government is like that exemplified by Lord Ramachandra and His citizens. Lord Ramachandra ruled His kingdom exactly as a father takes care of his children, and the citizens, obliged to his good governance, accepted the Lord as their father. Thus the relationship between the citizens and the government should be exactly like that between father and son.

The Supreme Personality of Godhead incarnated Himself as Sri Rama, accepting the son-hood of His devotee Maharaja Dasharatha, the King of Ayodhya and Kausalya. In the month of Chaitra on ninth day (Navami) of the waxing moon (Shukla paksha) in the Treta Yuga, the Lord appeared to establish the principles of religion and to annihilate the disturbing elements. The great epic Ramayana is the history of Lord Rama's activities in the world, and the authoritative Ramayana was written by the great poet Valmiki in 24,000 sanskrit verses.