Chapter 24: Union of Rama with His Children Lav and Kush

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Synopsis in prose form :

Towards the end of the anthology, the episode of Lav and Kush unknowingly catching a sacred horse (of their father), called Ashwamegh Yagnya horse” is narrated. Wherever the sacred horse goes, the people of the land have to accept the King Rama as their Emperor. If they do not do so, then they have to fight the mighty army of the king.

Lav and Kush fight a battle with the army of Rama. But as they are children of the Lord himself, every blow of their weapon on the soldiers, instead of killing them, sends them into a meditative trance called “samadhi”.

Laxmana, the brother of Rama, recognizes that these twin
children are none other than Lord Rama’s children from
Sita. Laxmana painfully remembers that RAMA had sent away
Sita into the forests just based on doubts of a few common citizens. But, how to tell this bitter-sweet truth to Rama, is the question that baffles Laxmana.
Then Laxmana thinks of a plan.

Laxmana invites Rama to the battlefield saying that since the children have defeated the army, Lord Rama should not fight a battle with the children, but instead challenge the children with a debate on Brahma-Gnyan (i.e. spiritual knowledge of the creator, the soul etc.), in the hope that, once the children are rendered answer-less, they will fall at the feet of their father. 
Meanwhile, the citizens of Ayodhya have got a scent of the events and they turn up in large numbers to
see the unfolding drama.

Finally, Lord Rama himself comes to the battlefield. He is overcome with affection on seeing the brave children and has no desire to fight them. The children too, when they point their arrows at the heart of Rama, surprisingly see the image of their own mother Sita in His heart. Awestruck, their weapons fall to the ground. 

Keeping a deliberate control on his choking voice, Rama then asks questions of Brahma-Gnyan to Lav and Kush. But Lav and Kushbeing well groomed by their mother, Sita, answer every question flawlessly and render their father himself speechless.

When Lav and Kush answer all the above spiritual questions forthright, thanks to the knowledge given by their mother Sita, Lord Rama is filled with admiration.

With great admiration, Rama then asks them who their father and mother are and who their Guru (teacher) is, who have given such good education, not only in weaponry, but also in spiritual knowledge.

Just then Sita enters dramatically with a convoy of forest animals viz. A tigress, peacock and others.

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When “Ashwamegh Yagnya” was to be done
Lord Rama thought and took recourse
To perform as per tradition
And despatch the "Yagnya" horse ||1||

One who stops the horse
Has a challenge sought
Naive Lav – Kush caught it
Battle will be fought? ||2||

Song 1 : Union of Rama and Lav – Kush

When Lav – Kush catch the horse
'Raghu' family came in plight
The brave they retreated
Though many came to fight ||1||

When “Hanuman” fought with twins
He saw Rama in their eyes
Happy he bore strikes
'Brahma Gnyana' was his prize ||2||

Soldiers ran helter-skelter
Lav-Kush bolts were very stormy
They got into "Samadhi"
The worthy Rama's army. ||3||

Laxmana looked intently
At the children's pleated hairs
In childhood Rama had
Hair that would compare.||4||

Laxmana and Shatrughan
Braves of Raghu fold
Recognized the twins
As Rama's children bold||5||

The innocent pregnant Sita
Was left in forest haplessly
This pure 'Devi''s' given birth
To jewels of 'Raghu' family ||6||

How to tell this to the Lord
Make father and sons meet
Everybody thought it over
Idea struck them neat ||7||

In the end Rama was told
"Two small kids have thrown us back"
Lord asked them what they should do?
How to save horse from attack||8||

"Unbeatable are the twins
You alone can help us win
Debate with them on 'Shaastra'
Examine their knowledge within||9||

Challenged by you they will loose
And will fall at your feet contrite."
At the scene when Lord arrived
Saw the kids and was surprised||10||

They were kids handsome and bright
Piercing doubtful eyes but smart
When they aimed arrows at Him
Bows fell, mother was in His heart ||11||

As the Lord observed the twins
Founts of love flowed from His soul
Events of past years he recalled
Tears rolled down out of control ||12||

When I cast away my Sita
She'd have suffered so much grief
My kids too would be this age
Like "Tapas" twins is my belief ||13||

Hearing news of children great
People of “Ayodhya” came
Soldiers of the Lord thoughtful
To hear the kids alert became ||14||

Lord with choking voice controlled
Not knowing grooming Sita's done
Supreme knowledge questions posed
Flawless answer gave each son||15||

*'Shaastra" here means science of mystical knowledge.
'Devi' means goddess
"Tapas" signifies the glow on one's visage that comes
with pursuit of knowledge and meditative practices.

Song 2: Lord’s Sympathy

Lord Rama: 

Oh! bright children, tell me, pray,
How can one perceive the Lord’s Sympathy?

Lav and Kush:

With your physical eye,
You see the world in a certain way
With the inner eye
You should perceive its deeper display
There are lakes, mountains and trees,
There are millions of life-species,
But the good Lord oversees them all,
With an eye of Love and sympathy.

Song 3: Passage of the Soul

Lord RAMA : 

Oh! Illustrious children, tell us all,
What is passage of the soul?

Lav and Kush:

I have travelled through over eight million species,
And seen the mystical Universe.
In many a strange bodily forms
I have been born in my traverse.
Sometimes as bird, sometimes as elephant,
Sometimes visible or even invisible,
in many a varied species.
But I became self-realised
Only after the Dharma (duty)
Of that life I fully personified.
Underwater, on the ground ,
in the boundless azure skies,
I listened carefully for
the primordial sound OM,
On listening to the Anhad (beyond sensory limits)
Divine vibrations
I offered myself unconditionally
To the love of God
In my passage of the soul!

Song 4: Invocation

Lord Rama : 

What do you want from your Lord?

Lav and Kush:

Oh ! Lord, guide us so that we may strive,
Strive for those who have no food,
In order that they can earn food for life.
Strive for those who are poor and naked,
So that they can find clothes in which they can be clad.
Strive for those who have no shelter,
So that they can build a roof over their head.
Oh ! Merciful Lord, we pray to you for all this.
Oh! Lord, guide us so that there is
confluence of faith in you.
Guide us so that we may strive,
Strive to find,
Renewed devotion to our duty as your own children
Strive to uncover,
Propagation of new ways
of dignified enterprise,
For all the needy people of our land.
Oh! Merciful Lord, we pray to you for all this.

Song 5: A Vision of Brahma (Creator)

Lord Rama :

How can one get a vision of Brahma?

Lav and Kush:

Ears, Eyes and
other body parts,
Individually are
lifeless deemed ,
When they are joined
by Pranic (life-giving and spiritual) force,
Then the body is
alive believed.
Moon, sun, planets and stars,
of elements lifeless they too appear ,
But through every nook of the cosmos
joined by eternal Truth they are,
This when you fully conceive
A vision of Brahma the creator,
you shall indeed perceive.



Song 6: Omnipresent Form

Lord Rama : 

Where does your Lord reside?

Lav and Kush:

He is in the trees, He is in microbes and in the skies
He is in rivers, He is in milk and in the oceans.
He is in prose, He is in poetry and in melody,
He is in past, He is in present and in infinity
He is in effort, He is in human labour and in Progress
He is in Yoga, He is in co-operation and in enterprise
He is in various forms, He is formless, and is
Omnipresent,
He is in faith, He is in duty and in love every moment.
He is visible, He is invisible and incarnate,
He is in Shakti (Energy), He is in Bhakti
(devotion ) and in Mukti (Salvation)
Om Shanti (Peace), Shanti(Peace), Shanti(Peace).

Song 7 : Praying for forgiveness

They had got “Sanskar** from mother
Reached top of spirituality
So when they answered smartly
Father is speechless in reality ||1||

Lord felt like hugging the children
And kiss their sparkling forehead
Hesitating He quoth at last
With choking voice this Lord of world||2||

Who are your mother and father?
Who is your Guru ?
They have not only taught you weaponry
But have given “Brahma Gnyan” too ||3||

I myself would like to meet them
And pray for forgiveness .
Hearing this the braves were happy
Seeing their idea becoming a success ||4||

Just then they heard a tigress roar
Fearsome trembled all the brave
A glowing lady floated down
"Devi Maa" was murmur wave ||5||

*Devi Maa means 'Mother Goddess'
**Sanskar means Good values

End of Chapter 24
Om Shanti! Om Shanti! Om Shanti!