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  Chapter 25 :  Appearance of the Empowered woman SITA.

Rama is filled with awe at the sight of the empowered SITA and instantly the mystery is resolved. He recognises Lav and Kush as his own children born to SITA .

But now SITA is no longer his weak wife. She has transformed into an EMPOWERED MOTHER.

SITA’s eyes are full of devotion for her Lord , but she has the strength to stand back in detachment from Him. As she breathes, the trees of the forest dance in tune. Her voice is powerful due to tapascharya (penance) .
SITA has a calm composure and she walks with her head held high , as she has fulfilled her dharma (duty) of being mother to the princes.

The fact is that SITA is no longer just a mother of two children but a ‘Jagat janani’ ( Divine Mother of all creation) who looks upon all living beings with love and affection.

On seeing this empowered Divine-Mother form of SITA, there is a surge of admiration in the hearts of all the soldiers and common people of Ayodhya who have come to witness the event.

A wonderful picture emerges when SITA uses the auspicious lamp in her hand to perform Arati (worship) of RAMA and Rama sings a ‘Sita Stuti’ ie. ode in praise of SITA.

Eventually, Rama , in a way, expresses the sentiment of all the people by singing this ode and prays to SITA to come and reside in His heart.
In this way SITA ,representing the womankind in general ,emerges as the all-powerful timeless Divine Mother of the human race.

|| Sita stuti (Ode in praise of ) ||


Oh! Divine woman,
Consort of the supreme Brahma,
You are the incarnation of the primordial sound OM,
You have indeed manifested with several names,
Aditi, Usha, Pusha,
Wakk, Mahi, Saraswati ( the goddess of knowledge) …

Mother Earth,
‘Laxmi’, the Goddess of auspicious inspirations,
‘Gauri’, the consort of Lord Shiva,
‘Janaki”, the consort of Lord Rama,
Katyayini, Manasa, Durga,Kali,
Chandi, Vimala, Maheshwari
And many other powerful incarnations are but you
Oh! Divine woman
Consort of supreme Brahma.

You have infinite number of names,
You dwell in the several
beautiful forms of all women,
You are endowed with
All the nature’s wealth,
The cosmos
Is but your expression
Oh! Divine woman
Consort of supreme Brahma.

The infinite space
And the countless stars it holds,
Are but your sparkling ornaments.
You are indeed the mother of
The evolution of life on earth.
Oh! Divine woman
Consort of supreme Brahma.

Shakti (Energy), Bhakti (devotion),
Mukti (salvation),
Are the three Gunas (virtues)
that adorn you,
Oh! SITA , the empowered woman,
Please come
And reside in my heart

Oh! Divine woman
Consort of supreme Brahma.



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