Under Our Banyan Tree

banyan Sri Rama, a characteristic bow around his shoulder, guarded the lit lamp carefully with his hands as he approached the Shiva Linga. Dense forest crowded the pathway to the west side of the shiva temple. It seemed like yesterday that he was able to sit at the feet of Lord Sadashiva himself and listen to his words fill him up. He promised himself then he would come back once more and tell his closest friend and devotee the secrets that the whole world should know. 

The war had been over for some time now. With Sita and Hanuman, he returned to this sacred banyan tree where he spent time with Sadashiva to dictate and record what he learned at that time. Finally, after reuniting with his beloved wife, Rama got the chance only now. 
The lamp was the last item he needed to ready for his shiva abhishekam. With deepest devotion, once Sri Rama sat bare chested, with his yagnopavitham stuck to his  damp skin, he began chanting. The tree responded to his call. Vibrations spread like ripples in water through the air. Shiva reverberated within each atom of that area. Rama began pouring water over the shiva linga as the rudram passed through lips, like sweet words shared with your love. Water, milk, honey all made the shiva linga glisten. At last, Rama concluded with aarti. He waved the lamp in circles, offering the light to Shiva, as though he was offering the amritatva -the pure white light of our souls- to him. Rama pressed his whole body to the ground then, in a complete namaskar, surrendering completely to the divine.

3-sri-rama-navami-wallpaper.previewI also saw in the Akashic Records, the way through which Raama used to come to our temple everyday and do Puja, Shiva Puja, worship Sadashiva. He used to come from the west side and enter through west side, so the West Gopuram of our temple will be named as RĀMA GOPURAM. And the western tower of our temple will have a complete Rāmāyana in the sculpture form and we will have a Sannidhi dedicated to Rāma, as He lived here and worshipped Sadashiva here.

It was when he lived under the banyan tree that the Nithyananda Sangha worships that Rama delivered the Upanishad to Hanuman. This is Mukthopanishad that we all revere today as one of the greatest scriptures ever made. 

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