Is Lord Rama Of Ayodhya in our Heartspace?

Jan 21, 2024

“Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.”
– Albert Einstein

The Dichotomy of Faith and Politics

Six score and four years ago this January, Mahatma Gandhi, a frail figure draped in simple cloth, breathed his last with the words “Hey Ram” on his lips. These words resonated like thunder across India, uniting millions in grief and spiritual introspection. Today, as another grand celebration marks the consecration of a temple dedicated to Lord Rama, the energy feels vastly different. Discord, dissension, and dissonance seem to have replaced the spiritual intelligence of that earlier moment.

This stark contrast begs the question: what is the difference between true faith and mere political posturing? Between selfless spirituality and the pursuit of religious self-interest? Between spiritual intelligence and the ignorance of bigotry?

Gandhi’s Embodiment of True Faith

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, the Mahatma, lived his life with the spirit and teachings of Rama deeply embedded in his heart and soul. His unwavering commitment to non-violence, truth, and service was a testament to his spiritual intelligence. Gandhi’s life stood as a beacon of hope, demonstrating that true faith manifests not in rituals or pronouncements, but in consistent, compassionate action.

The Mistaken Path: Chanting without Belief

Millions today make the same mistake I did years ago – mistaking the mere utterance of Lord Rama’s name for genuine faith. Chanting without the intensity and purity of Gandhi’s devotion is an empty ritual, a hollow echo devoid of true spiritual power. To cultivate genuine faith, one must immerse oneself in the spirit of Rama’s teachings, not just the sound of his name. It requires a life dedicated to non-violence, selflessness, and the pursuit of ultimate truth. How many of us are truly capable of such dedication?

Finding True Faith in Modern Times

Faith arises from a deep, unshakeable belief in something beyond ourselves. It’s an anchor in times of hardship, a source of resilience and confidence. It allows us to accept our limitations and seek support from a higher power. In essence, faith acknowledges the vast potential within us while recognizing the limitations of our mortal selves.

Unfortunately, most of us live in a state of doubt. We doubt our worth, our capabilities, and our right to happiness. To mask this doubt, we often resort to hypocrisy, chanting God’s name without a shred of genuine faith.

Whether it’s Mecca, Varanasi, Ayodhya, or any other pilgrimage site, the true significance lies not in the physical location itself but in the faith it evokes in those who visit. When I step into a temple like Tiruvannamalai or Tirupati, or stand before the ‘samadhi’ of a sage like Ramana Maharshi, I’m overwhelmed by an energy I can’t articulate. It’s a feeling of being enveloped by a mother’s embrace, yet simultaneously swept up in a cosmic whirlwind, both terrifying and exhilarating.

Spiritual Intelligence vs. Religious Intolerance

Spiritual intelligence seeks unity and integration, recognizing the shared energy consciousness that binds us all. Religious intolerance, on the other hand, thrives on division and discord. It fuels the need to prove one’s faith superior to another, leading to endless conflict and suffering. Spirituality is a win-win proposition, while religion often becomes a lose-lose game.

Faith is fundamental to spiritual intelligence, and spiritual intelligence is crucial for the well-being of our planet. Transitioning from religious ignorance to spiritual intelligence is both simple and challenging. It requires letting go of the fear of control, the primal urge to dominate or be dominated. This fear, ingrained in us since the dawn of life, fuels the “eat or be eaten” mentality that governs most species. But as humans, we possess a unique gift: the prefrontal cortex, which allows us to transcend instinct and choose compassion over competition.

The Chakra system, with its emphasis on energy flow and balance, offers a powerful framework for cultivating spiritual intelligence. As we activate the heart chakra or anahata, we open ourselves to peace, joy, love, hope, and faith. These emotions are the cornerstones of co-existence and collaboration, paving the way for holistic wellness on all levels – cognitive, emotional, sensory, and spiritual.

Rama’s Legacy: Integrating Spirituality in Daily Life

The teachings and legacy of Lord Rama offer a timeless roadmap for integrating spirituality into our everyday lives. His emphasis on truth, righteousness, compassion, and service provides practical guidance for navigating the complexities of the human experience.

Here are some ways we can embody Rama’s principles in our daily lives:

  • Practice Mindful Living: Be present in the moment, aware of your thoughts, feelings, and actions. Focus on the task at hand, avoiding distractions and multitasking.
  • Cultivate Compassion: Treat all beings with kindness and respect, recognizing the inherent worth in every living thing.
  • Speak with Truthfulness: Practice honesty and integrity.

Reflection

Faith consists of two elements, wisdom and devotion. Wisdom is about the ‘what’ we need to repose faith in, arising from the head. Devotion is ‘how’ we manifest that faith, arising from the heart. When wisdom and devotion integrate nothing is impossible.

I am in my core, a rationalist, a scientist, and a believer in my head endorsing my heart. I am not an idol worshiper. Yet, I sense the energy underlying the idol. Krishna and Rama to me are energy reflections of the cosmic consciousness manifesting in multiple forms. Temples can be one pathway. But, for us to realize their energies, they must reside in our hearts first.

I truly wish and pray that I can pass on with his form in my heart and name on my lips.

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Ram Ramanathan, MCC
Ram Ramanathan, MCC

Ram

Ram is the Founder and a Principal at Coacharya. As the resident Master and mentor coach, Ram oversees and conducts all aspects of coaching and training services offered under the Coacharya banner.

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