Sita Ram Hanuman.
These Names for Deity appear in different mantras. The following have been put to good music by our Kirtan musicians -
srī Ram, je Ram, je je Ram (Krishna Das)
Sīta Ram (3) je Ram (Krishna Das)
jaya Sīta Ram, jaya jayo, oh Hanuman (Kevin James)
jaya = je can mean “success”, wishing ourselves success in our spiritual practice.
srī can mean “radiance”. This can mean being radiant with the spiritual Qualities, developing them until they radiate from us.
How to interpret these three Names for Deity ; Sīta, Ram and Hanuman?
Let me quote from “Understanding Hinduism,” by Dr Rao –
Ramayana is the single most popular scripture in all of Hinduism. It tells the life story of a noble prince, Rama, who is an avatar of Vishnu. He suffers exile and many hardships while destroying powerful demons before returning to rule his kingdom for a very long time. This epic story portrays several characters who embody ideal qualities and conduct. Among them are -
• Rama himself as the ideal in every way : as prince, as king, as son, as husband, as brother, as friend and as enemy;
• Sita as the ideal wife and emblem of strong womanhood;
• Hanuman as the ideal friend and servant of Rama.
To simplify these, we could use the following -
Ram can mean “good leadership,”
Sīta can mean “good companionship,” and
Hanuman can mean “courage and service to others.”
These are important spiritual Qualities, and might need attention and development. When we sing these songs, we can bring to mind our recreational pursuits, present and possible, and visualise supporting them. Providing and/or supporting leadership = Ram. So we can do more than just chat with friends. Having the courage to initiate new ventures that may be beneficial to oneself and others = Hanuman.
We can reflect on how innovative if not adventurous recreational pursuits can greatly strengthen and build companionship = Sīta.
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