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1. Introduction and Reasons of Birth
Some Stories About Raam:
Here are some other stories about Raam, they are not given either in Maanas or in Raamaayan.
Story-1: Story of a Frog
Story-2: Raam Tries to Throw a Stone
Now it so happened, that Hanumaan Jee had seen Raam going somewhere alone, so he thought, "Where my Prabhu is going alone?" and followed Him assuming a very tiny form. He saw everything what Raam did. So as Raam said the above sentence, he said - "But I have seen you Prabhu. And do not worry Vaanar will not lose faith in you, because only those stones float on which your name is written, and to whom you have thrown, it has to sink. Hey Prabhu, Your name, which can take even the lifeless things across the sea, is greater than you (then what of people?)"
Story-3: Story of a Squirrel
Monkeys laughed and said aloud - "Of what use are these tine grains of sand which can scarcely be seen through the huge rocks of stones. Get out of the way." But the squirrel continued her work with devotion. When the squirrel did not listen to the, one monkey lifted up and threw her far from the shore. Raam caught hold of it before she fell on the ground. and said to monkeys - "You are strong and huge that is why you are bringing these huge stones. You are doing a wonderful job, but even the small things are necessary with big things. The grains of sand are necessary to fill the gaps. Thus these sand grains are binding the whole structure and making it strong." Monkeys got ashamed and let her contribute to building the bridge.
She thought she was contributing her share in building the bridge, she was very satisfied. After a while she got tired, so she came to Raam and sat near His feet. Raam lifted her, kept her in His lap and caressed her back with His hand to comfort her. Since Raam's hand was bigger than her back only three fingers left their mark on her back. The squirrel got relieved and a new strength, in a few moments she ran from there and continued her work (however small it was).
No help is small in Bhakti.
Story-4: About Raameshwaram
The eleventh of the Jyotirling is named Raameshwar. When Raavan had kidnapped Seetaa, Raam looked for Her everywhere. He was aided by monkeys in his search for Seetaa. The search brought the monkeys to the shores of the ocean and then to Lankaa. And thus Raam also came there to go to Lankaa. While Raam was trying to decide how to cross the ocean, he felt very thirsty. He therefore asked the monkeys to fetch Him some water. But when the water was brought, Raam realized that he should not drink the water without first praying to Shiv. So Raam constructed a Ling and worshipped it with many fragrant flowers. Such were the powers of Raam's prayers that Shiv, Paarvatee and their companions appeared before Raam. Shiv blessed Raam and Raam requested him to stay in that place forever. It is this Ling, on the shores of the ocean, that is known as Raameshwaram today.
Story-5: Another Story About Raameshwaram
Story-6: Hanumaan and Arjun at Raameshwaram
This was a great challenge to Arjun like great archer. He said - "Why not" and he immediately built a bridge over that stream and showed it to Hanumaan. Hanumaan Jee asked - "Can I cross this stream by walking on this bridge?" Arjun said - "Sure, Why not, That is what it is for." As Hanumaan Jee stepped on that bridge, the bridge broke and Hanumaan Jee was able to save himself by jumping from it on the dry land with a great effort. He said to Arjun - "Even one small monkey could not walk on this bridge, you should know that Raam's bridge had to carry millions of monkeys up to so far place (100 Yojan), Lankaa, in sea where water is always agitating."
Then only Arjun could know that that bridge was not an ordinary bridge, it had Raam's Shakti in it.
Greatness of Raam Naam
(1) Everybody knows that Hanumaan crossed The 100 Yojan ocean just by taking the name of Raam.
(2) This is also known that both Nal and Neel made even the big stones float on water just by writing the name of Raam.
(3) Everybody knows the story of Vaalmeeki as he became Brahmarshi just by chanting "Maraa, Maraa", not even Raam straightway.
(4) One day a farmer happened to kill one of his cows by mistake. Since Gau Hatyaa (murder of cow) is considered a great sin according to Hindu tradition, the farmer was grief stricken. He decided to approach the hermitage at the outskirts and ask the saint for a way to atone for his sins. The farmer took a basket of fruits with him while going to meet the saint. When the farmer reached the hermitage, the saint was in meditation. He saw his disciple outside preparing flowers for a Poojaa. The farmer presented the basket of fruits and explained his problem to the disciple. The disciple advised the farmer to go back home and chant ‘Hare Raam’ 4 times with devotion. He said that it will be enough to atone for the grave sin of killing a cow. The farmer thanked the disciple and went home.
When the saint returned from his meditation, he asked his disciple about the basket of fruits. The disciple explained the farmer’s problem and added that he has advised him to chant Raam’s name 4 times. On hearing this, the saint got enraged and cursed the disciple saying “may you be born as an animal for four lives”. The disciple was shocked and asked the saint why he was being cursed. The saint explained that the disciple was foolish enough to not realize that a single chanting of Raam’s name was more than enough to atone for any sin. The advice to chant it 4 times showed the disciple’s disbelief in the power of Rama’s name and hence he had to be cursed.
(5) Read another story of the greatness of Raam's name - Hanumaan Saves a King
Created by Sushma Gupta On 5/27/04
Modified on 03/27/13