Theological Studies

What is Rama’s caste and dharma, on the definitions given in the Laws of Manu?  Does he fulfill his caste-duty in the Ramayana?  How? when? where?

 

According to Laws of Manu, Rama is born to king Dashrath of the Suryvanshi dynasty. Rama is Kshatriya caste by birth, but God by karma. Rama is important to Vaishnavism and a central figure of the ancient Hindu epicRomania. Rama fulfills his caste-duty by accepting the decree of the father’s command who was a king. Prince Rama was the eldest son and was to become king after his father retired. However, the stepmother wanted Bharata, her son to become king. Remembering that the king had promised her two wishes, she demanded that Rama be banished and Bharata be made the king.  As customary, the king had to keep his word and order for Rama to be exiled. Rama obeys claiming “I gladly obey father's command,” (Valmiki, Ramayana 1.1, Shastri trans., p. 25).

 

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