(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 14 April 2008, Bhaktivedanta Manor, United Kingdom, Rama Navami Lecture)

Lord Ramachandra’s attachment to Sitadevi was not one that could be compared to an ordinary husband’s attachment to his wife. In the pastimes of Lord Ramachandra, we must recognise that there are two levels – the first is that Lord Rama is acting out the role of a husband in this world and the second is the spiritual relationship that exists between Sita and Rama.

Prabhupada explains that the separation of Rama from Sita is spiritually understood as vipralambha which is an activity of the hladini potency of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. So the pastimes of Lord Ramachandra are displaying something of the nature of vipralambha. Therefore, it is said that out of all of the incarnations mentioned in the Srimad Bhagavatam, it is Lord Ramachandra that is almost like Lord Krsna. Actually, Prabhupada emphasised that Lord Ramachandra is as good as Lord Krsna (virtually speaking there is no difference between Rama and Krsna), but the only difference is that when the Lord is displaying his features as Rama, He is not revealing His nature in full. Because as Lord Ramachandra, He adheres to the path of dharma; He is here to give the example. On the other hand, Krsna is just here to show His transcendental nature.

Despite this, Lord Ramachandra is still showing us something from the spiritual world, which is this vipralambha and how spiritual love can exist in this mood of separation. So the separation from Sitadevi that is being displayed by Lord Ramachandra is truly that separation between the Supreme Lord and His devotee. It is not just a husband-wife attachment, but it is the attachment that exists in pure bhakti, one that a true devotee of the Lord feels for Him. So this is very important to remember when we are reading and hearing about the pastimes of Lord Ramachandra.

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