There is a sutra in the Ramcharitamanas that defines the surrender process of Sage Vishwamitra. After Tadka Vadh, when Sage Vishwamitra recognized Sri rama as Bhagavan, Tulsidasji writes- तब रिषि निज नाथहि जियँ चीन्ही |
The third skilled personality of that time was Parshurama. His case was the most complicated. The world’s best warrior Parshurama barged into Janaka’s palace where he was received by Vishwamitraji.
In sage Vishwamitra’s case, through the episode of Tadaka Vadh Vishwamitra surrendered unto Shri Rama. But in King Janaka’s case, his mode of surrender differs from that of Sage Vishwamitra. The Breaking of Shiva Dhanush was King Janaka’s stake.
What to speak of Sugriva? He is so peculiar that even after Bhagavan himself comes to him for his friendship, he doubts His powers. So Sugriva decided to test Bhagavan. He said that Sri Rama must prove his supremacy to convince him.
Hanumanji tells Sri Rama to follow him to Sugriva’s place since it is a physician who meets a patient. Hanumanji presents a logic before Shri Rama. He says “if Sugriva had the power of Sadhana, I wouldn’t’ have requested you to come. But Sugriva is a jeeva who has no strength of Sadhana, he is utterly incapable, you have to be merciful upon the soul and personally come to assuage his misery.
When Surpanakha relates the entire tale of how Rama singlehandedly finished the 14-000 demons who accompanied her, Ravana wondered who could perform this exceptional feat. After great thought, he concluded that- तिन्हहि को मारई बिनु भगवन्ता | It is none other than Bhagavan who has done this.
Many times spiritual aspirants feel that god realization requires special qualifications. If we lack a special virtue, we are ineligible for spiritual pursuits. This thought process is negated when you study the lives of Sugriva and Vibhishana. The lives of Sugriva and Vibhishana are full of differences. Yet they attain Bhagavan.
If we see the life-sketch of Rama as a mere historical saga, then Rama will remain an outsider for us. But Tulsidaji along with the vision wants us to use a mirror as well. Because it is the mirror alone that can introduce us to our original self.
It so happened that on Lord Shiva’s bow being broken, Lord Parushram in great rage arrived in the royal swayamvar held by King Janaka. He is extremely angry with the person who has broken the bow. Lord Rama with great humility comes forward and accepts his fault.