A mirror shows an image that is skin deep. How about a mirror that shows who we are deep within, what is our state of mind internally?
Ramayana is such a mirror which shows the character and qualities that lie beneath the skin! It not only shows us what we are, but gives us a path to move up the radar and reach the dream personality, the most ideal human being. Rama is the model human being. Why? We must learn the intricacies of His conduct through a right guru and we will understand why. With the help of this ‘mirror’, we can correct ourselves to get closer to that model, Sri Rama Chandra!
Sri Rama Chandra has never exhibited any divine qualities. However, He is equally worshipped as Sri Krushna. This shows how a human being who follows defined principles and is virtuous can earn respect, love and worship from all beings (devathas, animals, birds, people, trees and nature too!). That is why we need such ‘mirror’!
There are three levels of understanding this utthama kavyam, Sri Ramayana:
You can take Level two or Level three and analyse yourself. Observe the characteristics of all those involved in the story of Rama! You will notice a match with one or another character.