Then He [Lord Rāma] teaches us that in any case, the parents must be respected. Their vachanas must be respected.
The parents must be respected, their vachana must be respected. In Bhāgavatam also this point is insisted. In this advance age and because of split families and because of so many difficulties we may neglect our parents or elders. That should never be done so, as far as possible. So this thing is insisted by Lord Rāma 's appearance and this is how He teaches us by His own example that He could renounce the whole kingdom for His father but eventually the all the events take the opposite turn and it was the horrible story then, because He left the kingdom. That was altogether a different thing and in the Bhāgavatam also it has been clearly said that
putrāṇāḿ hi paro dharmaḥ pitṛ-śuśrūṣaṇaḿ satām
api putravatāḿ brahman kim uta brahmacāriṇām
[Demigods said to Vishvarupa: O brahmana, the highest duty of a son, even though he has sons of his own, is to serve his parents, and what to speak of a son who is a brahmacari?](SB 6.7.28)
putranam hi paro dharmah is the main religion - pitṛ-śuśrūṣaṇaḿ satāmparents must be served - api putravatāḿ brahman - may be child may have his own children - he may be aged child may be middle age and he may have his own son and daughters and his family, even then, in that case also, the putra must serve the parents. This is the instructions of Bhāgavatam. And same thing is repeated - kim uta brahmacāriṇām – and those who are brahmacāri, they must be serve. And this is the teaching of Lord Rāma.
Ravana naturally was very powerful. He was Shiva bhakta, very mystic. He could fly himself in the sky and not he alone but his whole army will fly in the sky so such a powerful man and the whole Lanka, his whole kingdom was golden kingdom. We may have one ring and we are very proud of. Our Shriya puts on so much gold and she is very happy. But this Ravana had all buildings - golden buildings the whole Lanka it was all gold. So much gold he had and even then he was not satisfied. He wanted more. He wanted this and he wanted that and that and that and that …and under the madam kamam where there is gold - lusty desires are there, falsity is there everything was there - all the five inebrieties were in him. anrtam madam kamam rajo vairam ca pancamam - falsity was there - madh- intoxication was there, he had ten heads we only have one head he had five this side and five this side - very big frame twenty hands. Ohh God - he could crush anybody. Very powerful man as he was Shiva bhakta - he (Shiva) was much known as Ashutosha - immediately satisfy as soon as you pray him. So he (Ravana) had so many powers - he could fly in the sky he could go from one point to other point within no time heavenly planets - sutala - down - up any where he can move such a powerful man but he was never satisfied with so much achievement.
Eventually what happened that one day he heard that his brother Kubera has a very nice chariot and the chariot - that was not an ordinary chariot - but it was a whole city in the chariot. There were parks and building and everything - it is a full of amenities so he thought that my brother Kubera does not require this much prosperity you know.
“Why should he have that chariot? He should give me that chariot.”
So immediately with whole army he flew to that heavenly planet. Kubera is the treasurer of the demigods. He is also equally rich but not that cruel like this.
So he [Ravana] went and said “Brother – your chariot -I want - you don't require that chariot. I am more powerful than you, I have ten heads and you have only one head”.
So Kubera says “See dont look at my chariot - you please control yourself.”
“No if you don't give the chariot then I will fight with you.”
And then between two brothers there was a fight for the chariot and eventually Ravana won. So he got the chariot and the beautiful chariot it was, that it didn't require the fuel, no patrol - by mind it was driven. Ravana used to sit on the chariot and he used to think that I want to go to the Himalayas and the chariot will take him to the Himalayas and Ravana was so very elated that now, he is not only great king and he is richest person but he owns now beautiful chariot also.
Ravana’s cursed by chaste Vedavati
So he sat on the chariot and he wanted to cruise over Himalayas. So he started from Assam to fly over Himalayas. So the whole Himalayas was full of ashrams and different yagnas were going on. So through the trees he will see the smoke. He is not interested in Ashrams. But one spot he came to and it was a bit clear spot so there were not so many trees. There one lady in the white sari - she was meditating. And this rogue – he [Ravana] is correctly known as rogue. And in our language - rog means disease this is a rudra rogam, the heart disease. So he immediately spotted that - this lady is all alone and she is meditating.
So he said, “Hey wait wait this is not ashram - some lady is mediating”
So he left all his ministers flying in the air, all the army flying in the air and he came down. [He said to his men] “Don't come you stay there”.
Lone meeting with the lady is a horrible thing. Except our wife we should not lonely meet any lady anywhere. And wife also in the Vedic culture is known as dharma patni it is not kama patni. Please remember this, otherwise the couples cannot survive.
So this fellow came down on the Himalayas - as soon as he came down - the first question he asked – “Are you married?”
She said “Yes I am married.”
“What is your name?” he said.
She said “I am Vedavati.”
“To whom you are married?”
“Lord Vishnu”, she said.
“Vishnu”– he [Ravana] completely laughed. He said “He is pauper. He has nothing. I have this beautiful chariot. It’s standing there, you see, its all city in there. You just marry me and I will take you all over.”
She said “You control yourself. I am a married lady. I am married and I am meditating on Lord Vishnu - don't disturb me.”
But this fellow could not control his lust. So he advanced towards her and caught hold of her hair. She was also mystic. She turned her one hand in to knife and cut her hairs and he fell down on the ground.
“Ah ah”, he said. “Its nothing it’s nothing wrong”, and again got up.
And she said that “Now you have touched my body so my body is not worth for meditation. I will burn my body now”
And through mystic power she burned herself, but before she burned herself she cursed him that in her next life, “I will come back and I will be the cause of your death”
The fellow thought that “Ahhh, she is down - gone - he he he he she is burnt! What is she going to do? Who knows next birth is? Where she is born? Where she will be?”
Then the fellow couldn't control himself. He was very intoxicated with the chariot. Just the bit of prosperity, like staying in Australia, working and collecting some dollars, gives us so much intoxication. I told you yesterday that you got down in Bombay and everybody is running and screaming and fighting with each other and you say that “Hey don't talk I am coming from Australia.”
“Areey man - who asked you where you are coming from?” [Maharaj laughs heartily]
But we think that we are very advance and these are animals. This is madh - even just to stay in this planet or on this part of the earth gives us so much madh –
“I am from America - you know”
[With] big suitcase… Those who come from America there suitcase is like grahasta asharam [audience laughs] ohhh so big suitcase “areey what happened”
“Hey hey I am coming from America”
The suitcases say you are American, just suitcase. And we are intoxicated. Five suitcases man, and man is three feet and big train of suitcases and he walks very straight - -“Hey I am from American citizen you know hey hey”. This is madh.
This madh did not stop. With one kick he [Ravana] could not understand. Then he again ordered the plane to go further. And further he went and he saw beautiful hill. You know with the snow and everything. So he thought this is nice place, who is it here? So he came down there and there was Nandi. Our Shiva Bhagvan’s Nandi was standing there.
So he asked “Whos place is this?”
He [Nandi] said “Please control your self. This whole area belongs to Shiv Bhagavan and nobody is allowed here. This whole hill is Kailash hill and you can't really cross this hill, your plane will stop.”
So he [Ravana] was’nt ready - he ordered his plane to go and the plane stopped near the Kailash hill as soon as the plane stopped he again screaming and came down and said “Rascal who is Shiva” He didn’t have any idea.
He [Nandi] said “Shiva is very powerful. He is Bhagvan - you please don't disturb him you will lament.”
“You rascal get out of my way. I can just pick up this hill.”
He was very strong and with twenty hands. He pushed twenty hands under the Kailash hill and as soon as he pushed 20 hands under the Kailash hill the hill started moving, and Shiva and Parvati were sitting on the top of the hill so Parvati was really disturbed. She thought that the earthquake is going on. She asked Bhagvan “what is happening?”
He said “Don't worry this rascal is moving the hill within a moment I will control him.”
So she again cursed him that “Because he disturbed me the women, so the next life you will die because of the women.”
Again the second curse he [Ravana] had. Then Shiva forced the hill - just he pressed the hill by his toe and the hill was very heavy so his [Ravana] 20 hands were under the hill and they were completely crushed Ravana start screaming like “wway wayyy waayyy” And Ravana’s screaming - three worlds could hear and for so many days he was trying to get out of - his hands - he could not take out and 100 years passed like this and he was screaming.
The ministers came down and said Maharaja what happened to you. He said this rascal made this stone so heavy [laugh] and again screaming.
So some one minister suggested him that “You know Shiva prayers from puranas, you please recite the prayers.”
For 100 years this rascal recited the prayers with his hands inside. He was very [miserable]. As I told you in miseries we pray very intensely. So he was under intense pain loudly chanted SHiva's prayers and because Shiva is aashutosh - he was easily satisfied - and he released his hands and then he [Ravana] was taken as the Shiva’s bhakta, eventually. But he had got the second curse also.
Be grateful to Rāma and don’t get intoxicated by little prosperity
Again and again because of the intoxication he was defeated by the celetials but did not care for that. This is how Ravana was extremely powerful. Nobody could kill him. He got all the benedictions from Shiva that he should not be killed but he did not ask one benediction that any man should not kill me. He though man cannot kill me at all - he is just a mosquito I can just squeeze like this and he forgot to get this benediction and that's why Rāma had to come as a man in the human form to finish off this and with this - every thing, Rāma also being Supreme person himself. He showed that how He has to struggle in the material world because of the different modes. And Manthara particularly - she is the personified of tama - mode of ignorance and mode is ignorance immediately forces us to be envious and angry. That is definite. As soon as we are envious we are angry also. She was dancing in front of Kaikeyi and she [Manthara] was cursing Kaikeyi that you don't understand your own interest and eventually the whole incident took place and Rāma had to quit. And He very nicely showed us that for Him to be or to go to the forest its all the same.
We living entity also - we may not have that fluctuation in our life but you never know - this - I remember the days when India was divided. Formally India was all one - you know. This Bangladesh and Pakistan they were all included - except Burma nothing was separate and there was a time when Burma was also with India. But I didn't see that time but I saw that time when Burma was separate and the whole India was one. And it was 1947 and then it was suddenly divided and we were celebrating the Independence Day and all the Hindus they were forced to leave Pakistan area from Bangladesh as well and from Punjab and Sindh and everywhere, and it was full of Indians, full of Hindus, I mean to say and it was so pitiable conditions that with one cloth they came from there. Within no time - if Kṛṣṇa is not kind to us our circumstances can change. Every day we have to thank Him that He is allowing us to stay in Australia. He is giving us bread and butter here. Otherwise within no time, within fraction of second He can change the situation. We may be very rich at the moment - within no time we can be pauper. So that’s why the life - human life - should be so conducted that in every circumstance we should be able to pass our life. We should not unnecessary increase our artificial necessities. If you increase your artificial necessities you will not be able to survive in the changing times and this world always changes, every thing changes here, nothing remains static. And our hankering is that we want everything static - that you can't do - everything changes including our body. And this for the body's sake we do all these things and the body itself changes and then what remains? Nothing remains really. You may have millions of dollars or living in a nice country or nice houses or whatever but the body changes - what can you do you can't enjoy those riches. The best way is to come to our senses in this human form of life and get attached to Lord Rāma. He is a savior - Maha udhara - you know.