Having read this piece of interesting (?) news,I recalled a discourse on Ramayana at the residence of a Hindu friend of my late father, long ago,which I had attended along with him. The learned Panditji, had recited a few verses and had explained their meaning. Here are those verses and their meanings.(Any errors, ommissions, mis-interpretations, may please be forgiven)
The concept of Ram Rajya has been beautifully brought out in the following chopais:
Ram Rajya Baithe Trailoka |
Harshit Bhaye Gaye Sab Shoka ||
Meaning : When Ram became the King of Three worlds, everyone was happy and all sorrows diminished.
Daihik Daivik bhautik Tapa |
Ram Rajya Nahin Kahuhin Vyapa ||
Meaning : During rule of Ram there was no psychological, physical and material pain to anyone.
Bayar Na Kar Kahu San Koi |
Ram Pratap Vishamata Khoi ||
Meaning : None engaged in enmity with anyone. Due to grace of Ram,differences had been merged.
Nahin Daridra, Koi Dukhi Na Deena |
Nahin Koi Abudha Na Lakshan Heena ||
Meaning : There was lack of poverty, sorrow, humiliation, and ignorance. Everyone possessed a good quality of life.
Alpa Mratyu Nahi Kavaneu Peera |
Sab Sunder Sab Viruj Sareera. ||
Meaning : None died a premature death. Everybody had a pleasant and healthy body.
All the above chopais show the characteristics of a Ram Rajya.I understand that during the reign of Ram,there was perfect justice and freedom, peace and prosperity. There were no natural disasters, diseases, ailments or ill-fortune of any nature for any living being. There were no sins committed in the world by any of his people. Rama was and still is worshiped and hailed by all – the very symbol of moksha, the ultimate goal of life, and the best example of perfect character, inspiring human beings till today. In short, during Ram Rajya, peace, prosperity and tranquility had always reigned.If I am right, in Hindi, “Ayodhya” means “a place where there is no war.” Hence “Ram Rajya” has been described as an ideal society.
Having understood the above concept, the afore-mentioned news item about UCO Bank opening a lockless branch, appears to me, either to be a feeble attempt at bringing back the concept of Ram Rajya during the present times of Kalyug (?), or just a marketting gimmick, to grab some column centimeters of space in the media,or just a silly brain- wave of some executives at the top end of the Bank’s pyramid, to exploit “the fortune at the bottom of the pyramid” (late C K Prehlad’s pioneering treatise by this name).It could have many other meanings or implications as well. Think it over !
Jai Ram ji ki!!