Sri Sathya Sai portrays the Ideal Leadership of Lord Rama

There is a course on leadership as part of the curriculum of MBA programme. Who are leaders? Selfish people are not to be reckoned as leaders. Only those who are selfless and do not transgress the codes of morality and integrity are leaders. In order to fulfil his father’s promises, Lord Rama left for the forest for 14 years and lived in exile as a hermit.

Sage Jabali (Jabali was a priest in the court of King Dasharatha, who raised an objection to the strict compliance of Rama going to forest for 14 years to fulfill the promise given by his father to his third wife – Kaikeyee) argued with him that Dasharatha’s word (word here refers to boon) has to be kept up by Dasharatha alone and not Rama as he was in no way concerned with it.
Rama replied, “The people of Ikshvaku dynasty (the lineage to which Rama belonged) have never breached their promise. I should not bring a bad name to my dynasty by not complying with my father’s word.” If there is a virtuous person in a family, the whole family gets a good name just as that of a jasmine flower, which spreads its fragrance all over the jungle.

Likewise, if there is an ill-reputed person in the family, the entire family gets a bad reputation. Prahlad was born in a demon’s lineage, but he conducted himself as a righteous person. So in turn, his grandson Emperor Bali [Bali was the grandson of Prahlad. According to Bhagavatam, Lord Vishnu incarnated as Vaman (fifth incarnation of Lord Vishnu) a tiny Brahmin lad. The legend goes that Vaman asked for three feet of land as gift from Emperor Bali and with two feet covered two worlds (the earth and the heavens) and with the third pushed Bali to the nether worlds] received the grace of the Lord, wherein God Himself came as Vaman and granted him Moksha (liberation).

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