Ever since India achieved independence, every citizen has a desire to live in Ram Rajya. It was also Mahatma Gandhi’s wish to bring Ram Rajya; unfortunately Mahatma Gandhi passed away shortly after Independence, but we all know that Mahatma Gandhi’s last word was “Ram”.

What is Ram Rajya?

Bhagwan Ram is Maryada Purshottam. Meaning of word Ram is Ubiquitous pleasure (सर्वव्यापी आनंद).  Ram was संस्कारी (civilized) and प्रजापालाक (working for people). Shri Ram was ideal son; he left kingdom of Ayodhya without any hesitation when ordered and when he returns from 14 years of exile, he goes to see his step-mother, Kaikeyi, first before his biological mother, Kaushalya. Shri Ram was ideal brother; throne was his birth right, but before exiling Shri Ram, if Kaikeyi had asked Shri Ram to give up throne for Bharat; Shri Ram would have done it without any hesitation. Shri Ram was ideal husband; in his time, it was a custom for a king to get married more than 1 time; but Shri Ram was bounded for Sita, Ram set an example for centuries for Hindus to follow to only have 1 wife. Shri Ram was ideal friend and an ideal king; when Vibhisan after leaving Raavan comes to Shri Ram, Shri Ram made him Lankesh even before winning Lanka. Shri Ram would have ruled a Lanka for himself, but Shri Ram gave it away to his friend Vibhisan. Shri Ram was prem murti; everyone loved Shri Ram and Shri Ram loved everyone. Shri Ram was just and righteousness which brought happiness and prosperity, which lead his kingdom to be called “Ram Rajya”. Hanuman Ji understood Ram Rajya by forever staying in Raam Naam. Click here for Hanuman Chalisa with full explanation. 

Maharisi Valmiki writes the beauty of Ram Rajya in Valmiki Ramayan:

सर्वं मुदितमेवासीत्सर्वो धर्मपरोअभवत् |
राममेवानुपश्यन्तो नाभ्यहिन्सन्परस्परम् || 6,128,101

Every creature felt pleased. Every one was intent on virtue. Turning their eyes towards Rama alone, creatures did not kill one another.

आसन्वर्षसहस्राणि तथा पुत्रसहस्रिणः |
निरामया विशोकाश्च रामे राज्यं प्रशासति || 6,128,102

While Rama was ruling the kingdom, people survived for thousands of years, with thousands of their progeny, all free of illness and grief.

रामो रामो राम इति प्रजानामभवन् कथाः |
रामभूतं जगाभूद्रामे राज्यं प्रशासति || 6,128,103

While Rama ruled the kingdom, the talks of the people centered round Rama, Rama and Rama. The world became Rama’s world.

नित्यपुष्पा नित्यफलास्तरवः स्कन्धविस्तृताः |
कालवर्षी च पर्जन्यः सुखस्पर्शश्च मारुतः || 6,128,104

The trees there were bearing flowers and fruits regularly, without any injury by pests and insects. The clouds were raining in time and the wind was delightful to the touch.

Shri Ram Rajya Coronation

Coronation of Shri Ram after 14 years of exile.

How to establish Ram Rajya in our daily life?

Memories of Ram Rajya have been descending to us from centuries; many kings have ruled this earth, yet no body came close to achieving Ram Rajya. Shri Ram won’t come to earth to establish Ram Rajya; he will come to earth as Kalki to end Kali Yug and usher humanity in new being. We, humans have to put an effort to establish Ram Rajya.

We need to surrender ourselves to Shri Ram. Shri Ram was just and righteousness; we can follow the follow the path of Shri Ram. We can follow the truth, and be kind with ourselves and with others. In human life, we’re bound to face tough times, but in tough time one should always take Ram naam. Gandhi Ji faced many hurdles and was sent to jail many times; but Gandhi Ji never stopped bhajans of Shri Ram during tough times. As Maharishi Valmiki also said,

रामो रामो राम इति प्रजानामभवन् कथाः |
रामभूतं जगाभूद्रामे राज्यं प्रशासति || 6,128,103

Our life need to be centered not around Shri Ram but with Shri Ram; everything we do must be for Shri Ram. If you have an unknowable foot on burning charcoal, then your feet will burn. Similarly, If we take the name of Shri Ram, then salvation will happen.

Jai Shri Ram ….