By Swami Vivekananda
Sri Rama was the Parmatman (Supreme Reality) and that Sita was the Jivatman (embodied individual soul). Each manís or womanís body was the Lanka. The Jivatman which was enclosed in the body, or captured in the island of Lanka, always desired to be in affinity with the Parmatman, or Sri Rama. But the Rakshasas would not allow it, and the Rakshasas represented certain traits of character.
For instance, Vibhishana represented Sattwa Guna, Ravana represented Rajas
Guna and Kumbhakarana represented Tamas Guna. Sattwa Guna means goodness, Rajas
means lust and passion and Tamas means darkness, stupor, avarice, malice, and
These Gunas keep back Sita, or Jivatman, which is in the body (Lanka) from joining Paramatman (Rama). Sita, thus imprisoned and trying to unite with her Lord, receives a visit from Hanuman, the Guru or divine teacher, who shows her the Lordís ring, which is Brahma-Jnana, the supreme wisdom that destroys all illusions.
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