I was reminded of Rama's conduct when I read this news item about a man who married his girlfriend who had earlier been gang-raped. What's so heroic about this, one might ask. And indeed, it is a shameful commentary on our society that this man's decision should even be considered extraordinary. We live in a society of moral cowards where victims are blamed and shamed, and 'decent' people prove their decency by joining in the stone-throwing. So yes, in such a society, this man is nothing less than a hero.
kabhI kabhI bhagwAn ko bhI bhaktO:n sE kAm paDEYup, sometimes a human boatman has to help a god navigate those treacherous moral shoals!
jAnA thA gangA pAr prabhU kEvaT kI nAv chaDe
(Sometimes even God needs the help of his devotees
When He wanted to cross the Ganga, Lord (Rama) climbed into the boatman's boat)