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This chapter of Ramayana narrates the meeting of Garuda with Rama.

न च कौतूहलं कार्यं सखित्वं प्रति काङ्क्षिणा ।

कृतकर्मा रणे वीर सखित्वं प्रतिवेत्स्यसि ॥६-५०-५७

"O, hero! You need not be so curious to know the casue of my friendship. You will know of it, once you have accomplished success in battle."

This implies Rama was not aware of his avatar.This might be because Ravana could only killed by human.

But this chapter from Rudra Samhita Section of Shiva Purana (Pg 388) narrates story of Sati meeting Rama.

  1. On seeing Sati in guise of Sita, Rama the scion of Raghu's race repeated the name Shiva, realized the truth and laughed. He bowed to her and said

  2. "O Sati,Obeisance to you. Where has Shiva gone? Please tell me affably.How is that you come here alone without your husband?"

  3. "O goddess Sati, Why have you cast off your own form and assumed this guise? Take pity on me and tell me the reason thereof ".

  4. On hearing the words of Rama,Sati was stunned.Remembering Siva's words and realizing the truth of same she felt ashamed.

This implies Rama was aware of His avatar.

Also this answer says

Yoga Vashishtha, the text which states conversations between Vashistha, a rig vedic teacher, and various Gods and Kakbhushubdi, a creature which stands outside of normal time and sees all. It recounts the cyclical nature of time, where Kakabhushundi has seen Ramayan 11 times with different outcomes and seen Mahabharat 16 times with different results, but, after seeing Daksha Yagya twice, he did not either care to see it again or saw no point to seeing any more, as it ended the same way each time.

It says Ramayana happened 11 times and outputs were different each time. So we can presume Rama who met Sati to be Rama of earlier yugas, not Rama of 24th Treta Yuga. But the serial Devon Ke Dev Mahadev says they met Rama by travelling to future. So, according to this serial, they went from Swayambhuva Manvantara of Pitri Kalpa to 24th Treta Yuga of Vaivastara Manvantara of Swetha Varaha Kalpa.

  • If we assume that Rama,who met Sati,was aware of His avatar and Rama of 24th Treta Yuga was not aware of his avatar, then why it was written in Shiva Purana Rama, scion of Raghu's race.?
  • Does that mean Rama will always take birth in Raghu's Race?
  • Or was chapter of Shiva Purana misinterpreted?

Without considering above questions,

  • Did Rama of 24th Treta Yuga know that he was Avatar of Vishnu?
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    It is always the same parabrahma who takes birth as Rama. Rama is always born into ikshvaku dynasty and is always and forever with Sita. Minor changes may occur in different kalpas but essential ramayana remains the same. – user1195 Oct 24 '15 at 16:21
  • Always Ikshvaku? why? – The Destroyer Oct 25 '15 at 7:39
  • it will be better if we can just consider Ramayana for lord rama which itself is consisting of 24000 verses.@TheDestroyer – Rakesh Joshi Feb 21 '17 at 12:25
  • @RakeshJoshi You mean we have to consider only Ramayana of 24k verses not Puranas ? – The Destroyer Feb 21 '17 at 12:29
  • If rama claimed any such things then why would valmiki not mention it? for Rama the best authority is Ramayana and NOT Puranas. – Rakesh Joshi Feb 21 '17 at 12:30
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At the end of Ramayana war, when Brahma & Devas extol him as Supreme, Rama says '

abravittridashashreShThaan raamo dharmabhR^itaaM varaH |
AtmAnam mAnusham manye rAmam daSarathAtmajam VR 6.117.11

Rama, the lord of creation, who was born in Raghu dynasty and the foremost one among protectors of righteousness, spoke to those god-chiefs as follows: I consider myself as a human, Rama, the son of Dasharatha

Will any human say that he considers himself human ? What other choice would he have ?

Rama is one of the avatars of Vishnu. Avataranam means to descend. A person who is in a high throne descends to low places to help people. Rama and Vishnu are not two separate entities, they are just different names of same God. So there is no question of whether one is aware of other.

But Rama, in order to play the role of a man convincingly, tries his best not to display any God-like qualities, or take help from Devas/Brahma etc.

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Sri Rama was undoubtedly aware of his divinity. In the Ramcharitmanas written by Valmiki incarnate Tulsidas, Rama is well aware of Ravana's plan of abducting Sita and orders Her to remain in fire who in turn leaves behind her shadow (who is abducted by Ravana later) until He vanquishes Ravana:

When Lakshmana had gone to the woods to gather roots, fruits and bulbs, Sri Rama, the very incarnation of compassion and joy, spoke with a smile to Janaka's Daughter:

Listen, my darling, who have been staunch in the holy vow of fidelity to me and are so virtuous in conduct: I am going to act a lovely human part. Abide in fire until I have completed the destruction of the demons. No sooner had Sri Rama told Her everything in detail than She impressed the image of the Lord's feet on Her heart and entered into the fire, leaving with Him only of a shadow of Hers, though precisely of the same appearance and the same amiable and gentle disposition. Lakshmana too did not know the secret of what the Lord had done behind the curtain. The ten-headed Ravana approached Marica and bowed his head to him, selfish and vile as he was. The meekness of a mean creature is a source of great trouble like the bending of a goad, bow, snake or cat. The sugar cooted speech of a villain is as alarming, Bhavani (Parvati), as the flowers that blossom out of season. (Ramcharitmanas, Aranya Kanda, Doha 23, Chopai 1-4)

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Rama did not know about his divinity. But this doesn't make him less divine. He is God in a human frame.

Some of instances

  • When he meets bharadwaj muni during his vanvas - sage bharadwaj prays to him saying he is master ans superior of all beings.Lord ram replies with folded hands that o great sage i only know that i am son of dasratha and am here to fulfill my duties.else i know nothing.
  • When lord viswamitra praises him for killing demoness tadka and liberating ahilya quoting that no normal being could have accomplished this feat - sri ram politely neglects this and says its all ur blessing guru viswamitra.
  • When garud dev emancipates sri ram and laxman from nagpaash of meghnad he prays to lord ram that its his duty to serve him and there relation of sevak swami has existed for countless yugas. Hearing this sri ram asks ignorantly about what relation it is and i have never seen you before.Hearing this sri garud dev as quotes in ramcharitmanas replies " jab nij dham laut prabhu aihon..sevak ko prabhu parichay paihon...kaah puchat ho parichay swami...tum sab janat antaryami". This explains that although lord ram was divine and almighty but in his manujroop he appeared to be ignorant and acted in humanly ways.
  • When after killing ravana all divas praise him he politely prays to all of them ignoring his superhuman status.
  • Last instance is when lord bramha sends yamraj to inform lord ram that all deeds which he had to furnish on earth are done and its time for his return...he agains partially acts in an ignorant manner.

Hence we can say that lord ram acted in human ways and never showed any of his almighty forms or divine acts like lord krishna during his lifetime.

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    Thanks you! But what do you say about Shiva Purana chapter? BTW, Please cite sources. Here is Valmiki Ramayana – The Destroyer Sep 15 '16 at 9:51
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    @The Des: The person who answered has not quoted any scriptural reference . Not only for this question but for many others also. Can he be advised on this? – Parthasarathy Raghavan Sep 15 '16 at 12:07
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I think Rama was verily aware of His divine status. Here is my reason, then I'll quote. Firstly there are many stories present in Valmiki Ramayana which are absent in other Ramayanas. Like the Shabari story, Rama, if He was a humble human wouldn't have accepted Shabari's divine bhakti as a God treats His devotees. He would have been humble enough to point out that He's human, knowing very well that Shabari was a siddha. He points out the 9 ways of Bhakti, which very subtly exposes that Rama was well aware of His divinity.

Ahalya on the other hand. When Vishwamitra asked Rama to keep His foot and liberate Ahalya, Rama didn't show humane humility in accepting that He wasn't God Himself. Instead He readily liberates Ahalya from her suffering. This is mentioned in the Valmiki Ramayana, so not quoting it here.

The Adhyatma Ramayana:

Shabari:

Such pure devotion is expressed in nine ways. First is satsang or association with love-intoxicated devotees and righteous people. The second is to develop a taste for hearing My nectar-like stories. The third is service to the guru (...) Fourth is to sing My kirtan (communal chorus) (...) Japa or repetition of My Holy name and chanting My bhajans are the fifth expression (...) To follow scriptural injunctions always, to practice control of the senses, nobility of character and selfless service, these are expressions of the sixth mode of bhakti. Seeing Me manifested everywhere in this world and worshipping My saints more than myself is the seventh mode of bhakti. To find no fault with anyone and to be contented with one's lot is the eighth mode of bhakti. Unreserved surrender with total faith in My strength is the ninth and highest stage. Shabari, anyone who practices one of these nine modes of My bhakti pleases Me most and reaches Me without fail. That which is most difficult for the greatest yogis was easily attained by you, Shabari, because of your sincere devotion.

  • I thought you didn't read the Adhyatma Ramayana? – Surya Kanta Bose Chowdhury Aug 9 '17 at 14:43
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    I quoted this from my pdf. I haven't gone beyond Ayodhya Kanda. – user9072 Aug 12 '17 at 8:40
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No, Rama despite being a Purna-Avataara,did not know His Swarupa according to the Brahmavaivarta-Purana (Chapter 116).He forgot His true self because of curse of Brahmaa:

Sarve chamshakalaa pungshah Krishnastu bhagavan svayam/Paripurnatamo Ramo brahma-shaapaat sva-bismritah// (Reference: Pranava Pema Pijusha Bhashya of Gita, Sitaramdas Omkarnath, Mahamilan Math, vol 2, page 49)

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