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Date: Thu Jan 18 1996 - 22:55:21 PST
One point that seems to have been missed in the discussions so far is that there were two instances when Sita entered a fire. One was before Ravana showed up to kidnap her and the second time was in Lanka after Ravana was killed. In the first instance Mahalakshmi left the earth and was replaced by a Jivatma Vedavati. Ravana did not have the Bhagyam of carrying away Mahalakshmi. In the second instance Vedavati was replaced and the original Sita was reunited with Rama. Incidentally Vedavati was raped by Ravana long time ago which led to Ravana being cursed by Brahma. It is for this reason alone that Ravana waited for Sita to voluntarily marry him. Rama due to his Ekapatni Vrata could not accept Vedavati as His wife. But because of His Parama Karuna, He married Vedavati when she came as Padmavati in the Srinivasa Avataram. This is told in the Puranas dealing with Venkatesha avataram as published by TTD. Lord Krishna on the other hand married 16,000 princesses who had been imprisoned by an evil king and who would have been shunned by the rest of society if Lord Krishna had not married them. It is important to note that Ramanujacharya in more than one work has described Narayana as the "Lord of Sri" and "opposed to all that is inauspicious". Narayana whether in Vaikuntham or as an avatAra on earth can never do anything wrong and He always has a reason for whatever He does. He can never be accused of doing anything that is not right. Just as the supreme court is not bound by the precedent that it sets, Rama is not bound by the rules that He has made for us. In fact even Mukta jivatmas are not bound by these rules. Jaganath.