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Qualities needed for success in life – Advice to Vibhishan by Lord Ram in Ramcharitmanas

This is a famous passage from the Ramacharitamanas of Sant Tulsidas. Bhagavan Sri Ram here advices Vibhishana regarding the qualities needed for success in life. Here it is explained in the form of a chariot which is needed for victory. The chariot symbol of Sant Tulsidas is very famous with the readers of Ramayana – Ramcharitmanas.

The scene is when Vibhishana asks Lord Ram to fight Ravana by riding on a chariot:

Bhagavan Sri Ram says:

Bring a chariot if it is obligatory for victory.

That chariot should have wheels of valor and patience;
Strong flag and buntings of truth and good conduct;
Horses of strength, wisdom, self-control and goodness.

Link rope of pardon, kindness and equality;
A wise charioteer of God’s recitation;
A field of renunciation, sword of satisfaction,
An axe of charity, deadly power of intelligence,

A hardened bow of the best knowledge;
A quiver like a pure and decisive mind;

Several arrows of self-control and morality
Impenetrable armor of Brahman worship
There is no other way of victory like this.

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