Excerpts from a discourse by our Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji
In Adyãtma Ramayana the question is put forth, 'what does one who has received the Grace of Lord Rama by doing japa (chanting) of Rama Nãma attain?'
Every morning Lord Rama comes to the Royal court from His palace on foot. He then wears the Pãduka (footwear). The Kula Guru (Family Guru) Vasishta is seated in the Court; Brahmins who perform 'agni hotra' are all seated in the court; Rama's father, the King and His mother, the Royal Queen are seated on the throne; great Ministers are also present in the Court. Since the Court is filled with Mahans it is not proper to enter it with the 'pãda rakasha'.
Therefore, Lord Rama leaves the Pãduka at the entrance to the Royal Court. Lord Rama then looks compassionately at the Pãduka and blesses it with his 'katakasham' (compassionate look) with the feeling, 'You have protected my feet from the thorns and stones. But, I am unable to take you into the Royal Court!' Adyãtma Ramayana then reads, " This 'kataksham' of Lord Rama made the Pãduka sit on the throne of Ayodhya for 14 long years!" Did not Bharata (Lord Rama's brother) rule the Kingdom of Ayodhya with this Pãduka (of Lord Rama) placed on the throne? If the Pãduka that earned the 'kripa kataksham' (the graceful look) of Lord Rama attained such a status can one extol on the Grace of Lord Rama?