You have heard of Sri Ramachandra.
He belonged to the race of the Sun god. One of his famous ancestors in
that race was Dileepa.
Sri Rama's father was Dasharatha, who
was born to Aja. Aja's father was the great king Raghu, because of whom
the dynasty was also known as Raghuvamsha, or the race of Raghu. Raghu's
father was emperor Dileepa.
Even before Dileepa there were quite
a few great and good kings in the solar race of kings. Of them Harischandra
was known for his truthfulness.
The kings of the Sun-dynasty lived
very good lives. Not doing anything evil and being pure, they ruled over
the kingdom only for the welfare of the people. They were interested only
in good things. And they never left anything half-done. They were all very
heroic. They helped the angels too. They performed sacrifices as prescribed,
for the good of the world. And they were very generous to the needy. They
knew statecraft very well. They never uttered falsehood or practiced deceit.
They thought that the countrys good was their own good and were always
careful. They did not have the selfishness that happiness should be theirs
only and they only should be profited. They collected money and gave it
away as gifts. They spent to help others. They spoke sparingly but truthfully.
The kings of the Sun-race had a vast
realm. Yet the way the princes of this dynasty were educated was surprising.
Those kings thought that if there were no keen desire for knowledge, then
know- ledge would not come that there could be no knowledge without humility
and hard work. So they got their children educated just like all other
children. Even these princes stayed in the abode of theteachers and did
all service to them. They went on rounds, as prescribed, seeking alms.
With all humility they learnt from' their teachers. No such prince could
ever get the feeling that he was the son of an emperor and therefore superior
to other students. When they grew up, they served society; when old, they
gave up their kingdom, lived in hermitages like sages, and finally practicing
control of the senses through yoga, and gave up their lives in the meditation
of God. King Dileepa was of such lofty lineage.