“Emperor Dasaratha desires that his dear son, the Crown Prince, Rama ought to know about his strengths, weaknesses, opurtunities and threats, from a metaphysical stand point, of course, so that he could become an ideal king to his subjects. He ordains Rama to approach the mentor, sage Vasishta to learn about his “self”.
Rama, the dutiful son goes to the hermitage and knocks on the door. “Who’s that ?”, the sage asks.
‘Sir, I am here precisely to know that.’, Rama replies.”
That first encounter between the Sage and The Lord is, of course not based on the epic, Ramayana, but only a flippant imagination.
But the exhaustive interchange that goes on between the two, popularly excerpted from the epic as Yoga Vaasishtam, answers several questions and dilemmas, that continue to vex the humankind, since that exchange millennia ago.