Ramayana is not just an epic story. It depicts the constant struggle of man to reach God. Sita is the Jivatma (the individual soul) struggling to get back to Atma Rama (Paramatma, the super soul). The Ramayana teaches us two lessons: 1) the value of detachment and 2) the need to re-connect with the God. Faith in God and detachment from worldly pursuits are the keys to human liberation. Below is the depiction of Ramayana: King Dasaratha (meaning ten chariots) merely represents the physical body, with five sense organs and five senses of perception going astray. He is married to three queens who are inseparable from him. Kausalya representing Sattwa (balanced attitude), Sumitra, Rajas (passionate and active) and Kaikeyi, Tamas (dull and indiscriminating) which are the characteristics of every human being. The four sons of Dasaratha represent the four goals of life - Dharma (Righteousness), Artha (Wealth), Kama (Desire) and Moksha (Liberation). Sugriva is Viveka (Discrimination), Vali is Despair, Lakshmana is the Intellect and Hanuman is the embodiment of Courage. The Bridge is built over the Ocean of Delusion (Moha). The three Rakshasa chiefs represent Rajas (Ravana), Tamas (Kumbhakarna) and Sathwa (Vibhishana) which one has to fight against. Ravana was well versed in all the Vedas and Scriptures. That is the reason why he is shown with ten heads. He cast his eyes on Sita and lost everything. This is to show that even a person of high learning can easily fall prey to `woman and lust' and fall from the righteous path. Sita gave up the luxuries of Ayodhya, so that she could be with Rama in the period of exile. When she cast longing eyes on the golden deer and craved for it (worldly desires), she lost Rama. Sita has to undergo a lot of grief in the Ashoka forest from Ravana and the Rakshasis. Due to Sita's constant prayers, God (Rama) sent a messenger (Hanuman) and showed her a sign (the ring) that He heard her prayers. When Sita's prayers became intense, God himself went to Sri Lanka and took Sita with Him. The Jivatama finally re-connected with Paramatma and immersed itself in bliss forever!