Wednesday, April 05, 2006




Rishi Valmiki was a contemporary of Lord Sri Rama. Ramayana is one of the two ITHIHASAS. Ithihasa means it is scripted during the period of the person whose story is depicted in it. It is almost like an autobiography. Sri Valmiki Ramayana Ithihasa was scripted during the ruling period of Lord Sri Rama, and was chanted before Him and duly approved. .

Rishi Valmiki is the son of Varuna, God presiding over Water. He enquires with Sage Narada, that who is the person in the world with full of virtues ? Who is the best person in the world with right conduct ? Who is the man of knowledge ? Who is best person in valour and who has also conquered anger ? etc. etc. To these various questions Sage Narada explains and tell the Rama Katha-depicting the Glory of Lord Rama. Sage Narada also states that reader of this narrative story centering round Lord Sri Rama, ensures longevity, and achieves heaven with his sons,grandsons along with attendants and followers. He also states that a Brahmin who chants His glories attain eminence in eloquence.

Later Brahma gives His Blessings to the Sage Valmiki and asks him to script the story of Lord Sri Rama as he heard from Sage Narada Brahma also blesses Sage Valmiki that he would be able to visualise the Rama Katha in its entirety and no discreptions of his, in this epic, that would be composed by him will prove false. Brahma also approves the pattern for this poetry that is set to 4 metrical feet and each containing equal number of letters. This metrical length is derived from his first sloka scripted when he saw two copulating swans in distress shot by a fowler:


We also understand that Sage Valmiki is inspired by the 24 letters of the Gayathri mantra to complete the 24000 slokas in his Rama Katha - known as Sri Ramayana.

Lord’s Ramaavathara is for ending the life cycle of Jaya and Vijaya the attendants of Lord Vishnu under curse- born as Ravana and Kumbakarna. This happens to be their second birth out of the destined three- through Vairagya Bhakti.

This avathara of Lord as ordinary human being is also for our guidance as to how one should live in this world following Dharma and make one’s life purposeful.

When Sri Parvathi, Lord Siva’s consort asked Him as to what is easiest of ways to Praise Lord Vishnu’s Sahasranamas, He states that chanting of Rama Nama i.e. also called Taraka Nama is equivalent to praising the Sahasra Namas of Lord Vishnu.Such is the glory of ‘SRI RAMA NAMA”.

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