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Jai Shree Ram

20 Apr 2010 22:59:05

P.S. Eventhough I am christian I read the book Ramayana with full devotion and faith. Whenever I read the book I made sure the place where I am reading should be clean and the atmosphere should be serene by lighting some incence sticks. It is just the faith which you have to carry to respect religion. Whatever faith or religion you are it doesnt matter when you have respect towards others religion and their followings.

Jai Shree Ram...Jai Shree Ram...

Were the words which I said as soon as I completed the book Ramayana. Simply an amazing book to read. How come I had the patience to read a religious book. Hats off to me.ha ha ah..

Eventhough I had seen Ramayana in DD long time back when I was kid. I never ever read any book related to Ramayana. The craze of Ramayana was started long back when I was in my engg College. There some of my colleagues rooms were filled with huge posters of Ram,Lakshman and Hanuman. Something attracted me. I kept in my mind I had to read the book any how. But I never gave a try to fetch the book at that time. Recenlty I had a chance to go to Ramakrishna Math in Chennai. I laid my hands on the Book Ramayana written by Raajagopal Chakravarthy. I know Ramayana was originally written by Valmiki ,but you get books translated by other authors also. I just wanted to read it and feel the characters moving in my mind.

It was really ecstatic to read an epic Ramayana. I was so much engrossed in reading the book, that I never realized that when the time was midnight. I completed the book on 6 April 2010 in the morning by 3am. So anyone can understand how much I was involved with the book and the characters.

Coming to the book. I really liked the whole book. Many people would say, it is purely fictional, it is not true, or many other things to oppose the book. To all those people I would just want to say. Why you are thinking in the negative way by telling it is not true or it is purely fictional. Why don't you take the many positive teaching which the book wants to teach to the world. May be when we can learn the positive things from the book then we truly can say we have gained something from the epic Ramayana. I am not saying I have become a sage or a very wise person. But I can say I have gathered many good things from many characters in the book.

Ramayana Book
Ramayana Book


Learnings from the book :

Ram
An amazing personality(sorry to use the word personality). He was the incarnation of lord Vishnu. There are many good qualities which you can learn from Ram. The kindness,softness like a coconut water. How a son or an elder brother should be there can be learnt from Ram. I know it will be very dificult or possibly impossible to lead the path of Ram. He was en embodiment of a perfect person. The way he followed what his father said to be in forest for 14 years. The compassion by which he treated his brother Lakshmana,Bharath and Shatrughan, still makes me stunned. I sometimes even feel is it even possible to emulate 10% of the qualities of what Ram had.

Lakshmana and Bharath
A pure expression of respect and love towards his elder brother. Even he was not said to live in forest, still he went with his brother Ram. This showed the commitment and respect which he showed towards his brother. He knew it would be very difficult to live in forest,but just for his brother he went with him. Another brother who wished to give up everything including the full of his kingdom for Ram.

Hanuman
The power and strength of both brains and body can be seen in Hanuman. It was because of his heroics Ram was able to find Sita in Lanka. I can still visualize the scene in front of my eyes when he single handedly made fool of the Lankan warriors in their own corridor.

Dashrath
A man of principles. He can go to any extent to keep his words. Eg. He sent his son Ram to jungle just because he gave a word to his wife Kaikeyi. That doesnt mean he was a bad king. Even he was in high pain after sending Ram to the forest .

Sita
A divine women who was with his husband in all phases. May it be happiness in Ayodhya or even if it was the harsh times in the forest. She was a woman who had the qualities of a chaste woman, who always had high respect for her husband. Without questioning anything to her husband she jumps in the fire and comes out without any scare. This shows the purity of thoughts and actions of Sita.

Raavan
He was the villain or the hero of Ramayana. But he was a person who made his presence felt in many parts of Ramayana. Eventhough he had an eye on Sita,but never touched or forced her for anything. May be some of his qualities like greed, false pride,ego etc made a downfall of such a huge multi faced person.

There are many other characters like Jatayu for the heroism, Angada and Sugriva for their friendship. And many more.I might have missed many things to say or describe. Please excuse me.

This was just a small approach to put some thoughts of mine about the epic book which I had read. I know I might have not done justice to all the characters and their teachings thorugh this blog. But it certainly had taught me lot of stuffs.

I hope I can follow some principles which Ramayana wants to teach. I can just suggest to all the readers, if they get a chance to read Ramayana do read it. You will surely enjoy and in the process you will learn a lot of life lessons. The next epic I am planing to read in near future in Mahabharatha.

Moral : Reading Ramayana was a divine experience.


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Vijay Emmanuel Says:
20 Apr 2010 at 23:20:41
Nice to know that you completed RAMAYANA. How about reading the BIBLE? gave any thoughts to read it?
Sameer Says:
20 Apr 2010 at 23:26:06
Wow man,I purchased a 'Gita' some months back with a similar intention but am still trying to bring myself to read it thru...May be I can use your experience as an inspiration :)Man- I liked the way you wrote about Raavan as the multi-faced person..works out both in the literal and figurative sense ;)So-whats nexx on the cards??-Mahabharta??
Pal Says:
20 Apr 2010 at 23:33:55
Wow man,I purchased a 'Gita' some months back with a similar intention but am still trying to bring myself to read it thru...May be I can use your experience as an inspiration :)Man- I liked the way you wrote about Raavan as the multi-faced person..works out both in the literal and figurative sense ;)So-whats nexx on the cards??-Mahabharta??
Sam Khawse Says:
20 Apr 2010 at 23:41:35
Nice to hear that you see all faiths with equal respect. If there are more ppl like you, divisive politicians will starve. We would like to have your views on Bible, Quran, Torah and Tirpitika too :-)
Shilpa Says:
21 Apr 2010 at 10:11:21
hey boy.. I too feel like reading Ramayana. hmm...wow.. wonderful sumarry put up.. I appreciate your involvement
Bhatta Says:
21 Apr 2010 at 10:28:18
Also, Sita was perhaps, arguably, one of the first single moms who raised Luv-Kush , their sons.
Anagha Joshi Says:
21 Apr 2010 at 10:39:28
Hi ketan,Its too gud that you have respect for other religion also ,really nice to know
Meenu Says:
21 Apr 2010 at 10:41:02
U 4fgot Urmila, wife of Lakshmana who waited for her husband, she wanted to go with him but was requested to remain to look after her parents in law. He may have been a good brother but what about his role as a husband.As for ideal son I like Shravan Kumar who appears in Ramayan
Vivek Bhat Says:
21 Apr 2010 at 11:28:28
Ram - embodiment of a perfect person.., so perfect that he left his pregnant wife in the wild after one washerman commented on the "purity" of Sita!! All because she was forced to live under Ravana's shadow...and one washerman could not digest the fact that a woman can come back "pure" from Ravana's home!! and that too after Sita was forced to sit on a burning pyre to prove her "innocence". Ram never even cared to to know about the well being of his pregnant wife then on. He did not even knew of his twin sons (Luv and Kush) until his mighty army(Laxman and Hanumaan included) was almost defeated by his own sons. Finally, on meeting Ram, Sita pleaded the mother Earth to take her back, the request which mother Earth was prompt to oblige... This instance given birth to one slang "Ye zameen phat ku nai jaati aur me isme sama ku nai jata".... Mahabharatha, is really a masterpiece...
Anup Ohal Says:
21 Apr 2010 at 12:01:13
Hey Ketan, I also have decided to read Ramayan, Mahabharat, Bible, kuran...:)
Anup Ohal Says:
21 Apr 2010 at 12:12:38
Hey Ketan, I also have decided to read Ramayan, Mahabharat, Bible, kuran...:)
vivek khadge Says:
21 Apr 2010 at 19:48:25
If everyone starts giving respect to other religions just like you, by exploring/reading about them, then i guess there will only be one religion on this planet... the religion of PEACE.
Ketan Says:
22 Apr 2010 at 21:33:19
@Vijay Emmanuel : Thanks man..Yes soon I will read bible also.

@Sameer : Read Gita man you will like it. Yes my next plan is to read Mahabharatha , but I dont know when I will read that.

@Sam Khawase : Thanks a lot man. Sure I will read the scriptures and blog on that in near future.

@Shilpa : Thank you for appreciation

@Bhatta : Yes Sita was simply amazing in Ramayana. The way she carried her divinity

@Anagha Joshi : Thanks a lot for appreciating.

@Meenu : Yes I can say there were many things which can bring up an argument.

@Vivek Bhat : I know that there can be discussion about the characters which you might have felt.

@Anup Ohal : That is good that you have decided to read the books.

@Vivek Khadge : Yes peace everywhere is what I wish.Thank you
Abhishek Says:
23 Apr 2010 at 19:41:27
Hi Ketan...so u finally read Ramayana...I think ours was one of the rooms in College days where u seen Poster of Ram... :)Anyways...u rightly said...'Ramayana' presents perfect example of all roles that a person can follow in his lifetime....It tells us how to be a good son,good king,good friend, good brother,good husband n list continues....
Ketan Says:
25 Apr 2010 at 14:52:01
@Abhishek : Yes it was your room and vivek room
Rama Says:
21 Jul 2010 at 11:23:35
Ram naam saty hein bhai..
Pal Says:
04 Aug 2010 at 21:16:01
Superb man...just Superb.....What devotion trust and faith, concentration and keenness, that simple and honest attitude you kept while reading this amazing epic is just beyond words....I usually dont use some many adjectives for anybody however I was really moved the way you have reflected the characters, coz many a times even the highly academic gentlemen who claim to be of high birth and authorized to comment on it DO NOT read it with such devotion.Zimbly Zuberb manKeep Going
Keshav Says:
04 Aug 2010 at 21:16:05
Superb man...just Superb.....What devotion trust and faith, concentration and keenness, that simple and honest attitude you kept while reading this amazing epic is just beyond words....I usually dont use some many adjectives for anybody however I was really moved the way you have reflected the characters, coz many a times even the highly academic gentlemen who claim to be of high birth and authorized to comment on it DO NOT read it with such devotion.Zimbly Zuberb manKeep Going