An Indian Civilizational Perspective

The Real Ramayana

Here is a very interesting interpretation of Ramayana by a commenter ("Johny Dayal") on one article about the Government action on Rama Sethu between Indian and Sri-lanka. It is worth a read:

Rama is the Indweller in every Body as Atma. He is the Atma-Rama, the Rama (Source of Bliss) in every individual. His blessings up surging from that inner spring can confer Peace and Bliss. He is the very embodiment of Dharma of all the Codes of Morality (Ramo Vigrahavan Dharmaha) that hold mankind together in Love and Unity.

The Ramayana, the Rama story, teaches two lessons: the value of detachment and the need to become aware of the Divine in every being. Faith in God and detachment from material objective pursuits are the keys for human liberation. Give up sense-objects & you gain Rama. Sita gave up the luxuries of Ayodhya and so; she could be with Rama, in the period of ‘exile’. When she cast longing eyes on the golden deer and craved for it, she lost the Presence of Rama (Kama & Rama cannot coexist).

Renunciation leads to joy; attachment brings about grief. Be in the world, but not of it. The brothers & companions of Rama are each of them examples of Dharma. Dasaratha is the representative of the physical with the ten senses. The three Gunas Sathwa, Rajas and Thamas – are the three Queens. The Four Purusharthas are the four Sons. Lakshmana is the Intellect; Sugriva is Viveka or Discrimination. Vali is Despair. Hanuman is the embodiment of Courage. The Sethu Bridge is built over the Ocean of Delusion. The three Rakshasa chiefs are personifications of the Rajasic (Ravana), Thamasic (Kumbhakarna) and the Sathwic qualities (Vibhishana).

Sita is Brahmajnana or the Awareness of the Universal Absolute, which the Individual must acquire and regain undergoing travails in the crucible of Life. Make your heart pure and strong, contemplating the grandeur of the Ramayana. Be established in the faith that Rama is the Reality of our existence.

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