Chapter-3. Rama – The Apotheosis of Human Perfection ( Sri Ramanavami )
This is all the Ramayana we know.
Everyone knows only this much of it.
But this is not the whole of Ramayana, whether it is the Ramayana of Tulasidas, Valmiki or anyone else.
The real Ramayana is the spirit that is manifest in its words when we read the original of the Masters.
Whether it is Kamban's Ramayana or Tulasidas's Ramayana or Valmiki's Ramayana, ultimately it makes no difference because it is said that all great men think alike.
All these masters thought alike and they had a common purpose.
One wrote in Tamil, another wrote in Hindi and the third wrote in Sanskrit, but the spirit expressed by these is similar and common, and it is directed to the same purpose of transforming human nature into divine perfection.
I will now give an outline of the background of the writing of the Ramayana and the purpose behind the epics of India.
The other more important aspect relevant to a Sadhaka or seeker of Truth is that Sri Ramanavami, the birthday of Sri Ramachandra, is a day for divine contemplation.
To be continued ...