Spiritual Import of Religious Festivals :Ch-3. Part - 18.

Chapter-3. Rama – The Apotheosis of Human Perfection ( Sri Ramanavami )


Such is the mysterious combination, a terrific manifestation of divinity combined with most perfect humane characteristics and features that we see in Sri Rama.

I had occasions to go through the beautiful descriptions in the Valmiki Ramayana in Sanskrit, but I had less opportunity to go through the Tulasidas Ramayana.

I believe that the comparisons and descriptions are almost similar.

Without telling you what they actually want to tell you – this is the peculiarity of poets in general – they imply their meaning in words which, without your knowing, influence your emotions and the total personality.

Slowly, without your knowing what is happening, the whole personality is shaken up from beginning to end when you read the Ramayana.

You come out burnt and burnished, beautified and purified, because of a very graduated purification process which you undergo in your emotions and your understanding, when you pass from Kanda to Kanda in the Ramayana, until you reach the Pattabhisheka Kanda, the crowning glory of the Ramayana epic.

I shall conclude with a prayer and a request.

We are humble seekers; we are not Masters.

We are small people trying to follow the footsteps of great Masters like Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj, in our own humble, faltering way, trying to raise our minds to true devotion to God.

In this attempt, let us be honest to ourselves.

Swami Krishnananda

To be continued  ...

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