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Inner meaning of Ramayana By Swami Sivananda
« on: June 13, 2010, 12:27:41 PM »
For the purpose of bringing out the full philosophy of the Ramayana, one has to closely follow the part played by the (1) King Dasaratha (2) Manthara ---the maid servant of Kaikeyi (3). Kaikeyi-- the youngest of the king Dasaratha's consorts (4) Ravana the demon king of Lanka (5) Hanuman--Minister of the Vanara chief Sugriva (6), Sita the beloved wife of Sri Rama, the prince of Ayodhya (7) Lakshmana --brother of Sri Rama and (8) Sri Rama --the hero of the great epic.

On the eve of the coronation of Sri Rama as the Crown Prince of Ayodhya, the whole scheme was shelved because of the pressure brought on Dasaratha by his wife Kaikeyi under the instigation of her maid servant Manthara and the King's submission to the dictates of his wife whereby Prince Rama was exiled to the forest for fourteen years.

In this context, King Dasaratha is to be compared to the ordinary man of the world placed in an atmosphere of pleasure and plenty falling a victim to the promptings of his vicious mind ( Manthara) infatuated by sense objects (Kaikeyi).

The ten headed Rakshasa, Ravana, in the absense of sri Rama and Lakshmana steals away Sita from their forest- dwelling. Here Ravana with his ten heads is to be compared with the ten sense organs--five organs of knowledge, and five organs of action. Stealing away of Sita is to be compared to the loss of reasoning power of the worldly minded, deluded by Maya. The golden deer Maricha is Maya which deluded both Lakshmana and Rama and they lost their power of discrimination (Sita).

Hanuman , the intellectual giant and strong celibate, is an invincible power which indicates that if one has to achieve success in all his undertakings one has to cultivate truth, simplicity, purity, selfless service, devotion to duty,and establish oneself in absolute Bramhacharya.

Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya!!!!


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Re: Inner meaning of Ramayana By Swami Sivananda
« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2010, 09:14:20 PM »
Like sita we ordinary jivas have always temptations going after illusion. When Sita wanted the golden deer
Ram told her it is not a real. But to satisfy His wife's desire He went after the deer. In day to day life also
it happens in so many houses. Wives demand and compel their husband to get luxury life then both will be in
There are lots of lession we should learn from Ramayana.



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Re: Inner meaning of Ramayana By Swami Sivananda
« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2010, 12:09:59 PM »

Sita herself is the Maha Maya.  But she played a pageant.  She
asked for a maya (illusory) deer and thus lost contact with Brahman
(Rama) got separated by kama (Ravana) etc., and then with the
help of the Guru (Hanuman), she regained union with Brahman!

Arunachala Siva.