Thursday, January 24, 2013

Is your Ramayana authentic?

Whatever we read forms a karmic impression in our mind. If we are devotionally a beginner, say someone with partially-developed faith in Sita-Rama, and start reading the wrong Ramayana, just because its author has been gifted with literary talent, his or her persuasive writing and inappropriate content can spiritually disconnect us, at least temporarily.

How does the Ramayana become genuine? If the author, like Goswami Tulasidasa, has taken Hanuman’s permission to write and has had a darshan of Rama, his or her writing would indeed be genuine. But for professional writers, trust in Sita-Rama as the Divine may be a good starting point to put together a manuscript that is devotional and does not disable the reader’s spiritual connection.

As we have already seen in an earlier post, if we do not want to believe that Rama is Godhead, reading literature will not change our viewpoint. In your own neighborhood, you may have heard well-educated literary experts saying, “The divinity of Rama was invented by Tulasidasa in the Ramacharitamanasa.” Experts making such opinionated comments never look at the other authentic Ramayanas — the Valmiki Ramayana, the Adhyatma Ramayana, or the Kamba Ramayana. They also miss that Rama is seated as the Supreme Being in the Mahabharata, all the Puranas, and the teachings of almost all other bhakti saints.


2 comments:

भावी इंजीनियर said...

SIRE, your point is not clear here.What do you want us to understand? Isn't Ramacharitamanasa authentic. May be some more explaination can help me. Dhanywad

M. Shri said...

Hi...Let me try to put this simply...

If the author does not see the Divine in Sita-Rama but still writes a Ramayana (treating Sita-Rama as human beings or fictional characters), I wouldn't consider the book authentic. On the other hand, a Ramayana written by a devotional person or a saint would generally be authentic.

Based on this guideline, the Ramacharitamanasa can be considered the most authentic out of all the Ramayanas that we have today. In fact, if you go through some of the other blog posts on Hindu Expressions, you will see the Ramacharitamanasa frequently cited.

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