Wednesday 24 April 2024

The Birth Of The Ramayana - 7

Thus the essential condition for the birth of the best sahitya is a happy combination of self-control, supra-sensuous vision, humility, acquisition of facts, innate inclination, blessings of the teachers, appreciation by the good, divine inspiration, purity of character, and a passion to do good to others. When the heart is rent in grief, when the mind melts in sympathy, when the soul dissolves in devotion, when the heart expands in exhilaration, when the mind burns with righteous indignation to- wards wrong-doing, when the soul softens and sweetens with the love of the Lord, when the milk of mercy overflows, out of the fullness of such a heart flows poetry, pure and perfect.

The Ramayana, the first and best poem, contains all the rasas. It is the life story of Rama and Sītā. Rāma is God, and Sītā is the world. The world, in and through God, is grand and glorious; without Him, it is nothing by itself. The world as an end in itself spells man's doom. Rāvana kidnapped Sītā and despised Räma. And he met with his inevitable doom. Human life is a glorious opportunity if it instals Rama in its heart. Then life becomes beautiful and fruitful. Then there will be the kingdom of God both within and without.

Küjantam Rama Rameti madhuram madhurākşaram;

Āruhya kavitāśākhām vande Vālmākikokilam

'Salutations unto that sweet-singing Välmikikokila, who pours forth in melodious tunes the sweet name of Rama incessantly, sitting on the tree of poetry!'

- by Swami Siddhinathananda (courtesy : Prabuddha Bharat 1965 Oct)


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Freed from attachment, non-egoistic, endowed with courage and enthusiasm and unperturbed by success or failure, the worker is known as a pure (Sattvika) one. Four outstanding and essential qualities of a worker. - Bhagwad Gita : XVIII-26

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