Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Ramayana History In Aranya Kanda

Lord Hanuman is well known for his extreme devotion to Lord Rama. Lord Hanuman is always depicted in the Indian folklaire as an icon of true devotion and a symbol of the power of true devotion and chastity.
Lord Hanuman's devotion to Lord Rama is symbolic of the devotion of the enlightened individual soul towards the supreme soul.
Many stories from the Indian literature tell the tales of Lord Hanuman protecting devotees of Lord Rama and helping those who seek his either spiritually or otherwise. Swami Tulasidas has written these lines in respect of Lord Hanuman's great character, in praise of his powers and also devotion.



Ramayana History In Aranya Kanda:


Entry in to the great forest

After getting up at the dawn and performing daily rituals, And after saluting the sage, they started their great journey, “Oh son of the mind of Brahma,,Please bless us to go to Dandakaranya forest which is pretty without any troubles, Oh great among learned men,Oh treasure of mercy, Oh treasure of penance Please show us the proper road to reach there, Send with us some of your disciples.”

Hearing these words of Rama that great sage, Became very happy and immediately told, “You please show the proper path to all, Now who is ever there to show you the right path, But to you who is imitating this world, Let there not be problem, my disciples will show you the way, And he told his disciples, you please walk first,” And that sage also followed them to a great distance, And then Rama turned back and told the saint, “ Where is your honoured self coming? And for us, your disciples are there to show the way, Hearing that, that saint blessed them,and slowly and slowly, Went and reached his hermitage and sat there,

After that they walked for some more little distance, And in front of them they saw the great Ganges river, And at that time Rama asked those disciples, “What are the methods available to cross this river”., And hearing this they told, “What is the problem, king, Understand that we have very good boats, And speedily we will make you cross the river, And so do not worry, we do have, The knowledge to row the boat and cross the river”, And without any hesitation they helped them to cross the river, And Sri Rama became pleased and told those sagely lads, “You can go back” and they went back, Saluted the feet of the sage and informed him of news of Rama.

Rama, sita and the son of Sumithra, Entered the great horrible forest, Which was filled with the sound of Cricket, And various animals like lion, tiger, porcupine, Which did not have sun light and was, Served by the horrible Rakshasa people, And seeing this Sri Rama told.

Hey Lakshmana, always see well on all four sides, For the bad Rakshasas are very fond of food. You have to also keep the bow ready to shoot, And have in your hand one good arrow ready to use. First you have to walk, followed by Sita, And behind both of you I will walk to protect you both, Which is similar to the great illusion walking in between, The soul of the body and the great divine soul. Sita should walk in between both of us, And if this is done there is no reason to fear,.

After telling this and following the suggestion, When the greatest man walked armed with a bow, After passing about three miles, On their front they could see a lotus pond, Which had water plants, lily, red flowering plant, And shining with Opened blue lotus flowers, And they drank water there and for taking rest, They sat below the shade of a big tree.

Viradha Vadham
Killing of Viradha

At that time they saw coming towards them, A very tall great being with horrifying sound, It was uprooting trees and had a mouth, Which was like a horrifying and shining cave, Had a very terrible looking red eyes, With a trident kept loosely on its left shoulder, And it was eating the raw meat of wild, Beings such as the very big, Panthers, lions, bison, wild pigs, elephants, And men which were crying and jumping, And that being was wailing and shouting.

Sri Rama got up, along with the arrow and bow, And told Lakshmana the following, Did you see, a horrifying Rakshasa, Is walking towards us swiftly. Be prepared along with arrow placed on the bow, Stand firm with a firm mind, Oh lad, Oh Wife, Oh lass, Oh Sita, do not be afraid, I would mange it in some manner.

After telling this he stood there without moving, And that great Rakshasa came near to him, That cruel one shouted as if the eight directions, Will break and like the sound of thunder, And his vision showered burning embers, And with great anger he told as if the world will break, “Alas you both are standing in this dense forest, Which has large number of wild animals, Without any fear along with arrow, bow and quiver, And wearing matted hair, you have put the guise of sages, And along with you, there is a very pretty lady, And so oh children you have got lot of inner strength.

“Please tell me how you are travelling, Without a trace of fear in this very wild forest.” Hearing the words of Rakshasa immediately, The lord of the Ikkshuvaku clan told am after a smile, “ My name is Rama, she is my wife and, This fair eyed one is called Sita devi, He is Lakshmana and he is my brother, We have entered the forest as per the wish of my father, We have come here to punish the Rakshasas, And save the three worlds from them.”

Hearing the words Rama he exulted and shouted, And opening his mouth and uprooting a Sala tree and holding it, That Rakshasa told with great anger to Rama, “Have you not heard the powerful Viradha, I understood that you are but a fool, As you are only one in the three worlds who is not knowing me. All the sages have left this place, To a far off place, due to their fear of me. If you are having any desire to live, Leave this gem of a lady and your weapons here, And run away from here, otherwise, I would satiate my ebbing hunger by eating you,” When after telling this, he was seen, As moving near to Mythili(Sita) and then Raghava, Cut off his hands by the sword that Rakshasa became angry and With an open mouth when he approached near, Rama cut of his legs, Using the arrows and again when with great anger, He neared him, he cut off his head.

His blood spread on the ground and, With happiness of the mind, Sita caressed Rama, And the Apsara maidens started dancing, And devas started playing the Dundhubhi drums loudly, And at that time a blessed form was seen to rise, From the inside of Virada and was seen in the sky.

Wearing golden ornaments, with luster of the Sun, With pretty body, with clean silk cloths, he saluted, Raghava, one who destroys sorrows of those who pray, One who is merciful, one who has the face like moon, One who destroys cycle of death and birth, one who destroys fear, The consort of Lakshmi,one who is black like the petals of blue lotus, Whose feet is worshipped Indra and the hoards of devas, One who is pretty, young, lives in mind of good people, Ramachandra, one who is pretty every second in the world, And also saluted by falling on the ground and with, Great happiness of the mind started praying him.

Hey Sri Rama, Hey Rama, I am a Vidhyadhra, Hey merciful one, Lord of Lakshmi, Lord of the earth, By the curse of the great sage Durvasa, I became a proud Rakshasa, And by the greatness of your honourable self, I became detached and also got salvation, oh my lord.

My mind should think with devotion, Your pair of feet with great devotion, By my voice I should be able to sing your names, By my hands I should be able to offer flowers at your feet, By my ears I should be able to hear your stories, By my eyes I should be able to see statues of Rama, By my head I should be able to bow and salute you, And I should become a servant to your true devotees.

“Salutations to god, salutations to the form of wisdom, Salutations to Rama, salutations and salutations to him whom souls like, Salutations to Rama, salutations to god who is ever pretty to Sita, Salutations to Rama, salutations to god who always bewitches the world, Please bless me to go back to the world of devas, Oh God of gods, I will request for one more thing, Let not your great goddess of illusion push me in to ignorance, Oh lotus eyed one, I always salute you.” Being requested like this that God Rama, Said let it be like that and gave him boons, “I cannot be seen by one who is detached, And when you get devotion, you will get detachment.” That Vidhyadhara took leave from Rama, Went to the deva loka for fulfilling his wishes, And to the man who tells this story and prays, Sins would be removed and he can get salvation.










Ramayana History In Aranya Kanda

Lord Hanuman is well known for his extreme devotion to Lord Rama. Lord Hanuman is always depicted in the Indian folklaire as an icon of true devotion and a symbol of the power of true devotion and chastity.
Lord Hanuman's devotion to Lord Rama is symbolic of the devotion of the enlightened individual soul towards the supreme soul.
Many stories from the Indian literature tell the tales of Lord Hanuman protecting devotees of Lord Rama and helping those who seek his either spiritually or otherwise. Swami Tulasidas has written these lines in respect of Lord Hanuman's great character, in praise of his powers and also devotion.




Ramayana History In Aranya Kanda:



Thirteen years pass and in the last year of exile Rama, Sita, and Lakshmana journey southward along the banks of river Godavari, where they build cottages and live off the land. At the Panchavati forest they are visited by a rakshasa (demon) woman, Surpanakha, the sister of Ravana. She attempts to seduce the brothers and failing in this, attempts to kill Sita. Lakshmana stops her by cutting off her nose and ears. Hearing of this, her demon brother, Khara, organises an attack against the princes. Rama annihilates Khara and his demons.

When news of these events reaches Ravana, he resolves to destroy Rama by capturing Sita with the aid of the rakshasa Maricha. Maricha, assuming the form of a golden deer, captivates Sita's attention. Entranced by the beauty of the deer, Sita pleads with Rama to capture it. Lord Rama, aware that this is the ploy of the demons, cannot dissuade Sita from her desire and chases the deer into the forest, leaving Sita under Lakshmana's guard. After some time, Sita hears Rama calling out to her; afraid for his life, she insists that Lakshmana rush to his aid. Lakshmana tries to assure her that Rama is invincible and that it is best if he continues to follow Rama's orders to protect her. On the verge of hysterics, Sita insists that it is not she but Rama who needs Lakshmana's help. He obeys her wish but stipulates that she is not to leave the cottage or entertain any strangers. He draws a chalk outline, the Lakshmana rekha, around the cottage and casts a spell on it that prevents anyone from entering the boundary but allows people to exit. With the coast finally clear, Ravana appears in the guise of an ascetic requesting Sita's hospitality. Unaware of the devious plan of her guest, Sita is tricked into leaving the rekha and is then forcibly carried away by the evil Ravana.

Jatayu, a vulture, tries to rescue Sita, but is mortally wounded. At Lanka, Sita is kept under the heavy guard of rakshasis. Ravana demands Sita marry him, but Sita, eternally devoted to Rama, refuses. Rama and Lakshmana learn about Sita's abduction from Jatayu and immediately set out to save her. During their search, they meet the demon Kabandha and the ascetic Shabari, who direct them towards Sugriva and Hanuman.