In Rama’s company

It is Friday. A good day to share a few thoughts on what our history teaches us.

There are two important history books available to man. These are actually very interesting history books. The kind that you cannot put down once you start reading them. The kind that actually become sweeter and more endearing the more you read them. The kind that stays with you throughout your life.

These are the two itihasas, The Ramayana and the Mahabharata. Itihasa means history. Iti – thus. ha – certainly. asah – (it) was.

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mahabharat title

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Is the Ramayana essential to our lives – regardless of where we are born, what we look like, what language we speak and what religion we follow?

I think so. It transcends all our man-made discriminations on God-made varieties and strengthens one’s ability to be more loving, to begin to see the unity in diversity and the oneness among us. It makes for a better human being.

The Ramayana is a record of history. Not in the sense it is something of the past. It is His Story. In that, it is happening very much in the present in our daily lives.

It is also my history in that it demonstrates the nature and conduct of my conscience. It illustrates the lessons on how to live happily on this earth. It teaches how to play the game of life well and properly so my selfishness decreases and happiness increases. It lays out with clarity and precision the path of satya, dharma, shanti, prema  and ahimsa.

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The Ramayana. It is not just an epic. It is not just a story that is always fresh and never stale. It is His Story. Take the time to listen to it with love. You’ll be happy and peaceful.

“Why Rama?”. You can listen to it here.

Happy Friday!

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2 thoughts on “In Rama’s company

  1. My Perceptions on the ‘ Call of the Vedas’ Blog :

    (1) The Sun’s routine duty and nishkama karma are correlated. Finally you have concluded “Enjoy your Sunday”. I was pondering “There is no Sunday for Sun”.
    (2) Since everything is my own reaction, reflection and resound, this is possible only when I become sukham itself. Then everything reflects the sukham I am.
    (3) Why do we worship Krishna on the same day (Vinayaka Chaturthi)? I am eager to know. The significance of Thoppukaranam (Super Brain Yoga as it is called in USA) is also a matter to be covered some other day.
    I remember one billboard at a junction near Signals in Bangalore “ Save your head with a helmet. You don’t have the liberty of changing heads like me” proclaimed by a Ganesha Image in the poster. The significance of Transplantation of Ganesha’s Head is also a matter to be taken up in the future.
    (4) The Call of the Vedas is simply the call of one’s own conscience and also a prayer for the well being of all in the universe. Fabulous, Authentic and spontaneous expression. The concept and coverage so far reflect your genuine desire for elucidation of relevant reflections from Hinduism.
    (5) After the classic article “Are you Happy Sir?” there was a long gap. Now I am satisfied. I am eager to watch (like everybody else) your daily (almost) reflections and ponderings.
    (6) Ramayana is also my history in that it demonstrates the nature and conduct of my conscience. – Superb perception.
    (7) The love of a dog reminds me of the all pervasiveness of divinity. But at the same time I should take home lessons from some traits of the dog (God reversed). The lark and bark of the dog seem to be the two sides of the same coin.
    (8) I enjoyed this perception also : Stress is part of life, but “stressing-out” is not. When I stand up on the ground, for example, there is stress on both my feet and on the ground I stand on. But I don’t get “stressed-out” about it. Reduce stress by reducing “The Force” component and by increasing the ‘Area” component. The connection between selfishness, Stress and Sharing of Love is beautifully delineated.
    (9) With reference to your nice article (about 10 years back), If you go and help the poor and needy and ask “Are you Happy Sir?” they want you to solve all their problems. The poor do not just lack money. They are also often short of basic know-how, the support of functioning institutions and faith in their own abilities. It takes “that much more skill, willpower and commitment” for the poor to get ahead. Even the most successful schemes to lift (and keep) people out of dire poverty seem to work only for some people, in some places, some of the time. For example, microcredit works best for the relatively enterprising, who are rarely the very poorest. Similarly, cash transfers linked to school attendance are useful, but require a working education system. What succeeds in one country may fail elsewhere, thanks to different conditions and cultural norms. And the poorest are often the hardest to help. Various NGOs, including Heifer International, Oxfam and World Vision, give cows, goats or chickens to poor people in developing countries, to enable them to earn an income selling milk or eggs. But what if the recipients are so hungry that they end up eating their putative meal ticket? Any cross fertilization of ideas leading to pragmatic approaches from Vedas and Upanishads ? This is a serious but worthwhile matter which can serve as a clarion call for Govts. and religion.
    (10) Research has shown that persons in the grip of these emotions literally breathe out vital elements of the body. For example, the breath of angry people is found to be laden with copper. So negative emotion depletes us physically as well as energetically. The two aspects of Spirit, consciousness and energy can be taken up covering diffusion and dissipation in a future blog entry. Circumstances that reflect your true identity will always be in alignment with spirit. Only acknowledge circumstances that are in alignment with spirit as a reflection of true reality. True Reality is Spirit and True Identity is Light.

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