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.
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.
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.