Adhyathma Ramayana by Sri Rama Dasa Manish – Part 6

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Adhyathma Ramayana is essentially a Puranic work demonstrating the inquisitiveness of Parvati and clear, unambiguous explanation by Shiva. But in the orthodox circles of Rama devotees, the Adhyatama Ramayana is considered to be a Mantra-sastra, a sacred book, each stanza of which is revered as a Mantra (mystic syllable) and devoutly repeated in a ceremonial way. And Shiva continues the story of Sri Rama to his beloved Parvati

As soon as the Lord of Goddess Lakshmi took birth in Ayodhya, Lakshmi herself started living in the very land of her beloved. Abundance and affluence started flowing in every house. The fields were always green with rich bountiful harvests, the rivers and ponds were full of fish, the earth revealed all sorts of metals and minerals. The citizens were never this happyy and they renewed their pledge of living a life of Dharma. Right from that day onwards every thing in earth heightened its existence and the world was a happy place.

The brothers grew in years and childhood made their parents very happy. Gradually  their youth also approached, there upon the Kula Guru and great sage Vasishta who was  also the son of Brahma ensured that all important Samskara Dharma of the Upanayanam and taught them Vedas along with all of its branches. As also the human law book as well as their branches.
Unsurprisingly the brothers learned them without any real effort, even though these subjects were very difficult to teach and learn. The world witnessed in Guru Vasistha the divine Brahma himself from whom Vasishta has learned and got enlightened; and the disciples were divine beings including Lord Vishnu himself. Never has the universe been so fortunate to so much divinity in a Gurukula.

In time they returned to the palace, King Dasharatha was extremely happy to see that his sons had mastered the Sciences of Vedas, Administration, Warfare, Weaponry, etc as expert sailors master the seven seas. A unique result of the “buddy-system” of martial training that prevailed in the Gurukula had resulted in unbreakable bonding between Rama and Lakshmana on one hand and between Bharatha and Satrugna on the other. What Dasharatha did not know was that mother Sumitra has also tutored her twins to serve their elder brothers this way.

Prince Rama took the affairs of statecraft as a fish takes to water. He and Lakshmana immediately got around to arresting the thieves and  killing the cruel & dangerous animals in and around Ayodhya. Bharatha & Satrugna immersed themselves in foreign affairs and recruitment of civil servants.

their Dinacharya or daily schedule consisted of waking up at very early morning, taking bath, performing with great devotion the Suryanamaskar ie., salutations of dawn, Meditation, then doing saluting like feet of their father and mothers, devoting their time to affairs of ruling of the state along with his buddy-brother. Leading Dharma and upholding Law and then only after solving the problems of the citizens did they partake in food along with relatives and elders. The evenings were designated for hearing of Dharma Sasthras and historical events. The evening twilight was earmark for Shiva-Vandana and arts.

It was wonderful to watch the omnipresent and omnipotent Lord Vishnu person the mundane activities of a human on a daily basis. The one who needs no further evolutionn or involution was seen doing in the absolute quality all the actions needed by humans to the yardstick of every endeavour, that earned Rama the title of “Maryada Purushottama” the limit of Human endeavour.

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Adhyathma Ramayana by Sri Rama Dasa Manish – Part 5

Adhyathma Ramayana is essentially a Puranic work demonstrating the inquisitiveness of Parvati and clear, unambiguous explanation by Shiva. But in the orthodox circles of Rama devotees, the Adhyatama Ramayana is considered to be a Mantra-sastra, a sacred book, each stanza of which is revered as a Mantra (mystic syllable) and devoutly repeated in a ceremonial way. And Shiva continues the story of Sri Rama to his beloved Parvati

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Hearing the news of the birth of a son, King Dasharatha was in bliss with divine joy.  To all those servants who told the news of son’s birth; He gifted new cloths, ornaments and plenty of wealth. As per the orders of the Guru Vasishta, he performed the ritual of birth and also meditated afterwards.

To Kaikeyi a son was born the next and to Sumithra twins sons were born. Dasaratha w also performed ritual of birth to all the children. The citizens who witnessed this divine serendipity shed tears of joy. Charity to countless Brahmins and innumerable Sadhus was given in Cattle, gold, jewels, cloths, land etc. Even the chief of heaven lord Indra had a grand festival to celebrate the Avatara of Rama on earth and gained much punya.

Guru Vasishta noticed that all sentient beings of all of all the worlds were joyous and merry  and the dark infant had an extremely powerful attractive power, so the first born son of Dasharatha was named RAMA. The guru foresaw that the second son was going to be an expert administrator, he was named BHARATHA. The third son born of Sumitra had all the features of good qualities (Lakshanas), therefore he was named LAKSMANA. In the younger twin, Vasishta  foresaw the quality of annihilation of all enemies, so the last son was named SATRUGNA.

After giving these names to all his four sons, King Dasharatha lived happily along with his  three wives.

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AdhyathmaRamayana by Sri Rama Dasa Manish – Part 4

Adhyathma Ramayana is essentially a Puranic work demonstrating the inquisitiveness of Parvati and clear, unambiguous explanation by Shiva. But in the orthodox circles of Rama devotees, the Adhyatama Ramayana is considered to be a Mantra-sastra, a sacred book, each stanza of which is revered as a Mantra (mystic syllable) and devoutly repeated in a ceremonial way. And Shiva continues the story of Sri Rama to his beloved Parvati

When ParamVishnu, Mukunda, Narayana, the divine soul, lord of the universe, one who is never born and never dies, having lotus like eyes was born along with the symbols of Lord Vishnu. Mother Kausalya saw him as thousand rays of light coming together; as if a million Suns had risen up as one over the horizon.

Mother Kousalya clearly saw in the infant the unmistakable symbols of Lord Vishnu. He possessed the aura as the  one wearing a honourable crown representing the highest and incomprehensible reality; which is venerated and worshipped by Lord Brahma and sages like Narada, Sanaka, Sanadkumara and others. Rama Lala (Baby Rama) possessed long and pretty hair with lovely curly tresses. He eyes has the gleam of the nectar of mercy. wrapped in the yellow dhoti (Pitambara)  his hips resembled the rising sun in the sky. She visualised four hands shining with  Abhaya Mudra, conch , wheel and mace; His conch like neck shone with the necklace of Kousthubha gem. He was wearing ear rings, pearl necklace, anklets, girdle and other decorations. He face resembled the full moon and reflected a divine calm and serenity unseen in the human kind. Rama Lala also had the Srivathsa mole on his chest clearly visible to all, so that his devotees who love him would be have no difficulty in identifying the Avatara.

Mother Kousalya understood him as the real God Narayana; the one who is endless, timeless  and omnipotent. She knew in the heart of her hearts that Sri Rama was the manifestation of the eternal. Shesaluted him and started singing his praises.

“Salutations to god of gods who wears the conch and the wheel, Salutations to Vasudeva, the killer of Madhu and Hari, salutations to Narayana, Salutations to killer of Naraka, salutations to the archer, salutations to Lord of universe.  Using the goddess of illusion maya are always  Creating , looking after and destroying this universe.”

With great devotion Kousalya  did pranam and asked him, “How do you come be my Son?”

The darling of his devotees, the great Purusha-Avatara replied, “Oh mother , I do not have any problem in taking a form. I have taken birth for killing Ravana who is roaming around with great pride, destroying Dharma. I have come to usher a happy and good life to all the people on earth. I decided to be born in the clan of Manu, as your child taking the form of a human being. And I was born as your son because you served me once in your previous births with a wish in your mind; That I only should be born as a child to you, due to that reason I have now revealed to you my real form.”

Rama Lala continued, “Seeing me in this form can only be done rarely and this is meant for getting salvation to you. If you can meditate on this form with devotion daily,
Then do not have any doubt that you would get salvation. That the man who reads or hears with devotion, this discussion that took place between us will attain my Saujya (salvation) definitely, And at the time of his death he will remember me.”

Saying this he took the normal form of a little baby,  immediately started crying waving his arms and legs in the air. He looked resplendent with skin the colour of blue sapphire. Thus the supreme Lord Vishnu had incarnated in this world as Human.

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#AdhyathmaRamayana by SriRamaDasa 3

#AdhyathmaRamayana by #SreeRamaDasa #SriRamaDasa Day 3

Adhyathma Ramayana is essentially a Puranic work demonstrating the inquisitiveness of Parvati and clear, unambiguous explanation by Shiva. But in the orthodox circles of Rama devotees, the Adhyatama Ramayana is considered to be a Mantra-sastra, a sacred book, each stanza of which is revered as a Mantra (mystic syllable) and devoutly repeated in a ceremonial way. And Shiva continues the story of Rama to his beloved Parvati

 

Puthra Kameshti Yaga – Fire sacrifice to get children

As per the words of his Guru sage Vasishta,
The king got the help of the sage Rishya Srunga. He constructed the place for doing the Yaga in the shores of Sarayu, along with the sages performed with devotion the Puthra Kameshti, for the incarnation of the Lord on the earth.

All the devas and Gods were satisfied by the offering in fire, Made by sage Rishya srunga and at that time From the fire place rose the God of fire, Agni; along with a pot of Payasa (Sweet porridge).

“For the sake of getting sons , take this porridge, Which is made by Gods, “ Said the Fire God and gave it to the great king and disappeared.

The great hero Dasaratha immediately gave half the quantity to his first wife Queen Kousalya and with great love gave the other half to Queen Kaikeyi. Queen Kousalya, gave half of what she got without any hesitation to the third Queen Sumathra; and seeing this Kaikeyi also gave half her share to Sumithra. And the three queens got in to the family way, giving great joy to the citizens of Ayodhya.

Right from that time, Dasaratha started assembling great learned Brahmins and performed regular fire sacrifice etc for the safety of the pregnancy. When in the queens he noticed the signs of pregnancy the King is believed have gone mad with love.

Dasaratha performed rituals like Seemantham and Pumsavanam, And the king also gave money to charity to his full desire and the pregnancy came to an end and at that time, Four divine children were born.

When five planets were in exalted position at that very moment Lord Vishnu incarnated as  the son of queen Kausalya. His star was Punarvasu and the thithi (moon’s phase)was Navami, And the great Lord was born at the time when, Lord Jupiter was along with the lord of his birth star and it was in Karkataka Lagnam, it was in greatly exalted position, the Sun was greatly exalted, Saturn was in Thula Rasi, Venus was in Meena Rasi, Mars was in retrograde and was greatly exalted in Makara Rasi. All the deities were crowded the sky to shower their happiness and grace on this happy occasion.

The same day Kaikeyi gave birth to a beautiful boy in the Pushya star and the next day queen Sumithra begot twin Sons.

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Adhyatma Ramayana by Sri Rama Dasa

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Intro

Eka sloki Ramayanam – Ramayana in one stanza

Aadho Rama thapo vananu gamanam, Hathwa mrugam kanchanam,

Vaidehi haranam, jatayu maranam, Sugreeva sambhashanam,
Bali nigrahanam, samudhra tharanam, Lanka pureem dahanam,
Paschad Ravana Kumbha karna madanam, Ethat ithi Ramayanam ||

Once Rama went to forest,

He chased the deer,

Sitha was kidnapped,

Jatayu was killed, There were talks with Sugreeva,

Bali was killed,

The sea was crossed,

Lanka was burnt,

And later Ravana and Kumbha karna,

Were also killed.

This in short is the story of Ramayanam

Day 1

Starting today we shall be sharing #SreeRamaDasa #SriRamaDasa‘s take on #AdhyathmaRamayana.

#AdhyathmaRamayana by #SriRamaDasa – Day 1

Adhyathma Ramayana is essentially a Puranic work demonstrating the inquisitiveness of Parvati and clear, unambiguous explanation by Shiva. But in the orthodox circles of Rama devotees, the Adhyatama Ramayana is considered to be a Mantra-sastra, a sacred book, each stanza of which is revered as a Mantra (mystic syllable) and devoutly repeated in a ceremonial way.

And Thus Shiva tells the story of Rama to Parvati –

“Due to always being burdened by Ravana, And his great army of Rakshasa. Goddess Earth took the form of a cow and along with crowds of sages and devas, Reached the land of Brahma who sits on a lotus and cried. And when she told about all her pain to Lord Brahma, And Lord Brahma after deep thought for some time,

Came to the conclusion that there is no alternative, Other than going and appealing to Lord of the Vedas , God Vishnu, And after thinking like this Lord Brahma with greatly added sorrow, Took all of them and reached the ocean of milk, And prayed the Lord along with the devas and sages.”

Shiva continued his story; Lord Vishnu tells Brahma the following –

“With a pure heart , in olden times, Kasyapa Prajapathi served me, For some time wishing to get a son, and I am happily ,

Fulfilling his wish and I am going to do it now.”

Kasyapa became a king called Dasaradha, In a place which is in earth, Of Brahma,

And kasyapa’s wife Adhithi became Dasaratha;’’s wife kousalya,

And I would be born as a son to them,

And there would be brother’s for me, And in the divine form , the goddess of universe , who is my friend, Who is the Goddess Yoga Maya would enter the house of Janaka, As the death to the clan of Rakshasas, not being born to any mother,

The devas shall be born in the world as monkey warriors,

For the sake of reducing the burden of Goddess earth,”

Told Lord Vishnu , and then the Lord of Vedas disappeared,

Brahma saluted him with great devotion as should we.

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#AdhyathmaRamayana by #SriRamaDasa – Day 2

Adhyathma Ramayana is essentially a Puranic work demonstrating the inquisitiveness of Parvati and clear, unambiguous explanation by Shiva. But in the orthodox circles of Rama devotees, the Adhyatama Ramayana is considered to be a Mantra-sastra, a sacred book, each stanza of which is revered as a Mantra (mystic syllable) and devoutly repeated in a ceremonial way.

And Shiva continues the story of Rama to Parvati

Puthra labha alochana

(The thought of getting a son)

When King Dasaratha who had extremely good qualities,
Who was pure, king of Ayodhya, , Soul of justice , valorous hero,
Equal to one born in clan of devas, Really great valorous one,
One equal to God of love and one who is the gem of mercy ,
Along with queen Kausalya and with the two queens Kaikeyi and Sumathra, Who were giving great credence to looking after their husbands,
And along with his ministers, after thinking over the problems and blessings, Was ruling over the entire earth and due to his being not blessed by sons,
Along with great sorrow saluted the two lotus like feet of his guru and asked, “How and when can I get good sons , kindly tell me for,
If I does not have sons , for me all the wealth that I have only leads to sorrow.”

The great sage of penance , Vasishta, after hearing this, Laughed and told to king Dasaratha like this,
“ You would soon get four sons, so do not be sad, Thinking about this in your mind, Oh king,

Without delay get sage Rishya Srunga ,
And immediately perform the Puthra Kameshti sacrifice.”

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