Adhyatma Ramayana

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Adhyatma Ramayana

Post by Nicholas » Mon Oct 23, 2017 2:56 am

A more profound, philosophical and smaller version of the Ramayana. It begins by Muni Narada asking the Great Deva Brahmā about what can be done to help perverse humanity in this Kali Yuga:
9. On the advent of the terrible Kali age, men will be bereft of
meritorious deeds, Devoted to evil actions they will all shun truthful speech.
10. They will be addicted to speaking evil of others and will covet
other's wealth. Their hearts will be attached to other men’s wives and
they will be bent on doing injury to others.
11. They will look upon the body as their own self, of foolish understanding
they will be atheists and be possessed of the intelligence of the
brutes. They will cherish hatred towards fathers and mothers and will
worship their wives as gods and be slaves of lust.
12. Brahmanas will be addicted to avarice and will live by selling
the Vedas. They will only read such sciences as will bring them wealth
and will be conceited of their learning.
13. Leaving off the duties of their own order and usually devoted to
practising deceit upon others, Kshatriyas and Vaishyas will no longer
follow the dictates of religion.
14. In the same manner those who are Shudras will themselves
betake to the practices of Brahmanas. Women shall generally be void
of chastity; they shall be fearless and treat their husbands with contempt.
15. They will be cherishers of enmity towards their fathers-in-law
and other elders. Of this there is no doubt. How can beings possessed
of such lost understanding achieve happiness in the life to come.
16. With this thought my mind is being constantly troubled.
Through what easy means could these creatures achieve a high end in the
world to come.
Brahmā says that this most holy teaching is radiant with merit and blessings. To simply read, study, recite, sing, copy or share with others a few verses from the Adhyatma Ramayana is to lift dark karma from humanity and brighten the world. So much the better if done on a daily or regular basis.
Wholesome virtuous behavior progressively leads to the foremost. -- Buddha

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Re: Adhyatma Ramayana

Post by Nicholas » Mon Oct 23, 2017 6:11 pm

Near the end of this sacred teaching are 62 most meritorious verses of special power and depth. Swami Chinmayananda comments:
These sixty-two verses of Sri Rama Gita are found in Valmiki’s Adhyatma Ramayana, in the Uttarakanda, as its fifth chapter. It is conceived in the literary style called Pauranic. The text, popularly known as Sri Rama Gita, is also often described as Sruti-sara-sangraha, a brief summary of the very essence of all the Vedas.

Sri Rama Gita is a truly authentic exposition of Vedanta. Implicitly following his usual technique, so familiar in the Bhagavad Gita, Valmiki puts this poem into the mouth of Sri Ramacandra himself; Laksmana, who had purified his personality through years of selfless service to his divinely righteous brother, is the disciple listening to Sri Rama’s words.

Since the pure-hearted Laksmana is the listener and Sri Rama himself the teacher, the discussion soars to vivid heights of subtlety. In short, this is no elementary textbook; indeed, it is a postgraduate text, given out to a highly spiritual student. Laksmana-like students alone can comprehend the truths expounded herein.
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Re: Adhyatma Ramayana

Post by Nicholas » Mon Oct 23, 2017 6:24 pm

Here are a couple of early verses from Avatar Rama's teaching to his brother. There are two translations for comparison purposes:
6. Then, having heard all that Laksmana had said, Sri Rama– the serene jewel of royal kings, who destroys all sorrows of those who surrender to him—gave out to Laksmana, who was eager to listen, the Knowledge, for dispelling the darkness of ignorance.

On hearing the prayer of the son of Sumitra, Rama, the ornament of kings and destroyer of the sorrow of his devotees, with a joyful heart, communicated to him that knowledge which is declared by the Vedas, for the purpose of removing the whole of nescience.

Rama said:
7. First of all, after we have performed all the obligatory duties required of us due to our position in society (varna) and status in life (asrama), and thereby have gained a purified mind, we should give up all these earlier karmas, and thus endowed with the necessary qualifications, we must surrender totally to the teacher in order to attain the Self.

Having, in the beginning accomplished all the duties which are enjoined for one’s own caste and order, and having thereby purified one’s mind, and acquired the necessary qualifications for knowledge, let one approach a wise preceptor for the purpose of acquiring Brahma-vidya (Knowledge of the Self).
Wholesome virtuous behavior progressively leads to the foremost. -- Buddha

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