Tuesday, May 28, 2013


Ramayana is the immortal tale of Shri Rama that teaches us the values of ideology, devotion,   duty, relationships, dharma and Karma...The term “Ramayana”, literally means “the march (ayan) of Rama” in search of human values..

Unfortunately, we Indians seem to be losing connect with reality. There are various pulls and pushes which Hindus are facing within their own country. It is shockingly true that those Hindus who swear by Hinduism are termed “communal” while those hitting the bottom with appeasement of minorities are being “termed” Secular
While Hindus may be losing touch with reality of Ram, but, some countries are seriously adopting Ramayana in their educational and cultural and daily life
Communist China’s Universities are teaching Ramayana. Chinese are now turning to Ramayana to learn Hindi. Never would have the Govt in India taken such a step should it annoy a section of the minorities.
In Thai literature, the Ramayana story is called RAMAKIEN.The earliest evidence of Ramekien
dates back to the 13th century. Some names are kept the same, but most differ probably due to 
the phonetic differences of the language. In the past 200 odd years the capital of Thailand was AYUTTHAY (AYODHYA), Rama’s Kingdom in the epic.

The University of Wyoming's Summer High School Institute (HSI) has started teaching ancient Hindu scriptures Mahabharata and Ramayana in its Laramie (USA) campus. The curriculum of this class was titled "The Hindu Epic" which also includes learning about Hindu gods, Hindu way of worship etc.
Besides, International Ramayana Institute of North America is contributing towards learning’s of Ramayana
Ram Setu has been suddenly in news for last four years or so. Adam’s Bridge (Tamil atam palam)      also known as Rama’s Bridge or Ram Setu( Tamil: ஆதாம் பாலம் ātām pālam) is a chain of limestone shoals, between  Pamban Island, also known as Rameswaram Island...off the South Eastern coast of Tamil Nadu, India, and Mannar Island, off the north western coast of Sri Lanka
Geological evidence suggests that this bridge is a former land connection between India and Sri Lanka. While there are evidences in favour of Ram Setu, there are those in the Indian Govt who submitted an affidavit to the Apex court in India terming RAM as a “MYTH”. A senior anchor of a popular English news channel described RAM as “Divine Encroacher”.

Some political commentators also say that the behaviour of Govt of India is so considering dredging about Thorium Deposits & shipping project is an excuse to Mint Money at the Cost of Faith of Millions?

Having said this, there are millions of Indians, Hindus who swear by Ramayana and follow the teachings of Ramayana.


Times Of India.


Insignia said...

Not just in Thailand, but in Cambodia and Indonesia too. We are neglecting it yeah...A friend in Lanka told me thus "Its a tale". I have also read interesting views on Ram.

Tale or not, truth or not; we are secular; so respect it. I wonder if what would happen if such a thing was happening in a minority community in India.

All hell break loose eh?

Unknown said...

It is true that Ramayana is considered as a holy Grantha in our country. Lord Ram is worshipped by a majority of Indians. I for one feel that there are cotroversaries which do not change the outlook of many Indians.

Purba said...

There's a sudden revival of interest in our great mythologies. It makes them feel proud to be part of a nation that gave the world so much.

Harleena Singh said...

Hi BK,

Wow - that surely is a great write up on Ramayan and Lord Rama. I think the last I remember was reading about it all in the Amar Chitra Katha comics and school of course. There's always so much to learn from other than what meets the eye.

Thanks for sharing :)

anilkurup59 said...

With respect to what I understand as your devotion to the icon of Si Rama, let me add that it may not be appropriate to pickle the subject with our beliefs and what we call faith. Indian history and that of medieval India has been documented and noted with empirical evidences but to lend the inviolability of reality to our myth and legends, I feel is not right.
As with Christ whom history documents did exist, one has to take with much salt the biblical stories that are paraded in the name of Christ. Indeed there was a person by the name of Jesus in the then Hebrew land.
I agree with you that Indian version of secularism is pampering the minorities. Unfortunately the political groups who claim to speak for the majority or who claim to represent the majority is doing disservice to the majority by their obscurantism and bigotry. The vote bank speaks finally.
You might remember, that during the Janta party era one O.P.Tyagi of the former Jansangh proposed a bill in parliament proscribing conversion by the lure of money and gratification. This was opposed not only by the religious minorities’ enmasse but by the Congress too.
Leaving those matters, I can imagine the hullabaloo that will come about if Ramayana or Mahabratha are put in the curriculum as papers and works of study. This is where I dissent and protest our lack of appreciation of our past. True these works are perhaps the greatest pieces of story of men and their lives. Much of it is enacted in real time in the present day.
Why is it that Indian universities and places of learning do not figure in the world list of excellence?It is because we refuse to look within and learn from the past.

Sandhya said...

Our religion is there to stay. Well, Hinduism doesn't compel anybody to follow rules. We can be ourselves. We can be Hindus in our hearts.

Singh Style said...

interesting and interactive...

R. Ramesh said...

sir truth compassion good karma, so many such values..the strength of india lies in its spiritualism..it is a spiritual superpower whatever religion one follows...as the vedas prescribe lets wish all humans peace and prosperity:)

Rahul said...

first of all i will say thanks for sharing.
i feel great reading this about ram. the only motive according to me is we are here to help others to understand humanism!!

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