Sri Rama Navami

One of the most influential characters of history who held the fabric of values and family relations ships even after 8000 years !!! Without Sri Rama and Sri Krishna, all our literature, dance, music, sculptures, festivals all will be void. They are the fabric of our culture. Sri Rama showed man can become God. Sri Krishna showed God can come down to man. Both are fantastic.

Today is his Avatara Day.. happy Rama Navami.
साधूनां परित्राणाय, दुष्कृतां विनाशाय, धर्म-संस्थापन-अर्थाय च, अहं युगे युगे सम्भवामि । (Gita 4.0-8)

Read more about Sri Rama in these 14 days of lockdown. How he lived his 14 years in the forest will be very interesting. Valmiki Maharshi is the one who wrote Sri Rama’s biography. He wrote, taught this to Sri Rama’s children – Lav & Kush. They recited this in front of Sri Rama and he approved it. That is Valmiki Ramayan. Have look at this wonderful scripture


ramayana heritage trip

today we had a heritage trip with the students of amrita vidyalayam from pulpally. visited 3 places connected with ramayana in wayanad – valmiki ashram where sita devi and her children lav & kush were living, jadayatta kav – where sita devi disappeared into the ground, and sita devi – lav & kush temple.

Valmiki ashram, pulpally
the ‘mandaram’ plant

at the valmiki ashram there is a flowering plant – mandaram (bauhinia acuminata), pink in colour – which will bloom throughout the year – at least 2 flowers will be there on any given day. the belief is that they represent lav & kush.

it was a beautiful trip. spending sufficient time in each place, we discussed the importance of valmiki and his work, about sri rama & sita devi and their understanding and practice of dharma.

at Sita Devi – Lav & Kush temple, pulpally, wayanad
at Sita Devi – Lav & Kush temple, pulpally, wayanad
at munipara, pulpally

Hanuman ji attending Rama Katha

the swami you see in the picture was traveling through a city (ratlam, madhyapredesh, india) when he noticed a lot of commotion on a city street.

he stopped to see that lots of people were gathered around a black faced monkey. they were driving away and the monkey started chasing them.

swamiji asked the driver to slow down and looked out the window and said, “hanumanji, come to the ram katha today if you want.”

they did not tell him where it was or anything like that.

shortly after, they assembled somewhere for the katha and as they were doing the prayers, swamiji noticed that the same monkey was sitting in the back.

swamiji, again looked at him and said, “hanumanji” if you want to be part of the ceremony, come and sit up here on the stage, and the monkey got up and came up to the stage and sat with swamiji.

the rest of the story is described in the incredible video you see here.

the languor first went and sat near the singers and listened to the kirtan, held the mic of the Swami, got blessed by him, then “blessed” the Swamis and then sat in front of Sri Ramji’s photo and took some of the flowers (note similar position to Shri Hanumanji in the framed picture) and left quietly.

It is said believed that Hanumanji will come wherever Ramakatha is reading.

Bolo Siyavar Ramchandra ki Jai. Pavanasuta Hanuman ki Jai.

( i posted this video in 2011. the program was organised by an ashram devotees uncle)


Valmiki Ramayana and Valmiki Maharshi

While talking to the students of Amrita University, Bangalore on Valmiki Maharshi – his life, his creation of ramayana and its influence
13 Oct 2011

Valmiki Ramayana 1

Valmiki Ramayana 2

Valmiki Ramayana 3

Valmiki Ramayana 4