Ramacharitmanas

104. A Message for Dasaratha

Janaka’s messengers finally arrived at Ayodhya and were completely mesmerized by the beauty of the sacred city of Rama’s birth (janamabhumi).  They sent a letter with the guards standing at the gates to the palace.  As soon as Rama’s father, King Dasaratha got word, he smiled and immediately ordered for the guests to be welcomed

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103. Behind the Fear Lies Joy and Happiness

The sound of music was everywhere as instruments of all kinds were being played by gods and humans alike in celebration of Shri Rama’s glory.  People’s ignorance was removed and only happiness remained.  They saw beauty and grace in everything as they sang songs of devotion which opened their hearts like the cuckoo birds singing at

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102. Miracles of Love

Rama said, Parashurama, why don’t you think before you speak?  I may have broken the bow, but this is a small thing in comparison to how angry you are getting.  Anyhow, the bow was tired and old, it was probably going to break by itself anyway.  There is nothing here for me to be proud

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101. Work is Worship

“Do you think I am fool.  You persist on addressing me in saintly terms, as a brahmin, as a sage.  Let me tell you what kind of sage I am Rama!” said Parashurama becoming even more infuriated. “This bow which I hold in my hands is my sacrificial ladle, Every arrow I shoot is my

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100. Nine Virtues

Parashurama told Rama that his brother was completely mad.  He looked over at Lakshmana who continued to smile back at him with a look that just made him even more furious. Your brother is foolish!  He may appear in front of us with a fair complexion but there is darkness in his heart.  Was he

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99. Confrontation

Shri Rama speaking directly to Parashurama said, “What do you want to happen? Surely it was a humble servant of yours who has broken Shiva’s bow.” Parashurama became further enraged, his eyes previously red were now turning purple, as he said,  “A true devotee serves unconditional love! Not one who goes against the teacher’s ways.

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Parashurama

Several princes were still present, watching the victory celebrations. Out of a burning desire and lust for Sita they looked on in jealousy.   One after another they got up from their thrones slowly–their minds still furious–each plotting various evil schemes.  One called out: “Let’s kidnap the princess and take the two princes hostage.  Who cares

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97. Love Transcends All Rules

Music played throughout the kingdom.  Sita was united with Rama.  While the wicked minded became saddened, those of good heart were extremely happy.  The gods in heaven, the kinaras, the humans, the nagas, the saints and sages of the Himalayas, all were dancing with joy and blissfully chanting the name of the lord.  Like the

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96. Shri Rama’s Victory Celebration

Vishvamitra, Shri Rama’s guru, stood up; he was like an unending ocean of love. The beauty of the lord standing before him with the broken bow was like the beauty of the full moon rising above the ocean in the night’s sky.  The sage was absolutely thrilled, his joy was like the rising tide, enamoring

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95. Rama Breaks Shiva’s Bow

When Lakshmana realized that his brother’s eyes glanced towards Shiva’s bow, the hairs on his body tingled. He stepped forward and said: O sacred animals who hold the earth steady, Shri Rama seeks to break Shiva’s bow. Listen for my command as what is about to happen may make the the world shake. As Rama

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94. Sita’s Eternal Love For Rama

The feelings between Shri Rama and Sita in the same place together made every person present that day not want to blink in the fear of missing something.  All of their hearts were pounding as they inwardly prayed to God, ‘Please Lord, make Janaka wed his beloved daughter to Shri Rama;  the world will praise

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93. Who is Sita?

King Janaka requested his servants to call Sita to the Swayamvar.  As she walked in, everyone present was stunned by her radiant beauty. Sita, none other than the human form of Jagadambe Ma (mother of the universe), embodied grace and perfection.  All worldly comparisons would not be fit to describe her beauty as it came from a

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92. The Divine Light

The two princes shone like bright divine lights amongst the thousands of princes assembled there in the court, all vying to win the hand of the princess.  Their endearing glances, filled with unconditional love, would have captivated the hearts of a million cupids.  Draped in yellow cloth, wearing the sacred thread and carrying beautiful bows,

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90. More Beautiful Than The Moon

The following post is one from the Ramacharitmanas series by Hanuman Dass.  Every week we move forward in our journey through the Ramayana of Love, as spoken by the great Saint Tulasidas.  The Ramacharitmanas has been described by the Acharya Vinoba Bhave as being similar to a cross between the Bible and Shakespeare. The Ramacharitmanas is

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89. Sita’s Prayer

The following post is one from the Ramacharitmanas series by Hanuman Dass.  Every week we move forward in our journey through the Ramayana of Love, as spoken by the great Saint Tulasidas.  The Ramacharitmanas has been described by the Acharya Vinoba Bhave as being similar to a cross between the Bible and Shakespeare. The Ramacharitmanas is

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88. Sita Sees Rama

The following post is one from the Ramacharitmanas series by Hanuman Dass.  Every week we move forward in our journey through the Ramayana of Love, as spoken by the great Saint Tulasidas.  The Ramacharitmanas has been described by the Acharya Vinoba Bhave as being similar to a cross between the Bible and Shakespeare. The Ramacharitmanas is

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87. Darshan of Shri Rama

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86. King Janaka meets Shri Rama

Sitting on the banks of the river Ganga, the sage Vishvamitra spoke to Shri Rama and Lakshmana about the greatest of rivers.  He explained how the holy river purifies not only living beings but the whole universe.   Vishvamitra, the son of Gadhi, went on to perform his daily prayers together with a host of

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85. Living With Vishvamitra

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