Episode 317 – Vaalmiki Maharishi authors the Ramayana text!!!

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In the previous episode we had witnessed that Mother Sita is at Vaalmiki Maharishi’s ashram as she delivers the twin babies of Lava and Kusa. This is a happy moment in the ashram as everybody are rejoicing on the birth of the two twin brothers.

However, Mother Sita is still unable to digest the fact that her beloved Rama had abandoned her for no fault of hers! On the other hand, King Rama was also helpless and in order to protect the righteousness of the Ayodhya kingdom, he had to take such a decision. However, although King Rama might have abandoned his beloved Sita physically, she is still in his heart forever. As Mother Sita gives birth, she misses her beloved Rama terribly! Thus, even a happy moment turns out to be sad and emotional for Mother Sita because of the absence of her husband by her side.

Moving on quickly from this point, the two children Lava and Kusa grow up at Vaalmiki Maharishi’s ashram. Mother Sita brings them up in an excellent manner and the children are obedient and shrewd. Also, both the children learn all the important technicalities of warfare and are becoming two invincible princes. However, one thing that they do not know still is who is their father! Mother Sita hasn’t disclosed that their father is none other than the great king of Ayodhya – Lord Rama!

It is during this time when Lava and Kusa are growing up, Vaalmiki Maharishi sits down to author the Ramayana text! In the initial few episodes we had witnessed the way in which the great Vaalmiki Ramayana was born – We discussed how Sage Naarada visited the Vaalmiki Ashram and gave the “Samkshepa Ramayana”, Vaalmiki Maharishi going to river Tamasa for a bath and finally Lord Brahma’s visit to Vaalmiki Ashram. Eventually as Vaalmiki Maharishi sits down to elaborate the “Samkshepa Ramayana” from thirty-two slokas into twenty four thousand slokas, Lord Brahma and Goddess Saraswati bless Vaalmiki Maharishi and thus the authoring begins. Within a few years eventually, Vaalmiki Maharishi, with the divine grace of Lord Rama and Mother Sita and also of Lord Brahma, the entire text of Vaalmiki Ramayana is born!

By the time Vaalmiki Maharishi finishes authoring the Ramayana text, Lava and Kusa are mature enough to learn the text byheart! As this text contains all the possible “Dharma” (Righteousness) explained in it, Vaalmiki Maharishi decides to teach this text to the two children. Since Lava and Kusa are still kids, it is easy for Vaalmiki Maharishi to make them by-heart the entire 24,000 sloka-text. Thus, within a few days, Lava and Kusa become experts in the Vaalmiki Ramayana and Vaalmiki Maharishi is pleased at the pace in which the children mastered the entire text! He now wants the text to be propagated to the entire world! He wants the world to realize “Dharma” and embrace it!

Thus with this divine intention, Vaalmiki Maharishi is now taking these two children along with him to different ashrams in and around the locality, wherein the two children sing the entire text to each of the saints living there! As the children go around propagating the text, each and every saint is thrilled to bits upon hearing this divine text!

All the sages bless the two kids and one of the saints renders a unique blessing by saying that, “One day, Lord Rama himself would surely get an opportunity to listen to this text from these two kids!” Is that going to happen? Is this important boon going to become a reality? Let’s wait till the next episode to find out! 🙂

Published by Dr. Jeayaram

Holds a PhD in Management Psychology from Universite Paris Saclay, Paris, France. Also an Asst. Professor of Human Resources management at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham in Kerala, India. A professional South Indian classical musician (singer) performing concerts. Through this blog, I'm trying to bring out the richness of Indian culture & values and I request your support and feedbacks in making this humble effort a success!!

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