Amar Chitra Katha

Understanding Ramayana as Rama Within

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Understanding Rãmayaiia as Rãma within begins with Rãma representing the soul, SItã the mind, Lakmaiia the body, Hanumãn the Prãna Vãyu and Rãvaiia the procreative energy or the ego.

Rãma is the soul within that gives meaning to existence. The quest for spirituality means moving from the outward to the inward.

 

About the Author

Giduturi Lakshmi Narayan was born in 1934 in Jeypore, Orissa. He came to Mumbai and joined the famous Sir J. J. School of Art in 1958, where he was awarded a Gold Medal in 1961 for his meritorious work.

G. L. Narayan began his career as a sculptor in Mumbai after he obtained a Diploma in 1962. In the same year he held a one-man show in Delhi which was inaugurated by the late Dr. Zakir Husain. In 1964 he setup his own studio in Mumbai. Narayan has worked on bronze, terracotta, copper strips, concrete, wood and marble. He has held several one-man shows in India and abroad.

He devoted long years to the study of Indian Art and traditional sculptures and its mythological symbolism. That was when he started sculpting Ganesha in the marble.

G. L. Narayan has been commissioned by individuals and organizations to do various works. Some of his well-known commissioned works are the two sets of copper strip murals at Ravindra Bharati, Hyderabad, in 1965, the Navy Memorial a statue of the Unknown Soldier, at Visakhapatnam in 1968 and the memorial in concrete for the playback singer Mukesh in Mumbai in 1988.

One of his marble sculptures was bought by the former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi from his exhibition for the Indian embassy at Cyprus.

In 2003 he was presented with the TANA (Telugu Association of North America) Award for his life-time achievements in sculpture in San Jose, USA. He now lives in Pune, Maharasthra.

 

Acknowledgements

Thanks are richly deserved by:

Mr. M. V. Kamath for writing the foreword.

Malavika Taktawala, for being my inspiration, for encouraging me to write the book and being with me through every aspect of this project and seeing the book to its completion.

Lalita Jayaraj and her son Rajiv Raj who have rendered valuable assistance in compiling the contents.

Mr. Purushottam Nijhawan for formatting of the story from the paintings.

All my friends and well-wishers for their support. Sudha & Arun Mehta for printing and publishing this book. And last but not least, the staff at Vakil’s.

 

Introduction

Indian mythology, Hindu Gods, and Vedic Literature date back to 5,000 years. The oldest collection of hymns were the Vedas, followed by the Upanisads. Which were followed by the Puranas. These were all written in Samskrit, the oldest language on earth.

Our ancient Seers and philosophers have since the beginning of time through inspired insight established guidelines for an ideal human civilization. They imparted a perfect understanding of life through the solar control almost everything on earth all the beings.

Among them the sage Valmiki complied the world famous epic Ramayana which contains twenty-four thousand verses. Which contains twenty-four thousand verses. Corresponds to one of the twenty-four sacred sound words of the Gayatri Mantra. Ramayana is symbolically speaking an annotation of the Gayatri itself. Lord Rama, hero of Ramayana, is a direct descendant of the sun as a scion of the Sun Dynasty. Valmiki the sage, acquired all the knowledge of the three worlds, and created the Rama Katha for the common man by repeating the sacred name of Rama. Hence for me Ramayana is sacred and auspicious. It is the result of my own evolutionary progress.

Ramayana contributes to a greater understanding of life and salvation emphasizing the potential Divinity of Man. Valmiki was inspired to write Ramayana with a message for addressing the most essential goal in human life which is preserving Dharma, i.e. righteous living, upholding higher values and finding one’s own spiritual identity. Man can live in a civilized society by performing and adhering to duties; or disregard them and live like a beast.

If man makes a choice to control his lower desires and urges he can have the potential to transform himself from Man to God — Mãnav to Mãdhav or Purusa to Purusottama. This was exemplified by Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi who became a ‘Mahãt,nã’, Ramana who became a ‘Mahärsi’ and Ramkrishna who became a ‘Paramhathsa’.

A few scholars, both Indian and Western, regard Ramayaia more as a high class poetry bordering on mythology than history in which ideas and emotions get woven together. It is an epic poetry nevertheless because all the characters therein are much larger than life and have a potential inner symbolic meaning. When reality gets magnified it falls into the range of mythology but for me it represents the symbolic interplay of cosmic forces and the understanding of Ramayaia as Rãma within the man.

Through the visual medium of my paintings. I have attempted to integrate and give the symbolic meaning of Ramãyaiia through Astrology and Tantra.

According to the Solar system, all the planets affect all the creatures on earth and also their nature. The two most important luminous planets are the Sun and the Moon. The 27 Nakshatras or the 27 Constellations along with the 7 planets also play a great part in the formation of the seasons, the rains and the different other manifestations of nature. The moon’s influence helps predicting the high tide and low tide in the sea. Its influence is also seen on the timing of the women’s menstrual cycle and on the formation of milk in the expectant mother. Man’s temperament changes with the waxing and waning of the moon. In Rãmayaiia Sitã is represented by the mind that is the moon.

The Sun is the main source of solar energy which gives sustenance to life on earth. Without the Sun’s energy no one or nothing can survive. The Sun affects everything in nature and also gives energy or life to the human body. Rãma is the soul and is represented by the Sun in Rámãyaiia.

The Sun moves in a year through 3600, which are divided into two parts. The first half is called Uttarayaiia, which is the period covering the north-ward journey of the Sun. It consists of winter, spring and the summer. It is the period from winter solstice to summer solstice. This period starts from the Sun’s entry into Capricornus (Nirayana — Makara Rãi) on January 14-15 when the Sun reaches the highest point in Aries (Nirayana — Mea Rãi). Ráma is worshipped in April because Ràma was born on the bright fornight of Caitra month on the ninth day. Ram Navami is a festival which is celebrated all over India.

Dakniayana, is the second half of the Sun’s journey. It is the period from the summer solstice to Winter solstice i.e. the southward passage of the sun and it consists of the Monsoon, autumn and ‘Hemanta’ seasons. This period starts from the Sun’s entry into Cancer (Nirayana — Karkata Rãi) on July 14-15. When the sun reaches the lowest point in Libra (Nirayana — TuIä Rãi) towards the end of October Goddess DevI is worshiped in the Dassarã festival.

According to Tantra the upper half of the cosmos is male and the lower half is female. The upper half of the man is soul-dominated and it imparts the seed as also the spiritual qualities of the being. As against it the lower half is emotion-dominated, a motherly mesh that holds the seed in the womb, which also represents the material qualities of the being. Thus while man is basically spiritual, a woman is all instinct and materiali[/product_description][product_video]
Item Code: NAD354
Cover: Hardcover
Edition: 2006
Publisher: Vakils, Ferrer and Simons Pvt. Ltd.
Publisher: 9788187111771
Size: 11.0 inch X 8.5 inch
Pages: 55 (In Full Color)
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