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The Ramayana

The Ramayana is an epic, a word which is used to indicate the length, scope, subject and themes of a work of literature. As with the Epic of Gilgamesh, the Iliad, the Odyssey, or the Aeneid, one of...

Latest answer posted March 6, 2021 12:53 pm UTC

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The Mahabharata and the Ramayana are India's two great epics. The Mahabharata is a massive and sprawling story about the five heroic and virtuous Panadava brothers and their quest to gain and hold...

Latest answer posted November 4, 2011 10:16 am UTC

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Throughout the Ramayana, Lakshmana is portrayed as dutiful, loyal, humble, and dignified. He is loyal above all else to Rama, his half brother. He even states that this loyalty is simply a matter...

Latest answer posted March 29, 2019 7:34 pm UTC

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The question of good vs. evil is not cut and dry in the Ramayana. The Rakshasa, or demons or Lanka, are not inherently evil, and humans are not inherently good. Instead, The Ramayana is meant to...

Latest answer posted November 24, 2019 6:27 am UTC

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The Ramayana is a canonical epic which sets the norms for family values and social values of Indian society. “Dharma,” or code of conduct regarding attitude toward family, teachers, friends, and...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2019 5:11 pm UTC

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The Ramayana is a massive piece of oral and written literature, an ancient Sanskrit and Hindu epic that is comprised of 24,000 verses in seven cantos. It was composed in the 5th century B.C and...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2019 4:26 pm UTC

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Rama and king Gilgamesh share many similarities, at least on paper. They are both political leaders. They are both part-divine (with Gilgamesh being a demigod and Rama being the seventh avatar of...

Latest answer posted March 2, 2020 4:14 pm UTC

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The conflict that presents itself in Valmiki's work is a rather elemental one. The questions that drives the work and makes it such a bastion of Hindu thought is what shall one do and how shall...

Latest answer posted August 29, 2011 6:27 pm UTC

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The Ramayana is an Indian epic poem consisting of 24,000 verses. It follows the mission of Prince Rama to save Sita, his wife, from Ravana, a demon king who has kidnapped her. The Ramayana is...

Latest answer posted February 6, 2017 6:32 am UTC

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In The Ramayana, Rama is the 7th incarnation of Vishnu—which is why he stands out as one of the greatest heroes of India. Rama represents the perfection of the princely class. Part of his...

Latest answer posted November 9, 2019 8:34 am UTC

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For over two thousand years the great Indian epic The Ramayana, written by Valmiki, has been told and performed across the world. Rooted in Hinduism, The Ramayana continually features the...

Latest answer posted February 19, 2020 7:09 pm UTC

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It seems to me that the theoretical underpinnings of The Ramayana would stress that the most enduring quality needed to become a hero is adherence to the sense of dharma. This quality, adhering to...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2013 3:59 pm UTC

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I think that some of the most basic and elemental lessons of consciousness are brought out in The Ramayana. It is one of the most formative texts of the Hindu religion, so I think that it makes...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2012 7:42 pm UTC

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In my mind, there is little doubt that Sita devi can serve as a role model to modern women. Sita devi can serve as a role model to modern women in a variety of ways. The first way is through her...

Latest answer posted June 22, 2016 1:34 pm UTC

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According to the definition of dharma, Rama teaches dharma in virtuosity and religion and conforms to the teachings of Buddha. He understands his relationship and role to those who surround him....

Latest answer posted January 26, 2019 11:30 pm UTC

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I think that you are probably going to find more connections to the Ramayana with the genre of epic poetry. The scale of the Ramayana is so large and so expansive, with moral, theological, and...

Latest answer posted March 9, 2011 4:09 am UTC

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There has to be some basic context outlined. The first would be that The Ramayana is considered to be one of the most important texts in the Hindu religion. Along with the Bhagavad- Gita, The...

Latest answer posted September 2, 2012 12:47 am UTC

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We see karma at work in the Ramayana in the incident of Rama, Sita, Lakshmana, and the golden deer. Sita should not have desired the golden deer that Rama was following. On hearing deceptive voices...

Latest answer posted January 3, 2019 12:37 am UTC

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I think that a couple of elements need to be made clear at this point. The first would be that Lord Rama never asked anyone to go with him. He insisted that Lakshmana stay back and tend to his...

Latest answer posted August 27, 2012 9:45 am UTC

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Upon donning his armor and summoning his chariot, Ravana resolves to either be victorious by slaying Lord Rama or die doing so. As part of his resolution, he states that either his wife,...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2016 2:31 pm UTC

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As with any discussion of Classical texts, I believe you will find different positions and answers to such questions. I am not sure it benefits anyone to take one or another as "the answer."...

Latest answer posted June 11, 2012 4:31 am UTC

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"No country was ever conquered without the help of a traitor." This popular belief in India can trace its origin to the Ramayana. It alludes to Vibhishana, a man who is believed to have deserted...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2018 10:42 am UTC

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Dharma is a concept in Hinduism and Indian philosophy that can be difficult to translate into English. Ultimately, it refers to thoughts and actions that are in line with the natural order of the...

Latest answer posted October 31, 2017 12:46 pm UTC

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It is difficult to assess whether Kumbhakarna or Vibhishana made the correct choice in the war in the Ramayana. Both brothers were following and adhering to their place on the Dharma Wheel. Dharma...

Latest answer posted May 30, 2019 4:21 pm UTC

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It makes sense that the primary lesson learned is from the sacred work is embodied in the form of Lord Rama. There is a dominant trait in his characterization to never back away from one's word...

Latest answer posted June 3, 2012 1:24 pm UTC

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It will not be fully correct to say that Rama denounces Sita two times in Ramayana. But let me first explain which two times we are referring to in the story. As we know, Ravana kidnaps Sita...

Latest answer posted November 13, 2013 11:58 am UTC

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The Vanara monkeys display the ideal of what a soldier should be. The Ramayana is a work that I feel is mostly anti- war. It is a statement of how war can be avoided if individuals pay attention...

Latest answer posted August 17, 2012 10:35 am UTC

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I think in every era, marriage represents the ideal values to which societies and individuals aspire. Very broadly speaking, in a contemporary context, marriage can be said to represent ideals of...

Latest answer posted December 30, 2019 12:29 pm UTC

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Traditionally, the epic narrative involves some level of powerful weapons with divine elements attached to them. In The Ramayana, the weapons that Lord Rama is able to use help him fight the...

Latest answer posted August 18, 2012 9:47 pm UTC

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The relationship between animals and humans is a very interesting one in the Ramayana. On one hand, there is a complete embrace of animals representing human qualities and characteristics. It is...

Latest answer posted March 15, 2011 7:08 pm UTC

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“Dharma,” a Pali and Sanskrit word used both in Buddhist and Hindu traditions, has a few different meanings. In one sense, dharma refers to one’s religion, but in the more traditional and...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2019 5:18 am UTC

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I don't necessarily see Lakshmana's dhamra as any less because he suggests that Lord Rama fights. Lakshmana's dharma compels him to be supportive and defensive of Lord Rama. This is seen when...

Latest answer posted August 27, 2012 9:56 am UTC

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The battle between good and evil is epitomized in the tale of Rama and Ravana. Ravana is the immortal demon king who kidnaps and imprisons Sita, the lover of Rama. He is extremely powerful and has...

Latest answer posted November 20, 2019 3:48 pm UTC

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Rama and Oedipus make for an interesting comparison given the events that occur in their respective stories. While both are rulers, their stories unravel in incredibly different ways. However,...

Latest answer posted February 12, 2019 4:58 pm UTC

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I think that it is important to keep in mind that the actions of Devi Sita are ones of a Goddess. It might be difficult to fully judge the perceptions of the divine. It is important to recognize...

Latest answer posted August 16, 2012 8:33 am UTC

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The concept of Siddhi Mantra reveals a particular Mantra that can lead to success. It is a sign of great devotion from a devotee. In Ravana's case, granting him this knowledge came from Lord...

Latest answer posted July 4, 2013 12:07 am UTC

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Although Narayan's translation of The Ramayana is a bit shortened, some of the basic elements of truth triumphing over evil is present. Rama slays Ravan. This would be the most fundamental...

Latest answer posted April 17, 2011 7:27 pm UTC

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The Ramayana tells the story of Rama, the prince of the Kosala Kingdom. Rama, the son of Kaushalya, was King Dasharatha's favorite child, so naturally the king chose him as his successor. However,...

Latest answer posted August 24, 2019 10:44 am UTC

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This is probably one of the most intense elements about the epic. It is one of those issues where discussion and discourse might end up revealing more thoughts and paths, but little in way of...

Latest answer posted June 19, 2012 9:22 am UTC

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Dharma is a complex concept in the Hindu ethos. It can be translated as "righteousness," or "morality," or "law." It has been translated famously as "duty." If you take this constellation of terms...

Latest answer posted February 15, 2010 10:11 am UTC

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Ravana's attitudes towards Lord Rama is one of arrogance and ego. Ravana is almost bewildered as to why Lord Rama does not fall at his feet in complete submission. Ravana is at a point where he...

Latest answer posted October 12, 2013 6:33 pm UTC

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There are many significant characters in The Ramayana. Whenever addressing a sacred text vital to a spiritual tradition, there will be many important characters. This is especially so with The...

Latest answer posted June 30, 2016 11:40 am UTC

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I had to pare down the original question, but I invite you to resubmit it in separate parts. I think that the concept of dharma or actions taken to uphold the natural law that sustains being is...

Latest answer posted August 19, 2012 10:32 am UTC

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Rama and Odysseus share key character traits that make them classic epic heroes. They are both natural leaders of noble lineage. Rama is heir to his father's throne and Odysseus is King of Ithaca....

Latest answer posted October 5, 2019 2:41 am UTC

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When Sage Vasishta stated that "no one had learned the lessons of dharma better than Bharata," he speaks to the idea that Bharata recognized and understood how individuals have to be subservient to...

Latest answer posted August 23, 2012 9:16 am UTC

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The most base answer to this would be that Lord Rama himself is the avatar of Lord Vishnu. Considered to be the source of all sustenance, Bharata and Lakshmana recognize this, as they are avatars...

Latest answer posted August 18, 2012 9:20 pm UTC

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I think that the most traditional read on this question would be to answer in the negative and suggest that Lord Rama is wrong for asking Devi Sita to publicly defend herself. The logic here would...

Latest answer posted August 16, 2012 9:06 am UTC

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The preservation of dharma motivates the actions of the gods in the Ramayana. "Dharma" can be seen as acting in the way that is right. It provides structure to the universe. Without dharma, the...

Latest answer posted February 27, 2016 4:07 pm UTC

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Without more specification in the original question, I think that one can see how the character sketches in the Ramayana break down into those who adhere to dharma and the natural order of being...

Latest answer posted August 15, 2012 3:00 pm UTC

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The two key players in the battle that defines The Ramayana are Lord Rama and the demon-king Ravana of Lanka. The conflict between Lord Rama and Ravana is one of dharma versus adharma. "Dharma"...

Latest answer posted June 30, 2016 3:05 am UTC

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