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Killing of a Demon

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Preface

In India, during the month of March-April, every year, the festival of Ram Navami in memory of Lord Rama is observed in a big way. This festival is celebrated in memory of the birthday of Lord Rama who was actually the seventh incarnation or avatar of God Vishnu (a personality of supreme Godhead as per Hindu mythology and culture).

Unfortunately, during the year 2020, we in India, were not able to observe this major festival because of the Covid-19 led lock down at that time and the social distancing issues. Anyway, we were remembering Lord Rama on that auspicious occasion as how he killed the demon Ravana with his divine powers. This poem which depicts a summary of the story of Ramayana is a reflection of those thoughts only.

The epic Ramayana and great poet Valmiki

The famous Hindu epic Ramayana was written in the Sanskrit language by the great poet Valmiki and the time of the writings is established sometime between 500 BC to 100 BC that puts it approximately about 2300 years ago. Incidentally, Valmiki is also considered the first poet of Sanskrit literature. Ramayana is a huge work and consists of 24,000 shlock's (Paras) spread over seven sections (Kaṇḍas).
Just to feel its hugeness, the Ramayana is four times the length of the 'Iliad' the epic by Homer. The Ramayana is basically the story of winning good over evil. It is the story of Prince Rama whose wife was abducted by the demon Ravana, the king of magnificent Lanka and then Rama went to the dwelling place of the demon and destroyed him with accompanying animal armies and other supporters from the jungle through which Lord Rama moved to the demons place.
Many scholars have studied and done research work on the epic Ramayana written by the great poet Valmiki and they all agree that Valmiki was the first poet in the Sanskrit language and had depicted the story of Rama in such a magnificent manner that it became a milestone in the culture, history, and religion of India.
In the Indian scriptures and religious books, it is mentioned at many places that Valmiki got the inspiration for these writings from a sad incident in his life when he was going to take a bath in the sacred Ganges River and he saw a crane couple in lovemaking when suddenly a hunter killed them. This made Valmiki very sad and in his grief and pain, he uttered the first shloka (para) in the Sanskrit language from which point of time, it is said that poetry started.
English translation of that particular sloka is as under -
"You will find no rest for the long years of eternity, for you killed a bird in love and unsuspecting".

Quite later, Tulsidas rewrote Ramayana in his own way using the local dialect and he named it 'Ramcharitmans' which became too popular in the common masses and even today it is being recited in many Hindu families and their temples as a routine religious group singing. As Ramayana was in Sanskrit so many people could not read and understand it and from that point of view the credit of making it popular goes to the poet Tulsidas who rewrote it in an easily understandable form in a local language.

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Ramayana by Valmiki

Killing of a demon

The king sentenced Rama to go into exile,
The eldest of all the four brothers.
And return to the kingdom only,
After fourteen years in the jungles.

Rama's wife and one younger brother,
Accompanied him in affections.
They simply followed him,
Not knowing the future actions.

Rama the incarnation of God,
Foresaw in details.
The scent of coming events,
And places to it hails.

He knew the demon's character,
For the woman his lust stout.
The demon snatched his wife,
When Rama was hunting out.

Rama's brother turned furious,
On this event unfortunate.
Rama consoled him not to worry,
As it was all designed by fate.

They raised an army of animals,
And proceeded to the demon's place.
It was a far off place in the South,
Full of castles and golden blaze.

The demon was very powerful,
And laughed on this ambush.
But soon surprised much,
Seeing Rama's divine push.

Meditating the Sun God,
The celestial source of energy.
Rama killed the demon,
At the spot instantaneously.

Endnote

The story of the great epic Ramayana is the victory of good over evil. It is a fascinating story enthralling the minds of millions of Hindus across the globe. The victory of Rama over Ravana, the demon, is a great milestone in Indian mythology. Later the poet Tulsidas rewrote the Ramayana in a local dialect and gave it the name 'Ramcharitmans' which became very popular among the general masses and is the main book about Lord Rama that is recited in many religious places as well as households in India.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Umesh Chandra Bhatt

Comments

Umesh Chandra Bhatt (author) from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on June 22, 2020:

Fusrya, thanks for visiting and also for your gratitude.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt (author) from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on June 22, 2020:

Sangita, you always motivate me. Thanks.

Fusrya on June 21, 2020:

Amazing summary of Epic Ramayana.

Sangita on June 21, 2020:

This is a masterful summary poem on the epic Ram Ravan saga.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt (author) from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on April 09, 2020:

Peggy, thanks a lot for your nice comment. Appreciate.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 09, 2020:

Thanks for telling us about this tale of good over evil. I'm sorry that you cannot celebrate as usual this year because of the pandemic. Stay safe!

Umesh Chandra Bhatt (author) from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on April 06, 2020:

Brenda, thanks for your nice comment and sparing time. In Hindu culture and religion there are many scriptures, books and epics. One of the epics is 'Ramayana' by sage Valmiki which was later rewritten in common language as 'Ramacharitmanas' by Tulsidas the great poet. The protagonist in this epic is Lord Rama and is considered an incarnation of God. If you are interested and have time you can go through my other hub on Tulsidas.

Incidentally, I clicked on the links you sent me by email but it is taking me to my facebook page only! Can I go to your facebook page and then go to that poetry page? What do you say?

I am sending this response to you by email also. Thanks in advance.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on April 06, 2020:

Umesh,

I am not familiar with this Lord Rama.

Your story tells of an epic journey where one must have faith believing in what is to come.

Without doubt wavering he knows he will be able to defeat his enemy.

Patience and waiting until the time is right.

Thanks for sharing.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt (author) from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on April 06, 2020:

Rajan, thanks a lot for your encouragement.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on April 06, 2020:

A lovely poem summing up the essence of Ramayana in short.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt (author) from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on April 04, 2020:

Ann, thanks for your detailed post. Highly appreciate.

Ann Carr from SW England on April 04, 2020:

An interesting story which I'd never heard of before. Thanks for the education. It gives us some idea of the religious philosophy.

In all this lockdown, we can sympathise around the world and that brings us all together. Strange what good comes out of something so devastating. There is always a positive side and, as you say, good conquering evil. Well done.

Ann

Umesh Chandra Bhatt (author) from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on April 03, 2020:

Ruby Jean, thanks for your visit. Highly appreciate.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt (author) from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on April 03, 2020:

Manatita44, you always stole the show. Your second comment is much more impressive. Sincere thanks.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt (author) from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on April 03, 2020:

RoadMonkey, thanks for your interest. Highly appreciate. There are some briefs available in the internet about this story and you can read it there. I have also copied one brief from a site and will try to send it to you.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt (author) from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on April 03, 2020:

Mel, thanks for your nice words. Appreciate.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on April 03, 2020:

I have never heard this story. Your poem is educational and inspiring. Thank you for sharing.

manatita44 from london on April 03, 2020:

Ha ha.

It is the Light of the Heart that direct our Paths. I was a very devout Christian as a child. My re-birth took place in September 1982, simply through reading a book. From them on, my Inner Pilot and my outer Guru, directed me to everything.

Brahman was also directing my early life but I simply did not know. Seen from the Highest standpoint, God is the only Doer. But yes, we must serve, perform Dharma (Duty; righteousness). Self-effort and Grace are God's inseparable twins. Accept my humble thanks, my Umesh Ji

RoadMonkey on April 03, 2020:

You have given us the whole story in this poem, yet now, having had this taster, I would like to read the full tale.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt (author) from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on April 03, 2020:

Manatita44, your knowledge of our culture is amazing. You must had read voraciously. That is why you are able to visualise things at a higher level. Anyway, thanks for commenting and encouraging my work. Highly appreciate.

Mel Carriere from Snowbound and down in Northern Colorado on April 03, 2020:

I read about Rama and his festival in a novel called A Suitable Boy, by Vikram Seth. Fascinating to learn more about the religion of far off places. Great work. Blessings to you during your holy season, please stay well.

manatita44 from london on April 03, 2020:

You have summed it up excellently and even though you can still excel more in the practice at poetry, interestingly, I love your work.

There is a simplicity and sweetness; a lack of guile that is very touching! The story I'm familiar with and The Ramayana is one of my favourite books. As a Disciple of Lord Rama, Hanuman was ... perhaps will always be unparalleled.

Sita was the personification of virtue and sacrifice and Laksmana an embodiment of Love and devotion to his beloved Rama. We can learn a thing or two from them in our different faiths.

Ravana was the personification of evil, yet strangely righteous was his wife and Ravana himself, like Covid-19; like Judas ... like Bhisma and Karna, are all instruments of the Higher Source. A beautiful tale!

Umesh Chandra Bhatt (author) from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on April 03, 2020:

Devika, thanks for your interest in the article. Highly appreciate sparing your time.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on April 03, 2020:

Hi Umesh an interesting and hopeful hub. Culture is unique and shared as yo have here makes wonder more of the uniqueness of cultures around the world. You enlightened me of your culture, a perfect touch to what others need to know It is always a pleasure to read what you have in mind.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt (author) from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on April 03, 2020:

Flourish, you are always so kind to visit. Thanks for your nice observation.

FlourishAnyway from USA on April 03, 2020:

Thank you for sharing more about your culture with this story of the triumph of good over evil.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt (author) from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on April 03, 2020:

Lorna, so kind of you. Appreciate your heart warming comment.

Lorna Lamon on April 03, 2020:

I had heard of Lord Rama although I wasn't aware of the story of how he killed the demon through divine powers. I enjoyed reading this retelling of the story - the victory of good over evil. A wonderful reflection Umesh.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt (author) from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on April 03, 2020:

Jamie, thanks a lot for your visit. Appreciate much.

Jamie Lee Hamann from Reno NV on April 02, 2020:

Well written, a perfect introduction. Jamie

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