Vishnu has many avatars, but his top ten avatars are special and known as the Dashavataras. In this volume, we enter the most exciting part of Hindu mythology--the Dashavataras--and discuss the early avatars of Vishnu.
Author: Swami Achuthananda
Publisher: Relianz Communications Pty Ltd
Full-blown trade wars, nuclear threats, attacks on nation's sovereignty...are we dangerously at the crossroads of a world war that may even threaten entire humanity? Maybe we are, but fear not. Hindus believe that whenever cosmic balance is threatened, Vishnu descends into the world as an avatar of change. "I am born age after age," says Krishna (Vishnu) in the Bhagavad Gita. Vishnu has many avatars, but his top ten avatars are special and known as the Dashavataras. In this volume, we enter the most exciting part of Hindu mythology--the Dashavataras--and discuss the early avatars of Vishnu. The avatar saga begins with a wicked demon stealing the Vedas while Brahma is sleeping. Vishnu takes the form of a giant fish and not only saves the Vedas but rescues mankind from a great deluge. As we progress through the avatars, you will come across Prahlada, whose story offers a shining example of the extent to which Vishnu would go to protect his devotees. In another incarnation of Vishnu, a generous king called Bali is dispatched to the netherworld for being too ambitious. While ambition is a virtue, not vice, this may seem unfair to the people of Kerala who hold Bali in high esteem. But Vishnu makes amends by bestowing the gift of longevity on Bali. Next, the axe-wielding Parashurama, a Brahmin by birth, embarks on a mission to exterminate the warrior caste from the face of Earth--and largely succeeds until he bumps into another avatar of Vishnu. The highlight of this volume undoubtedly is Rama, the hero of the Ramayana and a name that is synonymous with dharma (religious duty). About half the book is dedicated to Rama as we dissect Ramayana in detail, particularly the controversies. Although Rama is famous for defeating the ten-headed demon king of Lanka, it seems he waged a bigger battle with the dictates of dharma--and lost. We meet the monkey-faced Hanuman for the first time in this book. He is closely associated with Rama and highly revered among Hindus. Also in the Ramayana, we encounter one of the ultimate villains of Hindu mythology--the mighty Ravana. Even though Ravana abducted Rama's beloved wife, Sita, you will be surprised to know that not everyone regards Ravana as an antihero. In fact, at the end of the Ramayana, we are left with many bitter, thought-provoking questions that are debated even today.
Summary : Phutthaphochan ' s adaptation of Ramayana ; critical edition of
original manuscript ( A . D . 1850 . ) preserved on palm leaves in monastery of
Ban Naxon Tai , Laos ( 40 kms . from Vientiane ) . Includes bibliogrpahical
Author: K. Krishnamoorthy
Publisher: Sahitya Akademi
This Is The Second Volume Of A Critical Inventory Of Ramayana Studies In The World In 28 Foreign Languages In Addition To Urdu & Nepali. The Volume Also Contains A Number Of Learned Articles On Ramayana Variations By Eminent Scholars.
Valmiki. to E. E F. E f I H E of o o... VAL Miki The Rāmāyana Translated by
ARSHIA SATTAR Vālmīki THE RĀMĀYAṆA Abridged and Translated by Arshia
Sattar. Front Cover.
Publisher: Penguin UK
One of India’s two greatest epics, the Ramayana pervades the country’s moral and cultural consciousness. For generations it has served as a bedtime story for Indian children, while at the same time engaging the interest of philosophers and theologians. Now this magnificent translation makes the monumental work available to a new audience. Believed to have been composed by Valmiki sometime between the eighth and sixth centuries BC, the Ramayana tells the tragic and magical story of Rama, the prince of Ayodhya, an incarnation of Lord Visnu, born to rid the earth of the terrible demon Ravana. Exiled for fourteen years because of his stepmother’s fit of jealousy on the eve of his coronation, Rama enters the forests of Dandaka with his beautiful wife Sita and devoted brother Laksmana. Sita is abducted from the forest by Ravana who takes her to his isolated kingdom on the far side of the southern ocean. The two brothers set out to rescue her and, along the way, make an alliance with a dispossessed monkey, king Sugriva. At the end of a bloody war Ravana is killed and Sita, reunited with her husband, and victorious Rama returns to Ayodhya to claim the throne that is rightfully his. An idealized heroic tale ending with the inevitable triumph of good over evil, the Ramayana is also an intensely personal story of family relationships, love and loss, duty and honour, of harem intrigue, petty jealousies and destructive ambitions. All this played out in a universe populated by larger-than-life humans, gods and celestial beings, wondrous animals and terrifying demons. In her translation Arshia Sattar has successfully bridged both time and space to make this ancient classic accessible to the present-day English reader. An added attraction is her superb introduction which provides new insights and background information for both the general reader and scholar alike.
scholars have abridged the complete Vālmiki Rāmāyana from an epic to a single
sloka , and that is how ' Eka shloki Rāmāyana ' ( Rāmayana in one stanza ) has
come into existence . In accordance with the above tendency , the poet ...
Author: Kodaganallur R. Srinivasa Iyengar
Publisher: Sahitya Akademi
The Book Consists Of Papers Presented At The International Seminar On ýVariations In Ramayana In Asia: Their Cultural, Social And Anthropological Significance: New Delhi 1981.
Vālmīki's Rāmāyaṇa Abridged Edition Translated and with an Introduction by
Arshia Sattar ROWMAN & LITTLEFIELD Lanham • Boulder • New York • London
Executive Editor: Susan McEachern Editorial Assistant: Katelyn Turner Senior ...
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
One of India’s greatest epics, the Ramayana pervades the country’s moral and cultural consciousness. For generations it has served as a bedtime story for Indian children, while at the same time engaging the interest of philosophers and theologians. Believed to have been composed by Valmiki sometime between the eighth and sixth centuries BCE, the Ramayana tells the tragic and magical story of Rama, the prince of Ayodhya, an incarnation of Lord Visnu, born to rid the earth of the terrible demon Ravana. An idealized heroic tale ending with the inevitable triumph of good over evil, the Ramayana is also an intensely personal story of family relationships, love and loss, duty and honor, of harem intrigue, petty jealousies, and destructive ambitions. All this played out in a universe populated by larger-than-life humans, gods and celestial beings, wondrous animals and terrifying demons. With her magnificent translation and superb introduction, Arshia Sattar has successfully bridged both time and space to bring this ancient classic to modern English readers.
There is no clinching evidence of the age of the Buddhistic legends and the
Ramayana and there is no clear proof of Weber's theory . It is probable that the
Dasaratha Jataka is not the model but a copy of the Ramayana , abridged from it .
Author: Samudrala Nagaiah
Study of a Sanskrit classical on the life and exploits of Rāma, Hindu deity.
l In 1908 Gandhiji got an abridged Hindi Ramayana of Tulsidas printed at his
International Printing Press at Durban and priced one shilling for the use of the
ordinary Indian in South Africa who had no time for the larger book . He
Author: Dinesh Prasad Saklani
Edited papers presented during the National Seminar on Rāmāyanạ Tradition in Historical Perspective in Garhwāl on November 4-5, 2003.
In accordance with the above tendency , the poet Duniyapati prepared an
abridged edition of Valmiki Ramayana . Haridas summarised the
Ramcharitmanas of Tulsidas , Darshanlal compiled a small version of the
preachings of the ...
Author: Lallana Prasāda Vyāsa
Collection of articles presented at various International Ramayana Conferences.
TRANSLATIONS OF VARIOUS RAMAYANAS OF VALMIKI'S SANSKRIT TEXT
RAMAYANA Buck , William . Ramayana abridged version . Berkeley : University
of California Press , 1976 . Goldman , Robert P. ed . The Ramayana : An Epic of ...
Author: John Maier
Publisher: Praeger Pub Text
Essays on five ancient epics--the Mesopotamian Epic of Gilgamesh, the Hebrew David Story from 1 and 2 Samuel and 1 Kings, the Greek Odyssey of Homer, the Indian Ramayana of Valmiki, and the Irish Tain Bo Cuailnge--each written by a renowned scholar and based on lectures and seminars given in the Hampshire Studies in the Humanities series.