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The Spiritual Meaning of

Ramayana
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SRI RAM
Sri Ram is the embodiment of the Cosmic Self,
the Eternal Ruler of the Universe.

Sri Ram is within our consciousness, within our heart,


within the cell and within the DNA of everyone

RAMAYANA PURPOSE
Sri Ramayana presents the formula for the
spiritual path and enlightenment of every
human being and for establishing
WorldPeace for all generations to come
Sri Ramayana plays its drama on all levels
of life: physical, mental, social and spiritual.

RAMAYANA STORY
First,
Birth and Education of
Ram and his Brothers
Exile of Ram to the Forest
Visit of Ram to hermitages
Killing of the golden deer
Abduction of Sita
Death of Jatayu

The Pact with Sugriva


The slaying of Bali
Devotion of Sri Hanuman,
The crossing of the ocean
Burning of Lanka and
the killing of Ravana,
And finally Rams
Rulership of Ayodhya

RAMAYANA
HISTORICAL VALUE

Ramayana in its full range transcends the milestones of history. It is the


eternal play of human evolution, to restore DHARMA (righteousness) on earth.

PURUSHA - PRAKRITI
King Dasharatha with
Eight Ministers

EGO-INTELLECT-MIND
SPACE-AIR-FIRE-WATER-EARTH

THREE QUEENS
Kausalya - Kaikeyi - Sumitra

RANGE OF RAMAYANA
Sri Ram and his brothers represent the four
Vedas which contain together all wisdom of
the universe and on all levels of existence.
Also all principles of Vedanta, Sankhya,
Yoga, Ayurveda, Vaastu, Jyotish, etc. can
be localised in the holy texts of Ramayana.

FOUR BROTHERS
Ram Bharath Lakshman - Sutrighna

SAMA VEDA
BHARATH

RIG VEDA
RAM
YAJUR
VEDA
LAKHSMAN

ATHARVA
VEDA
SUTRIGHNA

SITA - RAM

The marriage of Sri Ram and Ma Sita is the


Re-Union of wisdom-intellect-devotion with the
Cosmic Self

RAMS EXILE TO THE FOREST

Exile to the Forest symbolizes the life path we


have to go according to our Dharma/Karma.

THE GOLDEN DEER

The golden deer symbolizes our desires for the


material world ignoring our divine nature

MA SITAS ABDUCTION
In the forest Sita is kidnapped by Ravana the demon king

The abduction of Sita (wisdom-intellect-devotion)


separates her from Ram, the cosmic Self.

Ravana kills Jatayu, King of Bird


By killing Jatayu the whole nature changed and all the worlds
became covered with darkness and the wind did not blow and the
sun lost his lustre.

When wisdom is lost in the world, nature will


degenerate too

RAM MEETING THE APES


RamapromisedSugrivathathewouldslayBaliandmakeSugrivathekingof
themonkeys.SugrivaconsecutivelypromisedtohelpRamainhismission.

BALI:

Intellect with ego (ahamkara) which


has to be killed
SUGRIVA: Intellect that needs support to surrender
HANUMAN: Mind full of devotion (bhakti)
:

SRI HANUMAN-JI
Sri Ram asked Hanuman to go with his army to the south to find Sita

Sri Hanuman is that humble mind, faithful and devotional


who gives his life in unconditional love to the Lord.

THE ARMY OF THE APES


The monkey army went to the south and arrived at the seaside. They did not know
how to cross the ocean to reach Lanka where Sitadevi was prisoned by Ravana

The monkey army can be compared with our mind with thoughts
running all over the place and jumping from branch to branch

HANUMAN FLIES OVER THE SEA


Hanuman flies over the ocean and reaches Lanka. There he
enters the beautiful city and meets first Ravans brother
Vibhashan.

Sri Hanuman lost his supernatural powers when he was a young child
but contemplating on his Lord all powers are spontaneously coming
back and can be used for the sake of the Self

THREE BROTHERS IN LANKA


Ravana - Vibhashana - Kumbhakarna
SATTVA

RAJAS

HARMONY

PASSION

THREE
GUNAS

TAMAS
INERTIA

Hanuman finds Sitadevi

Sitadevi (wisdom) and Hanumanji (devotional mind)


meet each other in an environment full of ego, revenge
and sensory pleasures

TEN-HEADED RAVANA

The Ten Heads of Ravana symbolize the five senses of


perception (hearing, touching, seeing, smelling and tasting and
the five senses of action (arms, legs, tongue, organs of secretion
and procreation.

HANUMAN AND LAKSHMAN


Lakshman felt unconscious when attacked by Meghanada,
Ravanas son, who was an expert in black magic

The medical flower Sanjivini from the Himalayas symbolizes


the need and strenght of natural resources when a new age
is dawning

LORD RAMA KILLS RAVANA


After a long battle Rama killed Ravana by shooting him in his navel area.

By remembering the Lord with a devotional heart all


demons inside ourselves will be killed

RAMA-SITAS RETURN TO
AYODHYA

The crowning of Ram (cosmic Self) and Sita (wisdom


devotion) symbolizes the goal of every human being
living a life in peace, joy and happines.

WHEN SRI RAM IS LIVELY

When Sri Ram is lively in our hearts, then His Light shines
from our personality. Our disposition is kind and
generous, we are flexible, gentle, peaceful, patient, joyful
and strong.

THE KINGDOM OF RAM


Rama-Raja dukha kahu na vyapa (Ramcharitmanas, Utt. Kanda 20.1)

In the whole kingdom of Sri Ram was peace and joy.


There was no crime, fighting or suffering. Everyone
loved the other as himself.

THE END

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