Faith

Extraordinary appeal

The Ramayana owes its greatness to the fact that when the very Lord whom the Vedas try to explore and reach, comes down on earth as Rama, they also follow close on His heels as the ‘Ramayana’ that Valmiki has captured through divine grace. It is held that Valmiki must have composed the epic during the time Rama rules in Ayodhya, when His name and fame are known by all. Valmiki knows that there is none better than Kusa and Lava to propagate the Ramayana wherein he has recorded the lives of their divine parents, pointed out Sri Damodhara Dikshitar in a discourse.

The lads have grown under his tutelage and are gifted with extraordinary intelligence besides being well versed in the deep significance of Vedas.

Moreover, being endowed with exceptional music talent and good voice, they are able to sing the entire epic of 24,000 verses to melodious music. Valmiki describes the appeal and impact it has on the listeners that comprises people from all walks of life and varying ages, saints, brahmanas, warriors, scholars and the not so learned. Rama comes to know that these young lads of kingly form and mien but in ascetic garb are Valmiki’s disciples and desires that they recite the Ramayana during the Aswamedha yaga that is in progress. As the story that is a superb blend of words, content and music unfolds, the entire assembly listens spellbound. They all intuitively respond to the power of the story that confers auspiciousness to all. Some rishis steeped in highest dyana and vrata convey their appreciation verbally, some others spontaneously offer their personal belongings to the lads as a gesture of admiration. Rama too moves from His seat and sits as one among the audience to listen to the recital.

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