Ramayana contains essence of Vedas

CHENNAI MAY 23 . The power of the human mind is immeasurable. Deep reflections on events and actions being natural corollaries, every miniscule thought process has a direct bearing on a chain of events. As the prick of a needle while sewing a cloth causes blood to ooze out, when a man is driven by the narrow confines of anger, revenge, envy, frustration and other base feelings, he opens the gate to sinfulness. Trekking the road of evil intent can never lead to true happiness.

An ancient diktat advocating a devotee to see, hear and do good is very much relevant even today. A seeker can strike a perfect balance in life if he is in tune with his inner divinity. Given that life is a constant ebb and flow of difficulties how does one reach a higher plane of thought and action? The key lies in imbibing the teachings of the Vedas. Mere ostentatious gestures or rituals made in the name of spirituality will not get a devotee far. A mother does not satiate a child's hunger in a haphazard manner, but takes care to provide nutritionally rich diet to it. Similarly one should seek and learn the teachings of Vedas and other scriptural texts.

The Ramayana, advocating as it does the principles of righteousness, adherence to truth, the spirit of enquiry and self-restraint, is rightly called the essence of the Vedas. A deep study of this epic will take a devotee in the right direction to an exalted state of living. Just as the Vedas help a devotee to negotiate worldliness and spirituality successfully, the Ramayana too is a beacon light to mankind.

The four brothers, who are proper examples of virtue and unity, are personifications of the four Vedas — Rama symbolises the Rig Veda while Lakshmana stands for the Yajur Veda. Bharata who chanted the Lord's names all the 24 hours in a day while staying in Nandigrama signifies the Sama Veda while Shatrughna who annihilates his enemies — both inner and outer — is the embodiment of the Atharva Veda.

Many thousands of years have passed but the Ramayana remains relevant due to the perennial philosophy of Dharma enshrined in it. Valmiki had proclaimed that the epic would be relevant for as long as there are mountains and rivers — the former symbolising men and the latter sacrifice and bounty (women), said Sri Sathya Sai Baba in a lecture.

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