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Showing posts with label Ramcharitmanas. Show all posts

Hinduism - Who Is Vibhishana In Hindu Mythology?


Vibhishana is the younger brother of Ravana, the demon king of Lanka, in the Ramayana, the earlier of the two major Indian epics.

Vibhishana, Ravana, and their third brother, Kumbhakarna, practiced extreme physical asceticism (tapas) in their youth in order to win boons from the gods.

Unlike his brothers, who have chosen boons to improve their military skill and fame, Vibhishana requests that he stay virtuous in the face of peril, and this trait defines his life.

When Ravana gathers a council of war before fighting Rama's army, Vibhishana is the only one who votes against fighting and instead recommends Ravana to restore Rama's stolen wife, Sita, and seek Rama's forgiveness.

Ravana expels his brother from the city as a result of these comments, and Vibhishana joins Rama's army, where he battles courageously throughout the conflict.

Rama appoints Vibhishana king of Lanka after Ravana's death as a reward for his faithfulness and integrity.

In Indian mythology, demons (in this instance, the sort of demons known as rakshasas) are not intrinsically wicked, as Vibhishana exemplifies.

They are formidable creatures who may battle gods and mankind, yet they also possess many qualities.

Vibhishana is shown as a great devotee (bhakta) of Rama in the Ramcharitmanas, a vernacular retelling of the Ramayana authored by the poet-saint Tulsidas (1532–1623? ), in line with Tulsidas' emphasis on devotion above all other types of religious activity.

~Kiran Atma

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Hinduism - Who Is Bapu Morari?


Bapu Morari (born Muraridas Prabhudas in 1946) is a modern Ramcharitmanas commentator and expositor (kathava cak).

The Ramcharitmanas is a vernacular rendition of the Ramayana, the older of the two major Sanskrit epics, written by the poet-saint Tulsidas.

Tulsidas did not just translate Valmiki's Sanskrit epic, but altered it to meet his own religious concerns, particularly the significance of devotion (bhakti) to God, one of the text's fundamental themes, as with all vernac ular versions of the Ramayana.

Morari Bapu claims no supernatural abilities or capabilities; his religious popularity is completely based on his devotion to the scripture and his ability to expound it.

He has given katha (discourse) to Hindu diaspora populations in Europe and North America, as well as in India, at times to audiences of over 100,000 people.

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Hinduism - What Is A Katha Or Kathas?

 (“conversation”) Recitation and explication of a religious text are the foundations of this kind of public religious presentation.

The Ramcharitmanas, a rendition of the epic Ramayana penned by the poet saint Tulsidas, are most often linked with Katha, although it may also be used to explain other holy works.

Kathas may be presented in a variety of ways: the speaker can go through huge sections of the text, provide comprehensive analysis and commentary on a tiny segment of the text, choose passages from the text to exemplify a certain subject, or provide a wholly spontaneous and free-floating explanation.

Attending such concerts is not only aesthetically pleasant for listeners, but it is also seen as a type of satsang or religious fellowship.

These meetings were (and continue to be) one of the most important methods for illiterate people to remember huge portions of these core books.

For further detail, check Philip Lutgendorf's 1991 book The Life of a Text. 

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Hinduism - What Is The Hanuman Chalisa?

Hanuman Chalisa (literally, "Hanuman's Forty").

In Hindi, forty poetry stanzas in honor of the deity Hanuman.

Tulsidas (1532–1623), well known as the composer of the Ramcharitmanas, a vernacular translation of the epic Ramayana, is credited with writing it, according to a signature line (bhanita) at the conclusion of the work.

Short poems like the Hanuman Chalisa are often sung as a devotional act or as an established element of worship, and many individuals can memorize the text off the top of their heads.

The passage is written in the chaupai meter, which is the Ramcharitmanas' most common meter.

Hanuman's physical characteristics are described first, followed by his devotion to Rama and his heroic acts in the Ramayana.

The last words reaffirm Hanuman's potency, promise advantages if the verses are spoken, and reclaim Tulsidas' longing for Hanuman to stay in his heart.


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