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  • Unknown Binding
  • Publisher: Printed by Girish Chandra Chackravarti (1891)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00086XNOQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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A great patriot,astute politician,incisive thinker,great visionary and one of the greatest statesmen of all times.The author popularly and lovingly known as C.R was a close associate of Mahatma Gandi and held many posts such as Governor General of India,Chief Minister of madras and so on.His other book MAHABHARATA is equally popular. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The great epic Ramayana, told by a great story teller!
Nagaraj Gadiraju
The Ramayana is a moving love story with moral and spiritual themes that has deep appeal in India to this day.
Adesh Seuraj
It means that the book is going to last a while without running the risk of the pages coming apart.
Abhinav Agarwal

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Abhinav Agarwal VINE VOICE on October 13, 2012
Format: Paperback
This abridged translation of Valmiki's Ramayana, by Arshia Sattar, based on the Baroda Critical Edition, is a beautiful effort and should be on the reading list of anyone interested in reading, or re-reading the Ramayana. The Ramayana, also known as "adikavya" - the first poem, and its putative author, Valmiki, as "adikavi" - the first poet, is also an epic, one of two in Hindu literature, the other being the massive Mahabharata.

The basic story of the Ramayana is more or less known by most Indians - the prince of Ayodhya - Rama, son of King Dashratha and Queen Kaushalya, and husband of Sita, on the eve of his coronation as crown-prince - is banished to live for fourteen years in the forest as a result of a boon Dashratha had granted to his wife Kaikeyi, step-mother to Rama. While in the forest, in the thirteenth year of exile, Sita is kidnapped by the Lord of Lanka, Ravana. Rama and Lakshmana take the help of the monkey king Sugriva, his faithful follower, Hanuman, and the monkey army, to cross the ocean, invade Lanka, and kill Ravana and free Sita.

What this book seeks to do is to follow the "Baroda Critical Edition of Valmiki's poem" ("prepared by the Oriental Institute at M.S. University, Baroda"), "constructed by the meticulous and painstaking comparison of manuscripts and manuscript traditions." The "primary" motivation in such an exercise as the critical edition is the "scholarly desire to reconstruct the original text." While critics of the "critical method" have been accused of "romanticizing the oral tradition", "the idea that the critical edition defines the boundaries of the 'text' itself persists, despite the fact that all those familiar with Indian texts agree that a unique notion of tradition ("परंपरा " - parampara) informs and circumscribes these texts.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Vinaya Manmohansingh on September 14, 2009
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This is an abridgement of the full Ramayana. The prose is beautiful, so poetic that it sticks in my memory long years after reading it. My favorite passages describe Jataayu's sacrificial defense of Seeta, and Hanuman's flight to search out for Seeta in Lanka.
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ॐ 卐 Satya Sanatana Dharma (True-Eternal-Way Of Life)/ Vedic-Hinduism; Veganism-Vegetarianism: Universalism/ Humanitarianism! 卐 ॐ Sanatana (Eternal-Natural; without any beginning or end) Dharma, God (Brahman) is omnipotent, omnipresent and omniscient. God (Brahman), Individual Soul (Atman) and Creation (Jagat).z
Divisions of Sanatana Dharma:- Vaishnavism, Shaivism, Smartism & Shaktism. (1) Vaishnavism:- worship of Vishnu/ his associated Avatars such as Rama & Krishna, as the original and supreme God. (2) Shaivism:- Followers of Shaivism, called "Shaivas,"/ "Saivas"/ "Saivites," revere Shiva as the Supreme Being. (3) Smartism:- Smarta Sampradaya is a liberal or nonsectarian denomination accepts all the major Vedic deities as forms of the one Brahman; who follow the Vedas and Shastras. Sanskrit, Smārta means "relating to memory based on the Smrti, sanctioned by traditional law/ usage, (etc)". (4) Shaktism:- focuses worship upon Adi parashakti or Shakti/ Devi/ Parvati; the Divine Mother as the absolute, ultimate Godhead.

"The Sanatana Dharma is the universal Law — eternal, without beginning, without end. No one knows when it came into being; no one knows how long it will last...

"The Sanatana Dharma is the king of all religions. At the beginning of Creation it was the only (Way). Sanatan Dharma is like the ocean; other Dharmas (Paths) are like rivers — eventually they all merge into the Sanatan Dharma. They lose their separate existence." — Babaji

~卐 卐 卐 卐 卐 ॐ ॐ ॐ ॐ ॐ ॐ ॐ ॐ ॐ ॐॐ ॐ ॐ ॐ ॐ ॐ ॐ ॐ ॐ ॐॐ ॐ ॐ ॐ ॐ ॐ ॐ ॐ ॐ ॐॐ ॐ ॐ ॐ ॐ ॐ ॐ ॐ ॐ ॐॐ ॐ ॐ ॐ ॐ ॐ ॐ ॐ ॐ ॐ 卐 卐 卐 卐 卐~

OM/ AUM/ ॐ:- The origin of all mantras. OMKAR or Pranavanadham.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By S. KUMAR on February 7, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book is a consice and nice translation. No doubt about it, however if you are a looking for the comprehensive and more faithful translation, following book is recommended:

~ Ramayana: India's Immortal Tale of Adventure, Love and Wisdom - Krishna Dharma
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Adesh Seuraj on July 30, 2009
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I read this great poem when I was 14 years over the course of a year, every night, before I fell asleep. Widely regarded as one of the most sacred of Hindu epics, the Ramayana, attributed to the poet Valmiki, was written down during the first century A.D., although it was based on oral traditions from six hundred years earlier. The Ramayana is a moving love story with moral and spiritual themes that has deep appeal in India to this day.
The Ramayan traces the 14 years of exile of the crowned Prince of Ayodhya, Rama, because of a promise made by his Father, King Dasharat to one of his four wives, Kaykeyi. At Kayeki's behest, he must crown her son Bharat, a most virtuous Prince himself, as King and send Rama into the forest.
Rama the most virtuous of all, decides to take upon this penance for his Father's sake, and spends these years as an ascetic, living and fullfilling his deontological ethics, as instructed by his sacred gurus and sages. While in exile he befriends Hanuman, and together they fight one of the greatest wars of Indian history eventually mineralizing the Rakshas and their demon king Ravana.
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