Novels and movies may entertain, but rarely do they impress upon the reader to dedicate his or her life to live by sacred principles. Ramayana is not only entertaining but it’s also enlightening; the values enshrined in this popular scripture have helped millions dedicate their lives to virtue. There’s also plenty of General knowledge in it that moderns have discovered only recently. And the fact that Ramayana’s influence is far reaching, across other continents, confirms its immense popularity.
Let’s examine each of these briefly: General knowledge, values taught, and influence across the world.
The Ramayana begins with the author Valmiki rishi pronouncing a curse on a hunter for having killed a male Krauncha bird (Sarus Crane). Valmiki is distraught at this cruel act; he had moments before explained to his students that the female Krauncha is fiercely loyal to her mate, and remains chaste to him. She never accepts another partner again. Modern Ornithology (a branch of Zoology that studies birds) confirms this behaviour of the female Sarus. What is casually explained by Valmiki, based on observations in nature, is confirmed millennia later, through advanced scientific methods. What does this prove?
Bharat scolds his mother Kaikeyi for her evil plot of banishing Rama to the forest. He is upset that although Rama was the oldest of the four brothers, and deserved to be the king, she sent him away and secured the throne for Bharat instead. He considered himself a servant of Rama and wished to bring back Rama to occupy the throne.
While castigating his mother for her terrible decision, he reminds her about the nature of peacocks at her own father’s place- modern day Ukraine/Russia. He explains how even amongst the peacocks in her home country, the oldest is chosen to be the leader of the community, and he has a crest on his head. Bharat reasons how even in her native land, the peacock with the crest is the king, and she has now horribly erred in breaking this law. Russian history and traditions reveal evidences for the same. The 11th century clothing shows detailed peacock embroidery, and a peacock with a beautiful crest on its head is the recurring element in Russian artistic work.
Ramayana mentions the ancestral home of the two brothers Bharat and Shatrughna as a land where dogs and deer drove the vehicles. When the brothers returned to Ayodhya, wearing woollen clothes, they passed through lands covered by snow. These lands referred to are the modern day Russia, which phonetically sound similar to the Sanskrit word Rishi, meaning a sage.
One could logically make many more deductions about life and cultures during the period of Ramayana that moderns were unaware of till recent times.
Ramayana thus exposes the fallacy of modern Indologists who declare Ramayana to be a new scripture. When we examine each of the details in Ramayana, its historical validity as preceding Christianity and Islam is confirmed.
To be continued….