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.
- General knowledge
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
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
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
To be continued…