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    Om Sri Ramaya Namah! Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya! Om Namo Bhagavate Chidanandaya! Om Namo Bhagavate Krishnanandaya! Namaste! Today (April 12th) marks the
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      Om Sri Ramaya Namah!
      Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya!
      Om Namo Bhagavate Chidanandaya!
      Om Namo Bhagavate Krishnanandaya!

      Namaste!

      Today (April 12th) marks the birthday of Lord Sri Rama
      (Rama Navami). In honour of this occasion we uploaded
      a Rama Navami message titled "Glory of Ramanama" by
      Sri Swami Sivananda at:
      http://www.dlshq.org/discourse/apr2011.htm

      An article by Sri Swami Krishnananda titled "The
      Origin of Valmiki Ramayana" has been posted at:
      http://www.swami-krishnananda.org/disc/disc_191.html

      Please also checkout the Ramanavami page at our DLS HQ
      site:
      http://sivanandaonline.org/newsupdates/?cat=17

      We would also like to inform everyone that a discount
      has been made available for all the books published by
      the Divine Life Society. The discount is applicable
      for both orders within India and International orders.
      The discount give is as follows:
      20% discount on orders between Rs 300 and Rs 2,999.
      30% discount on orders above Rs 3,000.

      Please visit our bookstore to avail yourself of this
      offer:
      http://www.dlshq.org/books

      Yours in the service of Gurudev,

      Pannirselvam

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      Book Synopsis

      Essence of Ramayana
      By Swami Sivananda

      The Ramayana of Valmiki is perhaps the most ancient
      and glorious epic in the world. It is known as the
      Adikavyam, the first poem.

      Ramayana is a marvellous book which contains the
      essence of all the Vedas and all sacred scriptures. It
      is a treasure for man. It is a reservoir which
      contains the nectar of immortality. It delineates the
      character of a son who renounced the throne and the
      pleasures of the world to fulfil the words of his
      father and lived in the forest for a period of
      fourteen years. It depicts the character of a father
      who sends even his most beloved son in exile in order
      to keep up his word. It delineates the character of an
      ideal, chaste wife who is devoted to her husband till
      the end of her life and shares the adversities of her
      husband and serves him untiringly in the forest, and
      who also regards her husband as her God. Above all, it
      also points the character of a brother who places
      brotherly affection above everything else in this
      world and follows his brother to the forest leaving
      all the pleasures of the palace, and leading the way
      to ward off all dangers.

      Ramayana exercises a great moulding power on the life
      of man. It contains object lessons for husbands and
      wives, parents and children, brothers and sisters,
      friends and enemies.

      Ramayana is highly beautiful, melodious and soul-
      stirring. It contains genuine classical Sanskrit
      poetry. Rama's young sons, Kusa and Lava, were the
      first reciters who sang to music this reputed work. It
      can be easily understood even by boys. It is suitable
      for beginners in the study of Sanskrit. It contains
      the highest ideals of Hindu culture and civilisation.
      It is a textbook of morals for the youths to inspire
      them to lofty and sublime ideals of conduct and
      character.

      Ramayana is a book that is studied by all--man, woman
      or boy in India. The teachings of the sacred book are
      wrought into the very life of every Indian man, woman
      and boy. Mothers tell the stories to their children,
      teachers to their students, the old to the young. It
      is a non-detailed textbook for students in schools.

      The description of nature in the Ramayana is most
      sublime and beautiful. One can actually feel that the
      hills, the rivers, the trees and the birds are really
      one with human joys and sorrows. The description of
      battle scenes is magnificent. The chief characteristic
      of the Ramayana is simplicity. Pathos and tenderness
      run through the whole poem. Poetry and morality are
      charmingly united. There is loftiness of moral tone.

      Ramayana has historical basis. It is a book of great
      antiquity. It is not a mere allegoric poem. It is an
      inspiring and marvellous book for all times. It has
      loomed large for centuries over the destinies of many
      millions of people and will certainly continue to do
      so for ages to come.

      This "Essence of Ramayana" may be read easily by even
      the busiest man who finds no time to go through the
      voluminous original texts. Long details have been
      condensed nicely in this book.

      There is more information at:
      http://www.dlshq.org/books/es44.htm

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      GIVING THE ORANGE ROBE: At the night Satsang the
      Master gave a rather fashionable lady an orange robe.
      Later, a disciple said to the Master that the lady was
      not worthy of the robe.

      The Master said, "No, it is not for her to wear
      always. I have not given her Sannyas. I gave the robe
      so that she may wear it over herself when she sits for
      meditation and prayer. Although she appears to be a
      very fashionable lady she has devotion to God and is
      very regular in her prayer and worship. She asked for
      the robe so that good spiritual impressions may
      develop in her mind. Perhaps one day she will reach a
      stage of renunciation to enable her to embrace the
      holy order of Sannyas. That is why I gave her the
      cloth."

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      "Lord Rama was Maryada Purushottama. He was a Prema
      Moorti. He was an ideal son, an ideal brother, an
      ideal husband, an ideal friend and an ideal king. He
      can be taken to embody all the highest ideals of man.
      He led an ideal life of a householder to teach
      humanity. He ruled his people so nicely that his rule
      came to be called "Rama Rajya," meaning "the rule of
      righteousness," the rule which bestows on all
      happiness and prosperity." - Swami Sivananda


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