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Ramayan, the story of wholeness
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17 March 2012
In the recent discussion of his new book, Ramayan in Human Physiology, Maharaja Adhiraj Rajaraam (Professor Tony Nader, MD, PhD) went on to give a brief outline of the story of the Ramayan, one of the great epics of the Vedic literature. Maharaja is a distinguished scientist who was appointed by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi to represent the Global Country of World Peace.
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Maharaja explained that Ramayan is a term that comes from Raam, and that as described in the Vedic literature, Raam is wholeness: 'In the Vedic literature Raam Brahm paramath rupa*—Raam is wholeness, Raam is Totality.
'The Ramayan is the story of Raam, and what happened around Raam,' Maharaja said. 'It is an epic that is very cherished in India and all over Asia and Southeast Asia,' and which is now drawing very great interest in different parts of the world.
In the story there are many, many details, he said; his summary touched on just a few highlights of certain aspects of the story, to provide a basis for further discussion of the Ramayan in human physiology.
'Ramayan is a very, very old story about a king and his family, and how King Dasharatha wanted to give the throne to his son Raam. He had many sons, and Raam was the oldest brother. Then there was an issue in the family, with one mother saying that she would like her son to be enthroned rather than Raam, based on different fears and anxieties.' The king was duty-bound to allow this, because in the past she had helped him a great deal, and he had granted her a boon, promising to fulfil whatever she wished.
'The dynamics are also very interesting there' in terms of the overall theme and relationship to human physiology, Maharaja commented. He went on to explain the next part of the story: 'Raam goes into exile, and the other brother of course says, ''No, I feel unity with my brother,'' ' not acquiescing to his mother's plans. There was a reconciliation in the family in a sense; but Ayodhya, the capital of the kingdom, where Raam had been living, went into a 'calm and subdued' period, awaiting his return from 14 years of exile.
'Now Raam goes into the forest with his wife, Sita. There Sita is abducted by a monster called Ravana. Then Raam gathers different energies and people to help, and goes and frees Sita from her capture, and liberates the city (Lanka); at the same time, on his way and during all these years he has liberated many of the good saints and Rishis (sages) that are living in the forest and allowed them to perform their Yagyas** properly. He connects with them in many, many ways.' Eventually Raam returns to Ayodhya and establishes Raam Raj—the kingdom of Raam, which Maharishi explained was an era of ideal administration exemplifying a heavenly life on Earth.
Global Good News will continue to feature Maharaja Adhiraj Rajaraam's recent discussion of his new book, Ramayan in Human Physiology, in which he next began to explore the dynamics of natural law in the Ramayan.
* Maharishi has translated this expression from the Vedic literature as 'Raam is Brahm, Totality, the embodiment of transcendental reality, the ultimate goal of life.' (Ram Charit Manasa, Ayodhya Kand, 93.4)
** Maharishi has explained that Yagyas are precise Vedic performances, conducted by specially trained Vedic Pandits, to create specific life-supporting influences for individuals and nations from the field of pure consciousness, the field of total Natural Law.
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