Chapter 1: Sri Rama and Ramayana are not figments of imagination! They are the essential and important part of our own history!
“Kausalya Supraja Rama poorva Sandhya …..”
Almost every Indian wake up from slumber listening to this beautiful Suprabhatam and taking the name of Sri Rama.
“Ramaskandam hanumantham vainatheya….”
And Sri Rama’s name before sleep will prevent experiencing nightmares.
Hence for an indian, Rama is an integral part of our life, our daily routine, from expressing wonder to disappointment, Rama is the name that we speak out as naturally as we say ‘Amma’…..
For any Indian Sri Rama needs no introduction. No matter to which religion one belongs to, Rama is well known. He is ‘Maryada Purushotthama’ an embodiment of Dharma, and Sheela (virtues).
Rama is not just the centre of the second longest case of the judiciary, he is not just the centre of an infamous dispute, He is a Scion of the one of the greatest dynasty to rule India.
From Valmiki to Tulasi das to Mahatma Gandhi he has inspired men in every step and walk of history.
The long fought battle of reclaiming the Pride of India has come near to a finally conclusion. The verdict on Ayodhya is expected in a few days. But why the Hindu population is fighting this long battle for the so called ‘Land dispute’ is what everyone must be aware of!
Ayodhya is not just a fight over property
Before understanding why it is not just a property or land dispute for a Hindu, we must understand a very basic thing – ‘The History’ and that too in a point of view, keeping account of the culture of this land.
Why is it necessary to study history in this accord is because, the ‘Westren’ lens fails to reveal what an Indian ‘Chakshu’ discover.
Our way of studying history is a lot different from how the westreners do it. We do not go by bricks, coins, remains and enlist all of them under archeological evidence and try to prove our history by arranging exhibits.
The Westreners, coin terms such as ‘Egyptology’ and ‘Indology’ and they try to draw conclusion only on the physical evidences they keep in the museum. What is the relevance if that history in the present time? The question itself is irrelevant to them.
In their method, history is true events that took place in past, there is no place for any moral quotient. They place Nepolian, Hitler, Mao, with Lincoln, Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Aurangazeb gets placed along with Shivani Maharaj, they do not differentiate between any of the seers or scholars or even the barbaric rulers.
Westren method of history is just recording the facts and place them in a timeline. But,
That is not the way Indians since time immemorial studied ‘Ithihasa’. It is common to use the term ‘Ithihasa Paata’ as the term itself signifies there is a lesson to be learnt from every historical event.
Indian schloars never accepted anything without debate, discussion, without evaluating information on the basis of dharma and karma.
Hence, when one says, ‘the Navananda’s faced defeat in the hands to Chandraguptha Maurya’ – an Indian mind will question, why did Chandraguptha even invade Nandas? What did Nandas do? They we’re wrong, Maurya was right conclusion gets drawn automatically.
‘Iti ha asa’ is Ithihasa. So when we try to give picture of Rama or Ravana we don’t put them just under a timeline. We say
‘Ramadivat varthitavyam na tu raavanadivat’
There were Rama and Ravana and be like Rama not Ravana. This is how Indians must study the history of our motherland.
It may seem funny or weird but we are doing is trying to serve a pasta in the flavour of khichdi. Absurd right?
‘History is essentially human, as much as literature or economics or politics’ this is Indian view point. Westren culture always criticised us to be prejudiced because we categorise things as beneficial and harmful on the basis of values, but is not prejudiced, it is simply the selection of values required for life.
Do we take food because we hungry or because there is ‘truth’ that food has already been prepared so we must consume it??!!!! Now try to apply same logic to Indian history as written by Westreners.
If a non human angle exists, our scholars always tried to analyze what is the reason behind bringing in such character, why was it necessary and what lesson does it give.
The Vyasa and Valmiki Maharshis had witnessed Yuga Kshaya – a whole family or race being wiped out. They had seen war, the pain, the sorrow that followed. And with the responsibility, to prevent such happenings in future they composed the real incidents in the form of ‘Kavya’.
We call Kavi a Krantadarshi, so in another words he is a historian too. Hence what Valmiki wrote was not a figment of his ‘imagination’, it was ‘Ithihasa Paata’
When someone tries to dismiss Valmiki or Rama as the characters from Mythology be aware of the fact and counter them.
Purana is not Mythology.
Ithihasa is not just history.
But still for those who can only digest factual information as history, here are some proof that Sri Rama walked on this Holy Land, his ruled here, Ramayana was composed and published, even if one is interested, the ‘Jaataka’ or ‘Kundali’ of Rama is also given below.
International Society for the Investigation of Ancient Civilizations, No.31, Poe’s Garden, Chennai, under the guidance of Late N Mahalingam, the Director have compiled the available information on Rama and Ramayana from different sources in a book, titled ‘Ancient World-wide a new look’.
According to ‘VedangaJyotishya’ from 16000 BC to 1981 AD they have accurately established life time cycle of various prominent personality from history. And here are the details related to Sri Rama.
- Birth on 4439 BC, Chaitra Shukla Navami, January 10th
- Aranyavaasa began on 4414 BC, Chaitra Saptami(Shukla paksha)
- Lanka Pravesha by Hanuman on 4401Magha Chaturdashi Poornima
- Return of Hanuman from Lanka Magha krishna prathama
- Sri Rama Sena’s march towards Lanka on Uttara Phalguni Nakshatra
- Ravana Vadha on Phalguna Amavasya
- Seetha Darshana on Phalguna thritiya
- At Bharadwaja Rishi’s ashrama Pancami
- Ayodhya pravesha, on the day of Pushya Nakshatra
- Sri Rama Pattabhisheka on 4400BC Chaitra Shukla Saptami
- Publication of Ramayana: 4378 in Pushyamasa
“Sham no mitraha sham varunaha sham no bhavatvaramyaa”
Is not just a sentence from Upanishath, it is not just a prayer, it points to the Equinox. Hence our literatures had always been scientific and historically accurate.
The reason for mentioning these things in the article is just to establish a fact that, we can argue and debate on issues but it is not right to deliberately turn a blind eye towards anything ‘Indian’ and call it a Mythology and name the most celebrated god as a fragment of imagination. After all,
‘Absence of evidence is not the evidence of absence’
Dr Sindhu Prashanth