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Poorvam Raama Sloka

LYRICS
Poorvam Raamatapovanaadi Gamanam
Hatwaa Mrugam Kaanchanam
Vaidehi Haranam Jataayu Maranam
Sugreeva Sambhaashanam
Vali Nirdalanam Samudra Taranam
Lankaapuri Daahanam
Paschaad Raavana Kumbhakarna Hananam
Etad Hi Raamayanam
MEANING

Lord Rama went to the forest in order to fulfill the promise his father had given to one of his wives (Kaikeyi). In the forest Sita was attracted by the golden deer and Rama went hunting it. At that time, the wicked Ravana kidnapped Sita. Jatayu tried to defend Sita and save her, but was killed by Ravana. Lord Rama then befriended Sugriva and killed Vali, the unrighteous. He crossed the ocean and entered the city of Lanka. He then destroyed the city of Lanka, killed the wicked demons, Ravana and Kumbhakarna and set Sita free. This is the story contained in the Ramayana.

Poorvam Raama Sloka – Explanation

PoorvamFirst, before, long ago
TapovanaadiA place where the sages dwell
GamanamGone, visited, travelled
HatwaaKilling
MrugamBeast
KaanchanamGold, shining object
VaidehiThe princess of the province of Videha (Sita)
HaranamTo take away
JataayuA bird which tried to save Sita when Ravana kidnapped Sita
MaranamDeath
Sugreeva SambhaashanamTo befriend the chief of the monkeys Sugreeva
Vaali NirdalanamThe killing of another head of the monkey, Vali, brother of Sugreeva
SamudraOcean
TaranamSwimming or cross over
Lankaapuri DaahanamBurning of Lanka
PaschaadAfter some time
Raavana Kumbhakarna HananamKilling of Ravana and Kumbhakarna
EtadThis
HiOnly, alone
RaamayanamThe life story of Lord Rama

Poorvam Raama Sloka – Activity

Activity : Ramayana Picture Book making

Gurus can ask the children to make their own Ramayana Picture Book based on the sloka.

  1. Pooravam Rama Tapovanadi Gamanam – Picture of Rama, Sita and Lakshmana going to forest to be stuck on the first page and to write the phrase below the picture.
  2. Hatwaa Mrugam Kaanchanam – Picture of Sita asking for Golden Deer to Rama can be stuck on the second page and write the phrase below the picture.
  3. Vaidehi Haranam – Picture of Ravana kidnapping Sita can be stuck on the third page and write the phrase below the picture and so on…
    Note :
  • The Book can be made out of unused papers of old notebooks.
  • This activity can be done at home with the help of parents. This way parents will spend value time with children.

Poorvam Raama Sloka – Further Reading

The Rama Story

The Rama story, Stream of Sacred Sweetness, has been for millions of men, women and children, for over million years, the perennial Source of Solace during sorrow, vitality when floored by vacillation, illumination while confounded, inspiration in the moments of dejection and guidance while caught in quandaries. It is an intensely human drama, where God personates as man and gathers around Him, on the vast world stage, the perfect and the imperfect, the human and the sub human, the beast and the demon, to confer on us, by percept and example, the boon of Supreme Wisdom. It is a story that plays its tender finger on the heart -strings of man evoking lithe, limpid responses of pathos, pity, exultation, adoration, ecstasy and surrender rendering us transformed, from the animal and the human into the Divine which is our core.

No other story in the human history has had such profound impact on the mind of man. It transgresses the milestone of history and the boundaries of geography. It has shaped and sublimated the habits and attitudes of generations. The Ramayana, the story of Rama, has become a curative corpuscle in the blood stream of mankind, over vast area of globe. It has stuck root in the conscience of peoples, prodding and prompting them along the paths of Truth, Righteousness, Peace and Love.

Through legends and lullabies, myths and tales, dance and drama, through sculpture, music and painting, through ritual, poetry and symbol, Rama has become the Breath, the Bliss and the Treasure of countless seekers and Sadhakas. The characters in the Rama story has invited them to emulation and to be elevated themselves. They have provided shining examples of achievement and adventure; they have warned the wavering, against vice and violence, pride and pettiness; they have encouraged them by their fidelity and fortitude. To every language and dialect that the tongue of man has devised for the expression of his higher desires, the story of Rama has added a unique sustaining sweetness.

“Science” has moulded this earth into the compactness and capsularity of a spaceship in which mankind has to live out its destiny. “Sai-ence” is, we know, fast moulding this spaceship into a happy home of Love. This book must have been willed by Sai as a paramount panacea for the removal of the ills that obstruct that Universal Love —the morbid itch for sensual pleasure, the mounting irreverence toward parents, teachers, elders, spiritual leaders, and guides, the disastrous frivolity and flippancy in social, marital, and familial relationships, the demonic reliance on violence as a means of achieving immoral ends, the all-to-ready adoption of terror and torture as means of gaining personal and group gains, and many more evils besides.

Sai Rama has recapitulated in his own simple, sweet and sustaining style, His own Divine career, as Rama. What great good fortunes, this to have in our hands, to inscribe in our minds, to imprint in our hearts, this Divine narrative. May we be processed by the study of this book into efficient and enthusiastic tools for

consummating His mission of molding mankind into one family of making each one of us realize Sai Rama as the reality, the only Reality that IS.

Sai is searching for His erstwhile associates and workers (Buntu, as He referred to them in Telugu) in order to allot them roles in His present Mission of resuscitating Righteousness and leading man into Heaven of Peace. May each of us be alloted a role and may HE grant us as reward the vision of that Heaven.

[From Mr. N. Kasturi’s Forwarded for Ramakatha Rasavahini]

Let us see what is the inner significance or the inner meaning of this Story.

Shri Kasturi – Rama Katha Rasavahini:

Rama is the Indweller in every body. He is the Atma-Rama, the Rama (Source of Bliss) in every individual. His blessings upsurging from that inner spring can confer peace and bliss. He is the very embodiment of dharma, of all the codes of morality that hold mankind together in love and unity. The Ramayana, the Rama story, teaches two lessons: the value of detachment and the need to become aware of the Divine in every being. Faith in God and detachment from objective pursuits are the keys for human liberation. Give up sense objects, and you gain Rama. Sita gave up the luxuries of Ayodhya so she could be with Rama, in the period of “exile”. When she cast longing eyes on the golden deer and craved for it, she lost the presence of Rama. Renunciation leads to joy; attachment brings about grief. Be in the world, but not of it.

Each brother, comrade, companion, and collaborator of Rama is an example of a person saturated with dharma. Dasaratha is the representative of the merely physical, with the ten senses. The three qualities (gunas) —serenity, activity, and ignorance (sathwa, rajas, thamas)— are the three queens. The four goals of life, the purusharthas —i.e. righteousness, riches, fulfilment, and liberation— are the four sons. Lakshmana is the intellect; Sugriva is discrimination (viveka); Vali is despair; and Hanuman is the embodiment of courage.

The bridge is built over the ocean of delusion. The three Rakshasa chiefs, Ravana, Kumbhakarna, and Vibhishana, are personifications of the active (rajasic), ignorant (thamasic), and pure (sathwic) qualities. Sita is the Awareness of the Universal Divinity (Brahma-jnana), which the individual must acquire and regain while undergoing travails in the crucible of life. Make your heart pure and strong, contemplating the grandeur of the Ramayana. Be established in the faith that Rama is the Reality of your existence.

[Baba – Ramakatha Rasavahini]

The name ‘Rama’ is the essence of the Vedas: the story of Rama is the ocean of milk, pure and patent. It can be asserted that no poem of equal grandeur and beauty has emerged from other languages or from other countries until this very day: but it has provided inspiration to the poetic imagination of every language and country. It is the greatest treasure inherited by his good fortune by every Indian.

The name that the Ramayana glorifies, cleanse all evils. It transforms the sinner: it reveals the Form that the Name represents, the Form that is charming as the name itself. As the sea is the source of all the waters of the Earth, all beings are born from ‘Rama’. A sea sans water is unreal, being sans ‘Rama’ is without existence now or ever. The azure ocean and the Almighty Lord have much in common.

The Stream of Rama’s story meanders through many a curve and twist: nevertheless, the sweetness of Karuna (Tenderness, pity and compassion) persists without diminution throughout the narrative. The stream turns and tours through sadness, wonder, ridicule, awe, terror, love, despair and dialectics but the main undercurrent is the flow of Dharma (Righteousness, morality) and the Karuna (compassion) it fosters.

(P.1&2 – Ramakatha Rasavahini)
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