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Ramayana is one of the most sacred, respected and widely read books in the world. Though there are so many versions of Ramayana, the original one was compiled by Valmiki. There are so many characters, events and personalities who play a very important role in making the whole story of Shri Rama into Ramayana and we have very little knowledge about such personalities, their wisdom and thought process.
We know Hanuman as a very brave and strong personality,but we are ignorant about his intellect, his skills as a diplomat and similar other qualities. We know that Vibhishana tried to reason with Ravana before leaving him, but what were his arguments on morality? We are unaware of Surpanakha’s knowledge on the spy system, Marich’s views on morality and Kumbhkaran’s ideas on administration. In this book, an attempt has been made to highlight the invisible qualities of twenty such personalities who make Valmiki Ramayana an epic.
In our daily life, so many irritating incidents occur and a question comes to our mind is that are we really literate, well-educated and civilized ones? Have we really progressed to be sincere and responsive citizens? If the education and literacy levels are going up then is the system making the individuals better human beings also? If not, then who is to be blamed? Why everything right from festivals to religion and even patriotism has become market driven? Do we have no role models now-a-days? The bigger question is that if as a human we have grey matter, is it to make us emotionally, intellectually and morally more strong or not? With these disturbing issues bothering everyone, this compilation of articles is a food for thought for every literate and rational thinking person.
The rich reservoir of ancient knowledge contains the wisdom which can help solve our present day problems. The seven traits of Rama are ingrained in every human being as a son, brother, husband, warrior, a bit of ruler and a rishi; the blending where of leads to perfection. The author deplores the intellectual bankruptcy which is creating a vacuum in the personal, social and political lives resulting in mediocrity projecting itself as the savior of mankind and thereby befooling generations.
Rama, the ‘Maryada Purushotama’, as an epitome of perfection provides an ideal and a reliable source of inspiration, through the life he lived, to resolve issues pertaining to inter-personal problems and make the society a place worth living. It is a bold endeavor to elevate the great epic, Ramayana, to a higher pedestal which takes it way beyond just depicting through Ramleelas, TV serials or keeping wrapped and worshipped as a matter of routine. The reader is sure to benefit from this precise and thought provoking treatise.