The Project Gutenberg EBook of The Ramayana. This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions. THE RAMAYANA (“The Deeds of Rama”). Valmiki once was wandering through the forest along the bank of a river, when he noticed a pair of curlews hopping. + Make non-commercial use of the files We designed Google Book Search for use by + Maintain attribution The Google “watermark” you see on each file is.
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Ramayana is a Hindu book about Rama incarnation of Vishnu. It tells the story of Rama and his his wife Sita. Download Ramayana free. Here is the complete PDF version of Ramayana in English. The version of Ramayana I posted nearly a year ago was a shorter more popular. The Ramayana: a shortened modern prose version of the Indian epic. ( suggested by the Tamil version of. Kamban) / R.K. Narayan ; introduction by Pankaj.
Valmiki felt very pleased on seeing the happy birds. Suddenly, hit by an arrow, the male bird died on the spot. Filled by sorrow, its mate screamed in agony and died of shock. Valmiki's heart melted at this pitiful sight. He looked around to find out who had shot the bird. He saw a hunter with a bow and arrows, nearby. Valmiki became very angry. Valmiki later composed the entire Ramayana with the blessings of Lord Brahma in the same meter that issued forth from him as the shloka.
We concur with the opinion of Lakhani et al. Acromegaly The Rakshasa demon Viraatha, son of Jaya, is described as a giant who was immune to arrows, but could experience pain. Various endocrine and nonendocrine differentials can be proposed to explain these clinical features. Could this be acromegaly with a sensory neuropathy? Another incident of neuropathic dysfunction is mentioned in relation to Sita, whose left eyelid, hand, and foot throbbed auspiciously in anticipation of Rama's arrival in Lanka.
Metabolic neuropathy, perhaps explained by the prolonged malnutrition to which Sita would have subjected herself, might be a possible cause. Precocious puberty Precocious puberty is described in the case of Mandhata, son of Yuvanaswa. Mandhata was fed by milk from Lord Indra, and he experienced an accelerated growth due to this.
Within 12 days, he looked like a year-old boy with a height of 13 cubits. Her increased libido, however, suggests other etiology such as testosterone-secreting tumors. Yet other differentials include syphilis and leprosy. Other possible endocrinopathies include Cushing's syndrome and metabolic syndrome. The damsel Rambha, accompanied by the God of Love and the Spirit of Springtime, could not succeed in this attempt.
However, Menaka, another apsara fairy achieved success after 10 years of trying. Manmatha, the God of Love, was not so lucky. He was burnt to ashes by the wrath of Shiva.
Such endocrine temptation also led to extramarital relations, as in the case of Ahalya wife of Sage Gautama , who got involved with Indra. Indra disguised himself as Gautama, but even though Ahalya was not deceived, she fell in love with him.
Her vanity and pride made her lose her judgment while her husband was away. Trying to achieve fertility, he conducted a horse sacrifice, and for this he received God-sent porridge.
This porridge was divided among his wives: Half was given to Kaushalya, the eldest wife, one-fourth to Sumitra, and one-eighth to Kaikeyi. The remaining one-eighth portion was given to Sumitra as well. These queens bore the princes Rama, Lakshmana, Shatrugan, and Bharata. It must be noted here that though Dashrath might have been the cause of subfertility male factor , the treatment described was female-centric, and was the forerunner of induction of ovulation. Sagar, the King of Ayodhya, was affected by infertility as well.
His wives Kesini and Sumati received medication from Sage Bhrigu who asked them to choose between two types of drugs. Unfortunately, all of them met an untimely death at the hands of Sage Kapila in patala Hell. Kesini elected to have just one son, who turned out to be the cruel, lunatic murderer Asananjas. Do not step out of it until I return with the deer,' he warned and left to try and catch the lovely animal. The chase was long but at last Ram was close enough to take aim. He intended only to wound the animal slightly so that he could catch it but he misfired and his arrow sank deep into the deer's body.
As it fell to the earth, it cried out in Ram's voice, 'Ah, Lakshman!
Alas, my Sita! Lakshman protested. As the chariot made its way tO Lanka, Sita caught sight of the vulture Jatayu. Jatayu swooped in front of the chariot, spreading his massive wings to bar Ravan's progress, but the demon drew his sword and sliced off one of the bird's wings so that he tumbled bleeding to the ground, calling to Sita.
As the chariot flew on, Sita threw her jewellery tO the ground, hoping to create a trail for Ram to follow. As they passed over a mountain peak far below, she saw a group of powerful monkeys and threw down ro them some jewellery and a scarf made from cloth of gold in the hope that if Ram came that way in his search, the monkeys would show them to him. All too soon, they arrived at Lanka where Ravan installed Sita in his palace and started tO court her in the hope that she would agree to be his bride.
Sita however had no intention of giving in to Ravan. She veiled her face and reminded him repeatedly that she was the wife of Ram and that she would never agree ro marry him even if the penalty was death.
Finally, Ravan grew weary of her resistance and threw her into a grove of ashoka trees where she was guarded by female demons. Sita waited desperately for Ram to come and save her, but many months passed. Her clothes grew tattered and dirty, her hair lost its shine, and her already slender bodr wasted away until she was scarcely more than skin and bone.
Still Ram did not come. Yet the gods rejoiced, because they knew that the day would soon come when Ram would attack Lanka to rescue Sita and when that day arrived, Ravan would meet his fate. On the way he met Lakshman. Ravan, the demon-king of Lanka, has abducted Sita. But I am not sad for I can see golden forests and fields and I know I am about to die and go to heaven. Ravan went southwards. Follow him. Do not despair, you will find Sita. Jatayu died and a chariot of fire swooped down and carried his spirit away and out of the fbmes of the funeral pyre which Ram and Lakshman had lit for him.
The brothers tra' elled southwards, searching for information about Sita. Soon they entered a terrifying forest which was filled with monsters and wild beasts. Suddenly they saw the trees before them being ripped out of the soil and crushed underfoot. A huge ogre with arms the size of tree trunks was striding towards them, tearing up everything that stood in his way. The most terrifying thing about him was that he had no head. Ram and Lakshman had heard stories of this ogre and knew that his name was Kabandha.
They ducked beneath his flailing arms and attacking at the same time, cut them off with their swords.
Then in a gentle voice that seemed to come out of the air, he asked who had destroyed him. Kabandha then explamed that he was an 1m mortal who had tried to challenge lndra's power. The angry god had cut ofi h1s head and told him that he would remain headless until Ram and Lakshman cut off h1s arms.
Ram waded across the lake, hea,-y-hearted with longing for Sita and as he strode across. The monkey's face blazed as red as a ruby and his body glowed like molten gold.
His tail stretched out to an enormous distance and he stood on a lofty rock roaring like thunder. The next day Ram and Lakshman set out with Sugriv, Hanuman and their small band of monkeys. They hid themselves in the trees around Valin's city while Sugriv went forward to stand at its gates and bellow terrifyingly to Valin to come out. Infuriated by the challenge, Valin led his soldiers out for battle.
The brothers fought angrily in single hand-to-hand combat until Sugriv had to signal for Ram's help. When Ram saw that his friend was weakening, he aimed his arrow at Valin's heart and killed Valin instantly.
Ram had fulfilled his promise. Sugriv was king once again and was ready to help to find Sita. But the summer monsoons had come and the heavy rains made further search ing impossible. Ram had to wait for the summer's end before the search for Sita could begin again.
When the monsoon rain ended at last, it was time for Sugriv to pay his debt to Ram. Sugriv called Hanuman to him. Hanuman could fly and leap so high that he could seize the clouds. H e was also a great magician and so knowledgeable that he could interpret the shastras, the Hindu books of wisdom, better than anyone else.
If anyone could find Sita, Hanuman could. When you see Sita, show it to her and she will know that you have come from me.
Thousands of monkeys and bears searched every corner of the land but without success. As the thirtieth day drew near, Hanuman was in despair, humiliated by his failure to find Sita. He called his army of searchers and made an announcement. I cannot face the humiliation of my failure and deserve to die.
Hanuman was about to kill himself when one of his companions noticed a weak-looking vulture hovering above in the hope that he might make a meal of the dead monkey.
The monkey waved to the bird and shouted, 'Your king] atayu saw the wife of Ram being carried away. Can you direct us to her?
I have lost my strength so I cannot help you physically, but I did once hear a woman calling to Ram and Lakshman as Ravan's chariot flew overhead. I know that the demon lives on an island city a hundred leagues over the southern ocean. It was built by Vishvakarma and is called Lanka.
Surya the Sun god had promised Sampati that his wings would grow strong again if he ever helped Ram and the bird was still speaking when he found his strength returning and his feathe rs growing back. The bears and monkeys thanked him for his help and as the bird began to try his newly regained power, they sped off to the shores of the Indian Ocean.
When they arrived, Hanuman breathed in deeply, swelling his chest with the sea winds. He brandished his tail, and thundered up a nearby mountain with a joyous but terrifying roar. At the top of the mountain, Hanuman paused and prayed, preparing for the mighty leap which would bring him to Lanka, alone, enormous and magnificent.
None of his companions would be able to follow him. Then Hanuman leaped into the air like an arrow, flying among the clouds and over the waves far below until he landed on the island of Lanka. When at last he reached its capital, he decided to wait until dark and then crawl through the gates, but the city's demon sentries noticed him and attacked him. Hanuman slew them all in the combat which followed. Vicrorious, Hanuman marched into Ravan's palace and searched every terrace and room umil he was certain!
He was walking through the courtyards on his way out when he saw a light!! He sprang rowards them and saw! Ram' wife sat as still as a statue in her nef. Bur ita refused 10 li ten. You should not look at the wiie of another man.
Head bowed. He introduced himself, telling her. He is well and worries constant!
After that I swear that I hall die. Hanuman promised faithfully 10 do as Ita said and flew off. Ravan' mighue 1 on. The Otrro Hanuman po e proud! Return ita to her true husband. Hanuman' tail was et ali bt but alrhough the! Hmuman decided ro make one last anempt to disor anize! Then they. Hanuman gave Sita's jewel to Ram and told him everything that had happened while he had been away. Ram immediately set out with the monkeys and the bears for the sou themmost shores of India.
Soon after they arrived, a figure approached Ram and identified himself. I have a special power; I can see! That may prove helpful to Ram in the fight which lies ahead. Rama thanked Vibhishan and swore to protect him since he had left his home and family to help him. On Sagar's advice, the monkeys built a bridge to cross the hundred leagues of ocean between India and Lanka and soon Ram, Lakshman and the armies of bears and monkeys had arrived on the island.
The monkeys quickly spread out along the beaches, taking up guard and shouting excitedly.
Ram then sent a message to Ravan. Ravan was infuriated by Ram's arrogant message and ordered his mighty son Indrajit to march out against him. The arrow injured both of the brothers severely and lndrajit then began shooting at the others-many monkeys and bears were wounded by his arrows for they could not see where the next attack would come from. The surviving bears and monkeys gazed mournfully down at Ram's unconscious body and to their relief, saw him stir.
Suddenly there was a great flash of fire in the sky. Out of it emerged a magnificent eagle: Swooping down like a fiery meteor he spoke to Ram, 'I have been sent to restore you and Lakshman back to health. In his palace, Ravan heard the excited cheers of the monkeys and rallied the best of his warriors. Fearsome demons charged out of the city but Hanuman killed them all single-handedly, and Ravan and his soldiers were driven back. Ravan knew his only chance now was to awaken his brother, the gluttonous giant Kumbhakarna who slept for six months of the year.
It took the noise of everyone in the city to wake him but after much persuasion, Kumbhakarna agreed to help Ravan and gulped down jars of liquor to strengthen himself before setting out to kill Ram. Kumbhakarna drunkenly lurched towards Ram's armies whirling his mace around his head.
The battle seemed lost and once more the bears and monkeys were slaughtered in their hundreds. Ram once again set his bow to work, aiming a steady stream of arrows at the giant. At last, Kumbhakama fell to the ground but he still waved his arms and legs about and knocked down whole troops of monkeys before Ram raised his bow and killed him with a deadly arrow. For a time, the fighting ceased but soon! Only when J ambavan, Sugriv, Ram and Lakshman had all been wounded did Indrajit withdraw to his palace and the battle ended for the day.
That night, Jambavan the king of the bears wid Hanuman of some healing herbs on: Desperate to rerum before dawn, he tore off the whole top of the mountain and brought it to Jambavan, who selected the right herbs and cured the injured. Then Hanuman put the summit back in its original place.
Filled with new strength and enthusiasm, the monkeys were now determined to end this bitter war swiftly.