Chinmaya International Foundation (CIF) is happy to bring to you the third set of online sessions on the Valmiki Ramayana with Swami Ramakrishnananda. In the next Camp in this series, Swamiji will expound on the Sundara Kanda with references to Kamban and Kalidasa.
About the text:
The Ramayana is a manual on how a human being should lead his life in as perfect a manner as possible, which was exemplified by no less than Sri Rama Himself. Hence, he is also called Uttamapurusha, best among humans and thus Rama Rajya is extolled for his ability to lead by example, with honesty and integrity, so that people in his care lived without the threat of corruption, nepotism or injustice.
Valmiki brought these facets out with his sharp writing of the Ramayana that took place several thousand years ago. Though the Ramayana is ancient, it remains relevant to all ages of time. In this 3-part camp, Swami Ramakrishnananda will expound on Valmiki’s Ramayana with references to Kamba Ramayanam, a Tamil epic that was written by the Tamil poet Kambar during the 12th century, that is based on Valmiki's Ramayana.
The Sundara Kanda forms the heart of Valmiki's Ramayana and consists of a detailed, vivid account of Hanuman's adventures as he sets out in search of Mother Sita. Sundara Kanda depicts Hanuman’s selflessness, strength, and devotion to Lord Rama are emphasised. It shows us the power of the name 'Rama'.
Swami Ramakrishnananda, from Chinmaya Mission Nagapattinam, is a brilliant orator and teacher. His unique and jovial way of communicating is very popular with seekers of all ages and backgrounds. Swamiji has spent several years studying Valmiki Ramayana in great detail and depth, and his tremendous efforts will no doubt benefit countless seekers now, and, in the years to come. Swamiji has conducted many camps and workshops on the Valmiki Ramayana, enthralling, empowering and enlightening audiences around the world.
Starting – 4 March 2023
Time – 7:00 to 8:00 AM IST on all Saturdays and Sundays