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Ramáyana III: The Forest (Clay Sanskrit Library)
The skies darken for the exiles, who have taken refuge in forest hermitages. First one demon, then another, attempts to harm or corrupt them. When these efforts fail, an army of demons is sent, and then a bigger one, but each time Rama again defeats them. Finally Ravana, the supreme lord of the demons, decides to cripple Rama by capturing Sita; he traps her, and carries he ...more
Hardcover, 436 pages
Published June 1st 2006 by New York University Press
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To me, this is the weakest book in the Ramayana... it starts off well, with Sita's abduction, but Rama's 4-month weeping through the rainy season (waiting with his new talking ape allies till the monsoons are done) strikes me as out-of-character. I know this is an ancient epic, but there is a problem with logic here as well... if Ravana has conquered heaven, hell and now earth, wouldn't everybody know where his kingdom was? What was the narrative need for the search? Hanuman's leap at the end re ...more
Valmiki is celebrated as the poet harbinger in Sanskrit literature. He is the author of the epic Ramayana, based on the attribution in the text of the epic itself.He is revered as the Adi Kavi, which means First Poet, for he discovered the first śloka i.e. first verse, which set the base and defined the form to Sanskrit poetry. The Yoga Vasistha is attributed to him. A religious movement called Va ...moreMore about Vālmīki...