Glory of Human Birth

Discussion in 'Hindu Stories' started by Ignorant, May 3, 2015.

  1. Ignorant

    Ignorant New Member

    An animal remains an animal and is bound by its instincts. Conscious self-evolution is possible only in human birth. It is only human beings who can break the shackles of body and mind and soar high. How to make the best of this rare human life? These ideas are dealt with in this episode through the story of Saint poet Tulsidas.

    Tulsidas' early life was filled with struggle. His mother passed away soon after birth and his father, considering him inauspicious, gave him away to a beggar named Parvati amma. When he was seven years of age, Parvati amma too passed away. This made everyone around him look at him with contempt, and drove him away from a distance. Fortunately he was married to Ratnavali. Once when his wife went to visit her parents for a night, Tulsidas, unable to bear the separation, reached Ratnavali's parents' home. Disgusted by this lust, Ratnavali scornfully told him, "If you had such love for Lord Rama, you would have attained Him now." This changed his life, and Tulsidas went to Ayodhya and decided to translate Ramayana written by Sage Valmiki into the local dialect. Due to much opposition from the learned scholars of Ayodhya, he returned to Kashi (Benaras) and composed Shri Ramcharitamanas, which show-cased an ideal Indian society to awaken the people from their slumber of ignorance and selfishness.

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