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THE GITA VOL- 505
Bhagavad-Gita or the song of the divine One is a celebrated episode in the epic, Mahabharata. It is in the form of a dialogue between Dhritarashtra, the blind king of Hastinapura, and Sanjaya who describes the happenings on the battlefield to the king.
This book does not claim to be an exposition of the Gita, but is only an introduction. We have also taken the liberty of interpreting some of the ideas propounded in the Gita with a view to make them intelligible to the younger age group. The first nine pages of our book are not part of the Gita but are given to provide the back-ground to our young readers.
ANCESTORS OF RAMA VOL- 572
Tradition has it that Rama was the ideal king, Gandhiji was only reinforcing it when he named his ideal state Rama-Rajya. Yet the predecessors of Rama, in his dynasty of the Ikshwakus, were as valiant and as benign as Rama himself. This story tells of their deeds.
The heroes of epics have their tragic flaws because epics always tell the whole truth. Like Rama, his ancestors also had flawed characters despite the glory of their personalities.
Inspired by the epic of Valmiki, Kalidasa wrote his classic poem Raghuvamsha. While chronicling the lives of the ancestors of Rama, it noted the decline of the ruling house also.
It is interesting to note that the Puranas trace the genealogy of Rama to the Sun. Some of the illustrious ancestors listed in the genealogy are Manu, Ikshwaku, Harishchandra, Rohita, Sagara, Bhagiratha, Ambarisha and Rituparna. Brihadbala, who fought in the Mahabharata war is said to be a descendant of Rama.
HANUMAN VOL- 502
Hanuman, the son of Pavana and Anjana, was born a monkey and yet attained a prominent place among the Hindu Gods, by his sterling character.
Hanuman’s unflinching devotion to Rama has made him the greatest of the Bhaktas (Devotees) ever known. His singular worship of Rama did not make him narrow minded, or supercilious. Instead it made him more compassionate. It helped him to bring consolation to Sita, pining away, forlorn and lonely in Ravana’s Ashoka garden. It helped him to submit himself years later to the buoyant valour of Rama’s children, Luv and Kush.
Serious but never solemn, Hanuman twitted his half-brother Bhima who was out on the quest for the flower Kalyanasaugandhika. This is one of the most charming and popular episodes in the Mahabharata.
KRISHNA LEELA VOL 501