The Ramayana

 

 

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How does the Ramayana, ever present in all of India, unite its citizens? What do Rama’s actions and decisions symbolize? Do these values and concepts of morality translate into our modern American culture, and speak to us? Use at least two quotes (with page numbers in MLA format, i.e. (Narayan 38) ) from R.K. Narayan’s Ramayana to support your assertions. As well, respond, to at least two of your fellow classmates discussion posts. I want our discussions to be more responsive to each other, and it is my hope, that through these discussion assignments you gain a greater understanding of myths, and with the help of everyone ‘in the room’ come to some wonderful realizations.

The Ramayana

The Ramayana is one of the two great Indian epics. The Ramayana tells about life in India around 1000 BCE and offers models in dharma. The Ramayana unites citizens of India through Dharma. The hero, Rama, lived his whole life by the rules of Dharma. Rama represents the pure form of the soul (consciousness) which lives in Ayodhya. Rama is presented as the ideal man. He is seen as the ideal husband, son and future king and embodies all of the characteristics that come along being all of these things. He is loyal, strong, selfless, protective and handsome, in addition to many others.