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The Ramayana of Valmiki: translated into English
The Ramayana of Valmiki: translated into English
Specification
  • Publisher : Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd.
  • By : Makhan Lal Sen
  • Cover : Hardcover
  • Language : English
  • Edition : 2008
  • Pages : 621
  • Weight : 
  • Size : 9" x 6"
  • ISBN- 10 : 8121500931
  • ISBN-13 :
  • Product Code: B7189

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Makhan Lal Sen's The Ramayana of Valmiki is a modernized version in English prose of the great Sanskrit epic Ramayana. The appeal and freshness of epic poems transcend all limitations imposed by time, space, age, caste, creed, society, and language. All, irrespective of their age, succumb to the charms and fascinating personalities of its heroes, who have inspired countless men of different generations and spurred them on to perform almost superhuman task. Modern civilization owes most of its dazzling achievements to such inspiration.


Valmiki's Ramayana is something more than an epic. No one has built shrines in honour of Homer's heroes, to worship them as God. In contrast, from the time of its composition to this day, Valmiki's hero never lacked devotees. The reason for this strange phenomenon lies in this: in the Greek epics the cause is ambition, and the effect is the valour of its heroes; in Ramayana the cause is the moral welfare of society and the effect is the ideal conduct of its heroes under the most trying circumstances that destiny can weave. Rama is a personification of all that is expected of an ideal son, ideal brother, ideal husband, ideal prince, ideal ally, ideal commander, and an ideal king.


Translation of epics and rendering them in prose, is, at the best of times, an hazardous and arduous job. Here, the translator has done his best to capture to a remarkable degree the grandeur of the epic, the loftiness of its thought, the simplicity and elegance of its diction, and the freshness of its enduring beauty. This book, being one of those rare ones which elevates one's soul, should find a place under every roof.


About the Book


Makhan Lal Sen's The Ramayana of Valmiki is a modernized version in English prose of the great Sanskrit epic Ramayana. The appeal and freshness of epic poems transcend all limitations imposed by time, space, age, caste, creed, society, and language. All, irrespective of their age, succumb to the charms and fascinating personalities of its heroes, who have inspired countless men of different generations and spurred them on to perform almost superhuman task. Modern civilization owes most of its dazzling achievements to such inspiration.


Valmiki's Ramayana is something more than an epic. No one has built shrines in honour of Homer's heroes, to worship them as God. In contrast, from the time of its composition to this day, Valmiki's hero never lacked devotees. The reason for this strange phenomenon lies in this: in the Greek epics the cause is ambition, and the effect is the valour of its heroes; in Ramayana the cause is the moral welfare of society and the effect is the ideal conduct of its heroes under the most trying circumstances that destiny can weave. Rama is a personification of all that is expected of an ideal son, ideal brother, ideal husband, ideal prince, ideal ally, ideal commander, and an ideal king.


Translation of epics and rendering them in prose, is, at the best of time, an hazardous and arduous job. Here, the translator has done his best to capture to remarkable degree the grandeur of the epic, the loftiness of its thought, the simplicity and elegance of its diction, and the freshness of its enduring beauty. This book, being one of those rare ones which elevates one's soul, should find a place under every roof.

$55
Adhyatma Ramayana: The Spiritual Version of the Rama SagaAdhyatma Ramayana: The Spiritual Version of the Rama Saga
Adhyatma Ramayana: The Spiritual Version of the Rama Saga
Specification:
  • Publisher : Sri Ramakrishna Math
  • Edition : March 1, 1988
  • Pages : 376
  • Weight : 550g.
  • Size : 7.2 x 0.6 x 9.5 inches
  • Cover : Hardcover
  • Auther : Swami Tapasyananda
  • Language : English
  • ISBN-10: 8171200044
    ISBN-13: 978-8171200047
  • SKU: BK11517
Description:


Ramanuja is a noted commentator on Vedanta from the Vaisnava point of view. In Ramanuja's interpretation of Vedanta, devotion to God and his grace are stressed as the exclusive means for release from the cycle of birth and death. Ramanuja is not as well known as Shankara, but his teachings are important for Vedanta students. With text in Devanagari and English rendering, and index of first lines of verses.

$26
The Ramayana of Valmiki, Vol. 6 : Yuddhakanda in 2 parts
The Ramayana of Valmiki, Vol. 6 : Yuddhakanda in 2 parts
Specification
  • Product Code :BK8026
  • Size :9.6" x 6.5" x 4"
  • Weight :2.100kg.
  • Author :Robert P. Goldman/ Sally J. Sutherland Goldma/ Barend A. Van Nooten
  • ISBN :8120831675, 978-8120831674
  • Publisher :Motilal Banarsidass Publishers Pvt.. Ltd.
  • Edition :September 30, 2008
  • Cover :Hardcover
  • Language :English
  • Pages :1655
Description

"The sixth book of the Ramayana of Valmiki, the Yuddhakanda, recounts the final dramatic war between the forces of good led by the exiled prince Rama and the forces of evil commanded by the arch demon Ravana. The hero Rama's primary purpose in the battle is to rescue the abducted princess Sita and destroy the demon king. However, the confrontation also marks the turning point for the divine mission of the Ramavatara, the incarnation of Lord Visnu as a human prince, who will restore righteousness to a world on the brink of chaos. The book ends with the Gods' revelation to Rama of his true divine nature, his emotional reunion with his beloved wife, his long-delayed consecration as king of Kosala, and his restoration of a utopian age. The Yuddhakanda contains some of the most extraordinary events and larger-than-life characters to be found anywhere in world literature..

This sixth volume in the critical edition and translation of the Valmiki Ramayana, includes an extensive introduction, exhaustive notes, and a comprehensive bibliography."

$76
The Ramayana of Valmiki, Vol.5: Sundarakanda
The Ramayana of Valmiki, Vol.5: Sundarakanda
Specification
  • Product Code :BK8025
  • Size :8.6" x 1.7" x 6.6"
  • Weight :910g.
  • Author :Robert P. Goldman
  • ISBN :8120831667, 978-8120831667
  • Publisher :Motilal Banarsidass Publishers Pvt.. Ltd.
  • Edition :September 30, 2006
  • Cover :Hardcover
  • Language :English
  • Pages :583
Description

The fifth and most popular book of the Ramayana of Valmiki, the Sundarakanda, recounts the adventures of the monkey hero Hanuman in leaping across the ocean to the island citadel of Lanka. Once there, he scours the city for the abducted Princess Sita. The poet vividly describes the opulence of the court of the demon king, Ravana, the beauty of his harem, the splendors of the palace gardens, and the hideous deformity of Sita`s wardresses. After witnessing Sita`s pathetic state and her stern rejection of Ravana`s blandishments, Hanuman reveals himself to the princess and restores her hope of rescue. The great monkey then wreaks havoc on the royal park and fights a series of hair-raising battles with Ravana`s generals. Permitting himself to captured by the warrior Indrajit, Hanuman is led into the presence of Ravana, whom he admonishes for his lechery. His tail is set ableze, but he escapes his bonds and, leaping from rooftop to rooftop, sets fire to the city. Taking leave of Sita, Hanuman once more leaps the ocean to rejoin his monkey companions. Returning in triumph to report the news of Sita`s discovery to Rama, the monkeys pause for an interlude of drunken revelry in the pleasure grove of the monkey king. At last, Hanuman reports on his adventures to Prince Rama. This is the fifth volume translated from the critical edition of the Valmiki Ramayana. It contains an extensive introduction, exhaustive notes, and comprehensive bibliography.

$32
The Ramayana of Valmiki, Vol.4: Kiskindhakanda
The Ramayana of Valmiki, Vol.4: Kiskindhakanda
Specification
  • Product Code :BK8024
  • Size :8.8" x 5.9" x 1.3"
  • Weight :680g.
  • Author :Rosalind J. Lefeber
  • ISBN :8120831659, 978-8120831650
  • Publisher :Motilal Banarsidass Publishers Pvt.. Ltd.
  • Edition :September 30, 2006
  • Cover :Hardcover
  • Language :English
  • Pages :413
Description

"This is the fourth volume of a translation of India`s most beloved and influential epic tale-the Ramayana of Valmiki. As befits its position at the center of the work, Volume IV presents the hero Rama at the turning point of his fortunes. Having previously lost first his kingship and then his wife , he now forms an alliance with the monkey prince, Sugriva. Rama needs the monkeys to help him find his abducted wife, Sita, and indeed, by the end of this book, they have at least discovered where her abductor has taken her. But first Rama must agree to secure for his new ally the throne of the monkey kingdom by eliminating the reigning king, wh is none other than Sugriva`s detested elder brother, Valin. The tragic rivalry between the two monkey brothers is in sharp contrast to Rama`s affectionate relationship with his own brothers and forms a self-contained episode within the larger story of Rama`s adventures. This volume continues the translation of the critical edition of the Valmiki Ramayana, a version considerably reduced from the vulgate on which all previous translations were based. It is accompanied by extensive notes on the original Sanskrit text and on several untranslated early Sanskrit commentaries.
Contents
List of Abbreviations, Preface, Guide to Sanskrit Pronunciation, PART 1: Introduction, Prologue, Synopsis, The Critical Edition, The Commentaries, The Description of the Four Directions, Rama's Allies, The Death of Valin, The Translation and Annotation, PART II. Kiskindhakanda, PART III. Notes, Glossary of Important Sanskrit Words, Proper Nouns, and Epithets, Glossary of Flora and Fauna, Bibliography of Works Cited, Index."

$36
The Ramayana of Valmiki, Vol. 3: Aranyakanda
The Ramayana of Valmiki, Vol. 3: Aranyakanda
Specification
  • Product Code :BK8023
  • Size :8.5" x 5.8" x 1.3"
  • Weight :550g.
  • Author :Sheldon I. Pollock
  • ISBN :8120831640, 978-8120831643
  • Publisher :Motilal Banarsidass Publishers Pvt.. Ltd.
  • Edition :August 30, 2006
  • Cover :Hardcover
  • Language :English
  • Pages :412
Description

"This is the third volume of a planned seven volume translation of India`s most beloved and influential epic tale-the Ramayana of Valmiki. This third volume carries forward the narrative by following the exiled hero Rama his wife and his brother on their wanderings. The book contains the narrative center of the epic the abduction of Sita by the demon king Ravana. It provides a profound meditaion on the paradox of the hero as both human and divine.
"

$38
The Ramayana of Valmiki, Vol. 2: Ayodhyakanda
The Ramayana of Valmiki, Vol. 2: Ayodhyakanda
Specification
  • Product Code :BK8022
  • Size :8.6" x 5.8" x 1.6"
  • Weight :4.400 kg.
  • Author :Sheldon I. Pollock
  • ISBN :8120831632, 978-8120831636
  • Publisher :Motilal Banarsidass Publishers Pvt.. Ltd.
  • Edition :September 30, 2006
  • Cover :Hardcover
  • Language :English
  • Pages :578
Description

"This is the second of seven volumes that will present a complete and fully annotated translation of the Valmiki Ramayana of the seven sections of this great Sanskrit epic, the Ayodhyakanda is the most human, and it remains one of the best introductions to the social and political values of traditional India. This readable translation is accompanied by a commentary that elucidates the various problems of the text, whether philological, aesthetic, or cultural. Extensive use is made in the annotations of the numerous commentaries on the Ramayana composed in medieval India. The substantial introduction supplies a historical context for the poem and a critical reading that explores its literary and ideological components. The volumes of this work will present the entire Ramayana, translated here for the first time on the basis of the critical edition (Oriental Institute, baroda), which takes into account manuscripts representing all regional traditions.
Contents
List of Abbreviations, Preface, Guide to sanskrit Pronunciation, PART I. Introduction, Prelude to the Ayodhyakanda, Synopsis of the Ayodhyakanda, The Central Issues, A Problem of Narrative and Its Significance, The Philosophy, Aesthetic and Literary-Historical Considerations, The Characters, The Women of the Ayodhyakanda, Dasaratha, Rama, The Text, Annotations, and Translation, PART II: Ayodhyakanda, PART III. Notes, Glossary of Important Proper Nouns and Epithets, Emendations and Corrections of the Critical Edition Bibliography of Works Consulted, Index."

$93
The Ramayana of Valmiki, Vol.1: Balakanda
The Ramayana of Valmiki, Vol.1: Balakanda
Specification
  • Product Code :BK8021
  • Size :5.8" x 8.7"
  • Weight :730g.
  • Author :Robert P. Goldman
  • ISBN :8120831624, 978-8120831629
  • Publisher :Motilal Banarsidass Publishers Pvt.. Ltd.
  • Edition :July 30, 2006
  • Cover :Hardcover
  • Language :English
  • Pages :449
Description

This is the first of seven volumes that will present a complete and fully annotated translation of the Valmiki Ramayana. This great sanskrit epic of ancient India has profoundly affected the literature, art, religions, and culture of countless millions of people in South and Southest Asia-an influence that is perhaps unparalleled in the history of world literature. For the first time it has here been translated on the basis of the critical edition which is based on manuscripts representing all recensional traditions. In this first volume Robert P. Goldman, general editor of the translation, has written a major scholarly introduction and, in collaboration with Sally J. Sutherland, assistant editor, has given copious annotations dealing with the poem`s numerous textual and exigetial problems, drawing on the contributions of generations of Sanskrit commentators.

$39
The Ramayana (Valmiki)
The Ramayana (Valmiki)
Specification
  • Product Code :BK7826
  • Size :5.2" x 1.2" x 8"
  • Weight :490 gm.
  • Author :Valmiki and Arshia Sattar
  • ISBN :0140298665, ISBN-13: 978-0140298666
  • Publisher :Penguin
  • Edition :2010
  • Cover :Paperback
  • Language :English
  • Pages :696
Description

One of India’s two greatest epics, the Ramayana pervades the country’s moral and cultural consciousness. For generations it has served as a bedtime story for Indian children, while at the same time engaging the interest of philosophers and theologians. Now this magnificent translation makes the monumental work available to a new audience. Believed to have been composed by Valmiki sometime between the eighth and sixth centuries BC, the Ramayana tells the tragic and magical story of Rama, the prince of Ayodhya, an incarnation of Lord Visnu, born to rid the earth of the terrible demon Ravana. Exiled for fourteen years because of his stepmother’s fit of jealousy on the eve of his coronation, Rama enters the forests of Dandaka with his beautiful wife Sita and devoted brother Laksmana. Sita is abducted from the forest by Ravana who takes her to his isolated kingdom on the far side of the southern ocean. The two brothers set out to rescue her and, along the way, make an alliance with a dispossessed monkey, king Sugriva. At the end of a bloody war Ravana is killed and Sita, reunited with her husband, and victorious Rama returns to Ayodhya to claim the throne that is rightfully his. An idealized heroic tale ending with the inevitable triumph of good over evil, the Ramayana is also an intensely personal story of family relationships, love and loss, duty and honour, of harem intrigue, petty jealousies and destructive ambitions. All this played out in a universe populated by larger-than-life humans, gods and celestial beings, wondrous animals and terrifying demons. In her translation Arshia Sattar has successfully bridged both time and space to make this ancient classic accessible to the present-day English reader. An added attraction is her superb introduction which provides new insights and background information for both the general reader and scholar alike.

$32
The Ramayana: A Linguistic Study
The Ramayana: A Linguistic Study
Specification
  • Product Code :B7015
  • Size :8.8" x 5.8"
  • Weight :520 gm.
  • Author :Satya Vrat
  • ISBN :8121504112, ISBN-13: 978-8121504119
  • Publisher :Munshiram Manoharlal Publication Pvt.Ltd
  • Edition :1964
  • Cover :Hard Cover
  • Language :English
  • Pages :314
Description

The Ramayana is always a fascinating study. This Adi Kavya coming from the pen of one of India's greatest poets has exercised a very powerful influence on the life and thought of millions of people of India over the ages. A voluminous work like the Ramayana can certainly be expected to be a good repertory of all kinds of information, historical, social, religious and cultural. So can it be a good index of the language as it obtained in contemporary society. The present study is the first attempt of its kind analysing and critically evaluating the language of the Ramayana in all its varied aspects and, therefore, fulfils a long-felt desideratum. The twenty-four thousand verses of this great epic of India have been given here the most searching treatment and fresh ground broken in more ways than one. The study of the Ramayana synonyms, phonetic tendencies, onomatopoeia, prepositional verbs, usage, etymologies and un-Paninian forms, to mention only a few of the many topics dealt with exhaustively here, is bound to interest students of Sanskrit language in general and Linguistics in particular. The treatment of the subject is scientific throughout. The work is well-documented. Printed Pages: 314.

$32
Vali - Paperback Comic Book
Vali - Paperback Comic Book

Vali, Sugreeva and Hanuman have key roles in Valmiki's famous epic, Ramayana. They were the offspring of indra, king of the devas, Surya, the sun-god, and Pavana, the wind-god respectively, taking birth in the mokey tribe to help Vishnu when he was manifest on earth as Rama to destroy the evil Ravana.


Vali became the king of Kishkindha. He loved sugreeva, his brother. But a misunderstanding separated them and they became sworn enemies. Banished from Kishkindha, Sugreeva went to the Rishyamuka Mountains and lived in hiding there. One day, Rama came there in search of Sita, his wife, who had been carried away by Ravana. The events that followed are interestingly retold in our book.

$6
The Sons of Rama - Paperback Comic Book
The Sons of Rama - Paperback Comic Book
Sage Valmiki first set down the story of Rama and Sita in his epic poem, Ramayana.

Rama was the eldest son of Dasharatha, the king of Ayadhya, who had three wives – Kausalya, Kaikeyi and Sumitra. Rama was the sone of Kausalya, Bharata of Kaikeyi and Laxman and Shatrughana of Sumitra. The four princes grew up to be braveand valiant. Rama won the hand of Sita, the daughter of King Janaka. Dasharatha wanted to crown Rama as the king but Kaikeyi objected. Using boons granted to her by Dasharatha earlier, she had Rama banished to the forest. Sita and Laxmana decided to follow Rama. While in the forest, a Rakshasi, Shoorpankha, accosted Laxmana but had her nose cut off by him. In revenge, her brother Ravana, king of Lanka, carried Sita away. Rama and Laxmana set out to look for her and with the help of an army of monkeys, they defeated Ravana.

When they returned to Ayothya after fourteen years in exile, Rama banished Sita on the suspicions of his subjects. She found refuge in the ashrama of sage Valmiki where she gave birth to twin sons, Luv and Kush.

This Amar Chitra Katha title is based on Uttara-Ramacharita of Bhavabhuti.
$6
Adhyatma Ramayana
Adhyatma Ramayana
Specification
  • Product Code :BK10538
  • Size :8.3 x 5.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Weight :550g.
  • Author :Lala Baij Nath
  • ISBN :8170308763 , 978-8170308768
  • Publisher :Sri Satguru Publication
  • Edition :December 31, 2008
  • Cover :Paperback
  • Language :English
  • Pages :438
Description

The present book contains translation of the Adhyatma Ramayana. The book contains and Introduction. 1. The Bala Kanda. 2. The Ayodhya Kanda. 3. The Aranya Kanda. 4. The Kishkindha Kanda. 5. The Sundara Kanda. 6. The Yuddha Kanda. 7. The Uttara Kanda. Description: One who casually listens to the Adhyatma Ramayana from another without showing reverence, even he is freed from sin. He who bows to the Adhyatma Ramayana, having approached it, obtains the fruit of worshipping all the Gods. This greatness of the Adhyatma side of Rama's deeds was told to the sage Narada by the lotus-seated Brahma. He who reads or listens to it with faith attains to the abode of Vishnu and is worshipped by the Gods.

$35
Ramayana (According To DEVI PURAN)
Ramayana (According To DEVI PURAN)
Specification
  • Product Code :BK9047
  • Size :10.3 x 8.2 x 1.8 inches
  • Weight :630 gm.
  • Author :Sri Ajai Kumar Chhawchharia
  • ISBN :9382443665, 978-9382443667
  • Publisher :Chaukhamba Sanskrit Prakashan
  • Edition :2013
  • Cover :Hardcover
  • Language :Sanskrit, English
  • Pages :22+226
Description

Culled from Devipurana by sage Veda Vyasa, this epic of Lord Rama brings alive the greatness of the divine cosmic goddess known as Durga who was actually responsible for the slaying of the 10-headed demon king Ravana of Lanka by Lord Rama. It established and lays down the foundation for goddess worship as well as of the well known and popular festival of Dusahara. In India which is observed during the auspicious nine- nights called the Navaratra during which Goddess During is worshipped throughout the country.

This Ramayana describes in detail how Goddess is to be worshipped during this period, besides enumerating the sacred hymns dedicated to her and used by the eternal Vedas, Brahma the creator, visnu the sustainer, Siva the concluder, and even by Lord R. ma himself to pray to the great cosmic Goddess and pay obeisance to her. A priceless gem of ancient Indian heritage, culture and tradition, this Ramayana glorifies the great cosmic ‘Sakti’ aspect of creation which is practiced in India even today. The book also has, in a separate appendix, the hymn known as ‘Rama Kavaca’, literally meaning the impregnable shield or amour that protects the devotee if he invokes Lord Rama with these verses. The make readable for those not knowing the language by their transliteration in English, and the main text in English has diacritical marks to authenticate the pronunciation of Sanskrit words. This makes these volumes a veritable for the English reader.

$50
A Divine Biography Of Lord Ram & Glory Of Lord's Holy Name (Vol. 1)
A Divine Biography Of Lord Ram & Glory Of Lord's Holy Name (Vol. 1)
Present book is a rare and unique compendium on the theme of Lord Ram who was an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, the Supreme Lord of creation. It would cater to lovers of literature as well as devotees of Lord Ram because it brings under a single roof all major works of Goswami Tulsidas such as Ram Charit Manas, Geetawali, Kavitawali, Dohawali, Barvai Ramayan and Vinai Patrika, as well as Lord Ram's Upanishad Known as Ram Uttar Tapini Upanishad, the Padma Puran and Anand Ramayan which have wonderful hymns dedicated to the Lord.

Present book has three sections section 1 presents the life, time and deeds of Lord Ram sections 2 has the hymns dedicated to the Lord based on Tulsidas' books and section 3 has hymns from the Upanishads pertaining to Lord Ram, highlighting his Divinity.

About the Author

Ajai kumar Chhawchharia born on 8th August, 1955 in Burdwan district of west Bengal, is a humble and unpretentious bachelor, who has dedicated his entire life to the service of Lord Ram. At present he is residing in the holy pilgrim city of Ayodhya since 1985.
$120
Adbhuta Ramayana Of Srimad Valmiki
Adbhuta Ramayana Of Srimad Valmiki
Specification
  • Product Code :BK9024
  • Size :9.3 x 6.4 x 1.4 inches
  • Weight :1 kg.
  • Author :Ajai Kumar Chhawchharia
  • ISBN :9789380326047
  • Publisher :Chaukhamba Sanskrit Prakashan
  • Edition :2010
  • Cover :Hardcover
  • Language :English
  • Pages :24+520
Description

Adhbut Ramayan authored by sage Valmiki, who is famous for his classic epic ‘Ramayan’. Describes a highly strange, mysterious and fantastic version of the epic story of Lord Ram, the legendary king emperor of Ayoydhya and an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, the supreme Lord in creation. It reveals many hitherto little known events in the life of Lord Ram and his divine consort Sita which Valmiki knew but desisted from incorporating them in his earlier epic. He wrote this classic work ti fill that gap and put the record straight.

This classic book can be broadly divided into two parts. The first (canto 1-16) elaborately describes some mysterious and strange circumstances pertaining to the birth of Lord Ram and Sita; it also contains profound Vedanta philosophies when Sri Ram preaches Hanuman about them. the second part (canto 17-27) presents the story of Sri Ram’s campaign against the thousand headed demon king Ravana of Pushkar who was the elder brother of the ten headed Ravana of Lanka, and much stronger and powerful than latter. In this war, Sita assumed the form of mahakali, the dar-skinned Goddess worshipped as Shakti, to slay this Ravana and his demon force. The demon army has been described in great detail.

The climax of the book and the aspect which makes it so unique and holy is when lord Rama prays to the cosmic Goddess or Shakti uning 1008 divine names or mantras which describe and enumerate the various glories virtues and attributes of the magnificent Shakti of Mother Nature. This is the only classic Composition where the Shakti has been worshipped using there profound mantras. This volume describes the text in great detail, incorporating commentary explanatory & relevant notes when requi

$48
RAVANA LEELA
RAVANA LEELA
Specification
  • Product Code :BK8746
  • Size :7.7" x 5" x 0.8"
  • Weight :200g.
  • Author :Radha Viswanath
  • ISBN :8129149036, 978-8129149039
  • Publisher :Rupa Publications India
  • Edition :October 1, 2017
  • Cover :Paperback
  • Language :English
  • Pages :280
Description

Ravana, perhaps the most popular Rakshasa in Indian mythology, is known as the villain in the Ramayana and the epic would not have been what it is without this great Rakshasa.


Yet Ravana is much more than a mere abductor. Born out of the union of a Rishi and Rakshasi, a devout Shiv-bhakt and a mighty king, Ravana is no ordinary Rakshasa.


This book attempts to bring out a comprehensive and well-rounded character of Ravana. The various little dots of information about the Rakshasa king as given in Valmiki Ramayana have been picked with care, collated and compared with presentations in several other versions of the Ramayana, and the long, hoary lineage of the demon king painstakingly put together to present this villain of villains as a legend worthy of greater attention.
AUTHOR OF THE BOOK


Radha Viswanath was born in Andhra Pradesh and spent most of her life in Delhi. Trained as a teacher, Radha entered journalism late in life. After a distinguished career as a political correspondent spanning three decades, she retired from active journalism. She has the honour of being the first woman journalist to be admitted in the long and distinguished category of parliamentary journalists, in 2006.


An avid reader with a keen interest in Hindu mythology, she aims to bring the

$29
Ramayana (BUCK)
Ramayana (BUCK)
Specification
  • Product Code :BK8028
  • Size :8.5" x 1" x 9.1"
  • Weight :340g.
  • Author :William Buck
  • ISBN :8120817206, 978-8120817203
  • Publisher :Motilal Banarsidass Publishers Pvt.. Ltd.
  • Edition :August 28, 2014
  • Cover :Paperback
  • Language :English
  • Pages :432
Description

"Compared to the western epics, the Ramayana and Mahabharata are more complete story of Hindu, religious, cultural and social imagination and more exact narration of evolutionary rise of man. In this book, William Buck has succeeded better than anyone else in conveying the spirit of the
original.

The task of presenting a faithful image of the original text, its metaphysical nuances as well as its chronological sequence the world`s largest epic in a small book is a stupendous task.

Mainly as a narration, the version of William Buck will serve as an interesting and complete tale to the English speaking reader. Valmiki was called the Adikavi or ""first poet"" of Sanskrit literature and some of his remarkable talent shines forth in the English rendering. The reader will find pleasure in reading it aloud to himself or the others.

Review:

""To say the Ramayana is one of the great epics of India may be a misleading understatement, for it is of far greater importance to India than the Greek epics are to Western thought... Buck has succeeded better than anyone else in conveying the spirit of the original."" - Choice

""For the purpose of the general reader, the book is flawless: a marvellous tale, told with all the elan of Tolkien, charmingly but unobtrusively illustrated, and with an introduction by a prominent Sanskritist."" - Pacific Affairs

""The Ramayana is simply a fascinating story of courtly intrigue, fierce battles, and sacrifice on an heroic scale... Buck has done a real service in making available to the English-speaking world this imcomparable Indian epic."" - The Virginia Quarterly Review

""The task of presenting a faithful image of the original, though so greatly reduced in size, is here on the whole fulfilled to a truly remarkable degree... To call it inspired is no overstatement."" - The Asian Student

""This is divine storytelling at its finest. When he finished his manuscripts, William Buck wrote, 'Based on the words of ancient songs, I have written books. I tried to make them interesting to read. I don't think you will find many other books like them.' He was absolutely correct."" - Bo Lozoff

""This cannot be called a literal translation of the epic, but a retelling of it in the form of a story. And what a retelling! The language is simple and poetic and will delight both the grown up and the young alike."" - Swami Satyamayananda, Prabuddha Bharata Vol.108, May 2003

""The work is not only a mere translation but stands as a literary work of great significance. The author has full command over the language of his expression and he has accomplished the tough task of rendering it into English with a commendable effort."" - Prof. Ravinder Kaur, Journal of Religions Studies Vol.31, No.122, Spring-Autumn 2000
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$27
The Oracle of Rama
The Oracle of Rama
Specification
  • Product Code :BK8027
  • Size :5.5" x 0.5" x 8.8"
  • Weight :280kg.
  • Author :The Oracle of Rama - David Frawley
  • ISBN :8120815599, 978-8120815599
  • Publisher :Motilal Banarsidass Publishers Pvt.. Ltd.
  • Edition :May 1, 1999
  • Cover :Paperback
  • Language :English
  • Pages :195
Description

"The Oracle of Rama, is perhaps the greatest Oracle of India, as well as one of the simplest and easiest to use. Like the I Ching, it consists of various verses that one can get to answer one's questions. While the I Ching uses the symbolism of the world of Nature for providing its forecasts. The Oracle of Rama uses the symbolism of Lord Rama, a Divine incarnation, and the Yoga of Devotion (Bhakti Yoga) as its symbolism. It condenses the laws of karma into the story of Rama and his noble deeds. Rama's story, the Ramayana, is one of the great classics of world literature. The importance of The Oracle of Rama is that Rama, its central presiding symbol, is a figure of heroic proportions--a perfect man. His life is an example of perfect action under every difficulty and misfortune, overcoming all the forces of evil and ignorance. As such, his Oracle is very safe and reliable, and provides the most wholesome and trustworthy guidance.

Review:

""The Oracle of Rama uses the insights of Tulsidas, one of the greatest seers of the Vedic tradition, to unlock the secrets of the realm of unmanifest intelligence and open up for us all the creative potentials of the universe. The Oracle shows us how we can make karmically appropriate choices so that we can live a life of joy and fulfilment on all levels of our being. Dr. Frawley offers us a beautiful English version of this classic for our everyday use."" - Deepak Chopra, MD, Author of the Seven Spiritual Laws of Success."

$19
Shri Ramacharitamanasa
Shri Ramacharitamanasa
Specification
  • Product Code :BK8020
  • Size :10.5" x 2.2" x 13"
  • Weight :4.300kg.
  • Author :R. C. Prasad
  • ISBN :8120804430, 978-8120804432
  • Publisher :Motilal Banarsidass Publishers Pvt.. Ltd.
  • Edition :May 19, 2016
  • Cover :Paperback
  • Language :English
  • Pages :894
Description

"SHRI RAMACHARITAMANASA of Tulasidasa is the single most popular book of the Hindus, which, for over four centuries, has greatly appealed equally to the rich and the poor, the educated and the illiterate, the old and the young, and the scholar and the common man.

Its popularity is by no means limited to India, nor are the Hindus its only readers. The message of the RAMACHARITAMANASA is all the more relevant today as it reiterates man’s faith in the soundness of moral order that sustain the world. Dark and evil forces may, and will, on occasions, threaten to disrupt that order but divine intervention will ultimately chasten and subdue those forces.

Keeping in mind people’s ever-increasing quest for the epic, this unique edition of the RAMACHARITAMANASA with verse to verse Hindi and English translation along with Tulasidasa’s original text has been prepared. The translation rendered by an accomplished scholar maintains the intrinsic richness of the original. Special care has been taken for making it useful to the Indian brethren living abroad to whom the dialect of Tulasidasa’s original may be somewhat incomprehensible. There has been a long-standing demand from the vast Indian community settled abroad for a standard and authentic edition of the RAMACHARITAMANASA. The present edition has been designed to meet their requirement by using the most modern printing and processing techniques to make it a work of international standard.

A special feature of this edition is the inclusion of Lavakushakanda, Shri Hanumanchalisa and Shri Ramashalaka Prashnavali. The mode of its recitation is given as a separate appendix. Adding to its uniqueness is the important section containing Indian, and European and American Scholar’s criticisms on Tulasidasa’s RAMACHARITAMANASA . A glossary of important proper nouns and epithets is given at the end.

Dr. R.C. Prasad translated SHRI RAMACHARITAMANASA into simple and lucid English and Hindi. He was a University Professor of English in Patna University where he taught for about three decades. He was an eminent author, translator and editor. He had a good number of books to his credit.

Review:

""Now we have an excellent rendering of the original into simple Hindi and English with its two disputed chapter in the appendices along with opinions of scholars both Indian and European"" - Kushwant Singh, The Hindustan Times, New Delhi, December 10 , 198"

$77
Kamba Ramayana
Kamba Ramayana
A masterly translation of the Tamil version of Ramayana The epic story of Rama, which is part of the Indian collective consciousness, has been retold in many regional languages. Pre-eminent among the many vernacular retellings of the Ramayana is the twelfth-century Tamil version by Kamban. The son of a temple drummer, Kamban is reputed to have had an impressive mastery of Tamil and Sanskrit classics. Fascinated by the lore of Ramayana, he immersed himself totally in it. Though Kamban acknowledges his indebtedness to the Sanskrit version of the Ramayana by Valmiki, his is an independent work, enriched by various religious, philosophical and literary influences. The Kamba Ramayana differs from Valmiki’s in significant ways. Though cast in the heroic mould of a Purushotama or ‘the best among men’, Valmiki’s Rama is still a man. Kamban, on the other hand, never allows the reader to forget the godhood of Rama. His Ravana too, though flawed, is a heroic figure. While Valmiki’s diction is sparse and direct, Kamban’s exuberant prose sparkles with wit and inventiveness. Translated into English by the late P.S. Sundaram, this edition has been abridged and edited by his long-time friend N.S. Jagannathan. Though pared down from the original six volumes to a single one, this translation retains the magic and poetry of the original.
$21
Ramayana
Ramayana
Specification
  • Product Code :BK7726
  • Size :9.5" x 6.5" x 1.6"
  • Weight :1.400 kg.
  • Author :Kamala Subramaniam
  • ISBN :978-8172764326
  • Publisher :Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan
  • Edition :2009
  • Cover :Hard Cover
  • Language :English
  • Pages :695
Description

Born on October 4, 1916, at Bangalore and educated in that city, the author had the privilege of studying under the distinguished Professor B. M. Srikantiah, Professor and Head of the English Department, Central College, Bangalore, and top litterateur in modern Kannada. She developed early in life an avid taste for English literature and particularly love for Shakespeare’s plays.

In 1937, she married Dr. V. S. Subramaniam, the renowned E.N.T. Surgeon of Madras.

Preoccupation with family affairs did not come in the way of her literary pursuit. She wrote a series of “Imaginary Conversations” on the modern of Lando’s for the Triveni under the pen-name “Ketaki.”

Smt. Kamala Subramaniam’s condensations of the Mahabharata and the Srimad Bhagavatam, both Bhavan’s publications, have won wide acclaim and with her Ramayana she successfully concludes her magnificent triad on the Epics and Puranas of India this latest offering marks a distinct landmark in her great voyage of self-discovery on which she set off long years ago.

The Epics and Puranas epitomize our culture. They are suffused with spiritual fervour, their heroes and heroines are exemplars of nobility, sublimity, valour, heroism, steadfastness and chivalry. And anyone reading them will find himself a little better, a little nobler. They have moulded our outlook, our way of life from times immemorial.

It is this priceless treasure of the spirit Smt. Kamala Subramaniam has tried to recapture for the benefit of the younger generation who, alas are deprived of this spiritual inspiration and nourishment.

A master story-teller, Smt. Kamala Subramaniam has retold the story of the “Perfect” man – the ideal man of the conception of the ageless Valmiki – lucidly, simply, elegantly.

If her Mahabharata established her as a born narrator and in her Srimad Bhagavatam she has soared to ecstatic devotional heights, in her Ramayana she has excelled herself in retelling the story of Sri Ramachandra – a story so soul-stirring, so ennobling, so elevating. Each one of the characters stands out for the quality predominant in him/her, but the focal point is the intensely humane hero, the shining symbol of dharma, Rama.

$39
RamayanaRamayana
Ramayana
Specification
  • Product Code :BK7713
  • Size :7.1" x 4.7" x 0.8"
  • Weight :300 gm.
  • Author :C. Rajagopalachari
  • ISBN :978-8172763657
  • Publisher :Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan
  • Edition :2000
  • Cover :Paperback
  • Language :English
  • Pages :490
Description

Chakravarti Rajagopalachari, popularly known as "Rajaji" or "C.R" was a great patriot, astute politician, incisive thinker, great visionary and one of the greatest statesmen of all time. He was a close associate of Mahatma Gandhi, hailed as conscious- keeper of the Mahatma. As an ardent freedom-fighter, as Chief Minister of Madras, as Governor of West Bengal, as Home Minister of India and as the first Indian Governor-General of India he rendered yeoman service to the nation and left an indelible impress on our contemporary life.

Rajaji was closely associated with Kulapati Munshiji and he was among the distinguished founder-members of the Bhavan. The Bhavan had the privilege of publishing 18 books (see page ii) by him so far, the copyright of which he gifted to the Bhavan.

All of Rajaji's works, especially of Marcus Aurelius, the Bhagavad Gita and Upanishads are popular. In Mahabharata, he has displayed his inimitable flair for story-telling and applying the moral of stories to the needs of modern times. In the present book Ramayana, Rajaji captures for us the pathos and beauty of Valmiki's magic in an inimitable manner. Written in homely style, the work is striking in its originality and beauty of expression. A fitting successor to Mahabharata.

Rajaji passed away in 1972 at the age of 94.

$16
The Gita and Tulasi-Ramayana: Their Common Call for the Good of All
The Gita and Tulasi-Ramayana: Their Common Call for the Good of All

This book has identified ''the good of all'' as the single most important criterion of excellence of any socio-spiritual approach to life's problems-particularly in the context of the conflict-ridden society of today. The comprehensive coverage of this criterion, as presented in this study, has strong links with (like Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati) three life-sustaining streams of thought. The first stream refers to the lokasamgraha-message of the Gita which has been formulated in that scripture from ten different but inter-connected angles. The second stream refers to the jagmangal-message of the Manas which is simpler to grasp and which can also be explained from the same ten angles as are applicable to the Gita. The third stream refers to the repeated expressions of the concern for ''the good of all'' which began with the Vedas and which continued as an integral part of the Indian tradition--a steady source which strengthened the calls of the Gita and Manas also. By putting all these ideas together and by maintaining the interest of the readers, this book has opened the door to a new field of study and research, viz. the Indian contribution to the theory and practice of ''the good of all.''

$32

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