Month: October 2012

I Will Write You a Song

“Today Rama will definitely lift the bow, and the three worlds will sing of the supreme auspiciousness of the marriage with excitement.” (Janaki Mangala, 71) ajahum̐ avasi raghunandana cāpa caḍhāuba | byāha uchāha sumangala gāuba || If you really want… Read More ›

King’s Oath

“If the king had first heard of Rama’s wonderful qualities and beauty, he would have called for Sita to marry Him, and nobody would have faulted him for it.” (Janaki Mangala, 69) prathama sunata jo rāu rāma guna-rūpahiṃ | boli… Read More ›

Sukriti

“Just as good deeds give people whatever their mind desires, so God will deliver to the people through the king’s protecting his vow.” (Janaki Mangala, 68) asa sukṛtī naranāhu jo mana abhilāṣihi | so puraihiṃ jagadīsa paraja pana rākhihi ||… Read More ›

A Good Deed

“I know that the king, the lord of the people, has done a very good thing, for his vow has brought the pleasing vision, the fruit of the eyes, to everyone here.” (Janaki Mangala, 67) hamareṃ jāna janesa bahuta bhala… Read More ›

Shooting Daggers

“The men and women of the city are staring at the lamp of Raghu’s family with love, while they give a bad look to the king of Videha.” (Janaki Mangala, 65) pura nara nāri nihārahiṃ raghukula dīpahiṃ | doṣu nehabasa… Read More ›

Dussehra 2012

“The Vanaras, who fought using trees, attacked the demons from all sides. Seeing the ten-necked leader killed, the Vanaras assumed a triumphant attitude.” (Valmiki Ramayana, Yuddha Kand, 108.24) sarvataścābhipetustān vānarā drumayodhinaḥ | daśagrīvavadhaṃ dṛṣṭvā vānarā jitakāśinaḥ || If your enemy… Read More ›

The Greatest Gain

“All glories to Kunja-vihari, whose garments surpass the splendor of gold, whose crown is decorated with a splendid peacock feather, and whose new, glistening youthfulness delights the women of Vraja.” (Shrila Rupa Gosvami, Shri Kunja-vihary-astakam, 5) śātakumbha-ruci-hāri-dukūlaḥ keki-candraka-virājita-cūlaḥ navya-yauvana-lasad-vraja-nārī rañjano… Read More ›