Gems On Earth

“Now happy in the heart, the king compliments the good qualities of the ocean of material existence: ‘The creator is very smart, for such gems like this grow here’.” (Janaki Mangala, 42) pramudita hṛdayan sarāhata bhala bhavasāgara| jahan upajahiṃ asa… Read More ›

A Welcoming King

“Taking Rama with him, the son of Gadhi became happy in the heart when he saw the city. Hearing the news of their arrival, the king, bringing his advisers, guru and priests, comes to welcome them.” (Janaki Mangala, Chand 5.1)… Read More ›

All Things To All People

“The people observing received auspicious fruits for their eyes and mind. Rama accompanied Vishvamitra to his ashrama, with the fears of the sages removed.” (Janaki Mangala, 37) mana loganha ke karata suphala mana locana | gae kausika āśramanihaṃ bipra bhaya… Read More ›

Passing The Test

“Rama showed His tremendous knowledge of fighting by killing the demon Tataka. The muni then gave to Him knowledge of secret mantras to be used in fighting.” (Janaki Mangala, 36) badhī tāḍakā rāma jāni saba lāyaka| bidyā mantra rahasya die… Read More ›


“Travelling along the way with the rishi they are looking so beautiful. That beautiful image lives within Tulasi’s heart. When the trio was going, it looked like the sun travelling north, taking with it the spring season.” (Janaki Mangala, Chand… Read More ›

Two Handsome Boys

“After Brahma created them, there was no beauty left for the rest of the world. If you searched the entire fourteen bhuvanas you wouldn’t find anything that could compare to their beauty.” (Janaki Mangala, Chand 4.1) birace biraṃci banāi bām̐cī… Read More ›

Parting Is Sweet Sorrow

“Walking along, all the townspeople are so fearful of separation that they have lost consciousness. Bharata, along with his younger brother, with love approaches Rama’s feet to offer respects.” (Janaki Mangala, 30) calata sakala pura loga biyoga bikala bhaye |… Read More ›

Bon Voyage

“The king, queens and all the citizens of the city gave their minds to Rama. ‘Return home quickly, doing Your work successfully, O delight of the Raghu dynasty.’” (Janaki Mangala, 28) purabāsī nṛp rāninha sanga diye mana | begi phireu… Read More ›

Why Should I Live

“There are many faults associated with ending my life, and if I remain alive I can find all-auspiciousness. Therefore, I will keep my life-breath, for by living success is assured.” (Hanuman, Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 13.47) vināśe bahavo doṣā jīvan… Read More ›

Bearing The Burden

“I think that a terrible wail will be released upon my return, causing the destruction of the Ikshvaku family and the Vanaras.” (Hanuman, Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 13.37) ghoram ārodanam manye gate mayi bhaviṣyati || ikṣvāku kula nāśaḥ ca nāśaḥ… Read More ›