lakshmana

Little Did He Know

“Welcoming his dear guest and worshiping his feet, the king said, ‘Because you have visited I don’t think anyone is as fortunate as I am.’” (Janaki Mangala, 16) pūji pahunaī kīnha pāi priya pāhuna | kaheu bhūpa mohi sarisa sukṛta… Read More ›

The Biggest Winner

“Tulsi emphatically says, ‘O mind, hear what I am saying and always take it to heart, for this will benefit you. Remembering Shri Rama’s holy name is the greatest profit, and forgetting Him is the worst loss.’” (Dohavali, 21) tulasī… Read More ›

Abhimata Deta

“Prabhu always resides in Chitrakuta alongside Sita and Lakshmana. For those who chant Shri Rama’s holy name, the Lord fulfills all their desires, says Tulsi.” (Dohavali, 4) citrakūṭa saba dina basata prabhu siya lakhana sameta| rāma nāma japa jāpakahi tulasī… Read More ›

Speed of the Mind

“Underneath a banyan tree in Panchavati alongside Sita and Lakshmana, Prabhu is looking especially beautiful. This vision gives all auspiciousness, says Tulsidas.” (Dohavali, 3) pañcabaṭī baṭa biṭapa tara sītā lakhana sameta| sohata tulasīdāsa prabhu sakala sumaṇgala deta || Tulsidas herein… Read More ›

Sakala Kalyana

“Meditating on Shri Rama, who has Janaki to His left and Lakshmana to His right, brings all auspiciousness and is your wish-fulfilling tree, O Tulsi.” (Dohavali, 1) rāma bāma disi jānakī lakhana dāhinī ora| dhyāna sakala kalyānamaya surataru tulasī tora… Read More ›

I Want It Now

“Having made up his mind thus, that heroic monkey, Hanuman, eager to see Vaidehi, wished for the sun to set.” (Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 2.48) iti saṃcintya hanumān sūryasyāstamayaṃ kapiḥ | ācakāṃkśe tato vīro vaidehyā draśanotusakaḥ One who knows the… Read More ›

Iron Arrows

“Lakshmana has many naracha arrows [made of iron] that are just like the thunderbolt hurled by Indra and lightning in the potency of their impact, as they can even split mountains.” (Hanuman speaking to Angada, Valmiki Ramayana, Kishkindha Kand, 54.15)… Read More ›

Indescribably Endeared

“Based on what you have heard [from Tara], you regard this cave as being capable of providing protection, but tearing it apart will be easy work for Lakshmana’s arrows.” (Hanuman speaking to Angada, Valmiki Ramayana, Kishkindha Kand, 54.13) yām ca… Read More ›