lord shiva

Pashupati

“Or, lifting him up and carrying him across the ocean, I will offer him to Rama, like an animal offered to Lord Shiva, the lord of animals.” (Hanuman, Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 13.50) athavā enam samutkṣipya upari upari sāgaram ||… Read More ›

Next in Line

“Some are moving, some are on the way, and some are entering the city. Some are grabbing the bow, offering their respects to it, and then sitting down after having failed to lift it.” (Janaki Mangala, 11) eka calahiṃ eka… Read More ›

Following Authority

“Shri Rama’s holy name eliminates all misfortunes and sins and brings all auspiciousness in every way. This is why Lord Shiva always chants it and the Vedas and Puranas sing of its glories.” (Dohavali, 35) harana amangala agha akhila karana… Read More ›

Parabrahman

“Shri Rama’s name is greater than Brahman, and it grants boons to even those who are capable of giving boons. Lord Shiva knowingly selected it out of the one hundred crore verses describing Rama’s acts.” (Dohavali, 31) brahma rāma teṃ… Read More ›

Home Sweet Home

“The tongue and its taste are the husband and wife, the teeth are the relatives, and the mouth is the beautiful home. Lord Shiva’s cherished syllables [Ra + ma] are the children, and natural love for them is the wealth,… Read More ›

Demon Worship

“…Lord Rama was so saintly that people were anxious to live in His kingdom, (Rama-rajya), but Lord Rama never showed any cowardice. Ravana was an aggressor against Rama because he kidnapped Rama’s wife, Sita, but Lord Rama gave him sufficient… Read More ›

Ash to Ash

“Should Rama look at you with His angry blazing eyes, you, O Rakshasa, would be burned to death in an instant, just as Manmadha [Cupid] was by Rudra [Shiva].” (Sita Devi speaking to Ravana, Valmiki Ramayana, Aranya Kand, 56.10) This… Read More ›

Destroyer of Foes

“Lakshmana, who is His [Rama’s] brother from a different mother, is very powerful. That tiger among men is Rama’s assistant and the destroyer of enemies in battle. His brother named Lakshmana follows the Vedic principles with firm determination. Carrying a… Read More ›

A Good Mother

“I was then placed under the care of the chief queen, the pious Sunayana. That highly-esteemed lady raised me with the love and affection of a mother.” (Sita Devi speaking to Anasuya, Valmiki Ramayana, Ayodhya Kand, 118.33) In this passage,… Read More ›