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VALMIKI


VALMIKI


nationality : Indian | occupation : Sanskrit Poet, Author,Writer

 

You cannot count on the physical proximity

of someone you love, all the time.

A seed that sprouts at the foot of its parent tree

remains stunted until it is transplanted.

Rama will be in my care, and he will be quite well.

But ultimately, he will leave me too.

Every human being, when the time comes,

has to depart to seek his fulfillment in his own way. 

  

BOOKS BY THE MASTER 

" Ramayana (1- Bala kanda ... 2- Ayodhya Kanda ... 3- Aranya Kanda ... 4- Kishkinda Kanda ... 5- Sundara Kanda ... 6- Yuddha Kanda ... 7 - Uttara Kanda) "

Valmiki is celebrated as the harbinger-poet in Sanskrit literature. He is the author of the epic Ramayana, based on the attribution in the text of the epic itself. He is revered as the Adi Kavi, which translates to First Poet, for he invented sloka (i.e. first verse or epic metre), which set the base and defined the form to Sanskrit poetry.

The Uttara Khanda tells the story of Valmiki's early life, as an unnamed highway robber who used to rob people after killing them. Once, the robber tried to rob the divine sage Narada for the benefit of his family. Narada asked him if his family would share the sin he was incurring due to the robbery. The robber replied positively, but Narada told him to confirm this with his family. The robber asked his family, but none agreed to bear the burden of sin. Dejected, the robber finally understood the truth of life and asked for Narada's forgiveness. Narada taught the robber to worship God. The robber meditated for many years, so much so that Ant-hills grew around his body. Finally, a divine voice declared his penance successful, bestowing him with the name "Valmiki": "one born out of ant-hills" (Valmikam in Sanskrit means Ant-hill). 

The Rāmāyaṇa, originally written by Vālmīki, consists of 23,000 ślokas and 7 cantos {Kaṇḍas} including the Uttara canto {Kaṇḍa}.Rāmāyaṇa is composed of about 480,002 words, being a quarter of the length of the full text of the Mahābhārata or about four times the length of the Iliad. The Rāmāyaṇa tells the story of a prince, Rāma of Ayodhyā, whose wife Sītā is abducted by the demon-king (Rākṣasa) ofLaṅkā, Rāvaṇa. The Vālmīki's Rāmāyaṇa is dated variously from 500 BC to 100 BC, or about co-eval with early versions of the Mahābhārata. As with many traditional epics, it has gone through a process of interpolations and redactions, making it impossible to date accurately.

Vālmīki is also quoted to be the contemporary of Śrī Rāma. Śrī Rāma met Vālmīki during his period of exile and interacted with him. Vālmīki gave shelter to Sītā in his hermitage when Rama banished her. Kuśa and Lava the twin sons of Sri Rama were born to Sītā in this hermitage.Vālmīki taught Rāmāyaṇa to Kuśa and Lava, who later sang the divine story in Ayodhyā during the Aśvamedha yajña congregation, to the pleasure of the audience, whereupon, King Śrī Rāma questioned who they were and later visited Valmiki's hermitage to confirm if the Sita, the two children claimed as their mother was in fact his wife in exile. Later, he summoned them to his royal palace. Kuśa and Lava sang the story of Śrī Rāma there, and Śrī Rāma confirmed that whatever had been sung by these two children was entirely true.

Vālmīki Muni is revered as the first poet,or Ādi Kavi, and the Rāmāyaṇa, the first Kāvya. His first disciples to whom he taught the Rāmāyaṇa were Kuśa and Lava, the sons of Śrī Rāma. The Balmiki community found in Punjab, Rajasthan, and Gujarat worship Valmiki as their ancestor and as God.

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