Saturday, October 23, 2010

A homage to Maharshi Valmiki on his Birth Anniversary as flashed by me on the f.b on October 22,2010.

Bishwanath Singh:
How many of us are aware that the Birth Anniversary of Maharshi Valmiki, the first Indian Poet who authored Ramyana as the first Kavya is being celebrated all over the country on the 22nd of October with great fervor!It would not be out of place to mention that the State Govt. of Karnataka has announced govt. h...oliday in Karnataka on this day to commemorate Valmiki Jayanti. Let us have glimpse on his life in brief and emulate it in our life to make it godly and blissful!

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Bishwanath Singh :
Maharshi Valmiki is adored as one of the greatest Poet in Sanskrit literature of olden days. . Valmiki is revered as the first poet, or Adi Kavi, and the Ramayana, the first kavya.He is the author of the epic Ramayana, based on the attrib...ution in the text of the epic itself.He is revered as the Adi Kavi, which means First Poet, for he discovered the first śloka i.e. first verse, which set the base and defined the form to Sanskrit poetry. The Yoga Vasistha is attributed to him. A religious movement called Valmikism is based on Valmiki's teachings as presented in the Ramayana and the Yoga Vasistha.It’s well known that by the 1st century AD, Valmiki's reputation as the father of Sanskrit classical poetry seems to have been legendary as Ashvagosha mentioned in the Buddhacarita, that the voice of Valmiki uttered poetry which the great seer Chyavana could not compose.This particular verse has been speculated to indicate a familiar relationship between Valmiki and Chyavana, as implied by the previous and subsequent verses. The Uttara Khanda chapter of the Ramayana 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".. The Rāmāyaṇa, originally written by Valmiki, consists of 24,000 verses[ in six cantos (some say seven i.e. including the Uttara Ramayana (kāṇḍas). The Ramayana tells the story of a prince, Rama of Ayodhya, whose wife Sita is abducted by the demon (Rākshasa) king of Lanka, Rāvana. The Valmiki Ramayana is dated variously from 500 BC to 100 BC, or about co-eval with early versions of the Mahabhārata.As with many traditional epics, it has gone through a long process of interpolations and redactions, making it impossible to date accurately. The legend goes that Valmiki was going to the river Ganga for his daily ablutions. A disciple by the name Bharadwaja was carrying his clothes. On the way, they came across the Tamasa Stream. Looking at the stream, Valmiki said to his disciple, "Look, how clear is this water, like the mind of a good man! I will bathe here today." When he was looking for a suitable place to step into the stream, he heard the sweet chirping of birds. Looking up, he saw two birds flying together. Valmiki felt very pleased on seeing the happy bird couple. Suddenly, one of the birds fell down, hit by an arrow; it was the male bird. Seeing the wounded one, its mate screamed in agony. Valmiki's heart melted at this pitiful sight. He looked around to find out who had shot the bird. He saw a hunter with a bow and arrows, nearby. Valmiki became very angry. His lips opened and he uttered the following words that the hunter will find no rest for the long years of Eternity as the hunter killed a bird in love and unsuspecting as sloka in Sanskrit. Thus this śloka is revered as the "first śloka" in Hindu literature. Valmiki is revered as the first poet, or Adi Kavi, and the Ramayana, the first kavya His first disciples to whom he taught the Ramayana were Kusha and Lava, the sons of Rama. Valmiki is revered as the god in Nayaka community.Let us join to pay our respectful & most humble obeisance's to the lotus feet of Maharshi Valmiki and seek His bliss for well-being of all living-being of this universe and pray to give us wisdom to live in peace and maintain most cordial relations amongst ourselves with all others irrespective of their nationality,race & religion!

.Ggm Nazim :risheeon kee prampraa ko samridhee kea nayea shiker tak pahuchaanea waalea thea aadikav baalmeeki ji.
October 22,2010.

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