Book Review: Ramayana In Rhymes: Jyothirllata Girija

The Ramayana is the first epic poem of the sacred literature of India and its author is considered the first and greatest of poets. From time immemorial, the Ramayana has had a profound influence on the ideas, feelings, customs, traditions and conscience of the Indian people, inspiring saints, poets, philosophers and artists.

Ramayana In Rhymes is an attempt by Jyothirllata Girija aimed at children to shape the millennia and the soul of the Indian nation, teaching with beautiful rhymes and mythological legends of the most sublime truths, moral and spiritual legacy of a tradition that is lost in the mists of time.

Taught and transmitted orally for thousands of years, the book tells the story of ancient sages and kings, and contains valuable evidence of social and religious life of the periods for which we have no historical evidence. The knowledge of the Ramayana is critical to understand the spirit of India, because its characters boast human ideals admired and emulated by all.

In this sense, Rama, is not only the hero of the epic tale, but the name given to a code of moral behaviour, religious, political, and social belonging to a precise stage of Indian civilization. This means that the rhymes not only explains but prescribes, through the shining example of Rama and Sita as archetypes of perfection and adhesion to Dharma, a model of moral and ethical conduct to imitate and internalize.

The narrative of these mythical events has reached us thanks to the elegant, erudite and sophisticated verses, that seems to anticipate the elaborate classical era, or a particular type of literature is characterized by long descriptions, surprising comparisons and metaphors, puns and displays of doctrine, internal rhymes and a whole repertoire of formal refinement and stylistic ornaments leading to hypothesize in the intellectual circles of the privileged irradiation of this new and clever literary production.

The appeal and freshness of this book transcend all limitations imposed by time, space, age, caste, creed, language and society where all, irrespective of their age, succumb to the charms and fascinating personalities of its heroes, who have inspired countless men of different generations and spurring them on to perform almost superhuman tasks with modem civilization owes most dazzling achievements of inspiration.

Ramayana teaches the moral welfare of society and the effect is the ideal conduct of its heroes under the most trying circumstances that destiny can weave where Rama, avatar of Vishnu like Krishna, is a personification of all that is expected of an ideal son, ideal brother, ideal husband, ideal prince, ideal ally, ideal commander and an ideal king.

In Ramayana appear, admirably described, righteous and powerful kings accompanied by pretty queens, spiritual teachers very high, great ascetics with amazing mental powers, fantastic extraterrestrial civilizations, powerful cosmic spaceships, women of legendary beauty and fabulous heroes, without blemish and without sin.

Our cynicism and our disenchantment have made us lose the ability to understand the meaning of those stories and yet universal nostalgia grips us, to find the language of myth, which still whispers from the abyss of time but for us that language will not be more direct with the light of the myth for us will be a glow as the small light in the woods, far, far away, appearing in fairy tales.

Translation of epics and rendering them in prose is, at the best of times, an arduous and hazardous job but here the author has done her best to capture to a remarkable degree the grandeur of the epic, the loftiness of its thought, the simplicity and elegance of its diction and the freshness of its enduring beauty. This book, being one of those rare ones elevates one's soul, and should find a place under every shelf.

Myths, legends, epics in the Ramayana, branch off into countless rivulets that weaves, seamless mutations and this narrative macrocosm thousand convoluted symbols, meanings often elusive, as a whole, the boundaries of which are lost in the unknown, is the image of the entire universe.

The fairy tale, as we know, is what remains of the myth, its transformation into a folk tale and also different is the concept of time. The time of myth, that swallows, turning in its very substance, even historical events, it is the time of the sacred. A circular time in which there is a before and an after, but all lives in an eternal present, and the narration of the events, which apparently is happening to each other, does not follow a chronological order, but only for cause and effect, to outside of time and space.

The book therefore plays as the educational paradigm depository of the collective knowledge, yet this deposit or hereditary sediment transmitted by oral tradition is not intended as comprehensive heritage, but rather as a gradual layering and overlapping historical material, mythical, anecdotal and geographically over the centuries has been stitched up in a collection become organic synthesis and a symbol of cultural content, religious and philosophical of an entire civilization.

Conversely, you must have the ability of the child, pureness of heart, mackerel of the mass of clouds of literary speculation, a capacity almost as well as metaphorical practice of getting lost in the woods or to the fantasizing, so yes, even the adult soul understands and appreciates.

On the whole the book is a masterpiece of stylistic balance, a book cleverly framed, a path from the gentle slopes and steep climb at the end of which we can not contemplate that satisfied the view open before the eyes and heart and it is also the style, sometimes light, but more often tall and majestic.

Format: Paperback ♥ Pages: 142 ♥ Publisher: ♥ Publisher: July 2014 ♥ Language: English ♥ ISBN-13: 978-8182535084