A New Retelling of Valmiki’s Ancient Epic
For those not familiar with the Ramayana, it is the most widely read epic in world history. It has been described as the original epic quest—comparable to Star Wars and Romeo and Juliet rolled into one.
Ramayana tells the story of the hero-god, Rama, the 7th incarnation of the Indian god Vishnu. From his divine birth, through exile, the kidnapping of his beloved wife Sita and her eventual recovery the Ramayana is explores concepts such as loyalty, betrayal, redemption and the nature of life. This time honored classic Hindu Classic tells of a time when the gods flew on ships through the air (vimana) and of giants that walked the earth. It delves into their magical weapons and of some of the characters ability to shape shift.
To some, the Ramayana is just a well told fairy tale. To others, it is based upon real events and characters that appeared in our past. Who were these larger than life characters that filled these pages? Where did they come from and did they, their weapons and other advanced technology really exist?
To help us navigate through the concepts brought forward in the Ramayana we will be speaking with Linda Egenes.
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About Linda Egenes
Linda Egenes, MA, is the author of more than five hundred articles and five books about the benefits of meditation, yoga, and other Vedic techniques for improving health. She is the author of Visits with the Amish: Impressions of the Plain Life and with Kumuda Reddy, M.D.. She has co-authored three books on Maharishi Ayurveda for children and families, as well as All Love Flows to the Self: Eternal Stories from the Upanishads. A practitioner of the Transcendental Meditation technique since 1971 and certified teacher since 1975, Linda is adjunct associate professor of writing at Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, where she lives with her husband, Sanskrit scholar and author Thomas Egenes, Ph.D.