22 August, 2014

#SpecialFeature :: #GuestPost - Lord Rama’s Love Marriage by Shubha Vilas

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*** SPECIAL FEATURE - August 2014 ***

Shubha Vilas author of the book “Ramayana - The Game of Life” published by Jaico, holds a Bachelors of Engineering degree in Electronics and Telecommunications. He has also completed L.L.B (Specializing in Intellectual Property Law).
Shubha Vilas began his career with the Tata Group and later joined the international law firm in Bangalore which he quit to serve the society at large by taking charge of a publishing house Tulsi Books which has published over 10 books under his leadership.
Shubha Vilas now counsels and guides students in the area of leadership, overcoming failures, managing stress from various colleges like IISC, Bangalore, BITS Pilani, Goa, Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Sydnem College, etc.
His leadership seminars are popular with top-level management in corporate houses. He addresses their crucial needs through thought- provoking seminars on themes such as ‘Secrets of Lasting Relationships’, ‘Soul Curry to Stop Worry’ and ‘Work–Life Balance’ to name a few.
Shubha Vilas has also been assisting business leaders as their lifestyle coach, conducting regular classes on Spirituality and Management to help them live a wholesome life.
He also helps individuals apply the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita, the Ramayana and other dharmic traditions in dealing with modern- day life situations.
This book is the fruit of his deep study and understanding of lessons of Ramayan as it applies to life today.

Lord Rama’s Love Marriage

Rama lay lost in His own world. His thoughts transported Him to that window in Mithila behind which had stood the most beautiful damsel He had ever seen. The window framed Her like a painter’s flawless masterpiece. He was so captivated and awestruck by this mystic beauty that He turned around for a second glimpse. It was magical; He could not fathom what force drew Him toward Her. He had never felt this way before.

As Rama lay on the grass thinking about Her, deep in the innermost chambers of the palace, Sita was tossing and turning in her soft, downy bed. The restlessness in Her heart made Her bed feel like thorns. She could not take Her mind off the boy She had seen on the street from Her window. She remembered every inch of His handsome physique – the broad shoulders, the strong feet, the pinkish palms and the deep, intense eyes through which He consumed Her beauty completely. When Rama had walked out of Her sight, Sita’s mind, resolve and beauty had shamelessly followed Him. She had never felt this way before. When He walked away, She had felt like a thirsty person who could not find the way to the water tank even after having spotted it. Here, the water tank had just walked away from a thirsty Sita!

Rama was not sure if He was sinning by thinking about that girl. What if She were married? No, it couldn’t be. In His heart and mind He knew that She was the One. If His mind had settled on Her, surely She must be the divine bride in waiting. Rama’s faith in His mind was restored. Such was his confidence that He knew He couldn’t sin.

 Rama, Lord Vishnu Himself, the one who slept in an ocean of milk, was now sleeping in an ocean of agony. The night was as restless as His mind.

Although Rama and Sita had already fallen in love with each other, when Rama broke the bow he did not know who he was going to get married to. Likewise, Sita was clueless as to who had broken the bow. Yet she went ahead to garland the bravheart who had broken the bow. In modern context, this episode tells us when it comes to marriage, love when endorsed by parents ensures long term happiness for all.

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Epics like the Ramayan have been recounted infinite times. Is there a need for another chronicle in the presence of so many? How is this one different? And is it relevant to our ever-changing modern lives? 
Yes there is a need; yes, this is different; and yes it is most relevant! This new series of books, each following one volume of the original Ramayana, decodes the eternal wisdom of that poetic scripture through gripping narrative and thought provoking instruction. In the time-honored custom of spreading wisdom through tales, every fascinating story in the epic is retold here and every character unfolded to captivate your heart and open your mind to life’s deepest questions. 
The narrative closely follows Valmiki’s Ramayana, gently weaving in folk tales as well as the beautiful analogies of the Kamba Ramayana. The first of the six-volume series, Rise of the Sun Prince, takes you through the divine story of Lord Rama from His birth up to His marriage. 
Through these pages are revealed the tales of  Dasaratha’s leadership, Vishwamitra’s quest for power and the intriguing story of a little-known stone maiden. Ramayana – The Game of Life has all this and much more – food for contemporary thought drawn from an enduring masterpiece. 

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