Published by Taoshobuddha MeditationsTrinidad, West indies
he response to our August 2010 issue wasoverwhelming and we have decided tocontinue in our present September issue tohighlight aspects of the Hindu Epic Ramayana. Itseems that the readers have found anundiscovered analysis of the text. Our way is bothunique and universal. We present old wine in newbottles because the mystic wine is the same andcauses the same effect when drunk. We aremerely preparing a menu that suits the appetite of the seeker.We intend to do a trilogy on Ramayana and a thirdissue would be forthcoming. This issue will focuson women in the Ramayana a will be ourDeepavali issue. The October issue will focus onSufism as a tribute to the Islamic month of Ramadan.
This issue on Sufism will relate to thegrowth of Naqshbandi Path in India and anotherissue the Hindu Influence in Naqshbandi path.In our present issue that deals with the Ramayana,we highlight some of the main characters of theEpic. And give special emphasis on the GayatriMantra. In a subsequent issue we will dealexclusively with this most potent Mantra.The relation of Gayatri to Rama is that Rama is adescendent of the Sun Dynasty, and Gayatri(Savitri) is the daughter of the Sun God. Hence adirect bond is established. Also the guru of Rama isVishvamitra who got his
from the Sun Godthrough recitation of the Gayatri Mantra.The demon king Ravana is a much misunderstandand misrepresented character of the Ramayana.His role cannot easily be unravelled without the
‘intuitive eyes of knowledge’ –
“If I cannot be Rama,
then I would be Ravana, for
he is the dark side of Vishnu.” –
Sri Aurobindo.The text lends itself to allegory but the allegory isnot of personal whim or fancy. It has a mysticalsynergy. With our mental caprice we can concoct ameaning and interpretation. This fabrication wouldbe a travesty of truth. The truth is hidden from theunscrupulous and revealed only to the sincereseekers who have risen above the moral dualitiesand who have adopted the path of the
divine outlaw, one who has gone beyond the lawsof mortal men.Our singular approach is to give hints of themystical and point towards the moon (in this casethe Sun). Truth is such that is cannot be saiddirectly, that is the very nature of truth. We canonly give hints and indicate towards somedimension beyond the known.One encounters truth along the sojourn to lifeeternal. Then one comes to understand why thetruth cannot be said. A truth that can be said is nottruth. Truth is silence. When all the noise andchatter of the mind, when the waves of thought
have receded into the vast eternity of love’s mute
gestures, truth shines like a thousand sun
Gayatriillumines the intellect and the eyes of knowledgeopen to see the Reality as it with no mind, nothought , no feeling
this is the truth . Ramayanais the path to truth. Rama is the incarnate truth.
Aham Rama Asmi
I am Rama.