The Ramayana In Words, Sound and Pictures
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Tulsidas’s Ramayan is always recommended reading on this path, but particularly during Navratri, which is coming up in October. Shri Anandi Ma often suggests that we read the Ramayana as part of Navratri practices. This epic story of the life of Shri Rama is symbolic of the kundalini’s uniting the individual with the infinite. Reading, chanting or listening to it brings auspiciousness and growth in the life of the disciple.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City currently has a wonderful exhibit called:
Epic India: Scenes from the Ramayana
Through October 3, 2010
Florence and Herbert Irving Galleries for the Arts of South and Southeast Asia, 3rd floor
Here you will find beautiful sketches, paintings dating back to the 16th century, a fabulous 15th century textile, and sculpture (including a great murti of Hanumanji) that all help make the Ramayan come alive. Viewing this exhibit may be a great way to motivate yourself to contemplate the Ramayan this Navratri.
Can’t make it to Manhattan? Get the virtual tour of exhibit highlights online here.