By Mr Anand Neelakantan
The epic story of victory and defeatƒ the tale of the Ramayana have been informed innumerable occasions. The spell binding tale of Rama, the incarnation of God, who slew Ravana, the evil demon of darkness, is understood to each Indian. And within the pages of historical past, as continually, it's the model informed by means of the victors, that lives on. The voice of the vanquished is still misplaced in silence. yet what if Ravana and his humans had a distinct tale to inform? the tale of the Ravanayana had by no means been informed. Asura is the epic story of the vanquished Asura humans, a narrative that has been loved by means of the oppressed outcastes of India for 3000 years. beforehand, no Asura has dared to inform the story. yet maybe the time has come for the lifeless and the defeated to talk. ñFor hundreds of thousands of years, i've been vilified and my loss of life is well known 12 months after 12 months in each nook of India. Why? was once it simply because I challenged the Gods for the sake of my daughter? used to be it simply because I freed a race from the yoke of caste-based Deva rule? you could have heard the victor's story, the Ramayana. Now listen the Ravanayana, for i'm Ravana, the Asura, and my tale is the story of the vanquished.î ñI am a non-entity ? invisible, powerless and negligible. No epics will ever be written approximately me. i've got suffered either Ravana and Rama ? the hero and the villain or the villain and the hero. while the tales of significant males are instructed, my voice perhaps too feeble to be heard. but, spare me a second and listen to my tale, for i'm Bhadra, the Asura, and my existence is the story of the loser.î the traditional Asura empire lay shattered into many warring petty kingdoms reeling below the heel of the Devas. In desperation, the Asuras search for to a tender saviour ? Ravana. Believing higher international awaits them below Ravana, universal males like Bhadra choose to persist with the younger chief. With a will of iron and a fiery ambition to be triumphant, Ravana leads his humans from victory to victory and carves out an unlimited empire from the Devas. yet even if Ravana succeeds spectacularly, the negative Asuras locate that not anything a lot has replaced for them. it's while that Ravana, via one motion, alterations the background of the area.
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5 So let’s continue our discussion, for I too want to talk about the nature of who you and I are and what we teach. That is why we are talking today, you and me, for the sake of the man whose ear is pinned to this curtain. His soul is struggling. He is desperate for the truth, Krishna. Let’s speak of these things for his sake, not for the sake of argument between you and me. Krishna: Agreed. There is no need for you and me to argue. You and I are complete in ourselves. Jesus: So let’s return to that very basic question: who are you, Krishna, and what do you claim?
We chant for a reason. There are about forty-eight letters or characters in the Sanskrit alphabet. Om, or Aum, is the sixth vowel with a nasal sound. When Brahma wanted to know the secret to all knowledge, the sound of Aum came to him in his mind. The more he chanted Aum, the more knowledge came to him. So really, the answer to your question can be found in chanting. Subra: What sort of answer is that? Jesus: Subra, please, let Krishna continue. Krishna: Actually, the topic of chanting reminds me of another story.
Now, about the context of my teaching… At the time, I happened to be the chariot driver of my devotee, Arjuna, who was leading the righteous Pandava brothers against the wicked Kauravas who, you remember, wanted to seize power. Jesus: Arjuna was seeking your advice on what situation? Krishna: Well, they were all relatives, you know. Actually, let me qualify that, because in India everybody is related. These were cousins. Arjuna was a master archer and set to lead the undermanned Pandavas against the larger army of the Kauravas.