The great poet who composed the 'Ramacharita manasa'. His boyhood
was one of poverty and suffering; but yet he became a great scholar.
One word spoken by his wife brought him a realization of his true
goal; he became a devotee of Lord Sri Rama. And this poet-saint
showed thousands of people the way to a meaningful life.
Ramayana' is a very famous and great epic of North India. It relates
the story of Sri Rama.
It was written
by Goswami Tulasidas. (Goswami means one who has renounced the
world and has become a sanyasi, that is, an ascetic.) That is
why it was popularly known as Tulasi Ramayana.
gave it the title, 'Ramacharitamanasa'.
first poet, told the story of Sri Rama in his 'Ramayana'; after
him hundreds of poets have retold it in their own way. 'Tulasi
Ramayana' is one of the most popular and venerated Ramayanas.
Many poets of our country were saints. They were great scholars
as well as great devotees. They lived as rishis. Goswami Tulasidas
too was a great scholar well versed in Vedic lore, philosophy
and mythology. People say that Tulasidas, by virtue of his perfect
devotion, was so fortunate as to meet Anjaneya, the renowned servant
of Sri Rama. It is said Anjaneya helped him to see with his own
eyes Sri Rama and Lakshmana. Tulasidas declared: 'Bhakti is the
only way leading to God's grace. Sri Rama is the Supreme God (Parabrahma).
He is the ideal man. And he is the Lord of this world. His words
and deeds themselves form the code of human conduct in this world.'
In his 'Ramayana'
Tulasidas has narrated the story of Sri Rama; he has also taught
the principles of right living through different characters. The
lessons taught in that work are valid to this day.
The epic gives beautiful pictures of the right relation between
father and children, and of the affection among brothers. It also
shows how the husband and the wife, mothers-in-law and daughters-in-law,
should conduct themselves. Tulasidas describes the affection of
a teacher for his disciples and the respect of the disciples for
their teacher. But his poem is not just a moral Piece. Tulasidas
has narrated the story of Sri Rama in a moving and delightful