[Advaita-l] Ramopakhyana of Mahabharata vs. the Uttara Kanda of Ramayana
sunil_bhattacharjya at yahoo.com
Fri Jun 10 12:56:35 CDT 2016
It is indeed mentioned in the end of the 74th chapter of the Uttara kanda of the Valmiki Ramayana that the boy would come back to life, wnen Lord Ram would take the right action. Lord Ram called a meeting of Vashishtha and others to discuss the issue and he asked the boy's body to be kept in a boat of oil. Obviously Ramayana means that the boy could be revived after Lord Ram took the appropriate action.
The shudra's prime duty in that age was "paricharya" (i.e., attending to and nursing) and it could be that the physician, who treated the boy, could have given the job of looking after the patient to the shudra man but the latter neglected his duty and tried to do Tapa instead and as a result the boy went into coma. Lord Ram acted as per the decision taken in that meeting and the boy was also treated and saved.
Subject: Re: [Advaita-l] Ramopakhyana of Mahabharata vs. the Uttara Kanda of Ramayana
To: "S Jayanarayanan" <sjayana at yahoo.com>, "A discussion group for Advaita Vedanta" <advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org>
Date: Friday, June 10, 2016, 2:33 AM
Sorry to "resurrect"
an old discussion...
Last night, while
reading Mahabharata, I came across an episode in Shanti
It is in section 153
where Yudhishthira asks Bhishma if he has ever heard
of a mortal being restored to life after having
succumbed to death.
In the Answer, there is
a reference to Sri Rama and the Sudra Samvuka.
A child had died before the father, and the
father petitioned Sri Rama's
this had not occurred in the kingdom during His reign.
The reason was that Samvuka was engaged in
ascetic penances and so Sri Rama
cut off his
head and the child was restored to life.
This story is from the Uttara Kanda.
I am not really in a position to answer the
initial question about whether
it was part
of the original Ramayana of Valmiki.
may have received the story from another source.
The point is that at the time of the
composition of Mahabharata, this story
known...even though not mentioned in the
Yours in Truth
On 3 May 2016 at 02:03, S Jayanarayanan via
advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org>
> It has
debated whether or not the Uttara Kanda constitutes a part
> original Valmiki Ramayana, or is
a later addition to the text.
> Here is the reason why I believe the
Uttara Kanda may not have been a part
of the original Valmiki Ramayana:
Mahabharata actually contains the "Story of Rama, the
> Dasaratha", known as
"Ramopakhyana". After talking about Rama and
> going to the forest,
Sita's captivity, Hanuman setting fire to Lanka, war
> with Kumbhakarna, death of Ravana, freeing
Sita etc., it ends with:
> "And then
assisted by the celestial Rishi (Vasishtha), Rama performed
> the banks of the Gomati ten horse
sacrifices without obstruction of any
kind and with treble presents unto Brahmanas."
> Surprising that the
"Ramopakhyana" as narrated in the Mahabharata
> exactly at the same place as the
Yuddha Kanda of the Valmiki Ramayana (i.e.
> the beginning of Rama Rajyam), with no
mention of the later events of the
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