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Wed Apr 1 10:39:28 CST 1998
|| shrI gaNeshAya namaH ||
The birthday of shrIrAmachandra, known as the rAmanavamI is
celebrated in the world by offering Him worship, reading the
rAmAyaNa, singing His bhajans, and so on. There are a number
of versions of the saga of rAma that is the rAmAyaNa, with the
rAmAyaNa of Vaalmiiki being considered the most authentic. For
those with a philosophical/spiritual bent of mind, the adhyaatma
rAmAyaNa, said to be occurring in the BrahmANDa purANa, is generally
the preferred choice, especially in Northern India, where the
rAmAyaNa of Tulsidas is also extremely popular. The adhyaatma
rAmAyaNa combines the story of rAma, that has fascinated so many
people all over the world, and pure bhakti (devotion) with the aim
of achieving true jnaana. Many hymns in the text attempt to
reconcile nondualism with bhakti.
chaitrashukle tu navamI punarvasuyutA yadi |
saiva madhyaahnayogena mahaapuNyatamA bhavet |
According to this saying, shrIrAmanavamI which confers
greatest merit should be observed during noon on the day
when the ninth lunar day (navamI) of the bright half (shukla
paxa) of the lunar month chaitra prevails along with the
asterism of ShrIrAma's birth, punarvasu.
If the punarvasu asterism does not prevail thus, but the other
conditions are met, the rAmanavamI may still be observed.
If the navamI does not prevail during the noon on any day or if
the navamI extends over the noon of two consecutive days, the
rAmanavamI is to be observed on the day when the navamI ends.
This year, chaitra shukla-navamI begins on Saturday the 4th of
April, at about 3:30 AM Eastern Standard Time (EST) and ends at
about 4:00 AM EST on Sunday the 5th of April. This means for that
all of North America and, possibly most of western Europe as well,
the navamI prevails during the noon on Saturday the 4th. So the
ShrIrAmanavamI should be observed on the 4th in the these areas of
But in India, the same rAmanavamI should be observed on
Sunday the 5th because the navamI extends from about 2:00 PM IST
on the 4th to about 2:30 PM on the 5th, and thus makes the navamI
prevail during the noon on the 5th.
rAma rAmeti rAmeti rame rAme manorame |
sahasranaama tattulyaM rAmanaama varaanane |
(Shrii Mahaadeva said to Paarvatii): O Beautiful One!
The name of rAma is equal to the one thousand names of
ViShNu (ViShNusahasra-nAma). I thus rejoice in (uttering the
mantra) "rAma rAma rAma" that delights the mind.
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