Tulsidas and the Ramayana
Do you know that when Jesus was nailed on the cross, He loudly prayed to God to forgive those who were hurting him, because they did not know what they were doing?
Well, today I am going to tell you the story of Tulsidasji, who was also criticized, and yet he became one of the greatest poet-writers of India.
The Ramayana was originally written by Sage Valmiki.
The story of Rama and Seeta was very popular during
Tulsidasji sang the Valmiki Ramayana to large gatherings of people.
However he soon realized that the people could not appreciate the beauty of the Valmiki Ramayana because it was in Sanskrit.
Tulsidasji decided to rewrite the Ramayana in the spoken language.
The Ram-Charit-Maanas is the title that he gave to the new version of the Ramayana that flowed from the depths of his heart.
The original Sanskrit version of the Ramayana had 60,000 verses.
Whereas the Ram-Charit-Maanas consists of 30,000.
The people became jealous of Tulsidasji.
They started to criticize him for tampering with the original version of the Ramayana.
Some of them said that Tulsidas should be stopped immediately from committing such ‘grave trespasses’
At first the cruel remarks of his people hurt Tulsidas.
He could not work, because he would be disturbed about what people were saying about him.
But do you think that he stopped writing because of that?
Don’t ever believe it, if people tell you that you are dumb or stupid.
Tulsidas continued to sit on his desk everyday and he continued to write.
Soon, Tulsidas realized that God lives in everyone’s heart.
Therefore, how could Tulsidas think ill of those who tormented him?
Dear Children, do you think that you can start to think like this?
This is the way great people think!
The mind of Tulsidas started to calm down.
Before Tulsidas started to write; every morning, he would bow in respect to all, whether they were his friends or enemies, because he started to experience the same spark of God in everyone present.
Soon the Ram-Charit-Maanas was completed, and until this day people sing it with great devotion and the genius of Tulsidas is held in high esteem.