Photo: Female Porters from Madras, India; 1920s.
'In the first age of the world men crossed the ocean of existence by their spirit alone. In the second age sacrifice and ritual began, and then Rama lived, and by giving their every act to him men lived well their ways. Now in our age what is there to do but worship Rama’s feet? But my friend, the last age of this world shall be the best. For then no act has any worth, all is useless … except only to say Rama. The future will read this. Therefore I tell them, when all is in ruin around you, just say Rama. We have gone from the spiritual to the passionate. Next will come ignorance. Universal war. Say Rama and win! Your time cannot touch you!'
Recommended Reading For Children:
'Ramayana: A Tale of Gods and Demons'
By Ranchor Prime (Author), B.G. Sharma (Illustrator)
From the kingdom of Ayodhya to the isle of Lanka, we are transported to a land that has inspired morality and spiritual tradition for thousands of years. On the eve if his enthronement, Rama, the beloved prince of Ayodhya, is banished to the forest as a result of a sinister plot. Along with his wife Sita and brother Lakshmana, Rama accepts his destiny and departs as the kingdom mourns his loss. His exile, however, proves to have a deeper meaning as Rama becomes the protector of the forest sages and sparks the fury of Ravana, the seemingly invincible demon who terrorizes both humans and gods alike. In a vengeful act, Ravana kidnaps Sita, taking her across the ocean to Lanka. Now Rama, with the help of an army of monkeys, must fight to reclaim his dear bride and his honor.