Ramayana - India's Immortal Tale of Adventure, Love and Wisdom

Ramayana - India's Immortal Tale of Adventure, Love and Wisdom

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Author: Krishna Dharma
Narrator: Krishna Dharma
Publisher: Pilgrims Publishing
Year: 2003
Language: English
Pages: 464
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8177691643


Ramayana is a spellbinding adventure and a profound work of philosophy, offering answers to life’s deepest questions. It tells of another time, when gods and heroes walked among us, facing supernatural forces of evil and learning from powerful mystics and sages. Revered through throughout the ages for its moral and spiritual wisdom, it is a beautiful and uplifting tale of romance and high adventure, recounting the odyssey of Rama, a great king of ancient India. Rama, along with his beautiful wife Sita, and his faithful brother Laksmana, is exiled to the forest for fourteen years. There Sita is kidnapped by the powerful demon Ravana. Along with Laksmana and a fantastic army of supernatural creatures, Rama starts a perilous quest to find his beloved Sita.


“…Ramayana (the epic story of Rama) is one of the two great epic poems of India. It makes for lively reading as a good adventure and love story as well as a guide to spiritual practice and a reflection of the cultural, social, and religious beliefs of India at the time. Dharma consulted several existing translations…to produce a clear and readable rendition. This version breaks up what was originally seven long chapters into smaller, easier to handle units. Recommended for any library in need of a first copy or a contemporary and highly readable rendering of this ancient Indian classic.”
—Library Journal

“Despite its huge popularity in Eastern cultures, and even though it is recognized by many Western scholars as a literary masterpiece, most people in the West have no knowledge or awareness of the work. Now Krishna Dharma and Torchlight have provided the English-speaking reader with a superb opportunity to discover and enjoy this ancient and influential classic.”
—The Midwest Book Review

“…His version is lively and vigorous…and is thus a considerable improvement on earlier translations. For anyone who has no previous acquaintance with the Ramayana, this translation provides an accessible form of it’s basic narrative…it is to be commended for the way it brings the story to life.”
— J.L Brockington, Dept. of Sanskrit, Edinburgh University

‘If you’re choosing books as presents, none will have more lasting value than a new translation of Ramayana—India’s Immortal Tale of Adventure, Love and Wisdom…by Krishna Dharma. This is a wonderful opportunity…the style and story will hold even a small child spellbound.”
— Asian Voice

“Krishna Dharma has provided a good read…This is a well-written work that captures very successfully the Ramayana’s epic quality…The style of the book throughout is one that fits the subject matter…the book is written in accessible language...and one is always aware that there is a serious purpose to the epic…This book deserves to be popular and widely read. I am thankful for a good and thought- provoking read.”
—Dr. Owen Cole, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer, Chichester Inst. of Higher Education, UK

“This is a beautifully produced and exciting new edition of the Ramayana. Krishna Dharma's novelized version of this literary masterpiece brings the ancient text to life. It is an understatement to say that this is a great achievement; he has created a fast-paced, exciting novel while sustaining the integrity and vision of the original text…The Ramayana offers a fascinating tale that carries back to another time in a foreign land and yet communicates values and ideas that transcend culture and time itself. This is a superb edition and one that should be in every spiritual seeker’s library.”
—Bob Ledwidge, Living Traditions