March 29, 2012
Chaitra Shukla Shashti, Kaliyug Varsha 5114
For Immediate release
Shree Ramnavami – birth celebration of the ideal incarnation of Lord Vishnu
Ramnavami will be celebrated on April 1st this year to proclaim the birth of Shreeram, the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu. A major festival lasting 9 days will be celebrated all over India with many special events filled with religious fervor and gaiety. The most notable being the day-long readings of a 1,000 page poem from the Ramayana, a book about Shree Ram’s life. Other practices such as singing of hymns,, reciting of Ramraksha Stotra (verses in praise of Shree Ram), distribution of holy sacrament or prasad, processions and offerings of fruits and flowers also form part of this festival ihonouring a supreme individual with ideal characteristics.
Shree Ram is the ultimate follower of righteousness. He observed all the codes of conduct as prescribed by Dharma. His well-known attributes are always honouring his word, needing only one arrow to find his mark and having only one wife. He was the perfect example of an ideal king, son, husband, friend and enemy. He set the example for everyone to follow as to what an ideal human being should be like. Thus He is called Purushottam or the most ideal of men; and His kingdom, the ideal place to live, was called Ramrajya or the kingdom of Ram. If we think about it the real kingdom of Shree Ram dwells within oneself. We can experience it through the absolute control over the five sense organs, five motor organs, mind, subconscious mind, intellect and ego by the Shree Ram principle (Atmaram – the soul principle).
On this auspicious and joyous occasion, devotees of Hinduism are encouraged to aspire to emulate the ideal virtues of Lord Rama and chant ‘Shree Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram’ so as to get the most benefit from the principle of the Deity as well as helping one to worship the Deity on a continuous basis for furthering spiritual growth and experience. For more divine knowledge, please visit www. Forumforhinduawakening.org
Source: Our Correspondent