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Born on the 8th September, 1887, in the illustrious family of Saga Appayya Diskhita and several other renowned saints and savants, Sri Swami Sivananda had a natural flair for a life devoted to the study and practice of Vedanta. Added to this was an inborn eagerness to serve all and an innate feeling of unity with all mankind. His passion for service drew him to the medical career; and soon he gravitated to where he thought that his service was most needed. Malaya claimed him. He had earlier been editing a Health Journal and wrote extensively on health problems. He discovered that people needed right knowledge most of all; dissemination of that knowledge he espoused as his own mission. It was divine dispensation and the blessing of God upon mankind that the doctor of body and mind renounced his career and took to a life of renunciation to qualify himself for ministering to the soul of man. He settled down at Rishikesh in 1924, practiced intense austerities and shone as a great Yogi, Saint, Sage and Jivanmukta. In 1932 he started the Sivanandashram. In 1936 was born The Divine Life Society. In 1948 the Yoga-Vedanta Forest Academy was organized. Dissemination of spiritual knowledge and training of people in Yoga and Vedanta were their aim and object. In 1950 he undertook a lightning tour of India and Ceylon. In 1953 he convened a 'World Parliament Reliogions'. He is the author of over 300 volumes and has disciples all over the world, belonging to all nationalities, religions and creeds. To read his works is to drink at the fountain of Wisdom Supreme. On 14th July, 1963 he entered Mahasamadhi.

Publishers' Note:

Srimad Ramayana is the very soul of India. The highest ideals of every Indian are enshrined and portrayed in this holy scripture. It is a complete guide to God-realisation, the path to which lies in righteousness.

Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj has, in this invaluable work, given the essence of Srimad Ramayana in a beautiful way. In his characteristic style, he has given the story and the morals in a simple, direct and lucid style.

The lessons of Srimad Ramayana should be engraved on the tables of everyone's heart. This is the urgent need of the hour. The evils of Kaliyuga need not make you despair. Where there is Ram, where there is Ram Nam, where there is Ramayana, the evils of Kali dare not enter. Build this spiritual fortress in your own heart; you will live in Rama Rajya. You will enjoy illimitable peace and bliss.

Ramayana must be studied today, more than ever, by everyone. The ideals of man are beautifully portrayed in it. Everyone should emulate those ideals and grow into ideal citizens.

May His Message spread! May God bless you all May all people walk the path of Dharma! May Lord Rama be enshrined in the hearts of every man, woman and child in this holy land and the world at large!-THE DIVINE LIFE SOCIETY


Publishers' Note iii
Prayer iv
Samkshipta Ramayana v
Eka Sloki Ramayana vii
The Philosophy of the Ramayana ix
Features of the Ramayana xiii
Power of 'Ram Nam' xvi
Ram xxi
Sita xxi
Hanuman xxii
Dasaratha xxiv
Ravana xxiv
The Ring Episod xxxiv
Epilogue xxv
Birth of Rama 3
Rama's Marriage 4
Fight With Parasurama 7
The Proposed Yuvaraja 8
Proposal for Banishment of Rama 9
Starting to the Forest 12
Rama Leaves Ayodhya 20
The Charioteer Sent Back 20
At Bharadvajashram 21
Death of Dasaratha 22
Bharata's Return to Ayodhya 23
In Search of Rama 26
The Meeting of the Brothers 27
Bharata as Regent 31
Rama's March 32
Killing of Viradha 34
Sage Sarabhanga 35
The Ashram of Agastya 38
The Panchavati 40
Surpanakha Disfigured 40
Khara and Dushana Killed 43
Maricha 45
The Illusive Deer 49
Abduction of Sita 53
Kabandha 55
Sabari 57
Pampa Lake 59
Hanuman 60
Friendship 63
Tale of Surgriva 65
Power of Vali 67
Sugriva's Challenge 69
Vali Was Killed 70
Vali Accuses Rama 71
Rama's Reply 72
Tara 74
East Words of Vali 75
Tara's Lamentation 76
Sugriva's Repentance 76
Coronation of Sugriva 77
Advent of Autumn 78
Lakshmana Pacified 81
Sugriva's Directions 83
Angada's Despair 86
Sampati 87
Nishakara's Foretelling 91
Angada Tests the Strength 93
Hanuman's Leap 96
City of Lanka 98
Ravana's Palace 100
Asoka Forest 101
Ravana Visits Asokavana 101
Sita's Reply 102
Ravana's Reply 103
Rakshasis Try to Persuade Sita 104
Trijata's Dream 106
Sita Laments 108
Hanuman's Message 110
The Ring 114
Sita's Message 116
Hanuman Destroys Asokavana 118
Fight with Jumbumali 119
Hanuman Kills Akshaya 119
Hanuman Before Ravana 121
Ravana's Reply 122
Burning of Lanka 123
Hanuman Leaves Lanka 125
Hanuman Describes His Exploits 126
Return to Kishkindha 128
Message of Hanuman 129
The March 132
Ravana's Anxiety 133
Vibhishana Goes to Rama 134
Rama Meets Vibhishana 136
Suka's Message 137
Story of the Sea 139
Nala Builds the Bridge 139
Suka and Sarana 140
The Illusion 140
Ravana's Wrath 142
Rama's Instructions 143
The Great Fight 145
Lamentation of Sita 146
Lamentation of Rama 147
Dhumrakha's Fight 148
Prahasta's Fight 149
Ravana's Fight 149
Kumbhakarna Roused from Sleep 150
Kumbhakarna's Fight 152
Atikaya's Fight 156
Indrajit's Fight/td> 157
Kumbha's Fight 158
Indrajit's Fights Again 159
Ravana's Fight 163
Lamentation of Vibhishana 165
Mandodari Laments 165
Vibhishana's Coronation 166
Hanuman Meets Sita 167
Sita Meets Rama 168
Rama Accuses Sita 169
The Fire Ordeal 171
Devas Praise Rama 172
Rama Starts for Ayodhya 173
The Reception of Rama 175
Rama's Coronation 176
Agastya and Rama 179
Birth of Ravana 181
Feats of Ravana 183
Victory of Ravana 186
Ravana's Defeat 188
Ravana and Rambha 188
Rama and Sita 189
The Accusation 189
Sita's Exile 191
Sita's Speech 193
Valmiki Gives Sita Protection 194
Bhrigu's Curse 195
Birth of Vali and Sugriva 197
Ravana and Sanatkumara 198
The death of a Brahmin Lad 200
Lavanasura 202
Birth of Kusa and Lava 204
The Asvamedha Sacrifice 205
The Purification 207
Visit of Kaala 209
Departure of Rama 213

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