Divine Design in Srimad-Ramayana (Transliteration and English Text)

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Preface

The Adi Sankara Advaita Research Centre has abundant pleasure in presenting to the world of scholars this monograph entitled DIVINE DESIGN IN THE SRIMAD-RAMAYANA by the Late Professor T.P. Ramachandran.

Prof. Ramachandran retired in 1987 from the University of Madras as Professor in the Centre for Advanced Study in Philosophy. His publications include The Concept of Vyavaharika in Advaita Vedanta, The Indian Philosophy of Beauty (in two parts). The Aesthetic Value in Indian Philosophy, Advaita Vedanta, M. Hiriyanna, and The Methodology of Research in Philosophy. He had contributed several research papers to Philosophical Journals and Volumes. And each paper constitutes a monograph on the topic it covers.

Discriminating selection of the material, scholarly research, lucid exposition and critical acumen characterize all his writings. He strictly followed the dictum of Mallinatha the noteworthy commentator on the works of Kalidasa, that one should not state anything that is not based on authority, nor should one engage oneself in furnishing more details than required. All writings are marked by meticulous scholarship tended by an appropriate style.

As a person, Ramachandran was great in every respect. He was simple in living, high in thinking and austere in habits. By strict adherence to moral principles such as truthfulness, candour, sincerity, fairness and the like he had won the admiration of scholars.

The Members of the Adi Sankara Advaita

Research Centre offer their respectful Homage

To

The Sacred Memory

of

Prof. Ramachandran

A Devotee par excellence of the Jagadgurus of the Sri Kanci Kamakoti-pitha, a broad-minded Philosopher and a Person of real Philosophical stature.

Contents

Preface
I INTRODUCTION SIGNIFICANCE OF AN AVATARA 1
II HISTORY OF R.AVANA 7
III DESCENT OF GOD AS RAMA 15
1 The Nature of the Descent
2 Rama and Sita
3 Glimpses of Divinity
IV DEVELOPMENT OF CRISIS 25
1 Indications of a Crisis
2 The Build-up of the Crisis
3 The Peak of the Crisis
V RESOLUTION OF CRISIS 36
1 The Search For Sita
2 Hanuman's Discovery of Sita
3 The Finale to the Resolution
VI RETURN FROM AVATARA 44

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