Hymns of Tulsidas. New Delhi, India: Abhinav Publications. Inside Cover. One could scarcely attend a public or private religious function in Banaras that year without hearing, over the obligatory loudspeaker system, the familiar strains of Murli Manohar Svarup's orchestration and Mukesh's mellifluous chanting. The chosen work was the Ramayan and the major source for the screenplay was the Manas.
Long before the airing of the main story concluded on 31 July , the Ramayan had become the most popular program ever shown on Indian television, drawing an estimated one hundred million viewers and generating unprecedented advertising revenues.
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Throughout much of the country, activities came to a halt on Sunday mornings and streets and bazaars took on a deserted look, as people gathered before their own and neighbors' TV sets The phenomenal impact of the Ramayan serial merits closer examination than it can be given here, but it is clear that the production and the response it engendered once again dramatized the role of the epic as a principal medium not only for individual and collective religious experience but also for public discourse and social and cultural reflection.
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He is Brahman and becomes God in any conceivable form It is significant that at the end of Tulsidas' work Rama does not return to his form as Vishnu but continues to rule over Ayodhya. Allahabad, India: Lokbharti Publication. Cover: "The Ramayan of Tulsi Das is more popular and more honoured by the people of North-Western provinces than the Bible is by the corresponding classed in England", Griffith.
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Biography of Tulsidas
Main traditions Vaishnavism Shaivism Shaktism Smartism. Glossary of Hinduism terms Hinduism portal. Hinduism portal. O Goddess [Parvati]! Valmiki will become Tulsidas in the Kali age, and will compose this narrative of Rama in the vernacular language. Bhavishyottar Purana, Pratisarga Parva, 4. I did not understand it then, since I was totally without cognition in childhood.
Ramcharitmanas 1. O Lord, how shall I describe today's splendour, for you appear auspicious. Tulsidas will bow down his head when you take the bow and the arrow in your hands. Wikisource has original text related to this article: Tulsidas. Samkhya Kapila. Kanada , Prashastapada. Tulsidas was so charmed that he forgot about the sandalwood. Rama took the sandalwood paste and put a Tilaka himself on his forehead and Tulsidas' forehead before disappearing. In a verse in the Vinayapatrika , Tulsidas alludes to a certain "miracle at Chitrakuta", and thanks Rama for what he did for him at Chitrakuta.
Six days after the Mela ended, he had the Darshan of the sages Yajnavalkya and Bharadvaja under a banyan tree. Most stories about Tulsidas tend to be apocryphal, and have been carried forward by word of mouth. None of them were related by Tulsi himself, thus making it difficult to separate fact from lore and fiction. In Priyadas' biography, Tulsidas is attributed with the power of working miracles. He asked everybody present to close their eyes and uttered the name of lord Rama , on doing which the dead Brahmin was raised back to life.
Tulsidas was acclaimed in his lifetime to be a reincarnation of Valmiki , the composer of the original Ramayana in Sanskrit. In another miracle described by Priyadas, the emperor of Delhi, Akbar summoned Tulsidas on hearing of his bringing back a dead man to life. The emperor agreed and moved back to Delhi.
Priyadas narrates a miracle of Tulsidas at Vrindavan, when he visited a temple of Krishna. He told Tulsidas that he who bows down to any deity except their Ishta Devata cherished form of divinity is a fool, as Tulsidas' Ishta Devata was Rama. When Tulsidas recited this couplet, the idol of Krishna holding the flute and stick in hands changed to the idol of Rama holding the bow and arrow in hands.
Tulsidas started composing poetry in Sanskrit in Varanasi on the Prahlada Ghat. Tradition holds that all the verses that he composed during the day, would get lost in the night. This happened daily for eight days. On the eighth night, Shiva — whose famous Kashi Vishwanath Temple is located in Varanasi — is believed to have ordered Tulsidas in a dream to compose poetry in the vernacular instead of Sanskrit. Tulsidas woke up and saw both Shiva and Parvati who blessed him.
Shiva ordered Tulsidas to go to Ayodhya and compose poetry in Awadhi. Shiva also predicted that Tulsidas' poetry would fructify like the Sama Veda.
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Tulsidas is also credited with having composed a number of wise sayings and dohas containing lessons for life. A popular one among them is:. Tulsi tahan na jaiye, chahe kanchan barse megh. A place where people are not happy or welcoming when you come, where their eyes have no affection for you, Don't go there, even if a mountain of gold is showered. In the year Vikram CE , Tulsidas started composing the Ramcharitmanas in Ayodhya on Tuesday, Ramnavami day ninth day of the bright half of the Chaitra month, which is the birthday of Rama.
Tulsidas himself attests this date in the Ramcharitmanas.
A popular legend goes that the Brahmins of Varanasi, who were critical of Tulsidas for having rendered the Sanskrit Ramayana in the Awadhi, decided to test the worth of the work. A manuscript of the Ramcharitmanas was kept at the bottom of pile of Sanskrit scriptures in the sanctum sanctorum of the Vishvanath temple in the night, and the doors of the sanctum sanctorum were locked. In the morning when the doors were opened, the Ramcharitmanas was found at the top of the pile.
The words were also heard by the people present. Per traditional accounts, some Brahmins of Varanasi were still not satisfied, and sent two thieves to steal the manuscript. Around Vikram CE , Tulsidas was afflicted by acute pain all over his body, especially in his arms.
He then composed the Hanuman Bahuk , where he describes his bodily pain and suffering in several stanzas. The Vinaypatrika is considered as the last compositions of Tulsidas, believed to be written when Kali Yuga started troubling him. Tulsidas attests in the last stanza of Vinaypatrika that Rama himself signed the manuscript of the work.
Like the year of his birth, traditional accounts and biographers do not agree on the exact date of his death. Different sources give the date as the third day of the bright half, seventh day of the bright half, or the third day of the dark half. Twelve works are widely considered by biographers to be written by Tulsidas, six major works and six minor works. Besides these twelve works, four more works are popularly believed to be composed by Tulsidas which include Hanuman Chalisa, Hanuman Ashtak, Hanuman Bahuk and Tulsi Satsai.
It is the longest and earliest work of Tulsidas, and draws from various sources including the Ramayana of Valmiki, the Adhyatma Ramayana , the Prasannaraghava and Hanuman Nataka. Several manuscripts of the Ramcharitmanas are claimed to have been written down by Tulsidas himself.
Grierson wrote in the late nineteenth century, two copies of the epic were said to have existed in the poet's own handwriting. One manuscript was kept at Rajapur , of which only the Ayodhyakand is left now, which bears marks of water. A legend goes that the manuscript was stolen and thrown into Yamuna river when the thief was being pursued, and only the second book of the epic could be rescued. One manuscript of Balakanda , dated Samvat , nineteen years before the poet's death, claimed to be corrected by Tulsidas, is at Ayodhya.
Some other ancient manuscripts are found in Varanasi, including one in possession of the Maharaja of Benares that was written in Vikram , twenty-four years after the death of Tulsidas. The five major works of Tulsidas apart from Ramcharitmanas include: . Minor works of Tulsidas include: . The following four works are popularly attributed to Tulsidas— . The philosophy and principles of Tulsidas are found across his works, and are especially outlined in the dialogue between Kakbhushundi and Garuda in the Uttar Kand of the Ramcharitmanas.
As per Tulsidas, the Nirguna Brahman quality-less impersonal absolute and Saguna Brahman personal God with qualities are one and the same. Tulsidas gives the example of water, snow and hail to explain this — the substance is the same in all three, but the same formless water solidifies to become hail or a mountain of snow — both of which have a form.
Kakbhushundi repeatedly refutes all the arguments of Lomasa, to the point when Lomasa becomes angry and curses Kakbhushundi to be a crow. Lomasa repents later when Kakbhushundi happily accepts the curse but refuses to give up the Bhakti of Rama, the Saguna Brahman. In the Balkand of Ramcharitmanas, Shiva tells Parvati — those who say that the Rama whom the Vedas sing of and whom the sages contemplate on is different from the Rama of Raghu's race are possessed by the devil of delusion and do not know the difference between truth and falsehood.
Tulsidas, in none of his works, has ever mentioned Kabir. At the beginning of the Ramcharitmanas, there is a section devoted to the veneration of the name of Rama. At several places in Tulsidas' works, Rama is seen to be the higher than Vishnu and not as an avatar of Vishnu, which is the general portrayal of Rama.
In the episode of the delusion of Sati in Ramcharitmanas, Sati sees many a Shiva, Brahma and Vishnu serving Rama and bowing at his feet. They are finally satisfied only by the appearance of Rama, on whose left side is Sita, from a part of whom are born "countless Lakshmis, Umas Parvatis and Brahmanis Sarasvatis. Rama is an incarnation of both Vishnu and Brahman. As per Tulsidas, Rama is the efficient and material cause Nimitta and Upadana of the world, which is real since Rama is real. Authors interpret these verses to mean that the world is real according to Tulsidas, in keeping with the Vishishtadvaita philosophy of Ramanuja.
Some commentators interpret these verses to mean that in Tulsidas' opinion the world is unreal as per the Vivartavada doctrine of Adi Shankara , while some others interpret them to mean that the world is transient yet real as per the Satkhyativada doctrine of Ramananda.
Its visible form is transient, which is what Tulsidas means by Mithya. In the Vinayapatrika, Tulsidas says that the world in itself is neither true Satya , nor false Asatya , nor both true and false together Satyasatya — one who casts aside all these three illusions, knows oneself. This has been interpreted to mean that as per Tulsidas, the entire world is a Lila of Rama. In the Balkand episode of the marriage of the princes of Ayodhya with the princesses of Mithila, Tulsidas presents a metaphor in which the four brides are compared with the four states of consciousness — the waking state Jagrat , sleep with dreams Swapna , dreamless sleep Sushupti and the fourth self-conscious state Turiya.
The four grooms are compared with the presiding divinity Vibhu of the four states — Vishva , Taijasa , Prajna and Brahman. Tulsidas says as the four states of consciousness with their presiding divinities reside in the mind of a Jiva, so the four brides with their grooms are resplendent in the same pavilion. Tulsidas identifies Maya with Sita, the inseparable energy of Rama which takes avatar along with Rama. Vidya Maya is the cause of creation and the liberation of Jiva. Avidya Maya is the cause of illusion and bondage of the Jiva. The entire world is under the control of Maya.
As per Tulsidas, there is no incompatibility between devotion to Rama and attachment to Shiva. The practical end of all his writings is to inculcate bhakti addressed to Rama as the greatest means of salvation and emancipation from the chain of births and deaths, a salvation which is as free and open to men of the lowest caste as to Brahmins. From his time, Tulsidas has been acclaimed by Indian and Western scholars alike for his poetry and his impact on the Hindu society. Tulsidas mentions in his work Kavitavali that he was considered a great sage in the world.
On reading the Ramcharitmanas, he was astonished and composed the following Sanskrit verse in praise of the epic and the composer. Sur , a devotee of Krishna and a contemporary of Tulsidas, called Tulsidas as Sant Shiromani the highest jewel among holy men in an eight-line verse extolling Ramcharitmanas and Tulsidas. Rahim composed the following couplet describing the Ramcharitmanas of Tulsidas —  .
The historian Vincent Smith , the author of a biography of Tulsidas' contemporary Akbar, called Tulsidas the greatest man of his age in India and greater than even Akbar himself. Babineau, author of the book Love and God and Social Duty in Ramacaritmanasa , says that if Tulsidas was born in Europe or the Americas, he would be considered a greater personality than William Shakespeare.
Allchin , who translated Vinaypatrika and Kavitavali into English,   "for people of a large part of North India Tulsidas claims reverence comparable to that accorded to Luther as translator of the Bible into the native German". Allchin also mentions that the work Ramcharitmanas has been compared to not only the Ramayana of Valmiki, but the Vedas themselves, the Bhagavad Gita , the Kuran and the Bible.
Specifically about his poetry, Tulsidas has been called the "emperor of the metaphor" and one who excels in similes by several critics. She further went on to say that the Indian society as it exists today is an edifice built by Tulsidas, and the Rama as we know today is the Rama of Tulsidas.
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