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Tulsidas Jayanti – Birthday of Tulsidas the author of Ramcharitmanas

Goswami Tulsidas Jayanti or Tulsi Jayanti is celebrated in honor of Tulsidas, the author of Ram-charit-manas. It is held on the seventh day after ‘amavasi’ in the Shravan month (August). In 2017, Goswami Tulsidas Jayanti is July 30.

The original Valmiki Ramayana in Sanskrit was only understood by a few and it was Tulisdas’s Ramcharitmanas in Hindi that popularized the epic in Bharatavarsha. Ramcharitmanas was written in Awadhi, a dialect of Hindi.

Ramcharitmanas is not a literal translation of Valimiki Ramayana. Keeping the main story intact, Tulsidas has made vital changes in the beginning and the end and there is an emphasis on bhakti in Tulsi Ramayana. It is also believed that Tulsidas wrote Ramayana as per the instructions of Hanuman, who appeared before him in a temple.

It is accounted that Tulsidas wrote twelve books and the most famous is the Ramcharitmanas. It is a major literary work in Hindi and has played a major role in developing the language. The literary work is noted …

Thoughts on True Religion by Swami Suddhananda

The realm of true religion encompasses all, without divisions either as religious or secular. This begins where all names, forms, symbol, and thoughts including the sense of individual- the ‘I’ completely disappear. Therefore to be religious is to be secular, and to be secular is to be deeply religious. No God is superior or inferior. No man is greater or lesser. A blade of grass is as significant as a star and a star is as insignificant as a blade of grass. All pervasive Truth ignores none and embraces all.Swami Suddhananda