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RAMAYANA AMAYANAof

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Vedic Audio Knowledge Productionspresents a dramatic reading of the unabridged

Srimad Valmiki Ramayanamtranslated from the Sanskrit by

N. RaghunathanVighneswara Publishing House, India

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r;m r;m r;m r;m r;m r;m r;m r;m r;m r;m r;m r;mThe Ramayana of ValmikiIntroduction: A Listeners GuideVolume I

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elcome to the historic first audio recording of the unabridged Ramayana. The Ramayana is the story of one of the worlds greatest heroes Rama whose purpose was to purify the world of ignorance and negativity. Cognized by the illustrious sage Valmiki, the Ramayana was chanted in Sanskrit, the language of the Vedic civilization of ancient India. The date of composition of the Ramayana cannot be fixed, since in the tradition of Vedic knowledge, Vedic literature was handed down orally for thousands of years, singer to singer, generation after generation. Of the many branches of Vedic literature, the Ramayana belongs to the Itihasa branch, which also contains another great epic, the Mahabharata. The Ramayana was written in poetry of unsurpassed dramatic power and richness and contains over 24 thousand couplet verses, or slokas, making it one of the longest epic poems ever written (after the Mahabharata). The translation chosen for this recording is the Srimad Valmiki Ramayanam, by the renowned Indian journalist, N. Raghunathan (published in 3 volumes by Vighneswara Publishing House, India). His translation is a literal one, not a paraphrase, and with his direct and simple style, using rhythmic prose, rather than poetic meter (which often does not translate well), he has captured the essence of the original. His translation also adapts beautifully from the written to spoken word. The reader, Richard Ross, an artist and singer with a life-long interest in Vedic literature, was chosen out of many for this project for his refinement of speech and beauty of voice. We hope you will enjoy listening to Volume I, which contains the first two books of the Produced by RamayanaBala Kanda, the book of Ramas youth, and Ayodhya Kanda, the book Vedic Audio Knowledge (VAK) about Ayodhya, the capital cityMadison, Fairfield, IA 52556 USA 306 E. of Ramas realm.

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To order cassettes, call few suggestions: For your listening enjoyment, here are a toll-free: (888) 867-4396 International: (641) 469-2802 www.RamayanAudio.com You can listen to these discs anywhere, although you might best appreciate them by lisThis production atmosphere. tening to them in a quiet, settled is by express permission of Vighneswara Publishing House Pronunciation note: In most cases on these discs, the a at the end of Sanskrit names 19, 12th Main in Vasishta). On the names of Rama, Lakshmana, and Bharata, and terms is sounded (as Rd, Malleswaram West, Bangalore 560 055 India a soft or almost silentexclusive copyrightas is the custom in Ayodhya, Ramas ancient capifinal a is used, holder of the book Srimad Valmiki Ramayanam by N. Raghunathan. tal in northern India. This booklet contains the Table of Contents from the text, and features a capsule description of each canto. This will help you to see the contents of each disc, gain an overview of the story in its entirety, and locate and re-listen to the many profound stories within the story (such as Vishwamitras Story) that are contained only in the unabridged Ramayana. Enjoy!

r;m r;m r;m r;m r;m r;m r;m r;m r;m r;m r;m r;mNote: Each file is notated with the Kanda (book number) first, followed by the Canto (chapter number). For example: 1-005 refers to Bala Kanda (Book I) Canto #5. This production is organized into thematic sections with a music interlude at the end of each section.

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Table Of Contents

Book IBala Kanda

Book-Chapter Kanda-Canto 1-001 1-002 1-003 1-004 1-005 1-006 1-007 1-008 1-009 1-010 1-011 Sankshepa Ramayana: The Epic In Brief The Killing Of A Curlew: Poetry From Compassion. Brahma Asks Valmiki To Make A Poem Of Ramas Life How He Composed It How He Propagated It Ayodhya Described King Dasaratha And His People His Ministers The Kings Longing For Sons: Sumantra Recalls An Old Prophecy The Story Of Rsyasrnga How He Is Enticed To Anga Desa And Married To The Kings Daughter Rsyasrnga Goes To Ayodhya To Help The King Perform A Sacrifice For The Birth Of Sons Dasaratha To Perform The Horse-Sacrifice Preparations For The Sacrifice The Sacrifice Described The Assembled Gods Ask Vishnu To Be Born As A Man And To Slay Ravana Rsyasrngas Sacrifice And The Distribution Of The Divine Milk Broth Among Dasarathas Queens The Incarnation Of Celestials As Monkeys And Bears Produced by Vishnu Incarnates As Rama And His Brothers Viswamitras Request Vedic Audio Knowledge (VAK) Dasaratha Unwilling306 E. Madison, Fairfield, IA 52556 USA To Send Rama With Viswamitra Vasishta Persuades Him To Send Rama To order cassettes, call toll-free: (888) 867-4396 Rama And Lakshmana Go(641) 469-2802 www.RamayanAudio.com International: With The Sage At Kamasrama Tatakas ForestThis production is by express permission of The Story Of Tataka Vighneswara Publishing House The Slaying Of Tataka Rd, Malleswaram West, Bangalore 560 055 India 19, 12th Main Viswamitra Imparts Knowledge Of Celestial Weapons To Rama exclusive copyright holder of the book The Siddhasrama Srimad Valmiki Ramayanam by N. Raghunathan. The Story Of Vamana Maricha Repulsed And Subahu Slain Rama With The Sages Starts For Mithila The Story Of Kusanabhas Daughters Their Marriage To Somadatta Viswamitras Family History

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1-012 1-013 1-014 1-015 1-016

1-017 1-018 1-019 1-020 1-021 1-022 1-023 1-024 1-025 1-026 1-027 1-028 1-029 1-030 1-031 1-032 1-033 1-034

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r;m r;m r;m r;m r;m r;m r;m r;m r;m r;m r;m r;m1-035 1-036 1-037 1-038 1-039 1-040 1-041 1-042 1-043 1-044 1-045 1-046 1-047 1-048 1-049 1-050 1-051 1-052 1-053 1-054 1-055 1-056 1-057 1-058 1-059 1-060 1-061 1-062 1-063 1-064 1-065 1-066 1-067 1-068 1-069 1-070 1-071 1-072 1-073 1-074 1-075 1-076 1-077 The Story Of The Ganga Uma Curses The Gods The Birth Of The War God Sagaras Penance Sagaras Sons Dig Up The Earth Kapila Destroys Them Amsuman Learns Of Their Death Bhagirathas Penance The Descent Of The Ganga The Redemption Of The Sagaras The Ocean Churned For Nectar Ditis Penance The Founding Of Visala Ahalyas Fall Ahalyas Redemption Meeting With Janaka Satananda Begins Viswamitras Story Vasishta Entertains Viswamitra The King Covets Vasishtas Cow The Cow Sabala Creates Armies And Destroys The Kings Forces Viswamitra Destroys Vasishtas Hermitage Viswamitra Vanquished By Brahmic Power Trisanku Seeks Viswamitras Help Vasishtas Sons Curse Trisanku Trisankus Sacrifice Viswamitra Defies The Gods Ambarishas Sacrifice Sunahsepa Rescued By Viswamitra Produced Viswamitra Succumbs To Love by Viswamitra Vedic Audio Knowledge (VAK) Curses Rambha Viswamitra Becomes A Brahmarshi 52556 USA 306 E. Madison, Fairfield, IA History To order cassettes, call toll-free: (888) 867-4396 Of Sivas Bow Rama Breaks The Bow International: (641) 469-2802 www.RamayanAudio.com Dasaratha Hears The Good News This production is by express permission of Dasaratha Arrives In Mithila Vighneswara Publishing House Vasishta Solicits The Hand Of Sita For Rama 19, 12th Main Rd, Malleswaram West, Bangalore 560 055 India Janaka Chronicles His Family History Viswamitra Asks For The Hands Ofof the book Shrutakirti exclusive copyright holder Mandavi And For Bharata And Satrughna Srimad Valmiki Ramayanam by N. Raghunathan. The Weddings The Encounter With Parasurama Rama Challenged Parasurama Acknowledges Defeat Ramas Happy Domestic Life

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r;m r;m r;m r;m r;m r;m r;m r;m r;m r;m r;m r;mBook IIAyodhya KandaBook-Chapter Kanda-Canto 2-001 2-002 2-003 2-004 2-005 2-006 2-007 2-008 2-009 2-010 2-011 2-012 2-013 2-014 2-015 2-016 2-017 2-018 2-019 2-020 2-021 2-022 2-023 2-024 2-025 2-026 2-027 2-028 2-029 2-030 2-031 2-032 2-033 2-034 2-035 2-036 2-037 2-038 2-039 2-040 2-041 2-042 Dasaratha Wishes To Crown Rama As Heir Apparent Enthusiastic Approval Of The Assembly Dasarathas Counsel To His Son Rama Receives His Blessings Observance Of Vow For The Previous Night The Rejoicings Of The People Manthara Loudly Laments The Proposal Her Attempt To Rouse Kaikeyis Opposition She Wants Rama To Be Exiled Kaikeyi Falls In With Her Plan She Insists On The Grant To Her Of Two Boons Dasaratha Fails To Dissuade Her Dasarathas Lament Kaikeyi Twits Him Sumantra Is Sent To Summon Rama Rama Starts For The Court His Arrival At The Palace He Is Told Of His Exile To The Forest Ramas Great Vow Kausalya Cries Out Kausalya And Lakshmana Try To Dissuade Rama Rama Speaks Of All-Powerful Destiny Lakshmanas Rage Rama Attempts To Pacify Kausalyas Grief His Mother Invokes Blessings On Him Ramas Attempt To Dissuade Sita From Accompanying Him Produced by A Chaste Womans Duty Vedic Audio Knowledge (VAK) Perils Of The Forest Life 306 E. Sitas Insistence On GoingMadison, Fairfield, IA 52556 USA To Wish Rama Agrees To Herorder cassettes, call toll-free: (888) 867-4396 International: (641) 469-2802 Lakshmana Too Is Permitted To Go www.RamayanAudio.com Rama Distributes His Wealth To is by express permission of This production The Needy The People Censure Dasaratha Vighneswara Publishing House Rama Consoles Dasaratha And Gives His Full Consent 19, 12th Main Rd, Malleswaram West, Bangalore 560 055 India Sumantra Rails At Kaikeyi Siddharta Tries Toexclusive copyright holder of the book Dissuade Kaikeyi Vas