Maharishi Valmiki - The Ultimate Poet
…these days, I am able to spend a lot of time reading the Ramayana. Hope to finish this project to-morrow, and it's a record for time - 24,000 slokas in just 19 days! Valmiki is the ultimate when it comes to writing poetry, so simple, straight-forward, elegant. In fact, the easiest way to learn Sanskrit is to read Valmiki, you need no translation at all! For a contrast, last month, I finished the Srimad Bhagavatham of Vyasa - 18000 slokas, and it took a month to finish, and the reading and understanding the meaning were by no means easy. Both the books are treasure-packs of wisdom, which the people of to-day lack, all over the World. Wish these scriptures were taught in educational institutions at all levels, like the British did it to us, when we were students. This has made all the difference between people then, and now.
Saturday, February 9, 2013