In this epic conclusion to the story of the Ramayana, Ram Dass recounts the heroic actions of Hanuman as he helps Ram rescue Sita and defeat the demon king, Ravana.
In this episode of Here and Now:
- We continue the story of the Ramayana with Hanuman landing in Sri Lanka, where he lets Sita know that Ram is coming for her and gives Ravana more than he bargained for
- We learn how Hanuman returns to Ram, and then a great bridge to Sri Lanka is built for Ram’s army of monkeys and bears to confront Ravana and his demons in a final battle
- We hear the epic conclusion of the story, and Ram Dass offers us Ravana’s perspective on why he needed to be killed by Ram in order to complete his yoga
- Ram Dass shares the story of how he had a Hanuman statue built and shipped to the Hanuman Temple in Taos, New Mexico
“Now think of Sita as the devotee. Hanuman is the messenger from God that comes to the devotee to reassure the devotee that God has not forgotten. In other words, Hanuman is the grace. Can you hear that? So now she’s tasted the grace, like many of you have tasted grace, and then Hanuman says, ‘I’ve got to leave you.’ Imagine how that must feel. It’s like coming down. I just want you to feel it.” – Ram Dass
Want to be part of the discussion about this episode of Here and Now? Join the Ram Dass Fellowship virtual meetup on May 16th at 8 pm EDT, sign up for the General Fellowship group here to receive more information.
That was amazing! I love at the end when Ram Dass says that Hanuman is “a symbol of that path to God that comes from service” and “I would like to be that type of being, he’s my model.” So much love…
It was also interesting to note that the “devil” Ravana just wanted to absorb into Ram ultimately and he outsmarted time. This was a fun and telling tale…just wonderful!
YES! Hanuman is considered the perfect devotee
Whoa the inscription that Ravana left for Ram just totally flips the script. The whole time I am listening to this story I am thinking “yep, Ravana the demon god guy is awful”. Turns out he was living out his dharma the entire time. I mean That really puts things into perspective in my everyday life. Again I am reminded of a couple of things Ram Dass has said in the past regarding the Divine leela of it all. First, how Maharaji with tears in his eyes says “can’t you see it is all perfect?”. Then when Ram Dass talks about how challenging certain incarnations must be, rather than viewing that person as good or bad, reframing to view it all as part of the dance. We are working out our karmic predicament, and it is all unfolding just as it is supposed to, even if we cannot in our humanness understand it.
Are you part of the Ram Dass General Satsang? Tonight they will be discussing episode 224 and 225, the story of the Ramayana.
It’s today at 2pm my time I believe…I won’t be able to attend unfortunately due to work