Maharishi Valmiki Jayanti 28 October 2023

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Maharishi Valmiki was born in Tretayuga, a holy Brahmin. His father was Rishi Prachit and his mother was Charan. Maharishi Valmiki’s real name was Ratnakar. One day in his childhood, Ratnakar went to play in the forest with some of his friends.

While playing, Ratnakar got lost in the forest. At that time, Ratnakar was very young and due to not being able to find a way, he sat there and started crying. Seeing Ratnakar crying, a single hunter brought Ratnakar to his home and started raising him like his own son. Hence, he was brought up by the Bhil caste living in the forest.

He adopted the tradition of Bhils but he did not belong to the Bhil caste. Valmiki ji was the son of the creator. According to the old tradition, the creator was the son of Brahma Ji. When Ratnakar grew up, he got married and Ratnakar had three sons. Like his father, he also used to hunt like his father to feed his family.

At first, everything was going well, but after a few years, due to a lack of hunting, Ratnakar started having trouble feeding his family. Let us tell you that he started dacoity, thus Ratnakar became a dacoit for his livelihood. Once he saw Narad Muni passing through the forest chanting the name of the Lord. He jumped in front of Narad Muni to rob him. He took out a dagger to scare him.

Then Narad Muni asked him, is that the family whose needs you fulfill by robbing people, you should first ask your family members whether they are entitled to your maintenance only or will they also share in your sins till your return. Ratnakar thought Narad Mani’s words were right and he tied them to the tree and went to his home. After going home, he first asked his wife whether I had committed this sin.

you are with me in this sin, the wife replied, Swami, you are the father of this family, it is your duty, I have no part in this sin. Poor Ratnakar went to his father feeling sad and asked him the same question. The father said, Son, this is your earning, we have no part in this sin.

Then Narad Muni asked him, is that the family whose needs you fulfill by robbing people, you should first ask your family members whether they are entitled to your maintenance only or will they also share in your sins till your return. Ratnakar thought Narad Mani’s words were right and he tied them to the tree and went to his home. After going home, he first asked his wife whether I had committed this sin.

you are with me in this sin, the wife replied, Swami, you are the father of this family, it is your duty, I have no part in this sin. Poor Ratnakar went to his father feeling sad and asked him the same question. The father said, Son, this is your earning, we have no part in this sin.

The dacoit Ratnakar’s life was over. He was shocked to hear all this that the people for whom he was committing this sin were not ready to participate in his sin. He immediately left everything and went to Narad Muni. Narad Muni asked him to do penance by chanting the name of Ram and went away from there.

A few years passed and once Maharishi Valmiki went to the banks of river Tamsa for penance, nearby a pair of Crunch birds were in love. At this time, a hunter killed the bird by shooting an arrow at him. Seeing the scene, the merciful Maharishi Valmiki, while giving the snake to the hunter, automatically uttered a verse which was as follows: O Ma Nishad Pratisthan Tvamagam Agar Mehak Shashwati Sama Yatkraunchamithunadekamavadhi Kamamohitam.

This verse has been composed in Anushtup’s stanza and inspired by this incident, he mentioned the pain and suffering caused by every person of Ramayana by depicting him. Maharishi Valmiki is the highest sage of ancient times. Maharishi Valmiki is a scholar poet of Sanskrit and author of the world’s largest and famous book Ramayana.

He was such a great saint, who told about Maryada Purushottam Lord Ram through Ramayana.

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