Bhakti as a superior process of God-attainment is undermined by the largely intellectual populations as a valid spiritual process. This is unfortunate. In fact with the maturity of the spiritual culture in the Spiritual capital of the world, Bharath, India, the Bhakti process has established itself as the supreme process, the supreme freeway towards God with form.
The characters of the Ramayana are interesting and are reflective of the million shades within human consciousness. The role of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Sri Rama is to harmonize these varied shades of consciousness and create a symphony so as to make the experience of life blissful. Lord Laxmana and the brother of the demon king Ravana, Vibheeshana stand at antipodal ends. It is interesting to study the characteristics of these two brothers of diametrically opposite characters represented by Lord Rama and King Ravana.
It is interesting and vital to study the life of sages who have walked on earth. It becomes especially important if one is eager to know what is at the heart of Sanatana Dharma. The sages whose lives are an epitome of sacrifice, who have made their life a receptacle of God, need to be studied and surrendered to. Unless one's emotions and inspiration is tuned to such elevated beings, Knowing God shall remain a far-fetched dream.
The story of sages cannot be complete without the story of Lord Shiva, the original sage, the master of all sages. He is the epitome of the ideal Guru. If a guru has to cultivate himself, as a giver of knowledge, then he needs to be the humble follower of Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva sets the example , a prelude to the way gurus should set precedent.
Sages and Seers play a vital role in the lives of people who are at the brink of transformation. Sages are the initiators of transformations. When a person decides to seek the Truth, the first person he encounters who gives him the cues, into this exhilarating journey is the Seer. The Sage or the Seer presents milestones to the seeker and then the seeker sets off into a new journey seeking these milestones. He meets more seers who send him further ahead through their instructions. But the question is are people really interested?