Mental health is vital for smooth functioning of life and for the highest attainment of life that is god-realization. However in the modern world, there are many fundamental aspects of the mind ways that are considered normal but which are far away from normal. The 4 defects need to be understood and corrected by accepting suitable mental and spiritual discipline, if we are to progress towards the highest reality.
Many of the meetings in the tales of the Puranas represent important turning points in the field of consciousness. Such was an epic meeting of Sage Valmiki and Sri Brahma. Sri Brahma was the sole inspiration that prompted Sage Valmiki to compose the poetic epic the Ramayana, that has stood the ravages of time and shall continue to stand its ground as long as the sun and the moon rise at the horizon. If one is to connect with one's inner self, the Ramayana can be a means to enable the connection.
Unless one understands the structure of the Vedic scriptures, one shall be very confused about the way in which Sanatana Dharma has been configured. It is important to understand the position of the original works of the Vedic scriptures, so as to appreciate the deep philosophy and mystery of the life process, which is documented in every detail within these works.
One should understand the need for being in touch with sages and seers in the context of one's own spiritual progress. Unless one understands one's own character there can be no spiritual progress. In one's normal consitutional position, Maya covers the intellect, making it difficult to perform self-analysis. Under these circumstances consulting with a sage can be of highest merit.
Lord Shiva is the personification of Sages. All the qualities that are to be seen in the life of a sage, Lord Shiva represents it to the fullest. If one were to develop devotion to the Lord, one has to first oneself to Lord Shiva and understand His mood of service. Only then can one qualify oneself as a devotee. Understanding Lord Shiva, through the tales of the RamaCharita Mansa can become an interesting and fruitful journey.
We often take life for granted. This is because we are unaware of how life operates. We do not know anything about the switch that turns life one. If we are to be in control of life, we need to know, the aspect that needs maximum attention in order that life is conducted well.
The glory of Sri Laxmana is perhaps the most important aspect of the Ramayana. Sri Laxmana is personfied Time and He is present with us at all times, as we continue to live our lives on earth. Understanding Sri Laxmana is an important aspect of our earhly life.
Maya, is that which is Not. The mind reflects a world that appears real. With all its emotions and views all is verily Maya.