Overview

  • Read Ramayana is a free service, open to everyone from any part of the world!
  • Read Ramayana is a volunteer supported initiative. See the About Us page on the website for a list of volunteers. As a volunteer supported initiative, this service is free of advertisements, on the website and in the emails.
  • Please click here to sign up for Read Ramayana! You will receive one email per week, with 50 - 100 Slokas from the original text of Valmiki Ramayana, along with meaning in contemporary and simple English.
  • You can choose the script of your choice for the Slokas, from Devanagari, Roman, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Gurmukhi, Kannada, Malayalam, Oriya, Tamil and Telugu!
  • Read Ramayana on your computer, mobile phone, iPad or anywhere you can get to your email!
  • You can opt out of the emails at any time, for any reason whatsoever!
  • Read samples of emails that you would receive: Sarga 1.19 Sarga 1.36.
  • You can participate in Ramayana related discussions on the Facebookpage www.facebook.com/readramayana

Objectives

  • To provide impetus and encouragement for people who want to read Ramayana and do not know how to get started.
  • To make it easy for every one around the world, to read Ramayana from the comfort of their homes.
  • To make it easy for people who cannot bring the required discipline to read Ramayana by themselves.
  • To bring everyone interested in reading Ramayana together.
  • To conduct events across the world, where readers (and their friends) can come together and celebrate their interest and experience through various cultural and spiritual activities. Scholars, artists and spiritual teachers from various parts of the world will be invited to these events, so that readers can interact with them in close quarters to get deeper insights into Ramayana.
  • To provide a platform for thousands of people worldwide to get connected with each other, which could lead to long term relationships such as friendships, matrimonial alliances and collaborations of various kinds such as, social service, community service, peace missions, art, dance, singing, sculpting, etc.

Why to read?

People read Ramayana for various reasons. This initiative is to serve readers of diverse interests such as:
  • Devotional: To receive the grace of Lord Sri Rama to gracefully get through the ups and downs of life.
  • Practical: To obtain guidance for leading a better life - by understanding various characters and how they made choices in leading their lives when beset in complex situations!
  • Exegetical: To understand the culture, ethos and social circumstances of the times of Ramayana, and the ideals held by the longest surviving civilization that mankind has ever seen.
  • Literary: To feast yourself with the lyrical, poetical and structural beauty of this poem, known to be the first of such in the world, presented to us by the master poet Valmiki.

Four ways to read

  • By yourself: Read it at your convenience, wherever you can access your email.
  • With your family: Set a 30 min slot every week, such as each Wednesday after dinner. Gather together - parents, children and grand parents - and read it aloud together. Each of your family members can take turns every week to lead the reading sessions. Or each can read 20 or 25 of the 100 Slokas. Children will especially enjoy this session of being with elders. They will cherish the moments for life. You cannot give a better treasure to them than those cherished moments. It will become a family activity that brings the family closer. When you have guests or friends, you can invite them to join you, as well.
  • With your friends: A group of families can get together every week at one of their houses. Multiple people bring multiple perspectives to the story. That enriches your understanding of Ramayana as well as your understanding of people. Reading together develops a positive and long lasting bonding among the friends. It becomes the part of the childhood memories for the children.
  • With thousands of others: Read it along with thousands of others worldwide, by sharing your thoughts on Read Ramayana Facebook page.

Benefits

  • There are many Slokas in Ramayana that enrich your thinking about life, such as making choices, sticking to choices, not getting swayed by emotions and distractions, etc. These Slokas are written in such a powerful and poetic language, that they will stick in your mind without much effort. They jump out of your memory at the right moment to guide you through the challenges in life.
  • Tell people that you are a member of Read Ramayana initiative, wherever there is an opportunity, such as on when you meet them at parties and other occasions, or on Facebook, Google Plus, etc. This conveys a lot about you to others than you imagine.
  • Your interest in a serious subject conveys to others that you are a person of depth, not a 'surface' type person. People respect and trust a person with those characteristics.
  • If you are an unmarried male, the very fact that you have committed yourself for a 5+ year initiative assures the prospective bride, that you are a person capable of commitment.

How can I support ?

  • If you like to volunteer, you can indicate your interest while signing-up. You can choose from many different types of activities, that involve a commitment as little as 2 hours a month!
  • Spread the word by sending emails or posting it on social media sites like Facebook and GooglePlus. Make sure you invite at least 10 people to sign up for the Read Ramayana initiative.
  • Make sure each member of your family that plan on joining this initiative register individually, even if you all happen to read out of one email.
  • If you like to sponsor or support this initiative through monetary contributions, please send us an email.
  • If you are an artist, submit your drawings, sketches or paintings of the story of Rama. All the submitted drawings will be published. The best ones will be sent along with the weekly mail.
  • If you are a scholar, you can moderate the discussions on Facebook and shed light on aspects that are not commonly known. You can provide readers with additional resources on Ramayana.
  • Lead or be part of the effort to arrange local, regional, national and international conferences.
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