BHOPAL: Lord Ram has different forms in different traditions. The Buddhist ram is different from the Jain ram and the ram of the Ramayana of Valmiki is distinct from the ram of the Ramcharitmanas of Tulsidas. This is what Krishna Gopal Mishra said during an online conference on Shri Ram on Tuesday. He is an assistant professor of Hindi at Government Narmada College in Hoshangabad.
This was part of the monthly lecture series on Chitrakoot Mein Bhakti hosted by Janjatiya Lok Kala and Boli Vikas Akademi.
The ram of the Buddhist texts is not the same as the ram of the Dasharathi texts of Valmiki. It is different from that of Goswami Tulsidas. The key text of Jainism is Paumchariyam, which in Patal Granth speaks of Ram’s abandonment of Sita. Ram is represented as a king in many Jain texts.
Even after fulfilling his duties as a king, Ram does not get peace, Mishra says.
Regarding the word “Lok”, he said that in the Rigveda, Lok was used in the sense of place. The word Trilok refers to Patallok, Bhulok and Swarga Lok. Seven Loks are mentioned in Puranas. The words Vaikuntha Lok, Go Lok are mentioned in Puranas. It also means a place, ”he said.
“If you translate the word ‘Jan’ into English, you get the word people, which is plural. Thus, the meaning of Lok becomes society. You can say that people are synonymous with society, ”he said.
The conference was broadcast live on the department’s YouTube channel – https://youtu.be/e6IWrXL0R3Q and the Facebook page – https://fb.me/e/5BT38eac4.
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Posted on: Tuesday October 05, 2021, 9:19 PM IST