Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayananda blends the rare qualities of a spiritual Master with visionary leadership. Imbued with devotion and humility, he is dedicated to living and propagating the exalted vision of his Guru, Swami Chinmayananda. An outstanding teacher of Vedanta, he conveys the profound knowledge of the scriptures with lucidity, wit and humour.
An erudite scholar, Pujya Guruji has to his credit commentaries on several Vedantika texts. A versatile writer, he is also the author of several life-transforming compositions in both poetry and prose.
The immensely popular and much loved Sri Rama katha has been sung by numerous rais, saint-devotees as well as the most reputed literary poets in Sanskrit and in many different languages. All these renditions are beautiful among the various versions of the Ramayana, however, the Set Ramacaritamanasa of Gosvami Tulasidasa occupies a unique place. The poet himself describes this composition as 'Sambhu prasada', a blessing from Lord Siva. The Rama katha while entertaining and educating the masses, has also been successful in bringing rest and repose to scholarly minds.
Gosvami Tulasidasa composed this epic poem to purify his own speech, to enlighten his own mind and for his personal joy. Through this, by the Grace of Sri Rama, he attained supreme peace. For him, love for Sri Rama is the essence of life, and this he expresses not just in the Ramacaritamanasa, but in his other compositions as well. We, too, should bear in mind the sentiments and objectives of the poet while studying this Ramayana. By doing so we will derive the greatest benefit; there is no doubt about that.
By the Grace of God and the blessings of Pujya Gurudev, I had the good fortune of holding discourses in Hindi on the Complete Tulasi Ramayana at a spiritual camp organized in January 2019 at the Chinmaya Vibhooti Ashram. To bring out these discourses in the form of a book, the challenging task of Hitting them has been accomplished with great assiduity and devotion by the couple Sri Arun Mehrotra and Srimati Rashmi Mehrotra with important inputs from Swamini Amitananda. Alongside, the faithful and beautiful translation into English of these Hindi discourses has been rendered by Srimati Anita Raina Thapan. I felicitate all of them whole-heartedly. May Sri Rama's Grace and Pujya Gurudev's blessings always be upon all of them. That is my prayer.
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