Hindus and adherents of the Hindu faith the world over, acknowledge that Saint Tulsidas is the reincarnation of Saint Valmiki - the journalist who recorded the exploits of Shri Rama of Ayodhya in Treta Yuga (the silver age) in the pages of the Ramayan.
The Ramayan of Saint Valmiki is an epic of Lord Shri Rama as an avatar (incarnation) of God who came upon the earth in 5000 BC to rid the earth of unrighteousness and to re-establish virtues among the righteous. Saint Tulsidas subsequently translated the Ramayan from Sanskrit to Devanagri text (Hindi) in 1577 AD.
Tulsidas was born at Hastinapur, India on August 10, 1532. He was married to Ratnawali but responded to his divine nature and received spiritual inspiration at 42 years of age on March 30,15 74. He wrote the Shri Ramchitramanas version of the holy Ramayan at Kashi in 1631. He died in 1680.
Tulsidas has referred to the epic as the Manasa Lake and he invites all to take a “dip in this holy lake” if one wishes to cleanse the impurities of the body and the mind in this Kaliyuga (the iron age).
His primary inspiration came from the chief servant of Shri Rama the carrier of the mace - Shri Hanuman, and Tulsi paid great tribute in composing The Hanuman Chalisa - an ode to Hanumanji. This Chalisa prefaces the Legend of Saint Tulsidas’ Jewan Charkia in the Shri Ramchitramanas Ramayan.
It is my fervent wish that Hindus will appreciate this humble effort to bring to the fore, the history of this Grihasta turned Sanyasi in this sinful age of Kaliyuga. There is an inherent lesson for all of is as we examine the life of this hermit
I wish to gratefully acknowledge the author of Tulsidas’ autobiography-Vidya-Varidhi Pandit Jwalaprasadji Misra who gave the Hindu population of the world, the legend of Tulsidasji, which is contained in the Tulsikrit-Ramayanam.
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