Ramayana – Childhood Episode


Ramayana (Rāmāyaṇa) – a story of prince Rama composed by the sage Valmiki constitutes along with Mahābharata one of the two main masterpiece of ancient Indian epics. In the Indian tradition it is referred to as ‘the first poem', and thus became a model text for the later Sanskrit poets. It tells of the exile of a noble prince Rama, who as a result of a courtly intrigue in the capital city of the Ayodhya kingdom became dispelled from the country. After numerous vicissitudes and the victorious war with the king of Sri Lanka, the ten-headed Ravana, who had abducted his wife Sita, the prince triumphantly returned to the country and regained the throne as the ruler and ideal model for all sovereigns. He became a hero and the ideal king representing rightesness and justice (Dharma) whose reverence as the incarnation of God Vishnu is flurishing today as the crucial part of Indian culture.

Sanskrit Ramayana consists of seven books, divided into a number of chapters. The first chapter - the Childhood Episode (Bāla-kaṇḍa) is translated for the first time here into Polish language. The author of the translation, fluent in the art of poetry and with perfect command of Sanskrit, translated it faithfully to the original, allowing the reader the direct tasting of the ancient masterpiece. 

The publication was subsidized by the Embassy of the Republic of India in Warsaw (Poland).

 

Book's details:

Title: Ramajana. Księga dzieciństwa [Ramayana. Childhood Episodes]
The original title: Śrīmad Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa Bālakaṇḍa
Author: Valmiki
Translation:  Anna Rucińska
Paperback and hardcover: 247 pages
ISBN: 978-83-938477-0-9, 978-83-938477-1-6
Publisher: Vivaswan Foundation (2014)
Cost: 50 PLN (paperback), 60 PLN (hardcover)

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