Happy Rama Navami !!!
Here is a nice renderization of the holy festival, with due credit to Whatsapp message from a friend.
This is the best interpretation I have read about Rama and Ramayana The Interpretation of Ramayana As a Philosophy of Life.. ‘ Ra ’ means light, ‘ Ma ’ means within me, in my heart. So, Rama means the Light Within Me.. Rama was born to Dasharath & Kousalya. Dasharath means ‘ Ten Chariots ’.. The ten chariots symbolize the five sense organs( Gnanendriya ) & five organs of action( Karmendriya ) .. Kousalya means ‘ Skill ’.. The skillful rider of the ten chariots can give birth to Ram.. When the ten chariots are used skillfully, Radiance is born within.. Rama was born in Ayodhya. Ayodhya means ‘ a place where no war can happen ’.. When There Is No Conflict In Our Mind, Then The Radiance Can Dawn.. The Ramayana is not just a story which happened long ago.. It has a philosophical, spiritual significance and a deep truth in it.. It is said that the Ramayana is happening in our Own Body. Our Soul is Rama, Our Mind is Sita, Our Breath or Life-Force ( Prana) is Hanuman, Our Awareness is Laxmana and Our Ego is Ravana.. When the Mind (Sita),is stolen by the Ego (Ravana), then the Soul (Rama) gets Restless.. Now the SOUL (Rama) cannot reach the Mind (Sita) on its own.. It has to take the help of the Breath – the Prana (Hanuman) by Being In Awareness(Laxmana) With the help of the Prana (Hanuman), & Awareness(Laxmana), The Mind (Sita) got reunited with The Soul (Rama) and The Ego (Ravana) died/ vanished.. In reality Ramayana is an eternal phenomenon happening all the time.. HAPPY RAM NAVMI.