“All of these subjects in the Ramayana seem very pitiable, and they may appear to be very distressing to the reciter, but actually this is not so. Otherwise, why would Hanuman, the great devotee of Lord Ramachandra, read daily about the activities of Lord Ramachandra, as described in the Ramayana itself?” (Shrila Prabhupada, The Nectar of Devotion, Ch 34)
Friend1: Hanuman is one of the more interesting deities of the Vedic tradition. Wouldn’t you say?
Friend2: That sounds like something an outsider would say, like a professor observing from afar, not really understanding the culture.
Friend1: Why do you say that?
Friend2: There is a comparison made by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada that is appropriate here. Picture the bottle of honey. Now imagine trying to enjoy the honey by licking the bottle.
Friend1: Not opening it?
Friend2: Right. Obviously you’re…
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