“Smelling the fragrance of Rama and Lakshmana, like a dog smelling a tiger, certainly you will not be able to stand.” (Sita Devi speaking to Ravana, Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 21.31-32)
In the days of the VHS tape, with every copy of a recording made the quality of the subsequent version would diminish. There was something known as a “highly generated” copy, which meant that it was a copy of a copy of a copy, and so forth, many generations removed from the original.
A similar tendency is there when original historical accounts described in the Vedas are translated, reinterpreted and presented in different languages throughout the course of time. Add the increased tendency towards sense gratification and sinful life in future generations and it is not surprising to come across commentaries such as these:
“Ravana wasn’t so bad of a guy. He…
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