“Being thus informed, the grandson of King Vena immediately began to follow Indra, who was fleeing through the sky in great haste. He was very angry with him, and he chased him just as the king of the vultures chased Ravana.” (Shrimad Bhagavatam, 4.19.16)
एवं वैन्य-सुतः प्रोक्तस्
रावणं गृध्र-राड् इव
evaṁ vainya-sutaḥ proktas
rāvaṇaṁ gṛdhra-rāḍ iva
“I am familiar with the Ramayana poem mainly through paintings. I understand that you hold it dear as a sacred text, scripture, but there is also crossover into the realm of culture. Those who are not yet ready to accept the idea of a descending personal God extract symbolic significance or mundane lessons from that great story.
“There is the one image of a bird lying on the ground. It is being held up by Rama, who is also…
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