Thursday, April 2nd, 2020
Rama navami means the ninth (nava) day after the new moon on which Sri Rama appeared.
Sri Rama, generally described as an exemplary king, brother, son, and so forth, and is for many a source of inspiration. Parents use His example to raise good children. Teachers use His example in schools. The people use His example to get protection from the rulers.
All throughout India His glories are very popular. There are many versions of the Ramayanan, the epic describing His glories and pastimes; but all have in common that God appeared in the form of a mere human as Sri Rama.
Please take careful note that lunch will be served in the prasadam tent, behind the castle.
Join the Rama seva in the following ways:
1. Promote this festival in your own network.
2. Read the wonderful pastimes and qualities of Sri Ram, especially on His appearance day to acquire the blessings of the great qualities He had.
3. Donate to support the festival in Radhadesh:
- Pushpadaan (flowers): 108 Euro
- Prasadam seva (sanctified food) for all pilgrims: 808 Euro
- All Arati’s for Rama Navami: 308 Euro
- Raja bhoga arati: 65 Euro
- Cake for the pleasure of Sri Rama: 308 Euro
Radhadesh’s bank details
Belgium – Dexia, A/C 088–2061735–92
Swiftcode or BIC code: GKCCBEBB
International Bank Account Number: IBAN BE12 0882 06173592
Cheques payable to:
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The Birth of Rāma
Daśaratha, his desire fulfilled, dwelt happily in Ayodhya awaiting the birth of his sons. The Brahmins and kings who had assembled for the sacrifice left for their various abodes, sent on their way with kind words and gifts by the emperor. Four seasons passed. Then, at a time when favorable stars were visible in the heavens, Kaushalya gave birth to a son named Rāma.
Though Rāma was the Lord of creation, Kaushalya saw Him simply as her own dear child. She held Him tight to her bosom, overwhelmed with motherly affection and unable to recognize His divinity. Coming out of the delivery room, Kaushalya shone brilliantly with that baby boy, who had eyes like lotus petals.
Next, a son named Bharat was born from Kaikeyi; and from Sumitra, who had received two portions of ambrosia, were born twin sons, Lakṣman and Shatrughna. All three boys resembled celestials and they seemed to blaze with their splendor.
In the heavens Gandharvas, heavenly musicians, began to sing melodiously while bevies of Apsarās danced. Kettledrums resounded in the sky and showers of flowers fell upon the earth. In Ayodhya, the streets quickly became crowded with rejoicing citizens. Minstrels, bards and chanters of sacred hymns gathered in every quarter, glorifying the birth of Rāma and His brothers. The city, decorated all over with colorful flags and garlands, looked beautiful.
King Daśaratha, overwhelmed with happiness, gave a large heap of shining jewels to the Brahmins and arranged for a feast to be distributed to his entire kingdom. Vasiṣṭha joyfully performed the name-giving ceremony and all the other rites of passage for the brothers.
Of all the brothers Rāma was especially glorious. His attractive body had the hue of a celestial emerald. Dressed in the finest silk and adorned with golden ornaments, he captured the mind of all who saw him. Rāma was devoted to his father’s service. He took delight in the science of archery and quickly mastered the arts of horseback and elephant riding, as well as the various methods of driving a chariot.
Lakṣman was deeply attached to His elder brother Rāma from His infancy. He was like a second self to Rāma, and He pleased Him in every way. Unless Lakṣman was present, Rāma would neither sleep nor eat. Whenever Rāma went out to the forest to hunt, Lakṣman would follow at His heels, guarding Him on all sides.
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