[Advaita-l] Ramopakhyana of Mahabharata vs. the Uttara Kanda of Ramayana

V Subrahmanian v.subrahmanian at gmail.com
Thu May 5 13:24:31 CDT 2016

Have the popular commentators like Govindaraja include the Uttara Kanda for


On Thu, May 5, 2016 at 11:34 PM, S Jayanarayanan via Advaita-l <
advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:

> > (1) Ramopakhyana contains events from EVERY Kanda of the Valmiki
> Ramayana, EXCEPTING the Uttara Kanda. Why omit a whole Kanda, if it's so
> important?
> > (2) Why does a Phalashruti for the FULL Ramayana appear at the end of
> the Yuddha Kanda (but not previous Kandas!)?
> > (Yuddha Kanda says: रामायणमिदं कृत्स्नं शृण्वतः पठतः सदा ||  This FULL
> Ramayana, one who listens or reads...)
> > (3) Samkshepa Ramayana, at the beginning of the Ramayana, has no
> reference to any narrative in the Uttara Kanda. Why not include at least a
> bit?
> > (4) The "Rama Rajyam" as described in the Yuddha Kanda talks about a
> sorrowless Utopia: EVERYONE is joyous (and moral)!
> >     How can sorrowful disturbances appear within the Rama Rajyam (as
> claimed in Uttara Kanda), if the rule of Rama is claimed to be perfection?
> > (5) Ramayana 1-4-2 says the Kandas are six in number. Why not say SEVEN
> Kandas, by including the Uttara Kanda?
> >
> The most important of the above reasons is (2) - the Yuddha Kanda
> containing the Phalashruti for the FULL Ramayana:
>  रामायणमिदं कृत्स्नं शृण्वतः पठतः सदा ||
>  "This FULL Ramayana, one who listens or reads..."
> However, there are two reasons for holding the Uttara Kanda to be a part
> of the Ramayana:
> (i) The Adhyatma Ramayana, from the Brahmanda Purana, contains an Uttara
> Kanda.
> (ii) The Srimad Bhagavatan has some shlokas revealing a few key events
> from the Uttara Kanda of the Ramayana.
> To those who speak of "tradition", here is a view:
> http://www.valmikiramayan.net/
>  "Story starts from the fifth chapter of Book I, and tradition demands it
> to be read with the others.
>  This stipulation is not obligatory to Uttara Kaanda, a later kaanda,
> wherein Sita's expulsion to forest takes place."
> Regards,
> Kartik
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