Ramayana in the Park 2017 Draws Record Crowds – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Ramayana in the Park 2017 Draws Record Crowds

Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

The crowds came to Ayodhya in their hundreds each evening. By the end of the week, it was the biggest attendance at Ramayana in he Park in the nine years of its existence. On the night of Janamashmi, when Hindus were in their temples, the tent was packed to capacity and additional seating was needed.

This trend continued and by Saturday seating was needed an hour before the starting time. The theme of this year’s event was ‘ Honoring the Youths in our Community.’ Our Pandits did us proud and left devotees wanting more.

The distinguished and learned Pandits were: Mahadeo Deopersaud, Ravi Ramsamooj, Mochan Persaud, Mohan Narine, Vishnu Sukul, Arun Gossai, Chunelall Narine, and Chandradatt Persaud. We were inspired by Dharmacharya Pandit Ramlall of the Arya Spiritual Center, and we thank him and the Center for the use of the Ground.

Read more: Ramayana in the Park 2017 – Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

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  • needybad4u  On September 9, 2017 at 2:31 am

    This janamashmi celebration is indeed a blessing to all youths in the community. May their lives be blessed with intelligence and wisdom. Ganpati Bappa Morya to you, Dr. Dhanpaul Narine. Lord Ganesha’s blessings!

    ~ Leonard Dabydeen

  • Stella Lady St John  On September 9, 2017 at 4:45 am

    Why won’t the Indian Community in Barbados do this for all Barbadians too ?
    We need help from all the people in Barbados to help the Youth.
    The Indians in this island seem to want to seperate themselves from the masses of the island . They even have their own schools. WRONG.
    Though they win and accept scholarships to Government schools
    They never offer places in their schools to Barbadian children
    –that I know of.
    Their youth never are in trouble with the police; and their youth dont lime at street corners AND the Indian community dont give HELP TO THE PROBLEM OF THE OTHER YOUTH in the island though they seem to have mastered that problem for their own youth. SELFISH.,,,,SELF SERVING. WRONG.
    As Barbadians the Indians have to pull their weight —not only for themselves.

    Stella St John

  • Veda Nath Mohabir  On September 9, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    Very timely.
    Harvard Teaching Ramayana & Mahabharata epics in graduate course.

    Hindu epics Mahabharata and Ramayana will be taught in the upcoming Fall semester at Harvard University (HU), one of the world’s top and United States’ oldest institution of higher education established in 1636.
    These great Sanskrit epics will be focus of the graduate level “Indian Religions Through Their Narrative Literatures: The Epics” class taught by Professor Anne E. Monius of Harvard Divinity School starting August 30.
    Ramayana, a narrative poem of about 25,000 slokas beginning in [very ancient] BCE period is divided into seven kandas. Ramayana is not just a story: it presents the teachings of ancient Hindu sages in narrative allegory, interspersing philosophical and ethical elements
    Mahabharata, the longest poem ever written, contains around 100,000 verses beginning in [5,000] BCE period, and is divided into eighteen parvan and Bhagavad-Gita forms part of it. The Mahābhārata is the longest epic poem known and has been described as “the longest poem ever written”. Its longest version consists of over 100,000 śloka or over 200,000 individual verse lines (each shloka is a couplet), and long prose passages. About 1.8 million words in total, the Mahābhārata is roughly ten times the length of the Iliad and the Odyssey combined, or about four times the length of the Rāmāyaṇa.
    W. J. Johnson has compared the importance of the Mahābhārata in the context of world civilization to that of the Bible, the works of Shakespeare, the works of Homer, Greek drama.
    Hinduism, the third largest religion of the world, has about 1.1 billion adherents and Moksha (liberation) is its ultimate goal. There are about three million Hindus in USA.

    (In the pic seen in the foll link, Lord Krishna, right, the charioteer, is counselling the warrior par-excellence, Arjuna, left, who is extremely dejected, unable to fight in the middle of a great war, about the prospect in an internecine war of fighting his own cousins and respected gurus, teachers, in a cataclysmic world war 5,000 years ago. This dialogue is what the renowned Bhagavad Gita is all about).

    Harvard University Students To Study Course On Ramayana, Mahabharata This Fall
    This fall, students in Harvard University will study Indian epics Mahabharata and Ramayana. The course in question is “Indian Religions Through Their Narrative Literatures” which will be taught by Anne E. Monius, who is the Professor of South Asian Religions at the University.

    Harvard University Students To Study Course On Ramayana, Mahabharata
    This fall, students in Harvard University will study Indian epics Mahabharata and Ramayana. The course in question is “Indian Religions Through Their Narrative Literatures” which will be taught by Anne E. Monius, who is the Professor of South Asian Religions at the University. The course will examine the religious traditions and communities of South Asia through the stories told. As part of the course description, Professor Anne E. Monius says that the course will study Indian religions from the poetic visions of Vyasa and Valmiki and to modern performances of the epics in urban street theatres and television serials.

    Talking about the universality of the two epics, Anne E. Monius says, The Indian epics are long and complex narratives that speak to virtually every aspect of human experience. While the Mahabharata is a sobering tale of cataclysmic war and loss, the Ramayana is one of India’s great love stories.”

    Anne E. Monius says that for over a century the scholars have studied these texts as philosophical and scriptural texts while largely ignoring the subcontinent’s wealth of narrative literatures.
    The course will not just examine the Sanskrit texts of the two epics but also look into dance performances, shadow puppet plays, modern fictional retellings, and televised renditions of the stories. Anne E. Monius believes that the two epics easily transcend boundaries of genres ‘both in history and today’.
    She believes that once the course is over, her students would be able to appreciate the richness of the texts and develop varied lenses with which to examine the different practices and traditions that make up what scholars have called “Hinduism.”

    Guyanese, Sharon Westmaas/Maas, pen name: Aruna Sharan, reduced the huge epic for western audience (whom she was surprised were unfamiliar with the epic) as a novel – Sons of Gods, the Mahabharata retold.

    Veda Nath Mohabir

    • Youman  On September 10, 2017 at 2:03 pm

      Indian people do for their own and do not help other communities

  • Veda Nath Mohabir  On September 11, 2017 at 10:03 pm

    As is customary, Indians are again under attack for practices which are widespread around the world, as I showed last week about ‘skin bleaching’ – which is ‘epidemic’ in Africa and as Yvonne Sam wrote recently, also among the Black population in the Americas.
    Ms. Stella St. John chastises Indian schools in Barbados for not opening up to other Barbadian kids. I don’t know there reasoning but she might be surprised to know that an ‘advanced’ society such as Ontario is ‘NOW quietly opening doors to non-Catholics’ as this Toronto Star August 2014 article claims.

    Perhaps, Ms. St. John, should consider recommending Guyanese, Sharon Westmaas’, path through yoga to Hinduism, to the Barbadian youths. Ms Westmaas/Maas/Aruna Sharan says that after a month of Hatha Yoga she dropped excess weight, and stopped smoking and drinking! The path started with:

    One of her interviewees as a newspaper reporter “was a Swiss woman named Margaret Cohen. She was a Yoga teacher, and was staying with an Indian man who was a Hatha Yoga teacher. She had come to give a talk. I went to interview her. She told me all about Yoga and from that moment on I was a convert. I knew that this was what I had been looking for all my life.
    Mind you, she spoke about the philosophy of Yoga, not about the physical discipline. But when she left, I went to my first Hatha Yoga class. I came out walking on air. I felt so light, so free, so essentially me for the first time ever. It was as if I had thrown off those rags with one fell swoop. I became the most diligent pupil in that class, and within a month I had lost all my excess weight. I also stopped drinking and smoking immediately. A new sense of identity had replaced that old ragged thing I had carried around with me.”


    Veda Nath Mohabir

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