On 5th April 2014 Ramayana the Game of Life – Rise of Sun Prince was unveiled in the presence of Mrs. Leela Poonawala during the book launch ceremony at Crossword Book Store, ICC Trade Centre at 6 pm .
When was the last time you came across a novel that you felt like reading all over again? Have you ever met characters in a story who appear different to you every time you read about them? Most stories can be enjoyed once, at the most twice; they have nothing new to offer after the second read.
But unlike regular stories, the Ramayana grows more interesting with every reading. An all-encompassing story, it adds value to every kind of reader and addresses every human need. Here, we find adventure and romance, mysticism and sinister plots, struggles and immortal values, poetry and intellectual analogies, and so much more.
Some books teach ideals and some books entertain. Ramayana: The Game of Life is an attempt to present this timeless story in a way that is entertaining to the heart and enlightening to the intellect.
Those who are looking only for the story of the Ramayana will find it here, packed with plenty of exciting drama and action. This book keeps Valmiki’s Ramayana front and center, yet explores other versions, gently weaving in aspects of Kambar Ramayana’s beautiful poetic analogies and folk tales that are in philosophical alignment with Valmiki’s Ramayana. Those who seek to relate the story to their own lives will find in the footnotes, practical learnings gleaned from various facets of the story. These sutras will help them navigate and steer the ship of life through stormy seas and clear skies alike.
Essentially, every one of us falls into one of three categories in the game of life: positive contributor, negative destroyer or protective mediator. So here we find all the sages headed by the iconic Vishwamitra striving to contribute positively to society through the Vedic sacrifice even as the demons, headed by Maricha and Subahu, try to destroy the positive forces by casting spells of intense negativity. And Rama and Lakshmana work to protect the positive from the corrupting influence of the negative by wielding a protective shield of arrows. This, for instance, is a classic scene taken from the game of life. Which role do you want to play?
Book One of the six-volume Ramayana: The Game of Life, which draws extensively from Valmiki Ramayana’s Bala Kanda, is entitled Rise of the Sun Prince. The coming together of myriad forces that it takes to give rise to a perfect hero are brought out through the early life of Rama. As Rama carefully weighs the pros and cons of so many of His decisions and words, we catch a glimpse of the loftiness of a real hero. What is more, we also begin to value the simplicity of being a good student.
In Rise of the Sun Prince, we are exposed to the struggles of an imperfect teacher, one who relentlessly fights his internal battles to rise above his shortcomings. And this, in a way, is the central hero of this book – Vishwamitra, the ever-angry sage. As the teacher mentors his pupils, Rama and Lakshmana, they, too, mentor him on another sphere. As the story advances, we witness the angry sage and imperfect teacher blossoming into a focused spiritualist and perfect student, learning the laws of progressive living.
Rise of the Sun Prince reveals to us the range of principles that underlie the healthy relationships in our lives – between parents and children, between husband and wife, between brothers, between a leader and his followers, between a teacher and his students.
The Ramayana is not a book; it is a way of life. I invite you to delve into Ramayana: The Game of Life… to master your own game of life.
About the Author
Shubha Vilas, a spiritual seeker and a motivational speaker, holds a degree in engineering and law with a specialization in patent law.
His leadership seminars are popular with top-level management in corporate houses. He addresses their crucial needs through thought- provoking seminars on themes such as ‘Secrets of Lasting Relationships’, ‘Soul Curry to Stop Worry’ and ‘Work–Life Balance’ to name a few.
He believes that a good teacher, no matter how knowledgeable, always sees the process of learning and teaching simultaneously as an inherent aspect of personal and spiritual growth.
Shubha Vilas periodically interacts with the youth in premier institutes across the country, inspiring them to live a life based on deeper human values. Close to his heart is his role as a guide and teacher to school children, teaching foundational values through masterful storytelling.
He also helps individuals apply the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita, the Ramayana and other dharmic traditions in dealing with modern- day life situations.
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