Reviews of Ramayana

Reviewed by: From the Ramayana Itself

"He who listens every day to this oldest epic, composed by the sage Valmiki, which is calculated to bestow religious merit, renown, and longevity, and which lends support to the Vedas, is completely freed of sin. Kings will overcome their enemies and conquer the earth, men will overcome all difficulties, and women will be blessed with excellent sons and grandsons.

"Those listening to this epic will receive from Sri Rama all the boons they desire. Through a hearing of this work all the gods are satisfied. One who keeps a copy in his house will find all his obstacles coming to an end. A man offering worship to and reading this historical work is completely rid of all sins and attains a long life; all the gods are thus pleased and one’s ancestors are gratified forever.

"Those transcribing this work with devotion are guaranteed residence in heaven, while those hearing it will secure the growth of their family and wealth, supreme happiness, and the accomplishment of all their objects on earth."

—Yuddha Kanda

"The gods, Gandharvas, Siddhas, and rishis always listen with great pleasure to the Ramayana in heaven. This legend is the bestower of longevity, the enhancer of fortune, and the dispeller of sins. It is the equal of the Vedas. A man reading even a quarter of it is freed from all sins; indeed, even if one sins daily, he is released from the reactions if he recites just one sloka of the Ramayana.

"A man gets the results of one thousand Ashvamedha sacrifices and ten thousand Vajpeya sacrifices merely by hearing this great work. He has visited all the holy shrines and bathed in all the sacred rivers. One who listens to the story of Sri Rama with full reverence roots out all sins and goes to the world of Vishnu.

"The Ramayana is the unsurpassed form of Gayatri. By hearing it with devotion, one will undoubtedly achieve liberation, along with many generations of his ancestors. The exploits of Sri Rama are the bestower of all four of life’s objects — dharma, artha, kama and moksha. Hearing even one line of this work with full devotion guarantees one’s attainment of the world of Brahma."

Uttara Kanda

Reviewed by: Emily, from the Internet

What others are saying about Krishna Dharma’s Ramayana:

“This is truly an amazing book. This story made my heart want to burst with such love! I now feel I have a better understanding of India's Hindu culture. I am in complete awe of everything in this book and the love that I felt while reading it overwhelmed me to the point of joyous tears. I have read it 4 times and am still amazed at what I read each time.”

Reviewed by: Susanne, from the Internet

What others are saying about Krishna Dharma’s Ramayana:

“If you've ever read Ramayana, or if you've never read Ramayana, this is the book you need to read!

"Written in a contemporary style so that Westerners can relate to it, it tells a captivating story involving political intrigue, true romance, and incredible adventures. Mixed in with all that are the qualities of nobility and purity of character that we all wish we and / or our children could develop.

"The action scenes in this book sometimes make your hair stand on end; at other times, you find yourself weeping in sympathy with its characters. The author uses his excellent storytelling skills to absorb you completely in this grand tale.

"Reading this Ramayana is a highly rewarding experience in many ways. And if you find this book un-put-downable, as I did, then be sure to try Krishna Dharma's Mahabharata — another treasure house of adventure and spiritual wisdom!”

Reviewed by: Bob Ledwidge

Living Traditions

“This is a beautifully produced and exciting new edition of the Ramayana. Krishna Dharma's novelized version of this literary masterpiece brings the ancient text to life. It is an understatement to say that this is a great achievement; he has created a fast-paced, exciting novel while sustaining the integrity and vision of the original text…The Ramayana offers a fascinating tale that carries back to another time in a foreign land and yet communicates values and ideas that transcend culture and time itself. This is a superb edition and one that should be in every spiritual seeker’s library.”

Reviewed by: Dr. Owen Cole, Ph.D.

“Krishna Dharma has provided a good read…This is a well-written work that captures very successfully the Ramayana’s epic quality…The style of the book throughout is one that fits the subject matter…the book is written in accessible language...and one is always aware that there is a serious purpose to the epic…This book deserves to be popular and widely read. I am thankful for a good and thought- provoking read.”

Reviewed by: The Midwest Book Review

“Despite its huge popularity in Eastern cultures, and even though it is recognized by many Western scholars as a literary masterpiece, most people in the West have no knowledge or awareness of the work. Now Krishna Dharma and Torchlight have provided the English-speaking reader with a superb opportunity to discover and enjoy this ancient and influential classic.”

Reviewed by: Library Journal

“…Ramayana (the epic story of Rama) is one of the two great epic poems of India. It makes for lively reading as a good adventure and love story as well as a guide to spiritual practice and a reflection of the cultural, social, and religious beliefs of India at the time.

"Dharma consulted several existing translations…to produce a clear and readable rendition. This version breaks up what was originally seven long chapters into smaller, easier to handle units. Recommended for any library in need of a first copy or a contemporary and highly readable rendering of this ancient Indian classic.”

Reviewed by: Asian Voice

"If you’re choosing books as presents, none will have more lasting value than a new translation of Ramayana — India’s Immortal Tale of Adventure, Love and Wisdom…by Krishna Dharma. This is a wonderful opportunity…the style and story will hold even a small child spellbound.”

Reviewed by: J.L Brockington

Dept. of Sanskrit, Edinburgh University

“…His version is lively and vigorous…and is thus a considerable improvement on earlier translations. For anyone who has no previous acquaintance with the Ramayana, this translation provides an accessible form of it’s basic narrative…it is to be commended for the way it brings the story to life.”