Bal-Mukund Valmiki : Introduction to an Indian saint Maharshi Valmiki referred as Adi Kavi and he is considered as father of Indian Poetry. He is famous as the author of Ramayan consisting of 24,000 Verses. Bal-Mukund Childhood •He was born to sage Prachetasa, was called as Ratnakar in his childhood. • One day he got lost in the forest and was adopted by a hunter. •Ratnakar was trained to be an excellent hunter by his foster father. •He married to a girl from hunter ‘s family and as his family got large. He found impossible to feed the family. •To support the family Ratnakar began looting people passing from one village to another. Continued------ Bal-Mukund Turning Point •Ratnakar happened to attack Sage Narad who was passing through the jungle. •Sage Narad questioned him why he was committing so many sins? •Ratnakar replied that it was for his family maintenance. •Sage Narad question whether his family would share sins? •Ratnakar replied that his family would share sins too. Continued------- Bal-Mukund •Sage Narad asked him to get the confirmation from his family. •When Ratnakar went home asked his family about sharing the sins, nobody agreed from his family. •This incident taught him about the selfish nature of everyone in the world. •Ratnakar went back to Sage Narad and asked “How he could attain Absolute Truth or God?” •By Sage Narad suggestion Ratnakar tried to chant “Rama” but due to his sins he could not. •Sage Narad suggested him to chant “MA RA” until he returned. Continued------ Bal-Mukund When Naradji returned after few years guess what ?----- He found Ratnakar covered by anthill while he was deep in chanting. Sage Narad blessed him and began to be called Valmiki. Valmiki is a Sanskrit word anthill. Bal-Mukund Valmiki’s Contribution to Society Once Valmiki was going to River Ganga for a bath,he looked at the clear water and compared it to the mind of good man. While saying about the mind of good man, he saw two birds flying overhead and he relished the joyous . When one of the bird was hit by hunter’s arrow and fell down dead, Valmiki was sad and he composed a Sanskrit Verse which means ,” You will find no rest for the rest of eternity since you have killed this unsuspecting bird couple while they were absorbed in love”. Continued------- Bal-Mukund •Brahma then gave him vision to foresee leelas of Lord Shree Ram and asked him to write Ramayan. • He made ashram in the forest and wrote Ramayan. •He wrote the Ramayan before the actual dissension of Lord Ram. •He continued to reside there till dissension of Shree Ram to took place. Bal-Mukund Bal-Mukund Bal-Mukund To Watch a Movie on Valmiki: Click Here Bal Mukund QUIZ TIME 1. Who is known as father of Indian Poetry? 2. What is the name of famous Hindu scripture written by saint Valmiki? 3. How many verses/shlokas are in the Ramayan? 4. What was the childhood name of Valmiki? 5. Why he was raised by a hunters family? 6. How did Ratnakr support need of his family? 7. What happened when Ratankar attacked sage Narad? Bal mukund 1. What was sage Narad suggest to Ratanakar? 2. Where did Narad found Ratnakar when he came to check on him? 3. Who gave the name Valmiki to Ratnakar? 4. What does Valmiki word stand for? 5. Who gave vision to sage Valmiki to write Ramayan? 6. Did valmiki get a chance to meet Lord Ram? 7. Who were the first disciple of saint Valmiki?