Program Overview

  • Read Ramayana is a free service, open to everyone from every part of the world!
  • Read Ramayana is a volunteer supported initiative. See the About Us page on the website for a list of volunteers. As a volunteer supported initiative, this service is free of advertisements.
  • Signup to receive one email per week, with 50 - 100 Slokas from the original text of Valmiki Ramayana, along with meaning in contemporary and simple English.
  • Check out the sample emails: Bala Kanda Sargas 18 and 19, Bala Kanda Sargas 36 and 37.
  • Read Ramayana on your computer, mobile phone, tablet or anywhere you can get to your email!
  • Choose the script of your choice for the Slokas, from Devanagari, Roman, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Gurmukhi, Kannada, Malayalam, Oriya, Tamil and Telugu!
  • You can opt out of the emails at any time, for any reason whatsoever!
  • You can participate in Ramayana related discussions on the Facebook page www.facebook.com/readramayana.
  • You can change your subscription preferences on My Page.

Objectives

  • To provide impetus and encouragement for people who want to read Ramayana and do not know how to get started.
  • To make it easy for every one around the world, to read Ramayana from the comfort of their homes.
  • To make it easy for people who cannot bring the required discipline to read Ramayana by themselves.
  • To help improve inter-generational bonding (as parents read to children and grand-parents read to grand-children).

Why to read?

People read Ramayana for various reasons. This initiative is to serve readers of diverse interests such as:
  • Devotional: To receive the grace of Lord Sri Rama to gracefully get through the ups and downs of life.
  • Practical: To obtain guidance for leading a better life - by understanding various characters and how they made choices in leading their lives when beset with complex situations!
  • Exegetical: To understand the culture, ethos and social circumstances of the times of Ramayana, and the ideals held by the longest surviving civilization that mankind has ever seen.
  • Literary: To feast yourself with the lyrical, poetical and structural beauty of this poem, known to be the first of such in the world, presented to us by the master poet Valmiki.

How can I support ?

  • If you like to volunteer, you can indicate your interest while signing-up. You can choose from many different types of activities, that involve a commitment as little as 2 hours a month!
  • Spread the word by sending emails or posting it on social media sites like Facebook and GooglePlus. Make sure you invite at least 10 people to sign up for the Read Ramayana initiative.
  • Make sure each member of your family that plan on joining this initiative register individually, even if you all happen to read out of one email.
  • If you like to sponsor or support this initiative through monetary contributions, please send us an email.
  • If you are an artist, submit your drawings, sketches or paintings of the story of Rama. All the submitted drawings will be published. The best ones will be sent along with the weekly mail.
  • If you are a scholar, you can moderate the discussions on Facebook and shed light on aspects that are not commonly known. You can provide readers with additional resources on Ramayana.
  • Lead or be part of the effort to arrange local, regional, national and international conferences.
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