This is a book format compilation of the Ram Katha, Manas-Kama Darshana. The aim is to achieve a comprehensive in-depth understanding about Kama. Kama in this context has played a very crucial role. Although man has somewhat succeeded in tapping into this vital energy, he is still seen at large, dancing around to the tunes of this strong emotion.
Morari Bapu in his kathas has often stated, “There is no need to segregate sadhana from life. Rather, the whole life itself should be a sadhana.” He often advises his audience not to worry if vows become weak, but to make sure that our vrittis, propensities remain strong-willed. Bapu maintains that our every action—social work, work of art and learning—should have spirituality as the final goal. This needs to be taken as a way for the next level of human advancement.
Bapu speaks on this vital subject of Kama with compassionate insight, trying to decode its mystery for our benefit. As Bapu says, “The vyasa peeth has to maintain its own grace and refinement.” With much sensitivity, this English translation of the katha is presented for the readers—a foray into the realm of human passions.
1. Kama, A Mystery—21
2. Kama as a Deity—31
3. Pragmatic Kama of Manas—45
4. The Effectual Reality and Influence—57
5. Kama and the Truth of Life—69
6. The Remedial Aushadhi—83
7. Raso Vai Sah—93
Morari Bapu is a renowned exponent of the Ram Charit Manas and has been reciting Ram Kathas for over fifty years throughout the world. The overall ethos of his Katha is universal peace and spreading the message of truth, love and compassion. While the focal point is the scripture itself, Bapu draws upon examples from other religions and invites people from all faiths to attend the discourses.
Bapu was born on the day of Shivratri in 1946 in the village of Talgajarda, close to Mahuva in Bhavnagar district of Gujarat. The remarkable journey of reciting the Ramayana, which began in the presence of three village folk, has now taken Bapu to all corners of the world. For the over 800 Kathas held to date, Bapu has traversed every major city and pilgrimage in India and travelled to many countries from Sri Lanka, Indonesia, South Africa and Kenya to the United Kingdom, United States, Brazil, Australia, Israel and Japan, drawing millions in audiences.
As well as doing Ram Kathas, Bapu has devoted much of his energy in bringing together communities, religions, sects and castes, in advocating peace and harmony both in India and globally. He also organises marriage ceremonies for Hindu and Muslim girls who are not able to pay for their wedding and participates in Kathas and other functions that are held by Dalits and Devi Pujaks.
At times of calamity in India and abroad, be it the Gujarat earthquake or Bihar floods or nuclear leak in Fukushima, Japan, Bapu has contributed generously to provide aid wherever possible. In his hometown of Talgajarda, Bapu has organised several literary and cultural programmes, honouring litterateurs, musicians, dancers, dramatists and actors among others. For 16 years now, eminent writers and poets meet to discuss literary and scholastic issues and developments during the three-day Asmita Parva. The evening classical music programmes bring together renowned vocalists and instrumentalists of India.