Writer of the Rāmāyaṇa
The Rāmāyaṇa, originally written by Vālmīki, consists of 23,000 ślokas and 7 cantos including the Uttara canto. Rāmāyaṇa is composed of about 480,002 words, being a quarter of the length of the full text of the Mahābhārata or about four times the length of the Iliad. The Rāmāyaṇa tells the story of a prince, Rāma of Ayodhyā, whose wife Sītā is abducted by the demon-king of Laṅkā, Rāvaṇa. The Vālmīki’s Rāmāyaṇa is dated variously from 500 BC to 100 BC, or about co-eval with early versions of the Mahābhārata. As with many traditional epics, it has gone through a process of interpolations and redactions, making it impossible to date accurately.
Valmik Tarlok mein Gajad bhai anand Brahma Vishnu pukarde pargat bhai Gobind.
Teen Lok jas karan ko Santan noo kari pukar Indrapuri patal mein ho rahi jai jai Kar.
Valmik Jai Jai, Bhagwan Valmik Jai Jai, Satgur Valmik Jai Jai.
Sagal Sarishti Ke Malik, Sagal Sarishti Ke Palak, Mukti Ke Ho Data.
The First Shlok
Valmiki was going to the river Ganges for his daily ablutions. A disciple by the name Bharadwaja was carrying his clothes. On the way, they came across the Tamasa Stream. Looking at the stream, Valmiki said to his disciple, “Look, how clear is this water, like the mind of a good man! I will bathe here today.” When he was looking for a suitable place to step into the stream, he saw a Crane (bird) couple mating. Valmiki felt very pleased on seeing the happy birds. Suddenly, hit by an arrow; the male bird died on the spot. Filled by sorrow its mate screamed in agony and died of shock. Valmiki’s heart melted at this pitiful sight. He looked around to find out who had shot the bird. He saw a hunter with a bow and arrows, nearby. Valmiki became very angry. His lips opened and he uttered the following words:
“मां निषाद प्रतिष्ठां त्वमगमः शाश्वतीः समाः। यत्क्रौंचमिथुनादेकम् अवधीः काममोहितम्”