Valmiki life story
The Great Sage Valmiki wrote the Ramayan. Not many people know that he used to be a heartless dacoit. One day Narada Muni came to him and said why are you sinning so much just to give material happiness to your family?
Don’t you know that you will have to pay for your sins?
Valmiki said no my family will share in the sins. So Narada Muni challenged him to ask his family. His family said we are enjoying what you are giving us, but we will not share in the sins.
So Valimikis eyes opened. He ran to Narada Muni and said I want to change, but how do I burn my old sins?
So Narada Muni told him to chant the name of Lord Rama.
Valmiki had sinned so much and had gotten intoxicated so many times, and this leads to loss of memory………..so he forgot the name of the Lord.
Instead of chanting Rama………………….he started chanting Mara.
The name of Lord Rama is so magical so no matter how we chant it, it still saves us. And Maramaramara also sounds like Ramaramarama.
Valmiki chanted for hundreds of years. Worms built an anthill all over his body. These worms were called “Valmiks” hence he got the name Valmiki.
Then the Sapta Rishis came and blessed him and said all your sins are burnt and you are now a Siddha saint who can see past, present and future.
Then Lord Brahma asked him to write the Ramayana.
The original Ramayana he wrote was 100 crore Slokas, and as he was saying it, Lord Ganesh was writing it.
We must keep in mind that he wrote the Ramayana even before Lord Rama was born because He had been given future vision. In fact, there is an amusing incident when Lord Rama had to cross the ocean to go to Lanka, He wanted to pray to the ocean………….but Laxman said: “Lord, with one arrow you can dry up the whole ocean……………..and you are a Kshatriya so you must use your skills and not beg the ocean”.
So Lord Ram replied: “Yes, I know I can do that; but Valmiki has written that I prayed to the ocean and then built a bridge across it……………so I must follow and do as he wrote it, otherwise his writing will prove false!”
Jai Sri Valmiki Ki!
Jai Sri Ram!!!!!