The omnipresent God ... has taken a physical form and become a man.

Tulsidas was born to a brahmin family in the town of Rajapur near Allahabad somewhere around 1532, the exact date is in dispute. He was separated from his parents at a very young age and survived on handouts. Tulsidas married young and had a passionate attachment to his wife and could not bear to be separated from her. One day, after an incident that embarrassed her, she scolded him; telling him that if he had the same love for Lord Ram as he did for her, he would attain immortality. This hit him like a cosmic revelation. Tulsidas left everything, went on a fourteen year pilgrimage visiting sacred places, living the life of an ascetic. He wrote twelve books. The most famous is his Ramayan; which has had a profound effect on Hindu culture. He lived in Ayodhya for awhile and then Varanasi. He left his body around 1623.

excerpts from Tulsidas' Ramayana

           translated -

Doha 8 My place is poor, but my ambition high I have confidence in one thing the good will listen with pleasure while the fool laughs with disdain. Doha 18 I have great reverence for Sita and Rama who are truly inseparable as a word is inseparable from its meaning as a wave cannot be distinguished from water. Doha 26 The Name of Rama is like the tree of paradise the center of all that is good meditating on this, Tulsidas, a vile hemp-nettle has become the sacred tulasi plant. Doha 33 Rama is infinite, his perfection infinite His stories beyond measure thus, men of insight wonder not at their truth knowing anything is possible. Doha 49 Rama's acts are mysterious only the wise can understand the dull-witted, the sensual, the greedy imagine they know, projecting their imagination. Doha 50 The omnipresent God, the ocean of beauty unbegotten, indifferent to passion with abilities unfathomable has taken a physical form and become a man.

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