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Translated by F. S. Growse, 719 Pages, Hardcover.

For some years now "The Ramayana" of Tulasidasa has been sought for with increasing fervor, and its popularity is by no means limited to India, nor are the Hindus its only readers and admirers. Many of its genuine lovers are the simple semi-educated people in India and abroad to whom Tulasidasa was the guardian of Indian culture at a time when not only the Hindu religion, but the whole body of Hindu culture was already under the threat of extinction. To the scholar well-versed in the Hindu scriptures, Tulasidasa is the defender of values which Indian literature as a whole has ever attempted to maintain, and his Ramayana is, in Arnold's words, "a study of perfection, and of harmonious perfection...and perfection which consists in becoming something rather than in having something, in an inward condition of the mind and spirit, not in an outward set of circumstances..."