HH Sri Sri Ravi Shankar denounces Centre's affidavit on Sri Ram

Bangalore, Karnataka, India
13th September 2007

BANGALORE: Renowned spiritual leader His Holiness Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has denounced the Centre's affidavit before the Supreme Court that said there was no historical evidence to establish existence of Sri Ram.

In a statement issued from Germany on Saturday, Gurudev said, "Ramayana and Mahabharata are called Itihasas. Itihas means it happened as such. This means that Sri Ram did exist as recorded in the Ramayana. The ancient seers had made clear distinction between Puranas and Itihasas. Puranas are mythological, symbolic stories and Itihasas are which actually happened."

"One cannot dismiss Sri Ram as a mythological character just because a lot of miracles were reported in his life and there are no scientific evidences to prove them. There were unproven miracles in the lives of other religious figures of other faiths. If we dismiss Sri Ram as fictitious character, then we have to dismiss all the miracles in the lives of Jesus, Moses and Mohammad as myths," he said.