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"The Ramayana narrates how Lord Rama was sent to the forest by His father just when He was going to be enthroned. After Lord Rama's departure, Maharaj Dasaratha, His father, died. In the forest His wife, Sitadevi, was kidnapped by Ravana, and there was a great war. When Sitadevi was finally delivered from the clutches of Ravana, Ravana's whole family and kingdom, and Ravana Himself, were vanquished. When Sitadevi came home she was tried by fire, and after some days she was again banished to the forest. All of these subjects in the Ramayana seem very pitiable, and they may appear very distressing to the reciter, but actually this is not so. Otherwise, why would Hanuman, the great devotee of Lord Ramacandra, read daily about the activities of Lord Ramacandra, as described in the Ramayana itself? The fact is that in any of the above-mentioned twelve transcendental humors of devotional service, everything is transcendentally pleasing."
(Nectar of Devotion, Chapter 34)
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