Is your Ramayana authentic?
How does the Ramayana become genuine? If the author, like Goswami Tulasidasa, has taken Lord Hanuman’s permission to write and has had a darshan of Sri Rama, his or her writing would indeed be genuine. But for professional writers, trust in Sita-Rama as a form of the Divine may be a good starting point to put together a manuscript that is devotional and does not disable the reader’s spiritual connection.
As we have already seen in an earlier post, if we do not want to believe that Rama is God, reading literature may not change our viewpoint. In your own neighborhood, you may have heard well-educated literary experts saying, “The divinity of Rama was invented by Tulasidasa in the Ramacharitamanasa.” Experts making such opinionated comments never look at the other authentic Ramayanas — the Valmiki Ramayana, the Adhyatma Ramayana, or the Kamba Ramayana. They also miss that Rama is seated as the Supreme Being in the Mahabharata, all the Puranas, and the teachings of almost all bhakti saints.