The Ramayana ( Sanskrit:Rāmāyaṇam) is an ancient Indian epic poem which narrates the struggle of the divine prince Rama to rescue his wife Sita from the demon king Ravana and Afterwards Rama's return to Ayodhya to be crowned king.
The text consists of seven books : The problem with the oral tradition is that more than 300 variants of the Ramayana are known.
1. Bala-Kanda, book of childhood
2. Ayodhya-Kanda (steps 7 and 8 of the universal path)
7. Uttara-Kanda (later appended)
Books 1-6 are an allegory of step 1 - 15 of the universal path.
== Allegoric meaning ==
Rama stands here for the spiritual self.
Hanuman represents the developed human soul (tarotcard 10) - not the spiritual Jivatma.
Rama examines Sita in the Yuddha-Kanda (at the end of the lunar phase of step 15.4 of the universal path) for purity (the result of the lunar phase), and he marries her at 15.5 (Venusphase). Together they are equivalent to the Rebis.
In the appended Uttara-Kanda Rama reaches enlightenment, and Sita returns to Bhudevi.