Ramacaritmanas Rama is the Sun, the true Being, Consciousness, Bliss; him the night of Delusion touches not. He is the Fundamental Light, the Adorable: how shall there be a dawn of wisdom for him? Happiness and Misery, Knowledge and Ignorance, Conceit and pride are the lot of mortal men, but Rama, as all the world knows, is the Omnipresent Absolute, Supreme Bliss, Lord over all, and everlasting.
He is the renowned Spirit, the Treasure of Light, a manifestation of the Lord of the Universe, Jewel of the Solar race, and my Master. Saying thus, Siva bowed his head.
The ignorant do not understand their own error and, in their stupidity, they attribute their delusion to the Lord: like fools looking at the sky covered by clouds, they say that the sun is covered, or looking at the moon through their fingers pressed on the eyes, they imagine that there are two moons. O Uma, such delusion does not affect Rama as obscurity, smoke, and dust do not affect the sky.
— from Ramacaritmanas, by Tulsidas (trans. Louis Renou)
Goswami Tulsidas (d. 1623) was a Hindu poet, saint, and reformer devoted to the god Rama. Though he has composed several works, he is best known as the author of the epic Ramcharitmanas (“Sacred Lake of the Acts of Rama”), a retelling in his native Awadhi tongue of the Sanskrit epic Ramayana, which tells the tale of Rama, the supreme God, who for love of human beings incarnates himself as a hero. Revered as a reincarnation of Sanskrit poet Valmiki — who wrote the best-known version of Ramayana — Tulsidas has had widespread influence on Indian culture up to this day: his work can still be heard in Hindustani music and seen on television.