The story of Rāma is a rich, multi-dimensional, multi-layered, organic narrative fabric. Alive and growing, it has and continues to incorporate, embody, and represent the cultural life of the countless redactors who have contributed threads to the various dimensions of the story. Three prominent dimensions interwoven in the story are the human drāma of a man overcoming deprivation and sorrow by rescuing his abducted wife and slaying her abductor in battle, the divine victory of the gods over the demons won on the human battlefield, and the spiritual enlightenment of the individual self realizing its unbounded nature.