Ayodhya-kanda - Doha 61 to 70

Sri Ramcharitmanas is a great Hindu scripture and poetic classic written by Goswami Tulsidas.

Doha - 61

"(By staying at home in deference to me wishes) you will easily obtain the reward of virtue approved of by one's elders and the Vedas; whereas by giving themselves over to obduracy the sage Galava, King Nahusa and all others suffered great hardships."


"As for myself listen, O fair and sensible lady: I will soon return after redeeming my father's word. Days will steal away quickly; therefore, heed my advice, O charming lady. If on the other hand, you persist in your obstinacy due to your affection for me, O pretty girl you will eventually come to grief. The forest is rugged and most dreadful with its terriable heat, cold, rain and blasts. The tracks are beset with prickly grass and thorns and stones of various kinds and you will have to tread them without any protection for the feet. Your lotus-like feet are delicate and lovely, while the paths are most difficult and intercepted by huge mountains, caves and chasms, streams, rivers and rivulets that are unapproachable unfathomable and terrible to look at. Bears and tigers, wolves, lions and elephants raise such a cry as staggers one's presence of mind."

Doha - 62

"The ground will be your couch and the bark of trees, Your raiment; while bulbs, fruits and roots will be your food. And do you think even these latter will be available to you all year round? You will get everything according to its season."


"Man-eating demons roam about in the woods and assume all sorts of decetive forms. The water of the hills is exceedingly unwholesome; the hardships of the forest are beyond all desription. There are terrible serpents and fierce wild birds and multitudes of demons who steal both man and woman. The boldest shudder at the very thought of the forest; while you, O fawn-eyed lady, are timid by nature. You are not fit for the woods O fair lady; the world will revile me when they hear that I am taking you to the forest. Can a female cygnet who has been brought up in the nectarean water of the Mansa lake live in the salt water of the ocean? Can a cuckoo that has made merry in a young mango grove have its approprite place in a thicket of Karla bushes? Pondering this in your heart stay at home, O moon-faced lady; the hardships of the forest are great."

Doha - 63

"He who does not reverently follow the advice of a disinterested friend, preceptor and master has to repent fully at heart and surely harms himself."


When Sita heard these soft and winning words of Her beloved lord, Her lovely eyes filled with tears. His soothing advice proved as scorching to Her as a moon-lit autumnal night to a female Cakravaka bird Videha's Daughter could make no answer. She was filled with agony to think that Her pious and loving lord would leave Her behind Perforce restraining Her tears Earth's Daughter took courage and throwing Herself at Her mother-in-law's feet spoke to her with Her two palms joined together, "Forgive, O venerable lady, my great impudence. The lord my life has tendered me only such advice as is conducive to my best interests. I have, however, ponderd within myself and realized that there is no calamity in this world as great as being torn away form one's beloved lord."

Doha - 64

"O lord of my life, O abode of mercy, handsome genial and wise, O moon for the lily-like race of Raghu, without you heaven would be an obnoxious as hell."


"Father and mother, sisters and dear brothers, beloved kinsmen and friends, father-in-law and mother-in-law, preceptor and relatives, allies and even sons, however good looking, well-behaved and congenial, --nay, whatever ties of affection and kinship there exist--to a woman bereft of her beloved lord they are far more tormenting than the scorching sun. Life, riches, house, land, city and kingdom--all these are mere accoutrements of woe to a woman bereft of her lord, Luxury to her is loathsome like a disease and ornaments a burden; while the world is like the torments of hell. Without you, O lord of my life, nothing in this world is delightful to me. As the body without a soul, and a river without water , even so, my lord, is a woman without her husband. In your company, myu lord, I shall be happy in every way so long as I behold your countenance resembling the cloundless moon of an autumnal night. "

Doha - 65

"Birds and beasts will be my kindred; the forest5, my city and the bark if trees, my spotless robes. And a hut of leaves in the company of my lord will be as compfortable as the abode of gods."


"The generous-hearted sylvan gods and goddesses will take care of me like my own father-in-law and mother-in-law. A charming litter of grass and tender leaves will in the company of my lord vie with Cupid's own lovely cushion. Bulbs, roots and fruits will be my ambrosial food; while mountains will be as good as a hundred royal mansions of Ayodhya. Gazing on the lotus feet of my lord every moment I shall remain as cheerful as a female Cakravaka bird during the daytime. you have mentioned a number a hardships and perils, woes and afflictions attendant with forest life; but all these put together will hardly compare with an iota of the pangs of separation from my lord, O fountain of mercy! Bearing this in mind O crest-jewel of wise men, take me with you; pray do not leave me behind. I refrain from making a lengthy submission, my lord knowing as I do that you are allmerciful and have access to the hearts of all."

Doha - 66

"If you leave in Ayodhya till the expiry of your exile, you may rest assured that I shall not survice, O friend of the afflicted, O handsome and congenial lord. O storehouse of amiability and affection !"


"As I walk along the road I shall know no fatigue gazing on your lotus feet all the while. I shall render all sorts of service to my beloved lord (yourself) and shall relieve him of all the toil occasioned by the journey. Laving your feet and resting in the shade of a tree I shall fan you with a cheerful heart. Beholding your swarthy form bedewed with sweat and casting a look on the lord of my life I can have no occasion for grief. Spreading grass and leaves of trees on an even patch of ground this handmaid of your will knead your feet overnight. Even as I gaze on your tender form again and again hot winds will have no effect on me. Who can dare look at me, when I am by the side of my lord, any more than a hare or jackal would regard a lioness? How true it is that I am delicate of body while my lord is fit to bear the hardships of a forest life, that it behoves you to undergo penance while it is worth while for me to loll in luxuries!"

Doha - 67

"When my heart refuses to be rent even on hearing such cruel words, I am sure my wretched self shall live to bear the terrible pangs of separation from my lord!"


So saying Sita was overwhelmed with distress; She could not bear Her lord's separation even in words. Seeing Her condition the Lord of Raghus was convinced in His heart of heartsw that if left behind against. Her will She would not survive. The all-merciful Lord of the solar race, therefore, said: "Give up lamentation and accompany me to the forest. Grief is out of season today. Prepare yourself for the journey to the woods at once." Consoling His beloved Consort with there endearing words the Lord threw Himself at His mother's feet and received her blessings. "Pray return soon and relieve the people's distress and see that your heartless mother is not forgotten. Shall the tide of my fortune ever turn, O goodness, that I may behold the charming pair with my own eyes again ? When my dear son, will arrive the auspicious day and blessed hour that your mother shall live to see your moon-like countenance?

Doha - 68

"When again shall I call you ` my darling' my pet child', `O Lord of Raghus',`O Chief of Raghu's race', `my boy', and summoning you clasp you to my bosom and gaze upon your limbs with delight?"


Seeing that His mother was too overwhelmed with emotion to speak any more and was gratly agitated, Sri Rama consoled her in various ways; the gravity of the occasion and the intensity of affection was more than one could descibe. Janaka's Daughter then threw Herself at Her mother-in-law's feet and said, "I tell you, mother: I am most unlucky in that at a time when I should have served you heaven has exiled me to the forest and has refused to grant my desire. Pray be not perturbed any more but at the same time cease not to entertain kindly feeling towards me. Relentless is fate and there is no fault of mine either." The mother-in-law was so distressed to hear Sita's words that I have no words to desribe her condition. Again and again she pressed her Daughter-in-law to her breast and recovering herself admonished and blessed Her: "May the blassed state of your wifehood (the longvity of your husband) know no break and endure so long as the streams of the Ganga and Yamuna continue to flow."

Doha - 69

The mother-in-law blessed and admonished Sita in various ways and the latter parted from her, most affectionately bowing Her head at her lotus feet again and again.


When Laksamana got the news he started up in confusion and ran with a doleful face. Trembling all over with his hair standing on end eyes full of tears he clasped Sri Rama's feet much excited with emotion. He was unable to speak and stood gazing piteously like a fish taken out of water. There was anxiety in his heart. "What is going to happen, O good heavens?" he said to himself. "All my joy and merits are over now. What will the Lord of Raghus command me to do? Will he leave me at home or take me with him?" When Sri Rama saw His brother with joined palms having renounced his home and reckless about his own body, he addressed him in the following words, well-versed as He was in the rules of correct behaviour and an ocean of amiability, love, artlessness and joy: "Pray do not lose your balance of mind out of affection, dear brother, and be convinced in your heart of hearts that the end will be a happy one"

Doha - 70

"Those who reverently and unconstrainedly follow advice of their father and mother, preceptor and master have reaped the fruit of their birth or else their coming into this world been in vain. "



"Bearing this in mind, brother, lesten to my advice and wait upon the feet of our father and mothers. Bharata and Ripusudana (Satrughna) are not at home, while the king is aged and full of grief for my sake. If I proceed to the woods taking you with me, Ayodhya will be rendered completely masterless and the preceptor and parents, the people as well as the family, all will be subjected to a spell of terrible suffering. Stay, then to cimfort all; otherwise, brother, we shall incur great sin. A king whose reign brings suffering to his beloved people surely deserves an abode in hell. Bearing in mind this maxim, dear brother stay at home. " Hearing this, Laksmana felt much distressed. He turned pale at these soothing words in the same way as a lotus is blasted when touched by frost.


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Last Updated : February 17, 2011

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