Ayodhya-kanda - Doha 211 to 220

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

Doha - 211

"Clad in deerskin, living on bare fruits, reposing on the ground overspread with Kusa grass and leaves and halting under trees they ever endure cold and sunshine rain and storm!"


"It is this buring agony which is ever consuming my breast, so that I feel no appetite by day and get no sleep at night For this fell diseage there is no remedy: I have mentally ransacked the whole world. My mother's evil counse was like a sinful carpenter, who used my interests as an adze and fashioned out of the inauspicious wood of discord a destruvtive magical contrivance and muttering the terrible malevolent spell of (Sri Rama's) exile for a fixed therm (of fourteen years) planted it (in the soil of Ayodhya) it is my sake that she employed this infamous contrivance and brought ruin on the whole world. This calamity will cease only when Sri Rama returns; by no other means can Ayodhya thrive again." The sage (Bharadvaja) was gratified to hear Bharata's words and everyone applauded him in ways more than one." Grieve not much dear child; all your woes will desappear the moment you behold Sri Rama's feet."

Doha - 212

After comforting him (thus) the chief of the sages, Bharadvaja, said, "Be my beloved guest and deign to accept the bulbs, roots, fruits and flowers that we may offer you."


On hearing the sage's words Bharata was troubled at heart; for he was faced with a hard puzzle at a difficult time. Then, realizing the weightiness of an elder's command he adored the sage's feet and replied with joinedj palms, " Your orders must be respectfully obeyed; this is my paramount duty , my lord," Bharata's reply pleased the great sage Bharadvaja), who called his trusty servants and pupils by his side. " Bharata ought to be entertained; therefore, go and bring bulbs, roots and fruits." They bowed their heads with the words"Very well, sir!" and most gladly proceeded to take charge of their respective duties. The sage anxiously thought that he had invited a distringuished guest and that a deity must be worshipped according to his or her rank. Hearing of this riches of various kinds (Riddhis) and supernatural powers (sidhis) like Anima (the power assuming atomic size) appeared (in a visible form) and said, "We are prepared to do your bidding, O lord."

Doha - 213

"Bharata as well his younger brother (Satrughna) and the whole company are distressed due to their separation from Rama. Entertain them and relieve them of their fatigue," the great sage gladly said


The riches and supernatural powers in their embodied forms bowed to the command of the great sage and deemed themselves highly favoured. The Siddhis said to one another, "Sri Rama's younger brother (Bharata) is a guest beyond compare. Bowing at the sage's feet let us do that which may gratify the whole of the royal party. So saying they erected beautiful dwellings of various patterns, which put to shame by their appearance the aerial cars of gods. They were replete with abundant luxuries of all kinds men-servants and maid-servants remained in attendance focussing their attention on the pleasure of the guests. The Siddhis provided in an instant all the amenties which cannot be dreamt of even in heaven. first of all they assigned to each of the guests quarters that were charming and comfortable and suited to the taste of the occupant.

Doha - 214

Thereafter Bharata and his family were assigned quarters; for such were the instructions given by the sage. By dint of his penance the great sage produced wealth that astonished the Creator (Brahma) himself.


When Bharata beheld the sage's power, the realms of all the relers of the spheres looked small in his eyes. The luxuries were more than one could describe; the wise would forget their dispassion on seeing them. There were seats and couches, drapery, canopies, groves and gardens, birds and beasts of different species, sweet-scented flowers and fruits tasting like ambrosia, many a lake and pond of lilpid water foods and drinks of an undefiled and innocent character, which were more delicious than nectar and ambrosia and which the guests would hesitate to accept like so many ascetics. Every house was supplied with a celestial cow (the cow of plenty) and a tree of paradise; Indra (the king of gods) and his consort, Saci, grew covertous at their sight. It was the vernal season and a cool fragrant and gentle breeze was blowing. Everyone had all the four prizes of life (viz.,religious merit, worldly riches sensuous enjoyement and final beatitude) within one's easy reach. At the sight of luxuries like garlands, sandal-paste and women the guests were overcome by a mixed feeling of joy and sorrow (joy at the unique hospitality shown by the sage by dint of his Yogis powers and sorrow because at a time when they abstain from luxiries of every kind they were being offered the same)

Doha -215

Affluence, like a female Cakravaka bird, and Bharata, as her mate, were imprisoned together that night in the cage of the hermitage by the sage's order which may be compared here with a playful child. And they remained there till it was dawn.


Bharata and his party a dip into the Triveni (the confluence of the Ganga, Yamuna and Sarasvati), the chief of sacred places, and bowed their head to the sage (Bharadvaja) Bharata reverently received his orders and blessings and prostrating himself made much supplication. Accompanied by expert guides and taking the whole host along with him he proceeded on his journey with his thoughts directed towards, Citrakuta. Holding Sri Rama's friend(Guha) by the hand he walked along like the very incarnation of love. He had no shoes and no umbrella over his head; and his love, self-discipline, austerty and piety were unfeigned. He asked his friend (Guha) to give an account of the wanderings of Laksmana Sri Rama and Sita; while Guha narrated the same in soft accents. When he saw the spots where Sri Rama and Sita, while Guha narrated the same in soft accents. When he saw the spots where Sri Rama had rested and the trees under which he had halted the emotion within his breast could not be repressed. The gods who beheld his condition rained down flowers; the earth grew soft and the road became pleasant.

Doha - 216

The clouds afforded him shade all along and a delighful a delightful and excellent breeze kept blowing. The journey was not so agreeable to Sri Rama as it proved to be for Bharata.


The numberless beings, both animate and inanimate, that saw the Lord or were seen by the Lord in their turn, had been rendered fit for the highest state; the sight of Bharata now finally rid them of the disease of transmigration. This was no great thing for Bharata, whom Sri Rama ever cherished in His heart. "Even they who utter the name of Rama of Rama only once in this world not only reach the other shore themselves but are also able to take others across. As for Bharata, he is dearly loved by Sri Rama and is His younger brother too. No wonder, then that the jouney should be delightful to him," siddhas (a class celestial beings), saints and great sages observed thus and rejoiced at heart to behold Bharata. Indra (the chief of gods) was filleo with anxiety when he saw Bharata's power. The world is good to the good and vile for the. He said to his preceptor (the sage Brhaspati), "Something must be done, my lord, to prevent the meeting between Rama and Bharata."

Doha - 217

"Sri Rama is scrupulous by nature and is won by love, while Bharata is an ocean of affection. what has already been accomplished thus theatens to be undone; therefore, finding out some stratagem let us use it as a remedial measure."


Hearing his words the preceptor of the gods smiled and realized that, though endowed with a thousand eyes, Indra was really blind, (lacked discernment) He said, "If anyone practises deception on a devotee of Sri Rama (the Lord of Maya), it recoils on the artificer himself O king of gods! Last time we did something knowing that it had Sri Rama's tacit approyal; but by resorting to some underhand means this time we are sure to meet with disaster. Listen, O lord of gods: it is Sri Rama;s nature not to be angry at any offence against Himself. But he who sins against His devotees is surely consumed in the fire of His wrath. The story is well known both in the world as well as in the Vedas; the sage Durvasa know this glorious trait of Sri Rama's character. Has anyone loved Rama even as Bharata whose name is ever on the lips of Rama, while Rama's name is repeated by the whole world?

Doha - 218

Never harbour in your mind, O Lord of the immortals, even the thought of frustrating the purpose of a devotee of Sri Rama (the Chief of Raghu's line); for the same well bring you infamy in this world, sorrow in the next and a series woes in your day-to-day life.


"Hear Our advice, O king of gods! A devotee is supremely dear to Sri Rama; He is gratified through service rendered to His devotees, and bears great enmity to those who are hostile to them. Even though the Lord is alike to all without either love or anger and receives neither sin nor virtue, neither merit nor demerit, and even though he has made Fate the ruling factor in this world, so that one reaps what one sows, yet according as one possesses the heart of a devotee or an unbeliver He appears to be impartial or hostile in His dealings.Though devoid of attributes, unattached free from pide and ever unchanged Sri Rama has assumed a form with attributes yielding to the love of His devotees. Sri Rama has ever respected the wishes of His devotees, the Vedas and Puranas as well as saints and gods can bear testimony to this Bearing this in mind give up perversity and cherish ideal love for Bharata's feet."

Doha - 219

"Sri Rama's devotees are actively engaged doing good to others, share the sorrows of others and are compassionate by nature. And Bharata is the very crest-jewel of devotees; therefore, be not afraid of him, O rular of gods."


"The Lord is true to His word and a friend of the gods, while Bharata obeys Sri Rama's orders. You are feeling uneasy only because you are dominated by self-interst. Bharata is not to blame at all; it is your ignorance (which is responsible for your uneasiness)." The chief of gods, Indra , was overjoyed at heart to hear these valuable words of the heavenly preceptor and his depression of spirit was gone. The lord of celestials, therefore, rained down flowers and gladly began to extol Bharata's noble disposition. In this way Bharata went on his way, while sages and Siddas were filled with envy at the sight of his condition. Whenever he heaved a long sigh with the word Rama on his lips, it seemed as if love overflowed on all sides. Even adamant and stones melted at his words; the love of the citizens was beyond description. Halting at one place on this side the party arrived on the bank of the Yamuna and Bharata's eyes were filled with tears as he gazed on its dark water (which reminded him of Rama's swarthy form).

Doha - 220

At the sight of the lovely stream that possessed the same hue as the person of Sri Rama (the Chief of Raghu's line) Bharata and his party were plunged into an ocean of grief on account to separation from Rama and were saved from drowning only by boarding the bark of discretion.


That day they halted on the bank of the Yamuna: everyone was provided with comforts according to the occasion. In course of the night innumerable boats of untold varieties came from all the ghats. At daybreak the whole party crossed the river in a single trip; everyone was pleased with the services rendered by the Nisada chief in this behalf. After performing their ablutions and bowing their heards to the river (Yamuna) the two brothers (Bharata and Satrughana) resumed their journey with the lord of Nisada. At the head of the line in chosen vehicles travelled the principal sages (Vamadeva, Vasistha and so on) followed by the royal host. Next followed the two royal brothers, both on foot; their ornaments, costumes and style of dress were all of the very simplest. They were accompanied by their servants, friends and the minister's son and went with their thoughts fixed on Laxsmana, Sita and the Lord of Raghus. They lovingly saluted each and every place where Sri Rama had either encampled or rested awhile.


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