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"But on reaching there, sire, tell not my father about Sita's abduction. If I am no other than Rama (if I am what I am), the ten-headed Ravana and his whole house will go and say everything to him. "

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The vulture now dropped his body and assumed Sri Hari's own form, bedecked with many jewels and clad in a yellow attire of matchless splendour, and possessed of dark hue and four long arms; and with his eyes full of tears he burst into praises of his lord.

"Glory to Sri Rama of incomparable beauty, who is absolute as well qualified and the true impeller of Gunas (Maya) too. His fierce arrows are potent enough to cut off the terrible arms of the ten-headed Ravana. I incessantly adore the all-merciful Sri Rama, the ornament of the earth, who is endowed with a with a form dark as the rain-cloud, a face resembling the blue lotus and large eyes resembling the red lotus, Possessed of long arms, He rids His devotees of the fear of transmigration. His strength is immeasurable; He is without beginning and unborn, the one (without a second), unmanifesh adn imperceptible, beyond the reach of the senses, though attainable with the help of the Vadik hymns, the dispeller of pairs of opposites (such as joy and sorrow, birth and death, pleasure and pain etc.,) consciousness personified, the supporter of the earth death and the delighter of the sould of countless saints and devotees who repeat the sacred Name of Rama. I ever extol Sri Rama, who loves and is loved by those who are freee from desire and curbs the host of vicious propensities such as lust and so on. He,whom the Vedas glorify under the name of Brahma,pure (tree from the taint of Maya), all-pervading, passionless and unborn, whom the sages attain to through manifold practices such as meditation, discretion, dispassion and Yoga (self-discipline), that fountain of mercy has become manifest as the very incarnation of beauty and enraptures of whole animate and inanimate creation. He is the bee that resides in the lotus of my heart and through every limb of His shines the splendour of many a god of love. He, who is at once inaccessible and easily accessible, who has a guileless disposition and is both partial and impartial and ever placid, whom the Yogis perceive with great effort subduing their senses and mind, that Rama, the abode of Rama (Goddess Laksmi) and the Lord of the three spheres (the entire creation) is ever at the beck and call of His devotees. May He abide in my heart, whose holy praise put a stop to transmigration.

Doha - 32
Asking the boon of uninterrupted devotion the vulture (Jatayu) ascended to Sri Hari's Abode. Sri Rama performed his funeral rites with due ceremony and with His own hands.

The Lord of Raghus is most tender-hearted and compassionate to the humble and shows His mercy even where there is no occasion for it. On a vulture, who is a most unclean and carnivorous bird, He conferred a state which is solicited even by Yogis. Listen, Uma : those people are unfortunate indeed, who abandon Sri Hari and become attached to the object of sense. The two brothers proceeded further in quest of Sita and marked the thickening of the forest even as they went. The thicket was full of creepers and trees and inhabited by many birds and deer, elphants and lions. Sri Rama overthrew the demon Kabandha even as the latter met Him on the way; he told Him the whole story about the curse pronounced on him : "The sage Durvasa had imprecated me; the sin has now been wiped out by the sight, of the Lord's feet." Listen, O Gandharva, to what I tell you : I cannot tolerate an enemy of the Brahmanas.

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"He who without guile in thought, word and deed does service to the Brahmanas (the very gods on earth), wins over Brahma, Siva, Myself and all other divinities.

"A Brahmana, even though he curse you, beat you or speak harsh words to you, is still worthy of adoration : so declare the saints . A Brahmana must be respected, though lacking in amiability and virtue, not so a Sudra, though possessing a host of virtues and rich in knowledge." The Lord instructed Kabandha in His own cult (the cult of Devotion) and was delighted at heart to see his devotion to His feet. Having regained his original form (that of a Gandharva) he howed his head to the lotus feet of Sri Rama(the Lord of Raghus) and ascended to the heaven. Having conferred on him his own (Gandharva) state the beneficent Rama repaired to the hermitage of Sabari When Sabari saw that Sri Rama had called at her abode, she recalled the words of the sage (Matanga) and was glad of heart. With lotus-like eyes, long arms, a tuft of matted hair adorning their head like a crown and a garland of wild flowers hanging upon their breast, the two brothers looked most charming--the one dark of hue and the other fair; Sabari fell prostrate and embraced their feet. She was so owerwhelmed with love that no words come to her lips. Again and again she bowed her head at their lotus feet. Presently she took some water and reverently laved their feet and then conducted them to a seat of honour.

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She broght and offered to Sri Rama the most delicious bulbs, roots and fruits. The Lord partook of them praising them again and again.

Joining her palms she stood before Him; she gazed upon the Lord her love waxed yet more ardent. "How can I extol You, lowest in descent and the dullest of wit as I am? A woman is the lowest of those who rank as the lowest of the low. of women again I am the most dull-headed,O Destroyer of sins." Answered the Lord of Raghus: "Listen, O good lady, to My words I recognize no other kinship except that of Devotion. Despite caste kinship lineage, piety, reputation, wealth, physical strength, numerical strength of his family, accomplishments and ability, a man lacking in Devotion is of no more worth than a clud without water. Now I tell you the nine forms of Devotion. please listen attentively and cherish them in your mind. The first in order is fellowship with the saints and the second is marked by a fondness for My stories.

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"Humble service service of the lotus feet of one's preceptor is the third form of Devotion, while the fourth type of Devotion consists in singing My praises with a guileless purpose."

"Muttering My Name with unwavering faith constitutes the fifth form of adoration revealed in the Vedas. The sixth variety consists in the practice of self-control and virtue, desisting from manifold activities and ever pursuing the course of conduct prescribed for saints. He who practises the seventh type sees the world full of Me without distinction and reckons the saints as even greater than Myself. He who cultivates the eighth type of Devotion remains contented with whatever he gets and never thinks of detecting others' faults. The ninth form of Devotion demands that one should be guileless and straight in one's dealings with everybody, and should in his heart cherish implicit faith in Me without either exultation or depression. Whoever possesses any one of these nine forms of Devotion, be he man or woman or any other creature--sentient or insentient--is most dear to Me, O good lady. As for yourself, you are blessed with unflinching devotion of all these types. The prize which is hardly won by the  Yogis is within you easy reach today. The most incomparable fruit of seeing Me is that the soul attains its natural state. If you know anything about Janaka's daughter, My good lady, tell Me her news, O fair dame. "Go to the Pampa lake, O Lord of Raghus, Hero of Raghu's line; You are of steady resolve and know everthing; nevertheless You ask me!" Bowing her head at the Lord's feet again and again she lovingly related the whole story (of what the sage. Matanga had told her and how eagerly she lad watched His approach all the time).

After telling the whole story she gazed on the Lord's coutencance and imprinted the image of His lotus feet on her heart; and casting her body in the fire of Yoga she entered Sri Hari's state wherefrom there is no return. "O men, abandon, you varied activites, sins and diverse creeds which all give birth to sorrow, and with genuie faith," says Tulasidasa, "be devoted to the feet of Sri Rama."

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The Lord conferred final beatitude even on a woman who was not only an outcaste but a very mine of sin; you seek happiness, my most foolish mind, by forgetting such a master!

Sri Rama left even that forest and proceeded further. The two brothers were lions among men and possessed immeasurable strength. the Lord lamented like on smitten with pangs of separation; He narrated stories and had many a dialogue (with Laksmana). "Laksman, mark the beauty of the forest; whose heart will not be stirred at its sight? United with their matees all the swarms of birdsw and herds of deer are reproaching me as it were. When the bucks see me and scamper away(in fear), their mates would stop them saying, `You have nothing to fear; you may enjoy yourselves at will, O progeny of deer. He has come in search of gold deer' The elephants would take their mates along with them as if to teach me a lesson (that a man should never leave his wife along). The sacred love, however well served, should never be depended upon; and a woman like the scriptures and the king, even though you may cherish her in your bosom, is nevr throughly mastered. See, brother, how pleasant the spring is; yet to me, bereft of my beloved, it is frightful.

Doha - 37A-B
"When the god of love found me tortured by separation, Languishing and all alone, he rushed against me with the verdant forest, bees and birds for his army). His spy (th wind), however, has seen me with my brother and on his report the mind-born Cupid had held up his advancing army and besieged me as it were."

"Creepers have entwined themselves round gigantic trees, spreading as it were a variety of canopies in the sky. The plantains and stately palms are standing like beautiful pennons and standards; he alone who is shout of heart could help being fascinated by their sight. Trees of every description are adorned with flowers of various kinds, like warriors arrayed in all their different kinds of panoply. Other beautiful trees standing here and there look charming like champions separately encamped. The murmuring cuckoos are his excited elephants; herons and rooks, his camels and mules; peacks, Cakoras and parots, his noble war-horses; the pigeons and swans, his Arab steeds; the partridges and quails, his foot soldiers. But there is no describinbg the whole host of Cupid. Mountain rocks are his chariots; the rills, his kettledrums; the Cataks, the bards that utter his praises; the garrulous bees are his trumpets and clarionets and the soft, cool and fragrant breezes have come in the capacity of his ambassadors. Accompanied by an army complete in all its four limbs (viz.,the horse, the foot, the chariots and the elephants), he goes about challenging all to a combat. Laksmana, they who remain firm even at the sight of Cupid's battle-array are men that count in this world. His greatest strength lies in woman; he alone who can escape her is a mighty champion.

Doha - 38A-B
"Brother, there are three evils most formidable of all--lust, anger and greed. In an instant they distract the mind of hermits who are the very repositories of wisdom. The weapons of greed are desire and hypocrisy, of naught but woman; while anger's weapon is harsh speech: so declare the great sages after deep thought."

Sri Rama, dear Uma, (say Bhagavan Siva) is beyond the three Gunas (Sattva, Rajas and Tamas), though the lord of the animate and inamate and inanimate creation, and the inner controller of all. (By speaking as above) He demonstrated the miserable plight of earthly lovers and strengthened dispassion in the mind of the wise. Anger, lust, greed, pride and delusion, all these get eliminated through Sri Rama's grace. He who wins the favour of that divine player is never deluded by His jugglery. Uma, I tell you my own realization: the only thing real is worship of Sri Rama, and the whole world is a dream. The Lord then repaired to the shore of the deep and beautiful lake known by the name of Pampa. Its water was as limpid as the heart of saints and it had charming flights of steps on all its four sides. Beasts of various kinds drank of its water wherever they listed, as if there was a crowd of beggars ever present at the house of a generous man.

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Covered by dense lotus leaves the water could not be easily discerned even as the attributeless Brahma is not perceived when veiled by Maya (Ignorance). All the fish that had their abode in the fathomless water of the lake were uniformly happy, even as the virtuous ever pass their days peacefully.

Lotueses oif defferent colours had opened their petals and swarms of bees sweetly hummed. Swans and waterfowls made such a noise as though they had bursh into the Lord's praises the moment they saw Him. Birds like the Cakrawaka and the heron were lovely beyond words; one could form an idea of thier beauty only after seeing them. The voice of the beautiful birds was so captivating that it seemed they invited the wayfares who passed by them. By the  side of the lake hermits had erected their thatched cottages; there were charming forest trees all around. The Campaka, the Bakula, the Kadamba, the Tamala, the Patala, the Panasa, the Palasa, the mango and many other varieties of trees had put forth new leaves and blossoms and swarms of bees hummed on them. A delightful breeze, which wa naturally cool, gentle and fragrant, ever breathed there. The cuckoo cooed so sweetly that their melody distrubed the hermits in their meditation.

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Weighed down with the load of their fruits all the fruit trees well-nigh touched the ground, even as benevolent souls grow all the more humble on getting a large fortune.

When Sri Rama saw this most beautiful lake, He took a dip into it and felt supremely delighted. Seeing the pleasant shade of a stately tree, the Lord of Raghus sat in it with younger brother. There all the gods and sages came once more and having hymned His praises returned to their several homes. The All-merciful sat in a most cheerful mood and discoursed with His younger brother on delightful topics. When the sage Narada saw the Lord suffering the pangs of separation, he felt much perturbed at heart. "It is submission to my curse that the Lord is undergoing many hardships of an oppressive nature. Let me, therefore, go and see such a noble Lord: for such an opportunity may not present itself again." Reflecting thus Narada went, lute in hand, to the spot where the Lord was sitting at ease. He fondly sang in a soft voice the exploits of Sri Rama dwelling upon them in all detail, As he prostrated himself the Lord lifted him up and held him in His embrace for a long time. After enquiring of his welfare He seated him by His side, while Laksmana reverently laved His feet.


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