Doha - 111
As the four-faced Brahma thus prayed, his body was deeply thrilled with emotion. And his eyes knew no satiation as they gazed on the Ocean of beauty.

That very moment King Dasaratha appeared on the scene (in his celestil form ); his eyes were flooded with tears as he beheld his son (Sri Rama). The Lord and His younger brother (Laksmana) made obeisance and the father in his turn gave them his blessing. "Dear father, it was all due to your religious merit that I conquered the invincible demon king. "Dasaratha was overwhelmed with emotion when he heard his son's word; tears rushed to his eyes again and the hair on his body stood erect. The Lord of the Raghus understood that His father bore the same affection for Him as he did before; He, therefore, looked at His father and bestowed on him solid wisdom. Uma, (continues Lord Siva), Dasartha did not attain final beatitude for this simple reason that he set his heart on Devotion while maintaining his separate identity. Worshippers of God in His embodied form spurn final beatitude; to them Sri Rama couchsafes devotion to His own person. Having prostrated himself before the Lord again and again, Dasaratha joyfully returned to his abode in heaven.

Doha - 112
Perceiving the Almighty Lord of Kosala safe and sound with His younger brother (Laksmana) and Janaka's Daughter, and beholding their beauty, Indra (the Lord of the celestials) began extolling Him with a cheerful heart:-

Glory to Sri Rama, beauty personified, the bestower of peace on the suppliant, euipped with an excellent bow, arrows and quiver and triumphing in His mighty strength of arm. Glory to the Slayer of Dusana and Khara and the crusher of the demon hordes! Now that You have disposed of this wretch, my lord, all the gods enjoy full security. Glory to the reliever of Earth's burden, whose greatness is beneficent and unbounded. Glory to the All-merciful Slayer of Ravana, who reduced the demon host to a miserable plight. Outrageous was the pride of Ravana (the Lord of Lanka), who had subdued even gods and Gandharvas (the celestial musicians). Nay, he relentlessly pursued sages, the Siddhas, human beings birds and Nagas alike. He look delight in injuring others and was most wicked; the vile sinner has now reaped the fruit of his misdeeds. Now listen my lord, possessed of eyes as large as the lotus and compasionate to the humble" my pride was inordinate; I accounted no one as equal to me. At the sight of Your lotus feet, however, my pride, which entailed much woe, has taken leave of me. Some people meditate on the attributeless Brahma (the Absolute), whom the Vedas decare as unmanifest. What attracts my mind, however, is the Supreme embodied as Sri Rama, King of Kosala. Together with Videha's Daughter and Your younger brother (Laksman), therefore, pray abide in my heart; and recognizing me as Your own servant, bless me with devotion, O Abode of Rama (Laksmi).

"Grant me devotion to Your Feet, O Abode of Rama, dispeller of fear and solace of the suppliant. I adore You, O blissful Rama, the Lord of the Raghus, possessing the beauty of a myriad Cupids. Delight of the hosts of heaven, Queller of contray experiences (like joy sorrow etc), appearing in a human form possessing incomparable strength, worthy of adoration even to Brahma (the creator)and Sankara, O Rama, I bow to You, tender as You through compassion."

"Listen, King of the gods: our monkeys and bears, those that were killed by the demons, are lying on the ground. They have laid down their lives in my service: therefore, restore them all to life, O wise lord of the celestials. "Listen O king of the birds. (continues Kakabhusundi,) these words of the Lord are profoundly mysterious:only enlightened sages can apprehend them. The Lord are profoundly mysterious; only enlightened sages can apprehend them. The Lord Himself can wipe out the inhabitants of the three speres and bring them back to life; He wished only to give Indra honour. By a shower of nectar the latter restored the monkeys and bears to life. They all arose with delight and betook themselves to the Lord. Although the shower of nectar promiscuously fell on the dead of both the armies, it is the bears and monkeys alone that returned to life, but not the demons. Their mind was absorbed in the thought of Sri Rama when they gave up the ghost; that is why they got liberated and were rid of the bonds of mundane exstence. As for the monkeys and bears, they were all part manifestations of the gods (who are all immortal): hence they all came to life by the will of Sri Rama (the Lord of the Raghus). Is there anyone so kind to the afficted as Sri Rama, who liberated the whole demon host? Even the wicked Ravan, who was a sink of impurities and given up to sensuality, attained to an exalted state which is withheld even from the greatest of sages.

Doha - 114A-B
After raining down flowers the gods mounted each his own shining aerial car and departed. Finding it a welcome opprtunity the all-wise Sambhu (Lord Siva) arrived in the presence of the Lord. Most Lovengly, with joined palms, His lotus eyes full of tears and the hair on His body standing erect, the Slayer of the demon. Tripura made the following supplication with choked voice:-

"Save me, Chief Raghu's line, bearing an excellent bow and shining arrows in Your hands. A furious wind to desperse the mass of clounds in the shape of colossal ignorance, a fire to consume th forest of doubts, and delight of the gods, Youg are bothe with and without attributes, a shrine of virtues and most lovely to look at; nay, You are a buring midday Sun to scatter the darkness of delusion. A veritable lion to kill the elephants of lust, anger and pride, pray, constantly abide in the forest of the devotee's mind. a severe irost to blast the lotus bed of sensual desires, You are generous beyond conception. Nay playing the role of Mount Mandara for churning the ocean of mundane exstence, kindly stave off my fear (of birth and death) and transport me across the stormy ocean of mundane exstence. Possessed of a swarthy form with lotus eyes, befriender of the meek, relieve of the suppliant's agony, take up Your abode in my heart for ever, O King with Your younger brother (Laksmana) and Janka's Daughter, O Delight of the sages, Jewel of the terrestrial globe, lord of Tulasidasa and destroyer of fear.

Doha - 115
"When my lord, Your Coronation takes place at Kosalapura (Ayodhya), I will come to witness Your benevolent role, O Ocean of Mercy!"

When Sambhu (Lord Siva) had finished His prayer and left, Vibhisana then approached the Lord. Bowing his head at the latter's feet, he submitted in gentle terms: "Listen to my prayer, O Lord wielding ther Saringa bow. My lord, You have killed Ravana with all his kinsfold and army and spred Your sacred renown throughtout the three spheres. And above all You have shown mercy in every way to me, humble, impure, low-born and mean-minded as I am. Now, my lord, consecrate Your servant's abode. (by Your holy presence). bathe Yourself and beguile the exertion of the battle. Then inspect the treasury, palaces and wealth and gladly bestow, my gracious Lord, whatever Your please on the monkeys. Pray, accept me as Your own in every way my lord, and then proceed to Ayodhya taking me along with You" Even as the Lord, who is so compassionate to the meek, head these polite words. His large eyes filled with tears.

Doha - 116A-D
"Listen, bother: what you say is quite true: your treasury and palaces are all My own. But when I recollect Bharata's condition, even moment that passes seems an age to Me. Glad in the robes of a hermit, with wasted body he constantly repeats. My name. Therefore, take steps. My friend, I beseech you, that I may soon be able to see him again. If, on the other hand, I reach there on the expiry of the terms of My exile, I do not expect to find My brother alive. " And even as the Lord recalled His brother's affection He felt a thrill all over His body again and again. "As for yourself, you shall enjoy soverignty till the end of creation, inwardly thinking of Me all the time; and then you shall ascend to My abode, the destination of all holy men. "

Delighted to hear Sri Rama's words, vibhisana clasped the feet of the All-merciful, The monkeys and bears too all rejoiced and, clasping the Lord's feet, began to recount His sacred virtues. Then vibhisana withdrew to his palace and had his celebrated aerial car loaded with precious stones and articles of dress. He then brought the aerial car, Puspaka as it was called, and set it before the Lord; and the All-merciful therupon smilingly said, "Listen, my frend, Vibhisana: step into the aerial car and rising into the air, scramble the clothes and ornaments. "Vibhisana immediately rose into the air and dropped down all the jewels and raiment. The monkeys picked up whatever each took a fancy to; they put precious stones into their mouth (thinking them to be some edible substance) but would throw them away (the moment they realized their mistake). Sri Rama as well as Sri (Sita)and His younger brother (Laksman)felt amused at the sight, exceedingly playful as the All-merciful is.

Doha - 117A-B
That Ocean of compassion, whom sages are unable to catch even in meditation and whom the Vedas describe only in negative terms such as"Not that, not that." amused himself with the monkeys in diverse ways. Uma. (continues Lord Siva,) practice of Yoga (concentration of mind). Japa (muttering of prayers), charity and penance, performance of sacrifices, fasting and other religious observances fail to eveoke Sri Rama's compassion to the same degree as unalloyed devotion does.

Having thus secured raiment and jewels, the bears and monkeys adorned their person with the same and appeared before the Lord of the Raghus. The Lord of Kosala laughed to again and again to see all the monkeys, a motley host indeed. The Lord of the Raghus showered His grace on all by casting a look at them, and spoke to them in endearing terms:"It was through your might that I succeeded first in killing Ravana and then in crowning Vibhisana. Now return all you to your several homes; keep your thought fixed on Me and fear none. " The monkeys were all oversome with affection to heart these words and reverently replied with joined palms. O Lord, whatever You say well becomes of You. But we get stified on hearing Your words. Your are the Sovereign of all the spheres; O Lord the Raghus; knowing our humble state You took us under Your protection. But we are overwhellmed with shame to hear such words from the lips of our Master (Yourself) Can a swarm of mosquitoes ever help Garuda (the king of the birds)?" The bears and monkeys were overpowered with emotion when they saw what was in the mind of the Lord, (viz., His reluctance to take them to Ayodhya); they had no inclination to return home.

Doha - 118A-C
But in obedience to the Lord's command the monkeys and bears all dispersed with a mixed feeling of joy and sorrow and with many a humble submission, enshrining Sri Rama's image in their heart. The monkey-king (Sugriva), Nila Jambavan(the lord of the bears), Angada, Nala, Hanuman and all the other mighty generals of the monkey host, together with Vibhisana, were too overwhelmed with emotion to utter a word. With eyes full of tears they stood facing Sri Rama and gazing intently on Him.

Perceiving their excessive love the Lord of the Raghus (mounted the aerial can along wit Siga and Laksmana and) took them all up into the car. He mentally bowed His head at the feet of the Brahmanas and directed the car to move towards the north. An uproarious noise burst forth as the car took off, all shouting:Glory to the Hero of Raghu's Line!" The car was provided with a lofty and charming throne; the Lord took His seat on it along with Sri (Sita). Accompanied by His Spouse, Sri Rama shone forth like a clound with lightning on a peack of Mount Meru. The splendid car moved with all speed on its way, to the joy of the gods, who rained down flowers on it. A most delightful cool breeze brathed soft and fragrant; the water of the ocean, lakes and stream became transparent and auspicious omen occurred on all sides. Nay, everyone felt cheerful at heart; the whole expanse of the sky including the four quarters was clear. Said the Hero of Raghu's line: "Mark, Sita:it was on this spot that Laksmana slew Meghanda (the Crown Prince of Lanka) Hero lie on the battle-field mighty demons killed by Hanu8man and Angada. And here fell the two brothers, Kumbhakarna and Ravana, the torment of gods and sages."

Doha - 119A-B
"It was here that I had a bridge constructed and also installed a symbol of the blissful Lord Siva. "So saying, the All-merciful Sri Rama and Sita both made obeisance to Sambhu. Every spot in the woods, where the Ocean of compassion had either taken up His abode or rested awhile, was then pointed out by the Lord to Janaka's Daughter and mentioned by name.

Forthwith the aerial car reached ther most chamring Dandaka forest the abode of many a great sage like Kumbhaja (the jar-born Agastya)and others: Sri Rama visited the hermitages of all. After receiving the blessings of all these sages the Lord of the universe arrived at Citrakuta; and having gratified the sages there, the aerial car departed thence with all speed. Sri Rama next pointed out to Janaka's Daughter the beautiful Yamuna, that washes away the impurities of the Kali age. Thereafter they espied the hody Ganga (the celestial strem) and Sri Rama said, "Sita, make obeisance. Now have a look at Prayaga, the king of all sacred places, whose very sight drives away sins committed through a myriad lives. Again look at the most holy Triveni (the confluence of the Ganga, Yanuman and the subterranean Sarasvati), the dispeller of grief and a ladder of Sri Hari's abode. Now see the most sacred city of Ayodhya, that relieves the threefold agony and uproots the malady of transmigration."

Doha - 120A-B
The gracious Rama and Sita both made obeisance to Ayodhya, Tears rushed to His eyes, every hair on His body stood erect and the Lord felt delighted again and again. The Lord then landed at the Triveni and with much joy bathed in the confluence. He bestowed a variety of gifts on the Brahmanas and the monkeys too joined Him.

The Lord instructed Hanuman as follows:--"Go ahead of us to the city of Ayodhya in the guise of a religious student, tell Bharata the news of our welfare and then come back with all the news about him. "The son of the wind-god immediately left and the Lord then called on Bharadvaja. The sage offered Him all kinds of worship and after hymining His praises further gave Him his blessing. The Lords in His turn adored the sage's feet with joined palms, mounted the car and went on His journey. At this end the Nisada chief heard that the Lord had come and exclaiming "The boat, where is the boat?" summoned his people. Meanwhile the aerial car flew across the celestial stream and landed on the bank (adjoining Srigaverpura) in obedience to the Lord's command. Then Sita offered all kinds of worship to the celestial stream and threw Herself at the feet of the Goddess presiding over the stream. In gladness of soul Ganga pronounced Her blessing: "May You enjoy a happy married life without a break, O fair lady. "Overwheled with love Guha ran to meet the Lord as soon as he heard of His landing and approached his Master, full of ecstatic joy. Perceving the Lord accompanied by Videaha's Daughter. he felt flat on the ground oblivious of his own exstence. The Lord of the Raghus felt overjoyed to see his excessive fondness; He took and clasped him to His bosom.

The All-merciful Lord of Rama (Sita or Laksmi), the wisest among the wise, took and clasped him His bosom and seating him very close to Him, enquired after his welfare. Guha submitted in reply: "Now all is well with me; for I have beheld Your lotus-feet, worthy of adortation even to Viranci (Brahma)and Lord Sankara. O blissful Rama, self-sufficient as You are. I simpl7y adore You; O Rama, I adore You." That Nisada, who was low in every respect, Sri Hari clasped to His bosom as thought he were Bharata himself! A victim of infatuation, this dull-witted Tulasidasa, however, has cast out of his mind even such a benign lord. This story of the Slayer of Ravana, is not only sancifying but vouchsafes loving and perpetual devotion of Sri Rama's feet. Nay it uproots lust and other evil passions and begest true wisdom and is gladly sung by gods. Siddhas and sages.

Doha - 121A-B
The Lord rewards with everlasting victory, wisdom and worldly prosperity those men of good understanding who listen to the stories relating to the victory of Sri Rama (the Hero of Raghu's line) in battle. Ponder well and see for yourself, O my mind: this age of Kali is the very home of impurities. There is nothing to fall back upon in this age, other than name of the illustrious Lord of the Raghus.

Thus ends the sixth descent into the Manasa lake of Sri Rama's exploits, that eradicates all the impurities of the Kali age.


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