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Listen, O king of the birds, (continues Kakabhusundi) during Sri Rama's reign there was not a creature in this world, animate or inanimate, that was liable to any of the sufferings attributable to time, past conduct, temperament and character.

Sri Rama (the Lord the Raghus), who reigned in Ayodhya, wa the undisputed sovereign of the entire globe girdled by the seven oceans. This lordship (of the entire globe) was nothing great for Him every hair-hole in whose (Cosmic) body contains myriads of universes. To him, who has realized such infinite greatness of the Lord, even this description (viz., to speak of Him as the sovereign of the entire globe) will sound highly disparaging, But even those, O King of the birds, (continues Kakabhusundi) who have realized the greatness of the Lord (as indicated above) have turned round and conceived a fondness for this story of the Lord. For the immediate perception of such exploits of the Lord is the reward of knowing His infinite greatness: so declare the greatest of sages that have subdued their senses. The happiness and prosperity of Sri Rama's reign were more than even Sesa (the serpent-god)and Sarada (the goddess of learning) could describe. All were generous and all beneficent men and women alike were devoted to the feet of the Brahmanas, Every husband was pledged to a vow monogamy and the wives too were devoted to their husband in thought, word and deed.

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"Danda was never seen save in the hands of the recluse and `Bheda' too had ceased to exist except among the dancers in a dancing party. Even so the order `Conquer!" was heard only with reference to the mind throughout the realm of Sri Ramacandra.

Trees in the forest blossomed and bore fruit throughtout the year; the elephants and the lion lived together as friends. Nay, birds and beasts of every description had forgotten their natural animositices and developed friendly relations with one another Birds sang and beasts fearlessly moved about in the woods in distinc herds, making merry all the time. The air breathed cool, soft and fragrant; bees hummed even as they moved about laden with honey. Creepers and trees dropped honey to those who asked for it; cows yielded milk to one's heart's content. The earth was ever clothed with crops; even in the treta age the conditions of the Satyayuga prevailed. conscious of the fact that the Ruler of the earth was no other than the Universal Spirit, the mountains brought to light their mines containing jewels of every description. Every river carried in it excellent water-cool, transparent and pleasant to the taste. The oceans kept within their bounds and scattered jewels on their shores for men to gather. Ponds were all thick lotuses and every quarted was clear and bright.

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The moon flooded the earth with her rays, while the sun shone just as much as was neessasry. Similarly clouds poured forth showers for the mere asking so long as Sri Ramacandra wielded the sceptre.

The Lord performed myriad of horse-sacrifices and bestowed innumerable gifts on the Brahmanas. The Defender of the Vedic usage and he champion of righteousness, He transcended the three modes of Prakrti (Sattva, Rajas and Tamas) and was another Indra (the lord of pradise) so for as enjoyment was concerned. a mine of beauty, virtuous and meek, Sita was ever devoted to Her lord. She knew the greatness of the All-merciful Lord and adored His lotus-feet with a devoted  heart. Although there were many man-servants and maid-servants in Her palace, all expert in the art of service, She did all household work with Her own hands and carried out the behests of Sri Ramacandra. Sita invariably did what would afford delight tot he All-merciful, conversant as She was with the art of service. Devoid of pride and conceit, She waited upon Kausalya and all the other mother-in-law in the palace. Uma, (continues Lord Siva,) Sita was no other than Goddess Rama (Laksmi), the Mother of the universe, who is adored evey by Brahma and other gods and is ever flawless.

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The same Lakmi whose benign look is craved by the gods, but who never casts a glance at them constantly loves Sri Rama's lotus feet, forgetting Her natural majesty.

All the younger brothers served the Lord with great fidelity; for their love for Sri Rama knew no bounds. They ever kept gazing on His lotus face in the hope that the benign Lord might give some order to them at any moment. Sri Rama too loved His younger brothers and taught them wisdom of every kind. The citizens led a happy like and enjoyed all sorts of pleasures which even gods could scarcely obtain. Day and night they prayed to God and sought the boon of devotion to the feet of Sri Rama (the Hero Raghu's line) Sita gave birth to two pretty sons. Lava and Kusa by name, who have figured in the Vedas and Puranas. Both these boys were victorious in battle modest, accomplished and handsome, the very images as it were of Sri Hari (Rama) Sri Rama's other brothers too had two sons each, pre-eminet in comeliness of form merit and virtue.

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The same brahma who is beyond all knowledge, speech and sense-perception, nay, who is unborn and transcends Maya (Prakrti or Matter) the mind and ghe modes of Prakrti and is truth knowledge and bliss solidified, exhibited the ideal behaviour of a human being.

After taking bath in the Saravy early in the morning the Lord sat in an assembly of Brahmanas and holy men. The sage Vasistha expounded the Vedas and Puranas, while Sri Rama listened to the exposition, even though he knew everything Himself. He took His meals with His younger brothers and the sight filled all the mothers with joy. The two brothers, Bharata and Satrughna, would accompany the son of the wind-god to some grove, where they would sit and ask Hanuman to epatiate on Sri Rama's virtues, and Hanuman would plunge his sound intellect into the ocean of His virtues and then recount them. the two brothers derived much joy from the discourse on His immaculate virtues and with much entreaty had it repeated again and again Everywhere-in every house the people recited the Puranas and narrated Sri Rama's holy exploits of a diverse character. Mem and women alike joined in hymning Sri Rama's praises and days and nights passed on unnoticed.

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Not a thousand Sesas could tell all the happiness and prosperity of the people of Ayodhya, where Sri Rama reigned as King.

All great sages like Narada, Sanaka and others came to Ayodhya every day to have a sight of the Lord of Kosala, and forgot all their indifference to the world the moment they saw the city, its attics buils of gold and jewels and having splendid pavements laid in diverse colours. A most beautiful boundary wall with its battlements painted in different colours enclosed the city on all sides, as though the nine planets had mustered a large army and besieged Amaravati (Indra's capital) The ground (the streets and squares etc.) was so beautifully paved with crystals of various colours that the mind of the greatest Sages would be enraptured at the sight. The white palaces were so high as to reach the skies; their shining pinnacles put to shame as it were the effulgence of the sun and the moon. Latticed windows made of diverse precious stones shone here and there; while every house was lit up with jewels that served as lamps.

The mansions were illumined by jewels that served as so many lamps and had shining thresholds made of coral, poillars of jewels and walls of gold inlaid with emeralds, which were as lovely as though they had been built by the Creator (Brahma) himself. Beautiful, charming and commodious as the palaces were, they had their courtyards inworked with crystal, and every thereof was provided with doors of gold embossed with diamonds.

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Every house equiopped with a hall adorned with lovely frescos which had Sri Rama's exploits reproduced in such beautiful colours that they would ravish the soul of a sage who looked at them.

Everyone had a flower garden polanted in a characteristic design and trimmed with the greatest care, in which beautiful and lovely creepers of every variety blossomed all the year round as in the vernal season. Bees hummed in a pleasant strain and a delightful breeze breathed cool, soft and fragrant. Birds of all kinds, reared by the children sang in meldious notes and looked graceful in their flight. Peacocks, swans, cranes and pigeons presented a most lovely sight on the houses, warbling and dancing in a variety of ways at the sight of their own shadow reflected everywhere (on the glossy surface of the roofs and balconies etc.) The children taught parrots and Mainas to repeat the words "Rama Raghupati (the Lord of the Raghus), the Protector of His devotees. "The gates of the royal palace were magnificent in every way; the steets cross-roads and bazars were all splendid.

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To the north (of the city) flowed the deep and limpid stream of the Sarayu with a line of charming Ghatas and no trace of mud at the bank.

Apart from the other Ghatas and situted at some distance from them was the fine ghata where multitudes of horses and elephants went to drink. There were numerous most charming Ghatas for women to take water from, where men did not bathe. the best of all and beautiful in every way was the royal Ghata, where men of all the four castes could bathe. All along the bank stood temples sacred to the gods and surrounded by lovely groves. here and there on the river bank dwelt sages and recluses unconcerned with the world and devoted to spiritual wisdom. All along the bank stood in clusters many a lovely Tulasi plant reared by hermits. The splendour of the city defied all description; its outskirts too were most picturesque. The very sight of the city with its groves and gardens, wells and ponds, drove away all one's sins.

It peerless ponds and tanks and charming and spacious wells looked so beautiful with their elegant flights of steps and transparent water that even gods and sages were fascinated by their sight. the lakes were adorned with many-coloured lotuses and resounded with the cooing of the numerous birds and the humming of the bees; and the delightful gardens seemed to invite the passers-by through the notes of the cuckoos and other birds.

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It it ever possible to describe the city of which Rama's lord was the King? Anima (the power of assuming atomic size) and all other superhuman powers and even so joys and riches of every kind stayed in Ayodhya for ever.

Everywhere men sang the praises of Sri Rama (the Lord of the Raghus) , and even as they sat this is how they exhorted one another: "Worship Sri Rama, the Protector of the supplient, the home of elegance, amiability beauty and goodness,who has lotus-like eyes and swarthy limbs, who looks after His servants even as the eyelids guard the eye-balls, who is armed with a splendid bow, arrow, and quiver and is staunch in battle, who delights the saints even as the sun brings joy to a bed of lotuses, who is a Garuda (the king of the birds)to devour the dreadful serpent in the shape of Death, who destroys the feeling of mineness the moment a person bows to Him in a disinterested spirit, and who is a hunter to kill the herd of deer in the shape of greed nd infatuation, a lion to quell the elephant of concupiscence, the delight of His servants, a sun to scatter the thick darkness of doubt and sorrow, and a fire to consume the dense forest of the demon race Oh, why should you not adore the Hero of Raghu's line, who is ever accompanied by Janaka's Daughter, who dispels the fear of trasmigration, who is ever accompanied by Janaka's Daughter, who dispels the fear of trasmigration, who plays the role of frost to destroy mosquitoes in the disguise of manifold latent, who is ever unchangeable, unborn and imperishable, the delight of the sages, the reliever of the earth's burdens, the munificent lord of Tulasidasa."

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In this way the men and women of the city sang Sri Rama's praises and the All -merciful was never propitious to all.

From the time, O king of the birds, (continues Kakabhusundi,) the most dazzling sun of Sri Rama's glory appeared on the horizon the three spheres were all flooded with light, which broght delight to many and sorrow to many, other. First I enumerate at length those to whom it caused sorrow. To begin with, the night of ignorance terminted; the owl-like sins hid themselves whever they could; the white lily in the shape of lust and anger closed. Cakora birds in the shape of activities of various kinds, the phenomenal existence, Time and Nature never rejoiced; thieves like jealousy pride infatuation and arrogance had no occasion to dispay their skill in any quarter; lotueses of every description in the shape of knowledge and realization opened in the pond of piety Happiness, contentment, dispassion and discernemtn, like so many Cakravaka birds, were rid of sorrow.


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