Doha - 71A-B
Maya's formidable army is spread over the whole universe. Concupiscence and others (viz., Anger and Greed) are its generals; Hypocrisy, Deceit and Heresy its champions. That Maya, however, is Sri Rama's own handmaid; though unreal when understood there is no release from her grip except by Sri Rama's grace: I declare this with the utmost confidence.

The same Maya that has made a puppet of the whole world and whose ways are unknown to anyone, dances with all her troupe like an actress on the stage to the play of the Lord's eyebrows, O king of birds, Such is Sri Rama, who is devoid of birth, the totality of Existence, Knowledge and Bliss, wisdom personified, the home of beauty and strength. He is both pervading and pervaded, fractionless, infinite and integral, the Lord of unfailing powwer, unqualified, vast, transcending speech as well as the other senses, all-seeing, free from blemish, invincible, unattached, devoid of form, free from error, eternal and untained by Maya, beyond the realm of Prakrti (Matter) bliss personified, the Lord indwelling the heart of all the actionless Brahma, free from passion and imperishable. In Him error finds no ground. to stand upon; can the shades of darkness approach the sun?

Doha - 72A-B
For the sake of His devotees, the divine Lord Sri Rama took the form on an earthly sovereign and performed most sacred deeds, in the manner of an ordinary mortal, even as an actor, while acting on the stage, assumes various guises and exhibits different characters but himself remains the same.

Such, O enemy of serpents, is the pastime of Sri Rama (the Lord of the Raghus) a bewilderment to the demons but a delight to His servants. Those who are impure of mind, given over to the pleasures of sense and slaves of passion attribute infatution to the Lord in the following manner, my master. He who has a jaundiced eye declares the moon as of a yellow colour so long as the disease is there. When a man is bewildered as to the point of the compass, O Garuda, he affirms that the sun has risen in the west. A man who is sailing on a boat finds the world moving and deludes himself with the idea that he himself is standing still. Children whirl round in play, but not the surrounding buildings etc.,yet they dub one another a liar (when some of them insist that it is they themselves who are moving). It is in this way, O king of the birds, tht error is ascribed to Sri Hari; otherwise not even in a dream is He subject to delusion. Those dull-witted wretches who ar dominated by Maya and who have many a veil hanging over their soul, such fools alone raise doubts in their perversity and ascribe their own ignorance to Sri Rama.

Doha - 73A-B
Steeped in lust, anger, arrogance and greed and attached to their home, which is a picture of woe, how can such dullards know the Lord of the Raghus, fallen as they are in the depths of darkness (ignorance)? The attributeles aspect of the Godhead is easy to understand; but no one can comprehend the embodied form (which is beyond all modes of Prakrti and divine in character). Even a sage's soul is bewildered on hearing of the various exploits of the Lord, both of an intelligible and baffing character.

"Hear, O lord of the feathered Kingdom, of the greatness of Sri Rama (the Lord of the Raghus). I recite to you according to the best of my lights a delightful story in this connection. I shall also narrate to you the whole story as to how I fell a prey to delusion, my lord. You, dear Garuda, are a favourite of Sri Rama and fond of hearing Sri Hari's praises and a source of delight to me. I am. therefore, concealing nothing from you and tell you a profound and charming secret. Hear of Sri Rama's innate disposition; He never tolerates pride in His people. For pride is the root of metempsychosis and the cause of all kinds of pain and every form of grief. Hence the All-merciful gets rid of it in His extreme fondness for His servants, even as when a boil appears on the body of a child, my lord, the mother gets it opened like one having a stony heart."

Doha - 74A-B
Although at first (while the boil is being cut open) the child experiences pain and cries helplessly the mother minds not the child's agony, in her anxiety to see the child cured Even so, in  the interest of the devotee himself the Lord of the Raghus takes away his pride. Forswearing all error, Tulasidasa, why should you not adore such a lord as this?

Now, O lord of the feathered kingdom, I tell you of Sri Rama's benignity and my own opacity; listen attentively. Whenever Sri Rama appears in human semblace and enacts numberless sports for the sake of His devotees I betake myself to the city of Ayodhya and delight to watch His childish exploits. I go and witness the grand festival of His birth and, fascinated (by the charm of His childish sports), stay on there for full five years. The child Rama is my beloved deity, who sums up in His person the charm of countless Cupids. ever gazing on the countenance of my lord, I allow my eyes to enjoy the fruit of their existence, O enemy of serpents. Assuming the form of a small crow and remaining in the company of Sri Hari I witness His childish exploits of all kinds.

Doha - 75A-B
Wherever He moves about as a child I flutter about close to Him. And the crumbs that fall from His mouth in the courtyard I pick up and eat. In one particular cycle the Hero of Raghu's line performed all His exploits in an extreme degree." The moment Kakabhusundi recalled those exploits every hair on his body stood erect.

Continued Bhusundi: "Listen, O chief of the birds; the story of Sri Rama is the delight of His servants. The king's palace (at Ayodhya)was beautiful in everyway: it was all of gold studded with precious stones of various kinds. The courtyard, where the four brotheres played everyday, was magnificent beyond description. The Lord of the Raghus frolicked about in this yard carrying on childish pastimes that were are delight of His mother. His tender frame was dark of hue with a greenish tinge resembling that of the emerald; every limb of it had the loveliness of numberless Cupids compressed into it. His feet were soft and ruddy like a young lotus, with bright toes and nails that outshone the brilliance of the moon. They had soles bearing the fourfold lovely marks of the thunderbolt, the elephant-goad, the flag and the lotus, and were adorned with beautiful anklets that sweetly jingled. the charming zone about His waist which was made of gold bossed with jewels produced a pleasant tinkling sound.

Doha - 76
The belly contained three lovely folds with a charming deep navel. The broad chest gleamed with jewels and rainment of various kinds, all befitting a child.

His roseate hands, nails and fingers were all captivating; His long arms were richly adorned He had shoulders resembling those of a lion's cub and a neck shaped like a conch, a lovely chin and a face which was the very perfection of beauty. His speech was yet indistinct, His lips rosy and His mouth contained a pair of small pearly and shapely teeth both above and below. He had lovely cheeks, a charming nose and a smile which afforded delight and was bright as the rays of the moon. His eyes, which resembled a pair of blue lotuses. undid the bonds of worldly existence; whil His forehead glemed with a sacred mark made with yellow pigment. He had arched eyebrows, pretty well-matched ears and curly darkblue hair that scattered their charm all round. A thin yellow garment set off His swarthy person, and His shrill gleeful cry and glance captivated me. Thus frolicking in the courtyard of the royal palace, the All-beautiful danced at the sight of His own shadow and played with me in diverse ways, which I blush to tell you, Crying with joy as He ran to catch hold of me, I flew away; then He showed me a piece of sweet cake.

Doha - 77A-B
As I went near Him the lord smiled; but the moment I flew away He fell acrying. And when I approached Him to lay hold of His feet He scampered off, turning round again and again to look at me. Seeing Him play like an ordinary child I was overcome knowledge and bliess personified?"

The moment I allowed this doubt to enter my mind, O king of the birds, Sri rama's Maya (delusive power) took possession of me as directed by the Lord of the Raghus. That Maya, however, did not prove to be a source of trouble to me, nor did  it throw me into the whirlpool of birth and death as it does in the case of other creatures. This, my lord, was attributable to some extraordinary reason. Hear it attentively, O mount of Sri Hari, Sita's Spouse alone is absolute ihntelligence; every creature, whether animate or inanimate, is subject to Maya, If all had the same perfect wisdom, tell me, what would be the difference between God and the Jiva (the indvidual soul)? The latter, which identifies itself with a particular psycho-psysical organism, is subject to Maya; while Maya itself, the source of the three Gunas is controlled by God. The Jiva is dependent (subject to Maya) while God is self-dependent. The Jivas are many, while the Beloved of Laksmi is one (without a second). Even though this defferecne, which has been created by Maya, is false, it cannot disappear except by Sri Hari's grace, whatever you may do.

Doha - 78A-B
The man who seeks to attain the state of eternal bliss without adoring Sri Ramacandra is a beast without tail and horns, however wise he may be. Even though the  moon rose complete in all her sixteen digits with the entire starry host, and even if all the mountains were set on fire, night would not yield except to the sun.

In like manner, O lord of the feathered race mortals cannot be rid of their suffering without adorning Sri Hari. Avidya (Nescience)has no power over a servant of Sri Hari; it is Vidya (knowledge of Brahma in Its relative aspect) that holds away over him as directed by the Lord. that is why a servent of the Lord never falls; on the other hand, O best of birds, his devotion to the Lord as apart from himself grows. Sri Rama smiled to see me bewildered with error: now hear further particulars in this connection. The secret of this diversion nobody came to know, neither His younger brothers nor His parents. The Lord with a swarthy form and rosy hands and feet crawled on His hands and knees in order to catch me. Thereupon, O enemy of serpents, I took to flight Sri Rama stretched out His arm to lay hold on me. Away as I flew into the air I saw Sri Hari's arm close to me everywhere.

Doha - 79A-B
I flew up to Brahma's abode; but when I looked back in my fight, two fingers' breadth, dear Garuda, was all the distance between Sri Rama's arm and myself. Penetrating the seven folds of the universe (consisting of earth, water, fire, air, ether, the cosmic ego and the cosmic intellect) I mounted to the utmost height I could reach. But there too I saw saw the Lord's arm; then I felt alarmed.

In my terror I closed my eyes; and when I opened them again I found myself at Kosalapura (Ayodhya) Sri Rama smiled to see me back; and even as He laughed I was instantly driven into His mouth (throat). Listen, king king of the birds: inside His belly I beheld multitudinous universes with many strange spheres each more wornderful than the rest, with myriads of Brahmas and Sivas, countless start, suns and moons numberless Lokapals (guardians of spheres) Yamas (gods of punishment) and kals (Gods of death), innumerable mountains and vast terrestrial globes oceans, rivers, lakes and forests without end and manifold other varieties of creation, with gods and sages, the Siddhas, Nagas, human beings and kinnaras and the four classes of living beings, bothe moving and motionless.

Doha - 80A-B
I saw there all such marvels as I had never seen or heard of before and such as could not be conceived even by the mind; how, can I describe them? I stayed a full hundred year in each of those universes and in this manner I went round and beheld multitudinous universes having the shape of an egg.

Each universe had its own Brahma (Creator) its own Visnu (Preserver), Siva (Destroyer), Manu(lord of creation presiding over a single Manvantara, consisting of a little more than 74 rounds of the four Yugas(, regents of the4 quarters, human beings, Gandharvas (celestial musicians), spectres and goblins, Kinnaras (another class of heavenly musicians having a human figure with the head of a horse), Raksasas (giants), quardrupends, birds serpents, gods and demons of all classs, all the creatures having a shape peculiar to that universe. The earth with its multitudinous rivers, oceans, lakes and mountains, nay, the entire creation in each universe had a distinctive character. In all these universes I found myself possessed of manifold incomparable forms. Each universe had its own Ayodhya with its own Sarayu and its own men and women. And lisen, dear Garuda: Sri Rama's parents--Dasaratha and Kausalya--as well as Sri Rama's brothers, Bharata and others, were all different in each universe. In each such universe I witnessed the decent of Sri Rama as well as the infinite variety of His childish sports.


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