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« Reply #15 on: December 15, 2012, 07:42:31 PM »
तपस्स्वाध्यायनिरतं तपस्वी वाग्विदां वरम् ।
नारदं परिपप्रच्छ वाल्मीकिर्मुनिपुङ्गवम् ।।

कोन्वस्मिन्साम्प्रतं लोके गुणवान्कश्च वीर्यवान् ।
धर्मज्ञश्च कृतज्ञश्च सत्यवाक्यो दृढव्रत:।।

चारित्रेण च को युक्तस्सर्वभूतेषु को हित: ।
विद्वान्क: कस्समर्थश्च कश्चैकप्रियदर्शन: ।।

आत्मवान्को जितक्रोधो द्युतिमान्कोऽनसूयक: ।
कस्य बिभ्यति देवाश्च जातरोषस्य संयुगे ।।

एतदिच्छाम्यहं श्रोतुं परं कौतूहलं हि मे ।
महर्षे त्वं समर्थोऽसि ज्ञातुमेवंविधं नरम् ।।

श्रुत्वा चैतऺऺत्ऺिऺत्रलोकज्ञो वाल्मीकेर्नारदो वच: ।
श्रूयतामिति चामन्त्ऺत्र्य प्रहृष्टो वाक्यमब्रवीत् ।।

बहवो दुर्लभाश्चैव ये त्वया कीर्तिता गुणा: ।
मुने वक्ष्याम्यहं बुद्ध्वा तैर्युक्तश्श्रूयतान्नर: ।।

इक्ष्वाकुवंशप्रभवो रामो नाम जनैश्श्रुत: ।
नियतात्मा महावीर्यो द्युतिमान्धृतिमान् वशी ।।

बुद्धिमान्नीतिमान्वाग्मी श्रीमान् शत्रुनिबर्हण: ।
विपुलांसो महाबाहु: कम्बुग्रीवो महाहनु: ।।

महोरस्को महेष्वासो गूढजत्रुररिन्दमः ।
आजानुबाहुस्सुशिरास्सुललाटस्सुविक्रमः ।।

समस्समविभक्ताङ्गस्स्निग्धवर्ण: प्रतापवान् ।
पीनवक्षा विशालाक्षो लक्ष्मीवान् शुभलक्षणः ।।

धर्मज्ञस्सत्यसन्धश्च प्रजानां च हिते रतः ।
यशस्वी ज्ञानसम्पन्नश्शुचिर्वश्यस्समाधिमान् ।।

प्रजापतिसमश्श्रीमान् धाता रिपुनिषूदनः ।
रक्षिता जीवलोकस्य धर्मस्य परिरक्षिता ।।

रक्षिता स्वस्य धर्मस्य स्वजनस्य च रक्षिता ।
वेदवेदाङ्गतत्त्वज्ञो धनुर्वेदे च निष्ठितः ।।

सर्वशास्त्रार्थतत्त्वज्ञस्स्मृतिमान्प्रतिभानवान् ।
सर्वलोकप्रियस्साधुरदीनात्मा विचक्षणः ।।

सर्वदाभिगतस्सद्भिस्समुद्र इव सिन्धुभिः ।
आर्यस्सर्वसमश्चैव सदैकप्रियदर्शनः ।।








From old Ikshváku's line he came,
Known to the world by Ráma's name:
With soul subdued, a chief of might,
In Scripture versed, in glory bright,
His steps in virtue's paths are bent,
Obedient, pure, and eloquent.
In each emprise he wins success,
And dying foes his power confess.
Tall and broad-shouldered, strong of limb,
Fortune has set her mark on him.
Graced with a conch-shell's triple line,
His throat displays the auspicious sign.
High destiny is clear impressed
On massive jaw and ample chest,
His mighty shafts he truly aims,
And foemen in the battle tames.
Deep in the muscle, scarcely shown,
Embedded lies his collar-bone.
His lordly steps are firm and free,
His strong arms reach below his knee;
All fairest graces join to deck
His head, his brow, his stately neck,
And limbs in fair proportion set:
The manliest form e'er fashioned yet.
Graced with each high imperial mark,
His skin is soft and lustrous dark.
Large are his eyes that sweetly shine
With majesty almost divine.
His plighted word he ne'er forgets;
On erring sense a watch he sets.
By nature wise, his teacher's skill
Has trained him to subdue his will.
Good, resolute and pure, and strong,
He guards mankind from scathe and wrong,
And lends his aid, and ne'er in vain,
The cause of justice to maintain.
Well has he studied o'er and o'er
The Vedas and their kindred lore.
Well skilled is he the bow to draw,
Well trained in arts and versed in law;
High-souled and meet for happy fate,
Most tender and compassionate;
The noblest of all lordly givers,
Whom good men follow, as the rivers
Follow the King of Floods, the sea:
So liberal, so just is he.



1.1.8-16 (vAlmIki ramayanam bAlakANDam)

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Re: Nectar from rAmAyanA
« Reply #16 on: December 15, 2012, 08:58:01 PM »
Dear Sri Nagaraj, Thank You Very much for this Beautiful poem! It is magical. With love and prayers,

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« Reply #17 on: December 16, 2012, 09:43:44 AM »
Dear Sri Jewel,

yes, so true, what beautiful expressions, they are, so beautiful, these are the expressions of Ralph T. H. Griffith, who was the Principal of the Benares College.

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« Reply #18 on: December 26, 2012, 07:23:05 PM »
What a beautiful description ... an embodiment of Dharma really.

Sri Rama's name and the story is indeed Madhuram.

Truly Udai, Madhuram, Madhuram indeed :)


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« Reply #19 on: December 26, 2012, 07:40:09 PM »
Sri Rama lived like a human being, a complete human being, he showed his bravery, cried for loss of Sita, took His father's
words as final and proceeded to forest without a word of protest, loved all, a lower caste Guha, monkeys like Sugriva and
Hanuman. doubed Sita as a typical normal husband. But He is Purushottama.  He never did miracles like Krishna killing Puthana
when he was just a milk drinking child etc.,

I consider Rama as a man becoming God, even though he is already an avatar.

Arunachala Siva.   

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« Reply #20 on: December 26, 2012, 09:15:55 PM »
Dear Sri Tushnim,

Beautiful,pure joy!

Jay Sri Ram Jey Ram Jay jay Ram!


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« Reply #21 on: December 27, 2012, 11:19:05 AM »
Sri Rama Rama rameti rame raame manorame
sahastra naama tat tulyam raama naama varaanane ||

what a wonderful chant ... isnt it worth chanting every day ?

Rama , the word derives from ram dhathu : ramu kriidaayaam ...
ram means to revel or playfully "be".
Ramante yasmin iti Raamah ... the one in whom people discover joy is Rama :)
what a name !!

The verse means in chanting the name of sri Rama one discovers the joy within.
IF varanane goes with Rame , it means Rame varanane meaning to think of his face is a joy for me.
varam aananam yasya ... that face is a blessing :) Varam.

what a simple chant conveying a lot of meaning !

Jai Sri Ram!

Yes, Sri Udai. It is true. But it is impossible to describe the power of His Name. We only can bow down to the great life this Avatara has had and to take His as example in our lives!

Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram
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« Reply #22 on: April 15, 2013, 11:32:47 AM »


  A son who considers the excellently performed act
of his father as a rightoeus act is a true son.
On the contrary (if he delights at an unrighteous act),
he is not a son.

Therefore, become such a worthy son.
Let not the sinful act committed by your father and
condemned by men of wisdom, overpower you.


Bharata to Rama, while urging him to return back to kingdom from the forest.

(2.106.15 & 16 Valmiki Ramayana)

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« Reply #23 on: April 15, 2013, 11:51:40 AM »


 

A son who delivers his father from
a hell known as 'Put' protects his
ancestors in every way and therefore he is called 'Putra'.


Rama to Bharata, who stays steadfast in fulfilling his vow to to make sure his father's honour is kept up who had conferred boons to Kaikeyi, by whom Rama was ordered to go to the forests for 14 year, so that her (Kaikeyi) son Bharata would be made the emperor (and not Rama, rightfully)

(2.107.12 Valmiki Ramayana)

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« Reply #24 on: April 27, 2013, 11:26:22 AM »
ANGER




(Sundara Kanda Sarga 55)

   "Blessed is he who like controlling fire with water can control his anger with awareness."

While the citizens of Lanka looked in stunned disbelief at the ruin that was once their beautiful city and their pride, Hanuman dipped his still burning tail into the ocean. Just then a sudden terror gripped him and he gasped, ‘I have burnt Lanka! What a wicked thing to do. Blessed is he who like controlling fire with water can control his anger with awareness. Which angry man will not commit a sin? He will not only deny the wisdom of the wise but can even kill his own guru. To him who is possessed by a great rage no evil is beyond him and no blasphemy beyond utterance. He alone is man who can patiently shed his anger like a snake silently sheds its slough. I have incinerated Lanka without thinking of Sita, who may have perished in the fire. May I too go up in flames for I am a traitor!’

Unwilling to forgive himself Hanuman blamed his anger for the havoc it had created, perhaps causing the destruction of Sita and the doom of Rama’s mission. Scolding himself he said, ‘I have once again proven to the world the truth about the much ridiculed traits of the monkey. Though capable of saving Sita, I have lost her to my unbound freedom and to the whims of my capricious mind. How can I ever face my king, Rama and Lakshmana? Death is my only salvation! Should I burn, drown or be food to the creatures of the sea? Rama shall never survive news of Sita’s death, Lakshmana will not live without Rama. Bharata and Satrughna will follow them and the very race of the Ikshvakus will cease to exist. Sugriva too will pass on. Suddenly a ray of hope flashed into Hanuman’s anguished mind, ‘How can Sita who is pure as fire perish? How can fire burn fire?’ With that his fear grew faint, his hope grew strong and Hanuman reverted back to his brave indomitable self. It was also then, that he heard voices from the sky say that though Hanuman had achieved the impossible by burning Lanka with its towers, turrets and gates, Sita was safe and unharmed! Relieved, he sped away happily to meet Sita once again.

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« Reply #25 on: April 29, 2013, 11:07:15 AM »


                   

After reaching Panchavati, Rama asked Lakshmana to choose a place for their hermitage. But Lakshmana said

“I am your servant and I have not that freedom. The decision shall always be yours.”

Happy with his brother’s faith in him, Rama chose a site close to a lake where soft petaled lotuses filled the air with fragrance.

-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*

Soon a cottage took shape, built ever so lovingly by one adoring brother for another. Rama loved the cottage and he loved Lakshmana for his affection, embracing whom he said, and

“Dutiful dharmic, and ever aware of my needs, you are like a father to me. Dasaratha is not dead but lives through you.”

(From Aranya Kanda Sarga 15)

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« Reply #26 on: April 29, 2013, 04:49:04 PM »
Rama said,

“Bharata! Man is not independent of divine will nor is he master of his fate, for destiny is inexorable. Wealth amassed can vanish and lofty positions can crumble. Every union ends in separation and life ends in death, just as every fruit that ripens has no other fear except that of falling from the tree. For every man born, there is no other fear than death. The strongest homes built on mighty pillars, fall to ruin, as time passes on and so do those who grow old and perish with age. In this world days and nights pass quickly decreasing the life of all just as the rays of the merciless sun dry up the waters.

To grieve is unwise for whether one stands still or keeps walking, life will continue to ebb. Death walks with man and will sit, if he sits. It will travel to the ends of the world with him if he wishes to travel long miles, and will come back with him when he does. The body wrinkles with age, into the raven black of the hair creeps the white of the snows. Youth fades and vitality diminishes but by what means can man escape these ravages of time? How can he rejuvenate himself and by what mortal power?
Men rejoice every sunrise and sunset, unaware that every passing morning and evening robs them of a day’s life. Oblivious that every season shortens his life span, man looks forward to every new season, enjoying every new experience and the mood that they usher in.”

Inescapable is separation, for just as drifting pieces of wood come together, in the boundless main toss around for a while and then drift apart. So do wives, children, relatives and riches. They remain together for some time to be separated again by the irresistible laws of destiny to which all life must bend and bow. In this changing world the common lot of not one man can ever be neither changed nor averted. Why lament for the dead, whom tears can never bring back. Like a flowing river life can never roll back to its source, and age with time marches onwards, relentlessly. Those who aspire to conquer the higher worlds must lead a life of compassion and obedience to the gurus, seeking only the pleasures that do not contradict the rules of dharma."


   

(Rama to Bharata Sarga 106, Ayodhyakaanda, who had come all the way to Chitrakuta where Rama was residing inorder to bring Rama back to kingdom)

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« Reply #27 on: May 01, 2013, 04:47:46 PM »


   Kaikeyi then had the audacity to tell that most righteous of men, “If you desire your father and yourself to be known as men of honor in this world Rama, listen to me. As vowed by the king you are to be exiled. All that has been procured for your coronation shall be used to install Bharata as king. Forsaking the throne of Kosala, you will live in the Dandaka forest for a period of fourteen years, clad in robes of bark. Bharata will rule the kingdom of Kosala from its capital city of Ayodhya, which abounds in gems, jewelry, horses, chariots and elephants. This is the reason for the king’s grief. A breach of promise is a grave transgression, save your father from committing that ignominy and save him from perjury.”

Struck at the misfortune that had befallen his beloved son, Dasaratha’s soul writhed in agony. His eyes were unable to see beyond the veil of tears, and his voice choked with emotion was rendered speechless. But Rama the most noble and virtuous of men, betrayed no sign of sorrow.

Rama was unmoved by Kaikeyi’s merciless tirade. It brought no sadness upon him to know that her dishonourable wishes would only bring distressing results. In all humility, gracious to the core, he said,

“Why did my father himself not tell me of Bharata’s coronation when I would have willingly given up all that I possess, for the asking, to my brother Bharata. How much more will I not relinquish for my king, who is also my father, my ‘Guru’ and my god. To honor his vows I shall go into exile. Let messengers ride swift-footed horses, to escort Bharata back to Ayodhya.”

Rama’s words thrilled Kaikeyi. Not wanting to jeopardize her moment of triumph, she wished Rama away that very instant urging him to tarry no further. She even tried to convince him that it was of no concern if the king, shamed and confused did not speak to Rama his beloved son. She then dealt the ultimate blow by announcing to Rama that the king may not even bathe or eat until he left. Aghast at the blatant lie, Dasaratha’s dwindling strength and tolerance crumbled. His battered mind succumbed to the havoc created by Kaikeyi’s wiles and the great king fell unconscious on his golden couch.

Unaffected by the queen’s jarring words, Rama, the virtuous son of a virtuous father, neither lost his his composure nor his grace. Beyond reach of all emotions he lifted his father tenderly, urged all the while by Kaikeyi to start on the journey. Impervious of Kaikeyi’s frantic efforts, Rama, tranquil as ever told her with utmost courtesy,

“Mother I have no ambitions. Know me to be an equal of the rishis. In dharma alone I take refuge. If fulfilling my father’s wishes brings upon me my very death, so be it! If there be a greater virtue than that of serving my father, I am not aware of it. Even if my father does not say so I will still exile myself, so as to honor your wishes. Did you doubt my nature and my obedience towards you so much that you had to make your desire sound like a royal decree? I now take leave of you. Rest assured that I would not remain a moment more than it would take to bid farewell to my mother Kausalya and not a moment more than necessary to appease Sita.”

Witness to all this, Dasaratha’s tears flowed unchecked. A king broken and defeated agonized helplessly over his son. Once again he fought a losing battle with his consciousness and once again did it betray him. Rama took silent leave of his father who lay unconscious by worshipfully touching his feet. Kaikeyi’s wickedness did not prevent Rama’s nobility from paying her an equally reverential farewell. He then joined his friends followed by Lakshmana whose eyes streamed with tears of anger.

Relinquishing the kingdom did not mar Rama’s serenity nor did it diminish his glory. Like a great sage whose heart was ever devoid of turmoil, Rama set out. Renouncing the throne and being banished from the country cast no shadow over him. Bidding an affectionate farewell to all those around him he went to see Kausalya with no trace of emotion. His only concern was of the distress that the fateful changes would cause, where supreme joy had prevailed. In relinquishing the kingdom Rama gave up the entire fanfare and trappings that went with it. Abandoning the royal canopy, the beautifully ornate fans and the chariot, he walked to his mother’s apartments, his face radiating a divine glow.

(Excerpts from Ayodhyakanda Sarga 18 & 19)

पिबरे राम रसम् रसने
पिबरे राम रसम् ॥

दूरीकृत पातक  संसर्गम् 
पूरित नानाविध फल वर्गम् ॥१॥


           Drink the nectar of rAmA,
Drink the nectar of rAmA

it removes the sins and bestows
various type fruits (of life and jnyAnA)
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« Reply #28 on: May 02, 2013, 11:02:06 AM »


   Rama entered his mother’s abode, unaccompanied by any kind of royal fanfare or pomp. Kausalya, who had spent a night of meditation and prayer, was in the temple of Visnu, invoking his blessings upon her son. Rama beheld his mother clad in soft silks, radiant as a celestial, as she hurried to embrace him and softly touched her lips to his forehead saying,

“My son! May you become a Rajarshi, illustrious and famous as befits your race. Go to your father, the honorable king, who waits to coronate you king of Kosala".

Rama with head bowed in an attitude of reverence prepared himself to tell Kausalya that he was not to be king. Gathering his courage to take leave and dreading the pain it would cause her Rama gently said,

“Mother, Bharata will be crowned ruler of Ayodhya and I am to dwell in the forest for fourteen years, leading the life of a mendicant.”

Kausalya looked at Rama in disbelief. The blow dealt by those words was almost physical and she was thrown to the ground where she lay stunned. Recovering slowly she said,

“My son, if I had not borne you I would have been spared this grief. Without you my life has no meaning, I will follow you like a cow follows. Even at the height of the king’s glory I have never enjoyed the privileges that should have been mine. Slighted by him, dominated by Kaikeyi who is spiteful and full of anger, I have led a life of insignificance. Tormented by such agony, why does not my heart break? Disciplining myself with prayer and meditation I brought you up. My efforts cannot go waste like this,” lamented Kausalya. Overwhelmed by the pathos of the situation, fighting a losing battle with her grief, the noble queen broke down sobbing without restraint.

Consoling Kausalya, Lakshmana said that he saw no reason for Rama to go the forests, forsaking the throne merely on an order passed by a woman.

“Goaded by Kaikeyi, enslaved by his passion for her, with a mind rendered feeble with age, what will not Dasaratha say? What trespasses has Rama committed to warrant his banishment? There is none in this world that dare confront him with an accusation. God-like, guiless, impeccably disciplined by great masters, dear even to his enemies, Rama is an embodiment of nobility. How can a father beholding a son so immaculate, exile him without cause or compunction? Before word of this banishment spreads, let us together take over the kingdom. With me by your side, no man will dare face you. If the wicked king, our father, infatuated and instigated by Kaikeyi chooses to turn our enemy, I will not hesitate to capture him, nor will I hesitate to even slay him. If a father, who is also the guru, goes beyond the barriers of justice in his arrogance, he is punishable. What authorizes the king to bestow this realm on Kaikeyi, which is your inheritance? What gives him the courage to alienate and distance us, so as to crown Bharata?”

Lakshmana turned to mother Kausalya assuring her,

“I pledge my allegiance to my brother in every way. Any forest or fires that Rama enters consider it done that I will enter it first. I will dispel your grief like the Sun dispels the dark of night.”

Kausalya pleaded with Rama to act upon Lakshmana’s advice.

“Can you leave me to the mercy of Kaikeyi, a woman so full of spite and malice? You speak of righteousness and that righteousness says a mother is as sacred to man as his father, and that both are his Gurus. Be righteous Rama! I command you not to go. Stay by my side and serve me. I cannot live without you! If you do not heed me, I shall fast unto death.”

Neither Kausalya's tears nor Lakshmana's anger swayed the noble son of Dasaratha, from his resolve, as he said,

“I do not have the strength to defy my father. In the days of yore, Rishi Kandu accrued the sin of slaying a cow in discharging his filial duty. The sons of Sagara destroyed many lives in fulfilling their father’s wishes. Parasurama executing the orders of his father Jamadagni axed his mother to death. Many a man of might and honor had obeyed his sire and so will I. Am I establishing a new code of honour that had not existed earlier?

“The king, all his life, has been famed for his virtue, knowledge and righteousness. If such a man commands me, I will not ask the reason why. I shall only obey and so shall you. It is up to me to help him keep his promise to Kaikeyi. Kshatriya dharma does not permit disobedience to the word of a father, mother or a Brahmin even if they arise out of anger, passion or desire. It is by the order of the king that Kaikeyi banishes me. Perish your thoughts of violence and honour your duty!

“Mother! So noble and so god fearing is Dasaratha, that he is the image of dharma. When such a man is alive, how can you say you will follow me into the forest? Never shall I sacrifice my duty, even if it be to inherit the earth, nor shall I accept an inheritance which is not impeccably just. In a life so impermanent, I do not wish to rule a world equally impermanent for which I have little use. The rewards of kingship are so paltry and inferior, compared to the immortal fame gained by strict adherence to righteousness.”


Rama then bade an affectionate and reverential farewell to his mother.

(Excerpts from Ayodhyakanda Sarga 20 & 21)

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« Reply #29 on: May 02, 2013, 11:13:56 AM »



   Lakshmana shook with an uncontrollable rage. He stomped around with flailing arms flashing eyes and stormy demeanor, making him seem like an intoxicated tusker. To this fiery embodiment of fury, whose sighs sounded like the hissing of king cobras Rama quietly said

“Lakshmana! Your anger against our father and your sorrow for me has to be restrained. The coronation has not been stopped for any lack of competence on your part, so it is of no disgrace to you. Do show the same zeal in procuring things for my exile, as you did for my coronation. As for mother Kausalya, I rely on you to dispel her doubts about my ever becoming ruler of Ayodhya. It grieves me to see her agonizing over me, but the king will be distressed if his promises are violated. His distress will also be mine. My early departure will make queen Kaikeyi happy and clear the way for Bharata’s installation.

“Listen Lakshmana! To be given a kingdom for a moment, only for it to be snatched away the next, is merely an act of the Gods. The merciless utterances of mother Kaikeyi, to prevent my coronation are destiny. My banishment now and my enthronement later, is destiny. How otherwise, can a princess so noble, so virtuous, ill-treat me like a common shrew, in the presence of her king and consort? Even the devatas cannot allay the mysterious forces of destiny. It is this unalterable judgment that has altered my fortune and Kaikeyi’s feelings for me. No man can conquer fate. Good and evil, fear and anger, gain and loss, being and non-being and all that they involve are ruled by destiny.”

“Even sages in all their glory, driven by that mysterious force, fall prey to it. Rendered victims of their anger and passion they lose the powers of their immense penance. A coronation stops mid-way, is that not destiny? I see no reason to bemoan it. Stop sorrowing; help me depart in peace and not in turbulence. To me, whether it is a palace or a forest makes no difference. Banished to live amidst exotic forest life is a joy. It is more a blessing than a bane, for a crown comes with a price and many demands. A forest has no demands! I will have the good fortune to see the greatest of sages and ascetics who live in sylvan solitude.”

Noble and compassionate to the core, Rama did not abandon thoughts of Kaikeyi. Protective to the end, his kindness compelled him to remind Lakshmana that the reason why the crown chose to rest on a head other than his was not Kaikeyi. He said it was purely an act of destiny condoned by the gods.

“Do you now realize the powers of the divine Lakshmana?”

asked Rama.

(Excerpts from Ayodhyakanda Sarga 22)

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॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
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~ Vasishta