Chapter [Sarga] 4

Introduction

Dasaratha decides to coronate Rama as the prince the next day. He asks Sumantra to bring Rama to his presence once again. After Rama arrives, Dasaratha expresses to Rama his desire to anoint Rama as a prince the very next day. He cites various bad dreams and inauspicious signs as the reason for his haste. Rama thus informed by his father, goes to his mother's house and informs her of the good news. Kausalya becomes delighted at the news and gives Rama her blessings.


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gateshhvatha nR^ipo bhuuyaH paureshhu saha mantribhiH |
mantrayutvaa tatashchakre nishchayajJNaH sa nishchayam || 2-4-1
shva eva pushhyo bhavitaa shvo.abhishhechyastu me sutaH |
raamo raajiivataamraaksho yauvaraajya iti prabhuH || 2-4-2

1,2. atha= after, paureshhu= citizens, gateshhu satsu= had been leaving, nR^ipaH= king Dasaratha, nishchayaGYaH= (who is an excellent) decision maker, prabhuH= (and who is) efficient, bhuuyaH= again, mantrayitvaa= conferred, mantribhiH saha= with ministers, chakre= made, nishchayam= decision, iti= thus, shvaH eva= tomorrow only, bhavitaa= will be, pushhyaH= Pushya constellation, me sutaH= my son, raamaH= Rama, raajiivataamraakshaH= who has eyes like red lotus, abhishhechyaH= can be anointed, yauvaraajye= for princely hood, shvaH= tomorrow.

After the citizens left, Dasaratha who was efficient in taking decisions pertaining to place and time of ceremonies, again conferred with the ministers and decided thus: "Tomorrow will be a day when the constellation of Pushya would be in the ascendant. My son Rama, who has eyes like red lotus, can be crowned as a prince tomorrow".

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athaantargR^ihamaasaadya raajaa dasharathastadaa |
suutamaamantrayaamaasa raamaM punarihaanaya || 2-4-3

3. atha= Afterwards, raajaa dasarathaH= king Dasaratha, aasaadya= got (into), antargR^iham= inner palace, tadaa= (and) then, aamantrayaamaasa= ordered, suutam= the charioteer Sumantra, aanaya= bring, raamam= Rama, punaH= again, iha= here.

Thereafter, king Dasaratha entered the inner palace and then ordered Sumantra thus, "Bring Rama again here".

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pratigR^ihya sa tadvaakyaM suutaH punarupaayayau |
raamasya bhavanaM shiighraM raamamaanayituM punaH || 2-4-4

4. pratigR^ihya= Receiving, tat= those, vaakyam= words, saH= that, suutaH= charioteer Sumantra, punaH= again, upaayayau= got (to), raamasya= Rama's, bhavanam= house, sheeghram= immediately, aanayitum= to bring, raamam= Rama, punaH= once more.

Obeying the king's words, Sumantra went to Rama's house immediately to bring Rama once again.

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dvaaHsthairaaveditaM tasya raamaayaagamanaM punaH |
shrutvaiva chaapi raamastaM praaptaM shaN^kaanvito.abhavat || 2-4-5

5. tasya= His, aagamanam= arrival, punaH= again, aaveditam= was informed, raamaaya= to Rama, dvaaH sthaiH= by doorkeepers, shrutvaa cha api eva= and as soon as Rama heard, tam= his (Sumantra's), praaptam= arrival, raamaH= Rama, shaN^kaanvitaH abhavat= became doubtful (about the reason for his arrival again.)

The doorkeepers informed Rama that Sumantra had come again. Hearing that, Rama was uncertain as to the reason for Sumantra's arrival again.

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praveshya chainaM tvaritaM raamo vachana mabraviit |
yadaagamanakR^ityaM te bhuuyastadbhruhyasheshhataH || 2-4-6

6. raamaH= Rama, tvaritam= soon, praveshya enam cha= allowed him to enter and, abraviit= spoke, vachanam= (these) words, bruuhi= tell, asheshhataH= completely, tat= that, yat= for what, te aagamana kR^ityam= purpose is your arrival.

Rama immediately allowed Sumantra inside and spoke these words to him: "Tell me completely the purpose of your arrival again."

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tamuvaacha tataH suuto raajaa tvaaM drashhTu michchhati |
shrutvaa pramaaNamatra tvaM gamanaayetaraaya vaa || 2-4-7

7. tataH shrutvaa= After hearing that, suutaH= the charioteer Sumantra, uvaacha= spoke, tam= to him, raajaa= king Dasaratha, ichchhati= wants to, drashhTum= see, tvaam= you, tvam= you, pramaaNam= decide (in your mind), atra= in this, gamanaaya= to go, vaa itaraaya= or otherwise.

Hearing those words, Sumantra said: "King Dasaratha wants to see you. Decide yourself in this matter whether to proceed to your father or otherwise".

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iti suutavachaH shrutvaa raamo.atha tvarayaanvitaH |
prayayau raajabhavanaM punardrashhTuM nareshvaram || 2-4-8

8. raamaH= Rama, shrutvaa= hearing, iti= thus, suutavachaH= the word of charioteer Sumantra, tvarayaa anvitaH= with swiftness, atha= thereafter, prayayau= went, raajabhavanam= to royal palace, drashhTum= to see, nareshvaram= Lord of people Dasaratha, punaH= again.

Rama, after hearing Sumantra's words, started immediately and went to the royal palace to see king Dasaratha, the Lord of people, again.

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taM shrutvaa samanupraaptaM raamaM dasharatho nR^ipaH |
praveshyaamaasa gR^ihaM vivakshuH priyamuttamam || 2-4-9

9. shrutvaa= hearing, tam= that, raamam= Rama, samanupraaptam= has arrived, dasaratha nR^ipaH= king Dasaratha, praveshayaamaasa= allowed him to enter, gR^iham= the house, vivakshuH= to tell, uttamam= excellent, priyam= affectionate (word).

Hearing Rama to have arrived, king Dasaratha allowed him to come into the house, to tell him an excellent and affectionate word.

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pravishnnepa cha shriimaan raaghavo bhavanaM pituH |
dadarsha pitaraM duuraat praNipatya kR^itaaJNjliH || 2-4-10

10. shriimaan= the glorious, raaghavaH= Rama (lit. scion of Raghu), pravishanneva= soon after entering, pituH= father's, bhavanam= house, dadarsha= saw, pitaram= (his) father, duuraat= from a distance, praNipatya= (and) fell prostrate before him, kR^itaanJNjaliH= with joined palms.

The glorious Rama, soon after entering his father's house, saw his father from a distance and fell prostrate before him in an act of submission, with his palms joined together.

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praNamantaM samutthaapya taM parishhvajya bhuumipaH |
pradishya chaasmai ruchiramaasanaM punarabraviit || 2-4-11

11. bhuumipaH= king Dasaratha (lit. lord of earth), samutthaapya= lifted, tam= him, praNamantam= who was lying prostrate, parishhvajya= embraced, pradishya cha= and offered, ruchiram= (a) beautiful, aasanam= seat, asmai= to him, abraviit= (and) spoke, punaH= again.

Dasaratha lifted Rama up and took him into his embrace. Then, he offered a beautiful seat to Rama and spoke to him as follows:

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raama vR^iddho.asmi diirghaayurbhuktaa bhogaa mayepsitaaH |
annvadbhiH kratushtaistatheshhTaM bhuuridakshiNaiH || 2-4-12

12. raama= Oh Rama, diirghaayuH= (having) lived long, vR^iddhaH asmi= I have become aged, bhogaaH= luxuries, iipsitaH= desired, mayaa= by me, bhuktaaH= have been enjoyed, ishhTaM= holy ceremonies (have been performed), kratushataiH= (through) hundreds of sacrifices, annavadbhiH= (comprising) of food, bhuuridakshiNaiH= (and) of lots of fees (given away to priests performing the sacrifices).

"Oh Rama, I have now become aged after living for a long period. I enjoyed all the luxuries in life, as I desired. I propitiated Gods by performing hundreds of sacrifices, in which food and lots of fees were given away to the officiating priests. "

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jaatamishhTamapatyaM me tvamadyaanupamaM bhuvi |
dattamishhTamadhiitaM cha mayaa purushhasattama || 2-4-13

13. purushhasattama= The best of men, Rama!, adya= now, tvam= you, jaatam= are born, me= to me, anupamam= as an incomparable, ishhTam= (and) beloved, apatyam= child, bhuvi= in the world, dattam= (donations) have been given, ishhTam= holy sacrifices (have been performed), adhiitam cha= and (Vedas and other holy scriptures have been) studied, mayaa= by me.

"O Rama, the best of men! You are now born to me as without an equal on earth and as my beloved child. I had given away lots of donations, I had performed holy rites and I have also studied Vedas and other Holy Scriptures during my life time."

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anubhuutaani cheshhTaani mayaa viira sukhaanyapi |
devarshhipitR^ivipraaNaamanR^iNo.asmi tathaatmanaH || 2-4-14

14. viira= Oh, gallant one!, sukhaanyapi= comforts also, anubhuutaam= have been enjoyed, mayaa= by me, ishhTaami= as desired by me, anR^iNaH asmi= (thus) I am without any debts, devarshhi pitR^i vipraaNaam= to celestials, sages, ancestors, brahmanas, tatha= and, aatmanaH= to myself.

"Oh gallant Rama! I also enjoyed all the comforts, as I desired. Thus I am relieved of all debts to the celestials (by performing holy sacrifices), to the sages (by studying Vedas etc.), to my ancestors (by begetting you), to the Brahmans (by giving away donations and food) and to myself (by enjoying all comforts as I desired)."

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na kiJNchinma kartavyaM tavaanyatraabhishhechanaat |
ato yuttvaamahaM bruuyaaM tanme tvaM kartumarhasi ||2-4-15

15. mama= to me, na kiJNchit= no other, kartavyam= duty, tava abhishhechanaat avyatra= other than anointing you for the crown, ataH= Hence, tvam= you, arhasi= are fit, kartum= to do, tat= that, me= to me, yat= what, aham= I, bruuyaam= tell, tvaaM= you.

"I have no duty other than to anoint you for the crown. Hence, do what I tell you."

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adya prakR^itayaH sarvaastvaamichchhanti naraadhipam |
atastvaaM yuvaraajaanamabhishhekshyaami putraka || 2-4-16

16. adya= Now, sarvaaH= all, prakR^itayaH= the people, ichchhanti= want, tvaam= you, naraadhipam= as king, putraka= oh, son!, ataH= hence, abhishhekshyaami= can install, tvaam= you, yuvaraajaanam= as prince.

"Now all the people want you to be the king. Hence, I can install you as prince."

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api chaadyaashubhaan raama svapne pshyaami daaruNaan |
sanirghaataa divolkaa cha paratiiha mahaasvanaa || 2-4-17

17. raama= Oh! Rama, api cha= and, adya= now, pashyaami= I am seeing, daaruNaan= fearful, ashubhaan= (and) inauspicious, svapne= dreams, iha= here, sanirghaataa= thunderous, ulkaa= comet, patati= is falling, mahaasvanaa= with great sound, divaa= during day time.

"Oh, Rama! It is not only the people's desire, but also these days I am getting fearful and inauspicious dreams. Here, thunderous comets are falling with great sound, during day time."

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avashhTabdhaM cha me raama nakshatraM daaruNairgrahaiH |
aavedayanti daivajJNaavH suuryaaN^gaarakaraahubhiH || 2-4-18

18. raama= oh! Rama, daivajnaaH= astrologers, aavedayanti= are informing (that), daaruNaiH= fearful, grahaiH= planets, suuryaaN^gaarakaraahubhiH= like sun, Mars and Rahu, avashhTabdham= are encroaching, me= my, nakshatram= natal star.

"Oh, Rama! Astrologers are informing me that fearful planets like Sun, Mars and Rahu are encroaching my birth star."

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praayeNa hi nimittaanaamiidR^ishaanaaM samudbhave |
raajaa hi mR^ityumaapnoti ghoraM vaapadamR^ichchhati || 2-4-19

19. iidR^ishaanaam= such, nimittaanaam= signs, samudbhave= whenever produced (then), raajaa= king, praayeNa hi= generally, aapnoti= will get, mR^ityum= death, vaa= or, R^ichchhati= will get, ghoram= fearful, aapadam= accident.

"Whenever such inauspicious signs are produced, the king generally will get either death or a fearful accident."

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tadyaavadeva me cheto na vimuJNchati raaghava |
taavadevaabhishhiJNchasva chalaa hi praaNinaaM matiH || 2-4-20

20. raaghava= O Rama!, tat= that is why, yaavadeva= while, me= my, chetaH= mind, na vimuJNchati= does not leave (or change), taavadeva= before then, abhishhiJNchasva= get anointed to crown, chalaahi= Is it not unstable, matiH= the mind, praaniNaam= of human beings?

"Oh, Rama! Hence, before my mind gets changed, get you anointed to the crown. Are not the minds of men unstable?"

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adya chandrobhyupagataH pushhyaatpuurvaM punarvasuu |
shvaH pushhyayogaM niyataM vakshyante daivachintakaaH || 2-4-21

21. adya= today, chandraH= the moon, abhyupagataH= is getting, punarvasuu= the star of punarvasu, puurvam= earlier to, pushhyaat= the star of pushyami, daivachintakaaH= astrologers, vakshyante= inform that, svaH= tomorrow, pushhyayogam= when the moon joins pushyami star, niyatam= can be fixed (for coronation ceremony).

"Today, the moon is entering the constellation known as Punarvasu which comes before Pushyami star. The astrologers inform that the coronation ceremony can be fixed for tomorrow, when the moon joins Pushyami star."

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tataH pushhye.abhishhiJNchasva manastvarayatiiva maam |
shvastvaahamabhishhekshyaami yauvaraajye paraMtapa || 2-4-22

22. tataH= hence, abhishhiJNchasva= get anointed for the crown, pushhye= on pushyami star, manaH= my mind, tvarayatiiva= is hastening, maam= me, paraMtapa= oh! Annihilator of enemies, aham= I, abhishhekshyaami= shall anoint, tvaa= you, yauva raajye= for princely kingdom, svaH= tomorrow.

"Hence, get anointed for the crown on the day of Pushyami star. My mind is urging me as it were to expedite things. O, annihilator of the enemies! I shall anoint you for the princely kingdom tomorrow."

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tasmaattvayaadaprabhR^iti nisheyaM niyataatmanaa |
saha vadhvopavastavyaa darbhaprastarashaayinaa || 2-4-23

23. tasmaat= That is why, niyataatmanaa= with self control, tvayaa= by you, vadhvaa saha= along with Seetha, the daughter in law, iyam= this, nishaa= night, upavastavyaa= can be fasted, adyaprabhR^iti= from now onwards, darbhaprastara shaayinaa= slept on a mat of Kusha grass.

"That is why, with self control, you along with your wife should observe fast for this night from now onwards, and sleep on a couch made of Kusha grass."

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suhR^idashchaapramattaastvaaM rakshantvadya samantataH |
bhavanti bahuvighnaani kaaryaaNyevaMvidhaani hi || 2-4-24

24. evam vidhaani= such type of, kaaryaaNi= functions, bhavanti hi= are having, bahu vighnaani= many obstacles, adya= today, suhR^idashcha= your friends also, rakshantu= let guard, tvaam= you, apramathaaH= vigilantly, samantataH= from all directions.

"Generally, there are many obstacles for such type of functions. Hence, your friends should guard you vigilantly from all directions."

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viproshhitashcha bharato yaavadeva puraaditaH |
taavadevaabhishhekaste praaptakaalo mato mama || 2-4-25

25. taavadeva= within such time, te= your, abhishhekaH= coronation ceremony, praaptakaalaH= should occur, yaavadeva= before which time, bharataH= Bharata, viproshhitaH= is distant from , itaH= this, puraat= city, mataH mama= this is my opinion.

"It is my opinion that your coronation function should occur, while Bharata is away from the city."

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kaamaM khalu sataaM vR^itte bhraataa te bharataH sthitaH |
jyeshhThanuvartii dharmaatmaa saanukrosho jitendriyaH || 2-4-26

26. te= your, bhraataa= brother, bharataH= Bharata, jyeshhThaanuvartii= goes according to the eldest, dharmaatmaa= (being a ) righteous man, saanukroshaH= compassionate person, jitendriyaH= one who controlled senses, sthitaH= stays, kaamam= verily, sataaM vR^ithe= in the path of good people.

" Bharata, your brother, goes according to his eldest brother. He is righteous, compassionate and has the senses under control. He verily follows the path of good people."

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kintu chittaM manushhyaaNaamanityamiti me matiH |
sataaM cha dharmanityaanaaM kR^itashobhi cha raaghava || 2-4-27

27. raaghava= Oh! Rama, me= my, matiH= opinion (is that), chittam= mind, manushhyaaNaam= of men, anityam iti= is inconstant, kintu= but, dharmanityaanaam= the ever righteous, sataam cha= endowed with goodness, kR^ita shobhi=may act unexpectedly on impulse.

"Oh, Rama! It is my opinion that minds of men are inconstant. But the ever righteous, endowed with goodness, sometimes may act unexpectedly on impulse."

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ityuktaH soo.abhyanujJNaataH shvobhaavinyabhishhechane |
vrajeti raamaH pitaramabhivaadyaabhyayaadgR^iham || 2-4-28

28. iti= thus, uktaH= told, abhishhechane= about the coronation ceremony, bhaavini= to happen, svaH= tomorrow, abhyaanujJNaataH= and having been permitted, vraja iti= to go, saH= that, raamaH= Rama, abhivaadya= offered salutations, pitaram= to father, abhyayaat= went, gR^iham= to house.

Dasaratha, after telling in this way about the ensuing coronation ceremony scheduled for the next day, permitted Rama to depart. Rama offered his salutations to his father and went to his house.

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pravishya chaatmano veshma raajJNoddhishhTe.abhishhechane |
tatkshaNena cha nirgamya maaturntaHpuraM yayau || 2-4-29

29. uddishhTe= After having been decided, abhishhechane= about coronation cermony, raajJNaa= by the king Dasaratha, pravishya= (Rama) entered, aatmanaH= his, veshma= house, tatkshaNena= and immediately, nirgamya= started (and), yayau= went, maatuH antaH puram= (his) mother's queenly palace.

After hearing the decision of Dasaratha regarding coronation ceremony, Rama entered his house and by starting immediately, went to his mother's queenly house.

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tatra taaM pravaNaameva maataraM kshaumavaasiniim |
vaagyataaM devataagaare dadarshaayaachatiiM shriyam || 2-4-30

30. tatra= there, devataagaare= in the worshipping place, dadarshaa= saw, taam= that, maataram= mother, pravaNaameva= who is in meditation, kshaumavaasinii= who is wearing silk clothes, vaagyataam= in a silent way, ayaachatiim= who is praying, shriyam= goddess Lakshmi.

There, in the queen's worshipping place, Rama saw Kausalya silently in meditation, wearing silk clothes and praying to goddess Lakshmi.

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praageva chaagataa tatra sumitraa lakshmaNa stadaa |
siitaa chaanaayitaa shrutvaa priyaM raamaabhishhechanam || 2-4-31

31. shrutvaa= hearing, priyam= the good news, raamaabhishhechanam= of Rama's coronation ceremony, sumitraa= Sumitra, lakshmanaH= (and) Lakshmana, aagathaa= came, praageva= even before, siitaa cha= Seetha also, aanaayita= was brought.

Hearing the good news of the coronation ceremony of Rama, Sumitra and Lakshmana came there even before Seetha was brought.

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tasmin kaale hi kausalyaa tasthaavaamiilitekshaNaa |
sumitrayaanvaasyamaanaa siitayaa lakshmaNena cha ||2-4-32

32. tasmin kaale= at that time, kausalya= Kausalya, tasthau= was having, amiilitekshaNa= closed eyes, anvaasyamaanaa= being attended closely , sumitrayaa= by Sumitra, siitayaa= by Seetha, lakshmaNena cha= and by Lakshmana.

At that time, Kausalya closed her eyes and was in meditation. Along with her, Sumitra, Lakshmana and Seetha were sitting nearby.

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shrutvaa pushhyeNa putrasya yauvaraajyaabhishhechanam |
praaNaayaamena purushhaM dhyaayamaanaa janaardanam || 2-4-33

33. shrutvaa= Hearing, yauvaraajyaabhishhechanam= anointment ceremony for the princely kingdom, putrasya= of (her) son, pushhyeNa= on the day of pushyami star, praaNaayaamena= with controlled breath, dhyaayamaana= was meditating, purushham= lord, janaardanam= Vishnu.

Hearing that her son will be anointed for the princely kingdom on the day of Pushyami star, Kausalya with controlled breath, was meditating on lord Vishnu.

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tathaa saniyamaameva so.abhigamyaabhivaadya cha |
uvaacha vachanaM raamo harshhyaMstaamidaM tadaa || 2-4-34

34. saH= that, raamaH= Rama, abhigamya= approached, tathaa= such, saniyamaameva= pious observing mother, abhivaadyacha= and offered salutation, tadaa= then, uvaacha= spoke, idam= these, vachanam= words, taam harshhayan= making her delighted.

Rama approached his mother, even while she was engaged in pious observance, offered salutation and spoke the following words making her delighted.

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amba pitraa niyukto.asmi prajaapaalanakarmaNi |
bhavitaa shvo.abhishheko me yathaa mi shaasanaM pituH || 2-4-35

35. amba= oh! Mother!, niyuktaH asmi= I am appointed, pitra= by father, prajaapaalana karmaNi= for the act of ruling the people, yathaa= as per, saasanam= order, me pituH= of my father, bhavitaa= there will be, me= my, abhishekaH= anointment ceremony, swaH= tomorrow.

"Oh, mother! My father ordered that I should rule the people. As per his orders, there will be anointing ceremony to me tomorrow."

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siitayaa pyupavastavyaa rajaniiyaM mayaa saha |
evamR^itvigupaadhyaayaissaha maamuktavaan pitaa || 2-4-36

36. siitayaapi= by Seetha too, mayaa saha= along with me, iyam= this, rajanii= night, upavastavyaa= can be observed fast, pitaa= father, R^itvigupaadhyaayaiH saha= together with preceptors and teachers, uktavaan= spoke, evam= this, maam= to me.

"Seetha too, along with me should observe fast this whole night. The father together with preceptors and teachers said this to me."

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yaani yaanyatra yogyaani shvo bhaavinyabhishhechane |
taani me maN^gaLaanyadya vaidehyaashchaiva kaaraya || 2-4-37

37. yaani yaani= whatever, maN^gaLaani= auspicious rites, yogaani= suitable, abhishhechane= in anointment ceremony, bhaavini= to occur, svaH= tomorrow, taanikaaraya= get those things done, me= to me, vaidehyaaH chaiva= and to Seetha, adya= today.

"Have all the auspicious rites that are required for the ensuing tomorrow's anointment ceremony, performed to me and to Seetha today."

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etachchhrutvaa tu kausalyaa chirakaalaabhikaaN^kshitam |
harshhbaashhpakalaM vaakyamidaM raama mabhaashhata || 2-4-38

38. shrutvaa= Hearing, etat= this news of anointment ceremony, chirakaalaabhikaaN^kshitam= which was being desired for a long time, kausalyaa tu= Kausalya, abhaashhata= spoke, raamam= to Rama, idam= these, kalam= sweet sounding, vaakyam= words, harshhabaashhpa= with tears of joy.

Hearing the news of anointment ceremony, which was being desired by her for a long time, Kausalya spoke to Rama the following sweet words with tears of joy in her eyes.

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vatsa raama chiraM jiiva hataaste paripanthinaH |
jJNaatiinme tvaM shriyaayuktaH sumitraayaashcha nandaya || 2-4-39

39. vatsa= oh, child!, raama= Rama, jiiva= live, chiraM= long, te= your, paripanthinaH= enemies, hataaH= are destroyed, tvam= you, shriyaa= by your glory, nandaya= make happy, jJNaatiin= cousins, me= of mine, sumitraayaaH cha= and of Sumitra.

"Oh, child Rama! You live a long life! Let your enemies be destroyed! Let the cousins of mine and of Sumitra be made happy by your glory."

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kalyaaNe bata nkshatre mayi jaato.asi putraka |
yena tvayaa dasharatho guNairaaraadhitaH pitaa || 2-4-40

40. putraka= o, little son! bata= how much joy! jaataH asi= you were born, mayi= in me, kalyaaNe nakshatre= on a day of an auspicious star, yena= by which, pitaa= father, dasarathaH= Dasaratha, aaraadhitaH= was made delightful, tvayaa= by your, guNaiH= virtues.

"O, my little son! You were born to me on a day of an auspicious star. That is why, your father king Dasaratha was propitiated by your virtues."

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amoghaM bata me kshaantaM purushhe pushhkarekshaNe |
yeyamikshvaakuraajyashriiH putra tvaaM saMshrayishhyati || 2-4-41

41. putra= O, son!, me= my, kshaantam= austerity with endurance, pushhkarekshaNe= to lotus eyed, purushhe= lord Vishnu, amogham= has not gone waste, bata= how much joy! yaa= which, iyam= this one, ikshvaaku raajyashriiH= the glorious kingdom of Ikshvaku dynasty, saMshrayishhyati= is seeking refuge, tvaam= in you.

"O, son! My worship to the lotus eyed Lord Vishnu with endurance has become fruitful. Hence, this glorious kingdom of Ikshvaku dynasty is going to embrace you."

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ityevamukto maatredaM raamo bhraataramabraviit |
praaJNjaliM prahvamaasiinamabhiviikhsya smayanniva || 2-4-42

42. raamaH= Rama, uktaH= who was spoken to, ityevam= thus, maatraa= by mother, abhiviikshya= saw, bhraataram= brother Lakshmana, aasiinam= siitting, prahvam= humbly, praaJNjalim= with folded palms, abraviit= spoke, smayanniva= smilingly, idam= these words.

Rama, after hearing the words spoken by his mother, saw his brother Lakshmana who was sitting humbly nearby with joined palms and spoke to him smilingly as follows:

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lakshmaNemaaM maayaa saardhaM prashaadhi tvaM vasundharaam |
dvitiiyaM me.antaraatmaanaM tvaamiyaM shriirupasthitaa || 2-4-43

43. lakshmaNa= O, Lakshmana! tvam= you, prashaadhi= rule, imaam= this, vasundharaam= earth,mayaa saardham= together with me, iyam= this, shriiH= glorious kingdom, upasthitaa= reached, tvaam= you, me= my, dvitiiyam= second, antaraatmaanam= conscience.

"O, Lakshmana! You rule this earth together with me. This glorious kingdom has reached you, who are my second conscience."

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saumitre bhuN^kshva bhogaaM stvamishhTaan raajyaphalaani cha |
jiivitaM cha hi raajyaM cha tvadarthamabhikaamaye || 2-4-44

44. saumitre= O, Laksmana! tvam= you, bhuN^kshva= enjoy, bhogaan= the benefits, raajyaphalaanicha= and fruits of kingdom, ishhTaan= as desired, abhikaamaye hi= I desire, jiivitaM cha= life, raajyaM cha= and kingdom, tvadartham= for you only.

"O, Lakshmana! You enjoy the benefits as desired by you and the fruits of kingdom. I desire to live and even to rule the kingdom but for you."

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ityuktvaa lakshmaNaM raamo maataraavabhivaadya cha |
abhyanujJNaapya siitaaM cha jagaama svaM niveshnam || 2-4-45

45. raamaH= Rama, uktvaa= spoke, iti= thus, lakshmaNam= to Lakshmana, abhivaadya cha= offered salutations, maatarau= to both the mothers, abhyanujJNaapya siitaaM cha= got Seetha to obtain permission and, jagaama= went, svam nivesanam= to his house.

Rama, after speaking thus to Lakshmana, offered salutations to both the mothers, got Seetha to obtain permission from them and went to his house along with Seetha.

 

|| ityaarshhe shriimad raamaayaNe aadikaavye ayodhya kaande chaturthaH sargaH ||

Thus completes 4th Chapter of Ayodhya Kanda of the glorious Ramayana of Valmiki, the work of a sage and the oldest epic.


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