Bharata thanks Guha for having come forward to offer hospitality to him and his army. He enquires about the proper route to proceed to the hermitage of Bharadvaja. Guha assures Bharata that he along with some of his ferrymen will follow him as guides. When Guha enquires Bharata whether he has an evil intention towards Rama, Bharata clarifies him that he is proceeding to Rama?s place to bring him back to Ayodhya. When night falls Bharata along with Shatrughna and his army take rest. However Guha consoles Bharata, who has been constantly bewailing, till the nightfall.
evam uktaá¸¥ tu bharataá¸¥ niá¹£ÄdÄdhipatim guham |
pratyuvÄca mahÄ prÄjÃ±o vÄkyam hetu artha samhitam || 2-85-1
1. bharataH = bharata; mahaapraj^NaH = the highly intelligent; evam = thus; uktaH = spoken; pratyuvaacha = replied; vaakyam = in words; hetvartha samhitam = composed of reason and meaning;guham = to Guha; nishhadaadhipatim = the lord of Nishadas.
Hearing those words, the highly intelligent Bharata replied toGuha, the lord of Nishadas, in words that were full of reason and meaning.
Å«rjitaá¸¥ khalu te kÄmaá¸¥ ká¹›taá¸¥mama guroh sakhe |
yo me tvam Ä«dá¹›Å›Ä«m senÄm eko abhyarcitum iccasi || 2-85-2
2. sakhe = O friend; mama = my; guroH = elder brother; yaH tvam = you - that very person who; ekaH = alone; ichchhasi = wants; abhyarchitum = to offer hospitality; iidR^isham = to such (a huge); senaam = army; te kaamaH = such a wish of yours; kR^itaH = formed; uurjitaHkhalu = is indeed mighty.
?O, friend of my elder brother! Indeed, your desire to offerhospitality to my army of such a magnitude, is great.?
iti uktvÄ tu mahÄ tejÄ guhamvacanam uttamam |
abravÄ«d bharataá¸¥ Å›rÄ«mÄn niá¹£Äda adhipatim punaá¸¥ || 2-85-3
3. uktvaatu = having spoken;uttamam = these excellent; vachanam = words; guham = to Guha; shriimaan = thegreatly illustrious; bharataH = bharata; mahaatejaH = possessed of greatsplendor; abraviit = said; punah = again; nishhaadaadhipatim = to Guha; king ofNishadas as follows:
Having spoken these excellent words to Guha; the greatlyillustrious Bharata, possessed of great splendor, said again to Guha the kingof Nishadas (as follows):
katareá¹‡a gamiá¹£yÄmi bharadvÄjÄaÅ›ramam guha |
gahano ayam bhá¹›Å›am deÅ›o gaá¹…gÄ anÅ«po duratyayaá¸¥ || 2-85-4
4. guha = O Guha!; katareNa = by which of the two routes; gamishhyaami = can I go; bharadvaajaashramam = to the hermitage of Bharadvaja? Ayam = this; deshaH = region; ga~NgaanuupaH = engulfed inwaters of Ganga river; bhR^isham gahanaH = isnot very much easy to cross.
?O, Guha! By which of these two routes can I go to the hermitageof Bharadvaja? This region engulfed in waters of Ganga River is not very much easy to negotiate and is difficult to cross.?
tasya tat vacanam Å›rutvÄ rÄjaputrasya dhÄ«mataá¸¥ |
abravÄ«t prÄnjalir vÄkyam guho gahana gocaraá¸¥ || 2-85-5
5. shrutvaa = hearing; tatvachanam = those words; tasya = of that; dhiimatah = wise; raajaputrasya = prince;guhaH = Guha; gahanagocharaH = who roams about in woods; praaN^jaliH = with joinedpalms; abraviit = spoke; vaakyam = (these)words:
Hearing the words of the wise prince; Guha, who roams about inwoods, with joined palms answered as follows:
dÄÅ›Äá¸¥ tu anugamiá¹£yantidhanvinaá¸¥ susamÄhitÄá¸¥ |
aham ca anugamiá¹£yÄmi rÄja putra mahÄ yaÅ›aá¸¥ || 2-85-6
6. mahaayashaH = O highly illustrious; raajaputra = prince!; daashaaH = My ferrymen; dhanvinaH = wielding their bows; anugamishhyanti = will accompany; tvam = you; susamaahitaaH = with great attention; aham = I too; anugamishhyanti = will follow; tvaa = you(in person).
?O highly illustrious prince! My ferrymen wielding their bows,and very attentive, will certainly accompany you. I too will follow you (inperson).?
kaccin na duá¹£á¹aá¸¥ vrajasi rÄmasyÄkliá¹£á¹a karmaá¹‡aá¸¥ |
iyam te mahatÄ« senÄ Å›ankÄm janayati iva me || 2-85-7
7. na vrajati kachchit = I hopeyou are not going; dushhTaH = in offensive; raamasya = of Rama; aklishhTakarmaNaH = who is unwearied in action; iyam = this; mahati = great; te senaa = of yours; janayaatiiva = is begetting; shaN^kaam = a doubt; me = in me.
?I hope you are not going to attack Rama, who is unwearied inaction. This great army of yours is begetting an apprehension in my mind.?
tam evam abhibhÄá¹£antamÄkÄÅ›aiva nirmalaá¸¥ |
bharataá¸¥ Å›laká¹£á¹‡ayÄ vÄcÄ guham vacanam abravÄ«t || 2-85-8
8. bharataH = bharata; nirmalahiva = whose heart resembled a taintless; aakashaH = sky; abraviit = spoke;vachanam = these words; shlakshhayaa = in smooth; vaachaa = voice; tam guham = to that Guha; evam = who thus; abhibhaashhantam = talked(confessing his doubt).
Bharata, whose heart resembled a taintless sky, spoke thefollowing words in smooth voice, to that Guha, who confessed his doubt asaforesaid.
mÄ bhÅ«t sa kÄlo yat kaá¹£á¹am namÄm Å›ankitum arhasi |
rÄghavaá¸¥ sa hi me bhrÄtÄ jyeá¹£á¹haá¸¥ pitá¹› samaá¸¥ mama || 2-85-9
9. maa shuutam = let there not be;saH kaalam = such a time; kashhTam = of wretchedness; yat = what so ever;naarhasi = you ought not; shaN^kitum = to suspect; maam = me; saH raagh avaH = thatRama; me = my; jyeshhThaH = elder; bhraataa = brother; mataH hi = is indeedregarded; pitrusamaH = as my father.
?Let not such an occasion of wretchedness come! You should neverhave suspected me. That Rama my elder brother is indeed regarded as my father.?
tam nivartayitum yÄmi kÄkutsthamvana vÄsinam |
buddhir anyÄ na te kÄryÄ guha satyam bravÄ«mi te || 2-85-10
10. yaami = I am proceeding;nivartaitum = to get back; tam = that; kaakutthsam = Rama; vanavaasinam = who isliving in the forest; guha = O; Guha! na anyaa = No other; buddhiH = apprehension;kaaryaa = should be made; te = by you; braviim = I am telling; satyam = the truth;te = to you.
?I am going to get back Rama who is now living in the forest. O,Guha! No other apprehension should be made by you. I am telling you the truth.?
sa tu samhá¹›á¹£á¹a vadanaá¸¥ Å›rutvÄbharata bhÄá¹£itam |
punar eva abravÄ«d vÄkyam bharatam prati hará¹£itaá¸¥ || 2-85-11
11. shrutvaa = hearing;bharatabhaashhitam = the words of Bharata; saH tu = that Guha on his part;samhR^ishTa vadanah = with his face radiated; harshhitaH = with joy; abraviit = spoke; punareva = again; bharatam prati = to Bharata(as follows):
Hearing the words of Bharata, Guha on his part, with his faceradiated with joy spoke again to Bharata as follows:
dhanyaá¸¥ tvam na tvayÄ tulyampaÅ›yÄmi jagatÄ« tale |
ayatnÄt Ägatam rÄjyam yaá¸¥ tvam tyaktum iha iccasi || 2-85-12
12. tvam = you; dhanyah = be blessed;na pashyaami = I do not see; tvayaa = your; tulyam = equal; jagatiitale = on theearth; tvam = you; yaH = who; ichchasi = wish; tyaktum = to renounce; raajyam = theempire; aagatam = you acquired; iha = now; ayatnaat = without effort.
?You be blessed! I do not see your equal on this earth - you, whowish to renounce the empire you acquired now, even without effort.?
Å›ÄÅ›vatÄ« khalu te kÄ«rtirlokÄn anucariá¹£yati |
yaá¸¥ tvam ká¹›ccra gatam rÄmam pratyÄnayitum iccasi || 2-85-13
13. te = you; kiiritiH = fame;khalu = assuredly; anucharishhyati = will traverse; shaashvatii = permanently;lokam = in all provinces. YaH tvam = as you the very person who; ichchhasi = wishes; pratyaanayitum = to bring back; raamam = Rama; kR^ichchhagatam = from hisfearful plight.
?Assuredly your fame will traverse permanently in all provinces,as you are the very person who wishes to bring back Rama from his terribleplight.?
evam sambhÄá¹£amÄá¹‡asya guhasyabharatam tadÄ |
babhau naá¹£á¹a prabhaá¸¥ sÅ«ryo rajanÄ« ca abhyavartata || 2-85-14
14. guhasya = Guha(while); evam = was thus; sambhaashhaNasya = talking; bharatam = to Bharata; suuryaaH = the sun;tadaa = then; babhou = glittered; nashhTaprabhaH = with less light; rajaniicha = and the night; abhyavartata = returned.
While Guha was talking thus to Bharata, the sun diffused lesslight and the night fell.
samniveÅ›ya sa tÄm senÄm guhenaparitoá¹£itaá¸¥ |
Å›atrughnena saha Å›rÄ«mÄn Å›ayanam punar Ägamat || 2-85-15
15. shriimaan = the illustrious;saH = Bharata; sanniveshya taam senaam = lodging that army in camps;paritoshhitaH = and felt delighted; guhena = by Guha?s service; samupaagamat = returned to his camp; shayanam = and took rest; shatrughnena saha = withShatrughna.
The illustrious Bharata, lodging that army in camps, feltdelighted by Guha?s hospitality, returned to his camp and took rest along withShatrughna.
rÄma cintÄmayaá¸¥ Å›oko bharatasyamahÄtmanaá¸¥ |
upasthitaá¸¥ hi anarhasya dharma preká¹£asya tÄdá¹›Å›aá¸¥ || 2-85-16
16. bharatasya = to Bharata;mahaatmanaH = the high soled; dharmaprekshhasya = whose only aim is to fulfillhis duty; anarhasya = and who is undeserving of sorrow; taadR^ishaH hi = indeedfelt; shokaH = grief; raama chintaamayah = born of anguish for Rama.
The high soled Bharata, whose only aim is to fulfill his duty andwho is undeserving of sorrow, indeed felt grief, born of anguish for Rama.
antar dÄhena dahanaá¸¥ samtÄpayatirÄghavam |
vana dÄha abhisamtaptam gÅ«á¸ho agnir iva pÄdapam || 2-85-17
17. agniriva = as a fire; guuDhah = hidden; paadapam = in a hollow tree; vana daahaabhi samtaptaH = while a forest onfire is burnt up; (so did)raaghavam = Bharata?s; dahanaH = fire; santaapayati = ofanguish; antardaahena = burn within his heart.
As a fire is hidden in a hollow tree while a forest is on fire, sodid Bharata?s fire of anguish burn with in his heart.
prasrutaá¸¥ sarva gÄtrebhyaá¸¥ svedaá¸¥Å›oka agni sambhavaá¸¥ |
yathÄ sÅ«rya aá¹ƒÅ›u samtaptaá¸¥ himavÄn prasrutaá¸¥ himam || 2-85-18
18. svedam = perspiration;shokaagnisambhavam = born of fieriness of grief; prasR^itaH = poured off;sarvagaatrebhyaH = from all his limbs; yathaa = as; himam = the snow; prasR^itaH = melts and flows; suuryaamshu samtaptaH = heated by solar rays; himavaan = fromHimavat mountain.
Perspiration born of fieriness of grief poured off from all hislimbs, as the snow heated by solar rays melts and flows from Himavat mountain.
dhyÄna nirdara Å›ailenavinihÅ›vasita dhÄtunÄ |
dainya pÄdapa samghena Å›oka ÄyÄsa adhiÅ›á¹›ngiá¹‡Ä || 2-85-19
pramoha ananta sattvena samtÄpa oá¹£adhi veá¹‡unÄ |
ÄkrÄntaá¸¥ duhkha Å›ailena mahatÄ kaikayÄ« sutaá¸¥ || 2-85-20
19-20. kaikeyiisutaH = Bharata the son of Kaikeyi; aakraantaH = was pressed; mahata duHkha sailena = by the weight of that colossal mountain of agony; dhyaana nirdhara shailena = consisting of rocky caverns in the shape of settled contemplations on Rama; viniHshvasitadhaatunaa = minerals in the shape of groans and sighs; dainyapaadapa samghena = acluster of trees in the shape of depressive thoughts ; shokaayaasaadhishR^iN^giNaa = summits in the form of sufferings and fatigue; pramohaananta sattvena = countless wild beasts in the shape of swoons; samtaapoushhadhi veNunaa = herbsand bamboos in the form of his exertions.
Bharata, the son of Kaikeyi was pressed by the weight of thatcolossal mountain of agony consisting of rocky caverns in the shape of settledcontemplations on Rama, minerals in the shape of groans and sighs, a cluster oftrees in the shape of depressive thoughts, summits in the form of sufferingsand fatigue, countless wild beasts in the shape of swoons, herbs and bamboos inthe form of his exertions.
pramÅ«á¸hasamjÃ±aá¸¥ paramÄpadam gataá¸¥ |
Å›amam na lebhe há¹›dayajvarÄrdito |
narará¹£abho yÅ«thahato yathará¹£abhaá¸¥ || 2-85-21
21. tataH = thereafter;nararshhabhah = Bharata the excellent among men; vinishhvasan = sighing; bhR^ishaduramanaa = very much in melancholy; pramuuDha samjN^aH = his mind utterlyconfused in consequence.; gataH = having obtained; parama aapadam = an exrtremedistress; hR^idaya jvaraarditaH = afflicted with burning fever in his breast;R^ishhabhaH yathaa = like a bull; yuutha hataH = strayed from its herd; lekhe = found; na shamam = no peace.
Thereafter, Bharata the excellent among men sighing much inmelancholy, his mind utterly confused in consequence, having obtained anextreme distress, afflicted as he was with burning fever in his breast and likea bull strayed from its herd, found no peace.
guhena sÄrdham bharataá¸¥samÄgataá¸¥ |
mahÄ anubhÄvaá¸¥ sajanaá¸¥ samÄhitaá¸¥ |
sudurmanÄá¸¥ tam bharatam tadÄ punar |
guhaá¸¥ samÄÅ›vÄsayad agrajam prati || 2-85-22
22. bharataH = bharata;mahaanubhaavaH = the noble minded; sajanaH = with his escort; samaagataH = met;guhesaartham = Guha too; samaahitaH = in a composed mind; tadaa = then; guhah = Guha; sudurmanaaH = in very low spirits; aashvaasayaT = reassured; tam bharatam = that Bharata; punaH = again; agrajam prati = regarding his elder brother.
The noble soled Bharata, with his escort, met Guha too in acomposed mind. Then Guha slowly reassured Bharata again as regards his elderbrother.
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