Chapter [Sarga] 23

Introduction

Rama explains to Lakshmana the various portents, he observes around him, that signal a destructive war fare. He orders for formation of battalions in the army and surges forth together with the battalions towards Lanka.


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inimain inim}ae :qva lKZm[pUvRj>,
saEimim! sMpir:vJy #dm! vcnMvIt!. 6-23-1

1. lakshhmaNa puurvajaH= Rama; nimittaj^NaH= who was acquainted with omens; dR^IshhTNaa= on seeing; nimittaani= the omens; samparishhvajya= embraced; soumitrim= Lakshmana; abraviit= and spoke; idam= these; vachanam= words.

Rama, who was well acquainted with portents, on seeing the portents around, embraced Lakshmana and spoke as follows:

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pirg&aedkm! zItm! vnain )lviNt c,
blaE "m! siMvJyemm! VyU item lKZm[. 6-23-2

2. lakshhmaNa= O, Lakshmana; parigR^ihya= acquiring (this region provided with); shiitam= cold; udakam= water; vanaanicha= and woods; phalavanti= abounding in fruit; samvibhajya= let us speedily divide; idam= this; balougham= multitude of forces; (into battalions); vyuuhya= and drawing it up in battle array; tishhThema= we shall remain stand at attention.

O, Lakshmana! Acquiring this region endowed with cold water and woods abounding in fruits, let us speedily divide this multitude of forces into battalions and drawing it up in battle array, we shall stand attentive."

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laekKzykrm! Imm! ym! pZyaMyupiSwtm!,
bhR[m! vIra[am&KzvanrrKzsam!. 6-23-3

3. pashyaami= I see; upasthitam= an impending;; bhayam= danger; bhiimam= which is terrific; lokakshhayakaram= causing destruction to the world; prabarhaNam= and torture; praviiraaNaam= the eminent heroes; R^ikshha vaanara raakshhasaam= among bears, monkeys and demons.

I perceive an impending danger which will be terrific, causing destruction to the world, and torture to the eminent heroes among bears monkeys and demons."

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vata klu;a vaiNt kMpte c vsuNxra,
pvRtaai[ vepNte ptiNt c mhI>Aa>. 6-23-4

4. vaataaH= winds; vaanti= are blowing; kalushhaH= with dust; vasundharaacha= and earth; kampate= is trembling; parvataagraaNi= mountain-tops; vepanti= are quivering; mahiiruhaaH= trees; patanticha= are falling down.

Winds are blowing with dust and earth is trembling. Mountain- tops are quivering and trees are falling down."

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me"a> VyadsMkaza> p;a> p;Svna>,
ra> rm! v;RiNt imm! zaei[tibNi>. 6-23-5

5. kruuraH= ferocious; meghaaH= clouds; kravyaada samkaashaH= resembling wild beasts; parushhaaH= dirty colored; parushha svanaaH= with harsh sound; pravarshhanti= are raining; kruuram= cruelly; mishram= mixed; shoNitabindubhiH= with drops of blood.

Ferocious clouds resembling wild beasts were dirty colored and emit a terrific roaring and let loose dreadful showers mingled with drops of blood.

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rcNdnsMkaza sMXya prmda[a,
Jvlt> ptTyetdaidTyadim{flm!. 6-23-6

6. samdhyaa= evening twilight; raktachandana samkaashaah= resembling red sandalwood; paramadaaruNaa=is very much dreadful; jvalatah= from the blazing; aadityaat= sun; etat= this; agnimaN^Dalam= ball of fire; patanticha= falls.

Evening twilight resembling red sandal wood is very much dreadful. From the blazing sun, balls of fire fall.

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dIna dInSvra> ra> svRtae m&gpiKz[>,
TyaidTym! ivndRiNt jnyNtae mhym!. 6-23-7

7. kruura mR^iga pakshhiNaH= wild animals and birds; vinardanti= are roaring; diinaaH= pitiably; diinasvaraaH= with melancholic sound; pratyaadityam= facing towards the sun; mahat= in great; bhayam= fear.

Wild animals and birds from all sides are roaring pitiably with melancholic sound, facing towards the sun in great fear.

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rjNyamkazStu sMtapyit cNma>,
k:[raMzupyRNtae laekKzy #vaeidt>. 6-23-8

8. chandramaah= the moon, uditaiva= as though rising; lokakshhaye= at the time of universal dissolution;kR^ishhNa raktaamshu paryantaH= invested with a black and red halo; samtaapayati= is tormenting(the mind); aprakaashaH= splendourless; rajanyaam= at night.

The splendorous moon as though rising at the time of universal dissolution, invested with a black and red halo is tormenting the mind this night.

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Svae Kzae=zSt pirve;Stu laeiht>,
AaidTye ivmle vIlm! lKZm lKZm[ Zyte. 6-23-9

9. lakshhmaNa= O, Lakshmana! Niilam= a dark; lakshhma= stain; dR^ishyate=appears; vimale aaditye pariveshhaH=on the colorless solar disc; hrasvaH= which is diminished; ruukshhaH= dreary; aprashastah=inauspicious; lohitaH= and coppery.

O, Lakshmana! A dark stain appears on the cloudless solar disc, which is diminished, dreary, inauspicious and coppery.

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rjsa mhta caip nKzai[ htain c,
yugaNtimv laekanam! pZy zsiNt lKZm[. 6-23-10

10. O, lakshhmaNa= O, Lakshmana! Pashya=look! Nakshhatraani= stars; hataani= enveloped; mohataa= in enormous; rajasaa= dust; shamsantiiva= appear to announce; yugaantam =a dissolution; lokaanaam= of the worlds.

O, Lakshmana! Look! Stars enveloped in enormous dust, appear to announce a dissolution of the world.

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kaka> ZyenaStwa nIca g&a> pirptiNt c,
izvaaPyzuaadadiNt sumhayan!. 6-23-11

11. kaakaaH= crows; shyenaaH= eagles; tathaa= and; gR^iddhaaH= vultures; paripatanti= are flying; niichaaH= low; shivaashchaapi=jackals also; nadanti= are howling; sumahaabhayaan= very dreadful; ashubhaan= and inauspicious; naadaan= sounds.

Crows, eagles and vultures are flying low. Jackals too are howling very dreadful and inauspicious sounds.

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zElE> zUlE ofgE ivmukE> kipraKzsE>,
iv:yTyav&ta UimmaRMszaei[tkdRma. 6-23-12

12. bhuumiH= earth; bhavishhyati= will become; aavR^itaaH= covered by; shailaiH=rocks; shuulaiH= spears; khadgaishcha= and swords; vimuktaiH= hurled; kapiraakshhsaiH= by monkeys and demons; maamsa shoNita kardamaa= and a quagmire of flesh and blood.

Earth will become a quagmire of flesh and blood, covered with rocks spears and swords hurled by monkeys and demons.

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iKzm*Ev xR;aRm! purIm! rav[pailtam!,
Aiyam jvenEv svERhRirirav&ta>. 6-23-13

13. aavR^itaaH= abounding with; sarvaiH= all; haribhiH= monkeys; abhiyaama= we shall attack; puriim= the city; raavaNaHpaalitaam= ruled by Ravana; adyaiva= now itself; kshhipram= quickly; javenaiva= with a speed.

Abounding with all the monkeys we shall attack the city ruled by Ravana, now itself at a quick pace.

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#Tyevmuva xNvI s ram> sMamx;R[>,
tSwe purtae ramae lamimuoae ivu>. 6-23-14

14. raamaH= Rama; vibhuH= the Lord; samgraama dharshhaNaH=the conqueror of enemies in battle; raamaH= and a charming man; ityevam= thus; uktvaa= speaking; dhanvii= wielding a bow; pratasthe=and traveled; purataH= in front; abhimukhaH= facing; laNkaam= towards Lanka.

Rama the lord, the conqueror of enemies and a charming man thus speaking, wielded a bow and sallied forth in front, facing towards Lanka.

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sivI;[suIva> sveR te vanr;Ra>,
tiSwre ivndRNtae x&tanam! i;tam! vxe. 6-23-15

15. sarve-= all; te= those; vaanarshhabhaaH= excellent monkeys; savibhiishhaNasugrivaaH= together with Vibhishana and Sugriva; vinardantaH= making roaring sounds; pratasthire= surged forth; vadhe= for thedestruction; dvishhataam= of enemies; dhR^itaanaam= the audacious.

All those excellent monkeys, together with Vibhishana and Sugriva making roaring sounds surged forth for the destruction of the audacious enemies.

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ra"vSy iyawRm! tu sutram! vIyRzailnam!,
hrI[am! kmRceaiStutae; r"unNdn>. 6-23-16

16. raghunandanaH= Rama; tutoshha= was pleased; karmacheshhTaabhiH= by the acts and gestures; sutaraam= of very; viirya shaalinaam= strong; hariiNaam= monkeys; priyaartham=for the sake of their beloved; raaghavasya= Rama.

Rama on his part was pleased by the act and gestures of those very strong monkeys, with their intention to gratify him.

 

#Tya;eR Imamay[e AaidkaVye yuka{fe yaeivMz> sgR

Thus completes 23rd Chapter of Yuddha Kanda of the glorious Ramayana of Valmiki, the work of a sage and the oldest epic.


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February 2004, K. M. K. Murthy