Friday, 28 February 2014

Balakandam !! Splendour of Minister’s of Assembly of King Dasaratha !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!

Thasya Amathya Gunair Asan Ikshvakuvakosthu Mahathmana: |
Manthrajya: Cha Ingithacha: Cha Nithyam Priya Hithe Ratha: ||
Vidhya Vinitha Himath:  Kushala Niyathendriya: ||
Srimantha: Cha Mahathmana: Sashthranjya Dhruda Vikrama: |
Kirthimantha: Pranihitha Yatha Vachana Karina: ||
Theja: Kshama Yasha: Praptha: Sthimath Purva Abhibashina: |

The illustrious Sage Valmiki describes the brilliance of Minister’s of Assembly of Emperor Dasaratha as highly devoted to their King and the welfare of his Kingdom.  These great souls where superior in every sense, they were highly skillful and responsible.  There were eight ministers in the assembly such as Dhristi, Jayantha, Vijaya, Surashtra, Rashtravardhana, Akopa, Dharmapala, and Sumantra were relentlessly served their glorious King.  Two venerable saints prominent in Vedic rituals, Vashishta, Vamadeva and a few more ministers of scholastic skills was the chief of priestly affairs of King Dasaratha.  The reverential ministers of religious assembly were Suyajna, Jabali, Kashyapa, Gautama, Markandeya, Dheergayu and Kathyayana, a few of elderly scholars were well taken care of the ancestral rituals of King Dasaratha.   All of them were highly intellectual, gracious, perfect control over their senses, prominent in all science, courageous and deserved utmost reverence.  They were righteous, always speaks truth, good control over their anger and there was no greed in them.  They had thorough knowledge about the past, present and future about the Kingdom of Ayodhya and its affairs.  They were highly efficient to carry out the ministerial works; if situation arises they don’t hesitate to punish their own progeny.  There was no manipulation in collection of funds and in the allocation of army personnel, they were valorous with great enthusiasm, all of them of were duty bound and no one is tortured until and unless deserved to be punished, they were efficient administrators of political science and protectors of subjects and their Kingdom.  They don’t maltreat the Brahmins and Kshtriyas to fill the treasury, punishments will be imposed upon the offenders after considering their strength and weakness.  The ministers were dedicated, righteous, and perfect administrators of the Kingdom.  They were not evil minded or don’t look for other man’s wife, in this manner a perfect peace prevailed in the city.  The army personnel of King Dasaratha were diligently dressed with watchful eyes, always cautious in the interest of the Kingdom and its subjects.  They possessed virtues, intelligence and skill from their mentors famous in the neighboring countries as well.  They acquired opulence through their versatile and virtuous nature.  They were gentle articulators/communicators, reliable, capable to execute strategies of high confidentialities and put into practice even the micro-affairs of the Kingdom.  King Dasaratha ruled the great city of Ayodhya with the assistance of glorious army personnel and Ministers of Assembly.  King Dasaratha was a generous ruler wisely observed the welfare of his subjects and protected righteousness in his country.  He successfully ruled this great city which becomes renowned among all three worlds.  King Dasaratha ruled his Kingdom like Lord Indra, he never encountered with the forces of superior or equal in kinship, his provincial Kings were passive after witnessing the valor of him.   King Dasaratha sparkled in the brilliance of Aditya with the association skillful and efficient ministers of Assembly who were always on the lookout for the welfare of their King, Kingdom and its subjects.

Jai Sriman Narayana !!

Saturday, 22 February 2014

Balakandam !! The excellence of King Dasaratha !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!


Thasyam Pooryam Ayodhyayam Vedavith Sarva Sangraha: |
Dheerga Dharshi Mahatheja: Poura Janapadh Priya: ||
Ikshvakunam Athiratho Yajva Dharmaparo Vashi |
Maharshikalpo Rajarshi: Thrishu Lokeshu Vishrutha: ||
Balavan Nihatha Amithro Mithravan Vijitha Indriya: |
Dhanai: cha Samcharyai: Cha Anyai: Shakra Vaishravana Upama: ||
Thatha Manur Mahatheja Lokasya Parirakshitha |
Thatha Dasharatho Raja Lokasya Parirakshitha ||


The illustrious Sage Valmiki describes the excellence of King Dasaratha, who is well-versed in Veda, associate with intellectuals, righteous ruler of flourished land with the powerful army of men, brilliant foreseer, highly revered by the rulers of neighboring cities and the subjects of his Kingdom, glorious charioteer from the clan of Ikshvaku, ardent follower of Vedic rituals, saint like ruler/Rajarishi, well known in three worlds for his prowess, vanquisher of enemies, has perfect control over senses and resembles Lord Indra and Lord Kubera.  The great Emperor Dasaratha wisely ruled the City of Ayodhya like Manu, the foremost protector of mankind.  This virtuous King ruled the City of Ayodhya like Lord Indra ruled the City Amaravati as his capital.  The people of the City of Ayodhya was righteous, highly intellectuals.  They were honest, lived a happy life with their own riches and there was no voracity or poverty prevailed.  The people had enough means of wealth to take care of their families; there was no householder without cow or horse.  There was no lust, misery, cruelty existed, and all the people were believers in Supreme Lord.  The men and women were blameless, virtuous and had perfect control over their senses, lived life of saints.  They sincerely followed the customs like wearing ornaments such as earstud/Karnakundali, head covered, and garlands; they take regular oil-bath and apply sandalwood paste and fragrances on their body.  They were highly benevolent and covered themselves with traditional jewels.  They perform fire sacrifices and strictly follow the rituals; there was none to be found with immoral behavior.  The scholarly Brahmins impart knowledge to their disciples, passionately engaged in the rituals and service and earn alms.  There was no atheist, disabled, jealous, dishonest lived in this city, and all the people were righteous and had thorough knowledge in Veda.  There was no miseries and grieves, the people were lived a life prescribed in the scriptures, they were generously perform charity, they had enough knowledge in Vedas and related subjects like astrology, prosody, grammar etc..  The people of Ayodhya enriched with wealth and devotion to their King.  They strictly followed the Varna Ashrama, they were cordial, faithful and courageous.  The people were lived a long and happy life with their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.  Kshtriyas abundantly supported the Brahmins, the scholarly class in performing rituals.  Vyshyas well performed their duties in trading business and assisted Kshtriyas .   Shudras, the serving class relentlessly served the above three classes.   This city of Ayodhya was well protected by King Dasaratha from the Ikshvaku Dynasty in the same manner as it was ruled by Manu.  This great city was enriched with powerful warriors proficient in archery, chariot fight; sword fight etc…also loaded with fine horses from Kambhoja, Bahlika, Vanayu and its river banks had the resemblance of the divine horse Ucchaishravass of Lord Indra.  The army had great load of vigorous elephants from Mount Vindhya, Mount Himalaya etc…which belongs to the superior classes of Iravatha, Mahapadma, Anjana, Vamana, Bhadra, Mandara, Mriga relentlessly etc..  The great City of Ayodhya of several thousand Yojana was wisely ruled by the honorable King Dasaratha, overpowered his enemies like moon leading the stars.  The magnificent palace with marvelous structures was the Abode of King Dasaratha and his ministers of assembly.

Jai Sriman Narayana !!

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Balakandam !! Sage Valmiki describes the grandeur of Ayodhya !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!

Kosalo Nama Mudhitha: Spheetho Janapadho Mahan|
Nivishta Sarayu Theerey Prabhuth Dhan Dhanyavan ||
Ayodhya Nama Nagari Thathra Asitha Loka Vishrutha |
Manuna Manava Indrena Ya  Puri Nirmitha Swayam ||


The illustrious Sage Valmiki describes the splendor of the Kingdom of Ayodhya, there was a righteous King Sagara from the clan of Ikshvaku Dynasty, and this glorious clan was initiated by Prajapathis and his sixty thousand sons.  The legend of Ramayana originated from the highly revered and victorious clan of Ikshvaku.  This great epic Ramayan narrates about the Dharma/righteousness, Artha/prosperity and Kama/desires should not be overlooked.  There was a grand Kingdom of Kosala situated on the river banks of Sarayu, It was flourished with rich natural resources and the people were lived a blissful life in this Kindgom.  This renowned city was built by Manu, who was the foremost ruler of mankind. This glorious city has well equipped freeways of 12 Yojana at length and 3 Yojana as its breadth.  The royal pathways are stunningly marvelous bedecked with flowers.  King Dasaratha made this great city as his abode, just like Lord Indra made heaven as his abode.  This great city has classy portico, stylish gateways, finely constructed buildings etc.. stacked with all kind of machineries, weapons, bastion and armaments and the inhabitants were craftsmen, writers and spokespersons.  The city of Ayodhya accommodates dancers and theater personalities; it has beautiful gardens full of mango trees and its fort-wall as a cincture to it.   This city is impossible to trespass or invade surrounded by the deepest moats as its protective shield; it has immense collection of horse, camels, cows and elephants.  The Kings of neighboring cities pay their dues to City of Ayodhya.   This great city has attractive buildings and skyscrapers decked with precious gem which has the close resemblance to the City of Amaravati, capital city of Lord Indra.   This city has the design of a game board, where heaps of gems are crammed, beautiful women flawlessly moves around through the multi-storied buildings like a picture square.  The dwelling places constructed in the land are well utilized and there was no famine and the water tastes like sugarcane juice.  This unique city reverberated with the sounds of divine instruments like drums, cymbals, Veena, Mrudangam, etc…it was filled with the sages, ascetic and righteous people on Earth.  The people were so compassionate and skillful in archery; they don’t attack a person who has no predecessor or successor in the family and they don’t target their opponent by listening to the sound.  They attack lions, tigers and wild boars with their sharp weapons or by hand.   This greatest City was perfect in all sense; it has thousands of archers and great warriors to protect, King Dasaratha made this city as his Abode.  This city was sanctified with the presence of Vedic Scholars who always encourages the fire sacrifices, virtuous Brahmin scholars and their disciples, great saints and holy men and honorable people perform charities.

Jai Sriman Narayana !!

Friday, 14 February 2014

Balakandam !! Lava & Kusha assigned to recite the epic of Ramayan !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!
Praptha Rajyasya Ramasya Valmiker Bhagavan Rishi: |
Chakara Charitham Kuthasnam Vichithra Padmam Arthavath ||
Chathur Vimshathi Sahasrani Slokanam Ukthavan Rishi : |
Thatha Sarga Shathan Pancha Shat Kandani Thatha Utharam ||
The illustrious sage Valmiki composed twenty four thousand enthralling verses of Srimad Ramayana and taught them to Lava & Kusha, sons of Goddess Sita & Lord Rama.  The two divine children beautifully recited the great epic before the sages and Rishis, they attained immense success in their presentation of the same.  Rama met the children on the streets of Ayodhya singing and praising the glories of Rama and Sita, eventually the children were taken to the Palace of Ayodhya.  All the ministers of assembly, members of the royal family assembled before the grand hall to listen the recitation of these children.  These divine children captivated the attention of entire assembly with their proficiency in reciting the legend of Sita.   Rama turned out inconsolable listening to the glorious verses describing the miseries of Sita, instantly he regained serenity and engrossed in it. 


Sage Valmiki splendidly described the enchanting verses about Rama’s retrieval of the Kingdom of Ayodhya.  The great epic of Ramayan contains 24,000 verses in Six Chapters/Kandas in Six books with an end piece.   After the composition the great epic, the illustrious Sage Valmiki was anxious about the thought that who would be capable to recite the glorious verses.   Instantly, Lava & Kusha, attired in the ascetic lived in the hermitage came forward and reverentially touched the feet of Sage.  These virtuous children had mellifluous voice; they had profound knowledge in Veda.   The great epic Ramayan was rendered in two sections, the primary part depicts the virtues of Sita /Sitacharitham and the secondary part was annihilation of Ravana/Poulastya Vadham.  These enchanting verses has various emotions like love, affection, miseries, humor, anger, fear of anxiety and valor  were set into fine tunes of the string instrument with beautiful rhythm was sung by the divine children Lava & Kusha.  The celestial Gandharvas of stunning personalities danced to the tune of this masterpiece while Lava & Kusha, the adorable children of Rama who had striking charisma of Lord Vishnu sang mellifluously.  They memorized the entire epic of Ramayan and flawlessly performed before the Sages, Rishis, Scholars etc.. and the holy men gathered shed tears of joy in a state of ecstasy.  The Sages & Rishis immensely praised the performance of the children; they captured the entire attention of the audiences with their mesmerizing performance.  The holy men showered them with their humble contributions like vessel/Kamandalu, deer-skin, sacred thread, girdle of maunja grass, hatchet, saffron cloth, bundle of fire-wood, wooden plank to sit and some of them recited Vedic hymns for their longevity.   This heavenly music pleasing to the ears reverberated on the streets of Ayodhya and it was widely appreciated.  Rama met the two children who has celestial voice and charisma, invited them to the Palace of Ayodhya.  Lava & Kusha was welcomed in the palace with great honors.  Rama took seat on the grand golden throne in the huge assembly Hall; he was surrounded by various ministers of assembly.  Rama addressed to his brothers Lakshmana, Shatrugna and Bharatha ‘Let us wholeheartedly listen to the recital of these two divine children’.  Thus, Lava & Kusha mellifluously sang the great epic of Ramayan, a marvelous composition which has the quintessence of Veda/Gayatri Mantra with a perfect tune to the string instruments.  The admirable rendition of the great epic by these divine children stirred the souls assembled in the hall.  Rama spoke ‘I am fortunate to listens the legend of Sita through the splendid performance of saints like Lava & Kusha, who has possessed majestic physical features.’  Though often the myth of Sita put Rama into a state of grief were controlled perfectly, the two genius children with all those inspiring words of Rama continued to recite the Margavidhan/Specific part of the composition meticulously.

Jai Sriman Narayana !!

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Balakandam !! Beginning of the Great Epic!!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!

Rama Lakshmana Sitabhi: Raja Dasarathena Cha|
Sa Bharyanam Sa Rashtrena Yath Praptham Thathra Thathwatha: ||
Hasitham Bhashitham Cha Eva Gadhyaryath Cha Cheshtitham |
Thatha Sarvam Dharmam Veeryan Yayavath Samprapashyathi ||
Thatha: Pashyathi Dharmathma Thatha Sarvam Yogamasthiyath: |
Pura Yath Thathra Nivrutham Panav Amlakam Yatha ||
Janma Ramasya Sumahad Veeryam Savarnukoolatham |
Lokasya Priyatham Kshanthim Souryatham Sathya Sheelatham ||

The illustrious Sage Valmiki after listening to the glorious life of Rama from Narada, which was full of virtues and propitious about Rama compelled Sage to conduct rigorous search for the information regarding the legend of Rama.  He sat looking eastward on the sacred Dharbha grass, underwent meditation with the hands folded and Yogic powers carried out a comprehensive search of the myth Ramayan.  Sage Valmiki witnessed a conspicuous picture of Lord Rama, Lakshman,  Sita, King Dasaratha and all his wives engaged in the conversation and the entire happenings in Ayodhya, with the power of Yogic insightfulness and the consent of Lord Brahma.  Also visualized Rama, Sita along with Lakshman trekking on the woodlands, likewise Sage Valmiki witnessed the entire happenings in their life like an Amla/Gooseberry on his palm.  The highly intellectual sage Valmiki with his Yogic powers pioneered the legend of Ramayana, the story of Rama provider of Happiness to all worlds, was highly pleasing and propitious which describes the earthly pleasures, prosperity, auspiciousness and righteousness.  The illustrious saint Valmiki began the composition of the great epic of Lord Rama, legatee of Raghu dynasty as narrated by Maharishi Narada.  Sage Valmiki narrated the birth of Lord Rama as an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, His courage, gracefulness, universal geniality, perseverance, civility and honesty, also the mirthful stories includes the guidance of Sage Vishwamitra for breaking of the divine bow/ Shivadhanuss, eventually the celestial marriage of the divine couple Rama with Janaki, Rama’s victory over Parasurama, preparation for Rama’s coronation ceremony and Kaikey’s vicious intention, Rama’s exile from the Kingdom of Ayodhya, ultimately Dasaratha’s demise due to the grief of separation from dearest son, anguish of the subjects of Ayodha, Rama’s association with the tribal chief Guha.   Sumantra, the charioteer’s return to the Kingdom of Ayodhya after leaving Rama, Lakshman and Sita on the river banks of Ganga.  Rama’s meeting with Sage Bharadhwaja and following the instructions of Sage, proceeding to Chitrakooda and construction of hermitage in the middle of woodland.  Bharatha’s arrival in Chitrakooda with an intention to take back Rama to Ayodhya but Rama strictly opposes the idea.   Rama understands the demise of his father and performing final homage to his father.  Bharatha receiving Rama’s sandals and instate the same as the monarch,  Bharatha settles in Nandigrama and ruling the Kingdom as a representative of Rama.  Rama proceeding to Dandakaranya, vanquished the demon Viradha.   Rama visited the hermitage of Sage Sharabhanga and Sutheekshana.  Rama visited the hermitage of Sage Athri and Anasuya, the chaste wife of Sage Athri offers aromatic oil to Sita to keep her elegant as always in extreme climatic conditions.  Rama visits the hermitage of Sage Agastya and receiving a powerful bow from the Sage.    Rama disfigured Shoorpanakha, sister of the demon King Ravana.  Rama beheaded the demon Khara and Trishira and it upsurge the rage of Ravana, eventually the abduction of Vaidhehi.  Rama’s miserable state at the separation from Sita, Rama’s meeting with the eagle King Jatayu, Rama’s encounter with the demon Kabandha at the lake of Pampa, visit to the ascetic Shabari, Rama’s meeting with Hanuman at Mount Rishyamukh, association with Sugriva and elimination of Vali, eventually coronation of Sugriva as the King of Kishkindha and Tara as the empress of the Kingdom.   Raghava’s fuming with rage due to the delay in search of Vaidhehi, consequently forgathering of monkey warriors by Sugriva and description of topography to them.  Rama provides his ring to Hanuman as a mark of recognition for Sita.  Hanuman and the warriors get stranded in a cave, meeting with Sampathi, brother of Jatayu who directs the monkey warriors to Lanka where Sita was held as captive.   Hanuman ascends the colossal mountain Mahendragiri to leap over the vast ocean.  Mount Mainaka approaches Hanuman with a request to accept his hospitality that was gracefully denied.  Hanuman won the battle against Surasa and Simhika.  Hanuman enters the city of Lanka in the hours of night, wandering through the palace, places of entertainment and majestic chamber of Ravana.  Hanuman witnesses Ravana, grand flower chariot/Pushpaka Vimanam, eventually met Sita in Ashoka Vatika.  The cruelties of hideous demons compelling Sita to marry Ravana, Trijada’s dream, Anjaneya presents the Ring of Lord Rama.  Hanuman starts destroying the pleasure garden and various places in the palace after receiving the precious ornament worn on hair/Choodamani from Sita.  Finally, Hanuman was captured by Indrajit, valorous son of Ravana was detained and punished, and Hanuman with the blaze on his tale destroys the entire city of Lank into ashes and returns to Mahendragiri.  On their way back, the warriors of monkeys treat themselves with abundance of honey from Madhuvanam.  Hanuman met Rama and presented him with the jewel Choodamani.  Rama meet the ocean King, at the divine instruction Nala constructs bridge over the vast ocean.  Vibhishana, the younger brother of Ravana banished from Lanka, appears before Rama as a refugee, further he assists the plan for battle against Ravana.  Rama won the ferocious battle against Ravana and vanquished the demon Kumbhakarna, Meghanath and Ravana.   Sita was safely retrieved from the custody of demons, crowning ceremony of Vibhishana as King of Lanka.  Rama, Lakshmana, Sita and the entire monkey warriors returns to Ayodhya in Pushpaka Vimanam.  Rama meets Sage Bharadhwaja and assigns Hanuman with the task of pass on the message of his arrival to Bharatha at Nandigrama.  The coronation ceremony of Rama as the King of Ayodhya and his successful ruling for several years, Sita’s miseries etc…were marvelously described in the great epic of Ramayan by the illustrious Sage Valmiki illustrates the life of Rama on Earth with all the actuality in the upcoming chapters. 

Jai Sriman Narayana !!

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Balakandam !! Lord Brahma’s divine instruction to Sage Valmiki !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!

Naradasya Thu Thadhvakyam Shruthva Vakya Visharadha:
Pujayamasa Dharmathma Saha Shishyo Mahamuni: ||
Yavath Syasyanthi Giraya:  Cha Mahithale
Thavath Ramayana Katha Lokeshu Pracharishyathi ||
Yavath Ramasya Cha Katha Thwath Krutha Pracharishyathi
Thavath Urdhvam Adha: Cha  Thwam Math Lokeshu Nivasyasi ||

Maharishi Narada after describing the virtues of Lord Rama and the story of Ramayan to Sage Valmiki and the disciples, he was highly pleased at the hospitality of Sage, prepared to leave the hermitage.   Sage Valmiki and his disciples left the hermitage immediately after the departure of Maharishi Narada.  They arrived on the river bank of Thamasa, close to river Jahnavi.  Sage Valmiki entered into the crystal clear water of Thamasa, took a handful of water and addressed to his disciple Bharadhwaja ‘ Oh! Bharadhwaja, the sacred translucent waters of Thamasa is pleasing to heart…behold it.  Keep the vessel on the ground and provide me with the loin-cloth ‘  Bharadhwaja respectfully followed the words of his mentor.  Sage Valmiki took the loin-cloth from Bharadhwaja and keenly observed the neighboring places and the forest located.  Suddenly, Sage Valmiki’s eyes fallen on the marvelous pairs of Kroucha birds flying together calmly and fearlessly.  As he was watching on the enthralling couple, a hunter aimed at the male bird and shot it, killed instantly.  Suddenly, the female bird was left abandoned from her lovely, lusty, proud companion and lost her togetherness.  She miserably watched over the male bird on the ground soaked in blood, quivering in pain and anguish.  This pathetic sight stirred up agonizing emotions in Sage Valmiki, he painfully uttered a few verses watching on the sniveling of the female bird ‘Oh ! Nishada, you have killed the couple while they were in a pleasurable mood, this would bring ill reputation and your soul will never find peace.’  The illustrious Sage Valmiki realized that the utterance of words emerged out of acute anguish were symmetrically arranged verses of rhythmical phrases, the disciples overjoyed at the radiance in master’s face.  Sage Valmiki performed the everyday practices thinking about the verses emerged and returned to his hermitage.  Bharadhwaja, the devoted disciple of Sage Valmiki followed his mentor with a vessel full of water.  Sage Valmiki took his seat; he was completely preoccupied in the verses that he has constructed in urgency after witnessing the pathetic state of the Kroucha bird.  Soon, Lord Brahma/Loka Kartha, the four faced Lord appeared before the Sage.   Sage Valmiki was spell bound after witnessing the presence of Lord Brahma; he rose from the seat and approached Lord Brahma with folded hands.  Sage Valmiki received Lord Brahma with utmost reverences, offered Padhyam/Arkhyam/Asanam/Vandhanam, washed his feet and offered best of the drink available to quench his thirst.   Lord Brahma accepted the hospitalities of Sage Valmiki and advised to take a seat before him, but Sage Valmiki’s mind was not free from the thought of the Kroucha birds.  The Sage could not retrieve his mind from the incident happened, the cruelty of the hunter who killed the Kroucha bird that caused immense pain to its soul mate.  He involuntarily sang the same verses brooding over the heartbreaking incident.  Lord Brahma spoke “ Oh ! Brahman, you shall render the legend of righteous/Dharmathma Rama and the personification of the Supreme Lord/Bhagavath which is heard from Maharishi Narada.  You shall compose the prowess of Rama, the various adventures of Rama & Lakshman, Rama’s victory over the evils and the plight of Sita etc.. Whatever myth that has happened in their lives would be pleasing and highly meritorious.  Moreover, every single word of this great epic would be noticed.  This great epic will flourish as long as the mountains and rivers exist on Earth.  And you will succeed in the land of celestials, heaven and in the Brahma Loka.”  After saying so, Lord Brahma vanished from the sight of Sage Valmiki.


Sage Valmiki and his disciples repeated the verses in a state of ecstasy.    Sage Valmiki constructed the equally lettered/Samaksharou, four-footed/Chathurbi: Ya: Padhou verses were repeatedly pronounced by everyone turned into marvelous verses.  The illustrious sage Valmiki affirmed that he will compose the great epic Ramayan.  Sage Valmiki composed hundreds of enthralling verses, meticulously incorporated with proportioned words which provides meanings semantically and free-flowing.  This great epic contains simple and versatile union of phrases that are beautifully interweaved will illustrate the story of the legend of Raghu Dynasty – Rama and his victory over the evil ten headed demon Ravana.

Jai Sriman Narayana !!

Monday, 3 February 2014

Balakandam !! Maharishi Narada narrates the virtues of Lord Rama & Story of Ramayan to Sage Valmiki !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!
Ka: Nu Asmin Sampratham  Loke Gunavan Ka: Cha Veeryavan |
Dharmascha : Cha Kruthascha : Cha Satya Vakyo Drudavrutha: ||
Prajapathi Sama: Sriman Dhadha Ripu Nishoodhana:|
Rakshitha Jeevalokasya Dharmasya Pari Rakshitha||
Rakshitha Swasya Dharmasya Swajanasya Cha Rakshitha |
Veda Vedanga Thathwanjyo Dhanur Vede Cha Nishtatha: ||
Vishnuna Sadhrusho Veerya Somavath Priya Dharshana: |
Kalagni Sadhrusha: Krodhe Kshamaya Prithvi Sama: ||
Dhanadhen Sama: Thyago Sathye Dharma Iva Apara: |

Illustrious Sage Valmiki, who is highly intellectual in scriptures, got out of meditation enquiring the sublime enunciator Maharishi Narada about a person who has possessed all the incomparable virtues and capabilities.  Sage Valmiki earnestly requests Maharishi Narada to explain about an ideal person, who has all the righteousness/Gunavan, braveness/Veeryavan, truthfulness and self-determination,  a person who has thoughtfulness mixed together with good character, benevolence, cleverness and charismatic, a person who has fearlessness and complete control over senses/Jithakrodha:, brilliant/Dyuthiman, free from jealous and unconquerable.  Sage Valmiki reveals his immense desire to know about the person who has possessed all the qualities mentioned above to Maharishi Narada.  After listening to Sage Valmiki, the illustrious Maharishi Narada advised Sage Valmiki to listen attentively. Maharsihi Narada spoke ‘Oh! Sage, the above mentioned virtues are countless, those are difficult to attain for great emperors, but I have heard from Lord Brahma about a person who has possessed all the virtues mentioned,  I will narrate to you’.  Maharishi Narada narrates the attributes of Lord Rama, there was an illustrious Rama born in the Ikshvaku Dynasty, he was valorous, dedicated, glorious and has perfect control over his senses.  He was intellectual, proficient and was the destroyer of enemies; he had stunning physical features like attractive complexion, long arms, conch shaped neck, high cheek-bones, wide chest, strong shoulders, wide forehead, beautiful eyes and he had the pace of lion.  He was the knower of righteousness, extremely concerned about the welfare of his subjects; he was the guardian of all the living beings on Earth, he was the sustainer of all worlds and annihilates enemies.  He was the protector of righteousness and his subjects, he was knower of Veda and Vedanga, and he was proficient in the science of archery.  He was the knower of the essence of scriptures and he was revered by the whole world, he was kind and highly intelligent.  Just like an ocean accessible to its tributaries, he was always accessible for the wise and intelligent and he treated them equally.  He was the embodiment of all the virtues which made his mother Kousalya extremely blissful.  He was possessed the knowledge like an unfathomable ocean, he has the unquestionable power like Mount Himalaya.  He has the valor of Lord Vishnu, he has charismatic features like full moon/Lord Chandra/Soma, he has the perseverance like Earth/Prithvi, he has the wrath like fire/Lord Agni/Kalagni, and he has the benevolence of Lord Kubera. Rama had the intrinsic merits like truthfulness, courageousness, involved in the welfare of the subject and was the dearest elder son of King Dasaratha, hence he was chosen to be crowned as the King of Ayodhya.  Kaikeyi, the dearest wife of King Darasarath was not in favor of the idea of King Dasaratha.  She approached King Dasaratha and claimed for the boons accorded that was banish Rama from the Kingdom of Ayodhya and anointment of Bharatha as the King of Ayodhya.  The righteous King Dasarasatha, bound by promise exiled Rama from Ayodhya.  Rama sincerely followed the words of his father and honored the promise of his father given to Kaikeyi.  Lakshmana , younger brother of Rama dutifully followed his brother to forest, thus augmented the happiness of his mother Sumitra.   Sita, the virtuous daughter of Janaka and daughter-in-law of Dasaratha followed her husband devotedly to forest like Rohini follows her husband Lord Chandra.  The people of Ayodhya and Dasaratha sorrowfully followed Rama in a chariot led by Sumantra up to Shrungaberpura, a town near the river banks of Ganga.  Rama met the tribal chief Guha, an ardent devotee and bade farewell to the people of Ayodhya. 


Rama, Sita and Lakshman preceded their journey through the woodlands, after crossing several miles of dense forests and rivers; they arrived at the hermitage of Sage Bharadhwaja.  At the instruction of Sage Bharadhwaja, they moved to Chitrakooda, constructed a beautiful hermitage and settled there.  They found immense pleasure in the life in Chitrakooda in the middle of wild forest; they lived the life of deities and celestials.  It was the period; King Dasaratha attained salvation at the separation from his dearest son Rama.  Sage Vashishta and illustrious Brahmins advised Bharatha, the intelligent and efficient to rule the Kingdom of Ayodhya after his father to take up the monarchy, but he refused to accept the kingship and proceeded to the forest seeking mercy at the feet of Rama.   Bharatha reveals his powerlessness to rule the Kingdom and pleads Rama to accept the Kingship, but Rama remains unyielding against the sincere wish of his brother in order to protect the promise given to his father.  The compassionate Rama pleased his brother by offering his sandals as a mark of his presence in the ruling of Kingdom.  Bharatha was deeply dejected returned to Nandigrama, the place where Bharatha resided till Rama’s return from the forest and administered the Kingdom of Ayodhya.  Rama along with Sita and Lakshman moved to Dandakavanam, the dwelling place of vicious demons.  Rama killed the demon Viradha, met illustrious Sage Sharabhanga, Sutheekshna, Sage Agastya etc…Sage Agastya offered bow of Lord Indra to Rama.  While living in the hermitage of Sage Sharabhanga, many sages and holy men approached Rama with a request to annihilate the demons of Dandakavanam, Rama promised them to protect from the ferocious demons.  During this process, Rama disfigured Shoorpanakha, a demon resided in Janasthana, and killed fourteen thousand demons lived in Dandakavana.  Khara, Thrishira and Dhushan, cousins of Shurpanakha also had the same fate.  Ravana was infuriated at the valorous deed of Rama and sought the help of  Mareecha to ploy against Rama.  Mareecha dissuades Ravana informing the valiant nature of Rama who exterminated fourteen thousands of demons in Janasthana.  Ravana refused to pay attention to Mareecha, appeared before the hermitage of Rama, eventually distracted Rama & Lakshman from the sight and abducted Sita.  The eagle king Jatayu who was fought against Ravana to retrieve Sita was seriously wounded conveyed the message to Raghava and attained salvation.  The compassionate Rama performed last rites of Jatayu and continued his journey.  On his way, Rama met the vicious demon Kabandha and provided salvation to him, before leaving his mortal coil Kabandha informs Rama about Shabari, a righteous and zealous devotee of Rama; Shabari  was received Rama with great honor.  Rama met the valorous Hanuman on the banks of Pampa and had a intellectual conversation with him, eventually Rama had companionship with Sugriva, monkey King who was equally bereaved at the separation from his wife abducted by his brother Vali.  Rama explained to Hanuman & Sugriva about the abduction of Sita, in return Sugriva narrated the untoward happenings caused by his brother Vali.  Sugriva was not satisfied with the powers of Raghava, he advised Rama to encounter the remnants of a powerful demon Dhundubhi, Rama trampled Dhundubhi under his feet toe and ripped off seven trees in single shot of an arrow and proved his matchless proficiency before Sugriva.   It made Sugriva overjoyed; he witnessed his own victory over Vali in Rama’s triumph.  Shortly, Rama had a fierce battle with Vali and he was killed in the battle.  Eventually Sugriva was crowned as the King of Kishkindha.  Sugriva summoned huge army of monkeys to four directions in search of Sita, daughter of Janaka.   Hanuman crossed hundred yojana of vast ocean upon the encouraging words of Sampathi, elder brother of eagle King Jatayu about the existence of Sita.  Hanuman located Sita in the Ashoka Vatika, pleasure garden in the Kingdom of Lanka ruled by the demon King Ravana.  Sita was detained under the custody of vicious demons, she was meditating upon Rama; she was surrounded by numerous horrendous demons.  Hanuman pacified Sita and presented her with the Ring of Lord Rama.  Soon, he started to thrash the pleasure gardens, killed five army chief of Ravana, Seven sons of minister and the powerful Akshakumara, shortly Hanuman was tied up with Brahmastra by Indrajith.  Though Hanuman was well capable to release himself from the Brahmastra as he was received boon from Lord Brahma, he remained immovable to observe Ravana and have a word with him and witness the strength of his army.  Hanuman burned the entire city of Lanka with the fire on his tail except the Ashoka Vatika.  He returns to Rama with the nectar like message that he has witnessed Sita in Ashoka Vatika.  Rama along with Lakshman and Sugriva with a huge army of monkeys arrived at the seashore, Rama paid salutations to King of Ocean, but he was unyielding.  Rama propels arrows into Ocean, eventually built a bridge across the vast ocean with the help of the enormous army of monkeys led by Nala.  Rama entered in a fierce battle with Ravana and released Sita from his clutches.  Sita had to face humiliation as she was resided in the custody of Ravana, the honorable Sita proved her chastity by entering into the fire.  All the deities and celestials praised Rama on his victory over the demon King Ravana and eulogized Raghava in his great accomplishment. Rama crowned Vibhishana as the King of Lanka and returned with all the monkey warriors to Ayodhya in Pushpaka Vimanam.  On his way back to Ayodhya, Rama visited Sage Bharadhwaja, deputed Hanuman to convey the message of his arrival to Bharatha in Nandigrama.  The four brothers removed their matted hair locks at Nandigrama, accepted the Gruhasthashrama once again.  Consequently, Rama was crowned as the King of Ayodhya, the people of Ayodhya rejoiced over the abundance of wealth, predominance of righteousness and enjoyed living a life free from illnesses, fear, famine etc…  There were no widows or unfortunate death of children, there was no natural calamities or thieves.  The people of Ayodhya were righteous and lived a blissful life.  Rama performed countless Yagnas and Yagas and pleased the deities, offered abundance of wealth, gold, millions of cows as alms to Brahmins and scholars.  People of Ayodhya lived in perfect harmony and the four Varnas such as Brahman, Kshyatriya, Vaishya & Shudra followed their customs sincerely.  In this way, Rama ruled the Kingdom of Ayodhya for glorious eleven thousands years and established righteousness on this land and proceeded to the Abode of Lords. 


Whoever reads or listens to the glories of Rama would be eradicated from the sins, she/he will enjoy all the worldly pleasures with his sons, grandsons etc..  Finally attain salvation at the lotus feet of Lord.  Ramayan should be taught by a teaching-class/Brahmin who has the excellence in speech to Kshtriya the ruling class, Vaishya/trading-class and Shudra/working-class.  Thus Maharishi Narada described the glorious Ramayan to Sage Valmiki.
Jai Sriman Narayana !!