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Kausalya Laments Her Misfortune

Summary

Lamentation of Kausalya

Chapter [Sarga] 43 in Detail

tatah samiiksya shayane sannam shokena paarthivam |

kausalyaa putra shoka aartaa tam uvaaca mahii patim || 2-43-1

Thereafter, Kausalya afflicted with grief of her son and seeing the king lying down depressed with sorrow, spoke to the monarch as follows:

raaghavo nara shaarduula visam uptvaa dvijihvavat |

vicarisyati kaikeyii nirmuktaa iva hi pannagii || 2-43-2

"Having planted her poison on Rama the tiger among men, indeed Kaikeyi of crooked ways will surely wander about freely like a female serpent that has cast off its slough”

vivaasya raamam subhagaa labdha kaamaa samaahitaa |

traasayisyati maam bhuuyo dusta ahir iva veshmani || 2-43-3

 “Having fulfilled her desire of expelling Rama to the forest, Kaikeyi the charming woman will frighten by clamping down upon me, like a dangerous serpent in the house.”

atha sma nagare raamah caran bhaiksam grihe vaset |

kaama kaarah varam daatum api daasam mama aatmajam || 2-43-4

 “Even giving my son to her as a slave would have been better. By that Rama would have at least stayed in the house by doing the work entrusted by her and roaming about in the city, asking alms.

paatayitvaa tu kaikeyyaa raamam sthaanaat yathaa istatah |

pradistah raksasaam bhaagah parvani iva aahita agninaa || 2-43-5

 “Having willfully thrown Rama out of his position, Kaikeyi has acted in the same way as one who tends the sacred fire throws a part of the sacrifice to ogres on a new or full moon.”

gaja raaja gatir viirah mahaa baahur dhanur dharah |

vanam aavishate nuunam sabhaaryah saha laksmanah || 2-43-6

Together with his wife, accompanied by Lakshmana and walking like king of elephants having a bow in hand, the mighty armed hero surely will have entered the forest ”

vane tu adrista duhkhaanaam kaikeyyaa anumate tvayaa |

tyaktaanaam vana vaasaaya kaa nv avasthaa bhavisyati || 2-43-7

 “In the forest, what fate will befall them who had never seen such a suffering before and who have been sent by you to a forest life as per the wishes of Kaikeyi?”

te ratna hiinaah tarunaah phala kaale vivaasitaah |

katham vatsyanti kripanaah phala muulaih krita ashanaah || 2-43-8

 “Devoid of riches, those youthful beings, in exile at the age when they should be enjoying diversions of every kind, how are they to live in misery, having only roots and fruits for their nourishment?”

api idaaniim sa kaalah syaan mama shoka ksayah shivah |

sabhaaryam yat saha bhraatraa pashyeyam iha raaghavam || 2-43-9

 “When that auspicious hour will come to me that will bring an end to my sorrows and I shall see Rama with his wife and brother returning here?”

shrutvaa eva upasthitau viirau kadaa ayodhyaa bhavisyati |

yashasvinii hrista janaa suucchrita dhvaja maalinii || 2-43-10

 “When will Ayodhya regain her pristine glory, with people thrilling with rapture and be adorned with rows of towering banners the moment it hears of the two heroic princes (Rama and Lakshmana) being present ? ”

kadaa preksya nara vyaaghraav aranyaat punar aagatau |

nandisyati purii hristaa samudraiva parvani || 2-43-11

 “When will the city rejoice like an ocean swelling jubilantly on a full moon night to perceive the two princes who are tigers among men come back from the forest? ”

kadaa ayodhyaam mahaa baahuh puriim viirah praveksyati |

purah kritya rathe siitaam vrisabho go vadhuum iva || 2-43-12

 “When will the mighty armed hero (Rama) enter the city of Ayodhya placing Sita in his front in the chariot as a bull would follow a cow?”

kadaa praani sahasraani raaja maarge mama aatmajau |

laajaih avakarisyanti pravishantaav arim damau || 2-43-13

 “When will thousands of men shower the parched grains of paddy on the royal highway over my two sons (Rama and Lakshmana) the subduer of their enemies, entering the city?”

pravishanau kadaa.apiyodhyaam drakshyaami shubhakundataa |

udagraayudhanistriimshau sashrigaaviva parvatau || 2-43-14

 “When shall I see the two princes adorned with splendid ear-rings and armed with excellent bows and swords, entering Ayodhya like a pair of mountains crowned with peaks?”

kadaa sumanasah kanyaa dvijaatiinaam phalaani ca |

pradishantyah puriim hristaah karisyanti pradaksinam || 2-43-15

 “When will those two princes with Sita merrily go round the city clockwise, giving away flowers and fruits to virgins and Brahmanas?”

kadaa parinatah buddhyaa vayasaa ca amara prabhah |

abhyupaisyati dharmajnah trivarsaiva maam lalan || 2-43-16

 “When will the pious Rama, grown ripe in intellect and shining like a God in point of age, return to me, cherishing the world like the propitious and timely rain?”

nihsamshayam mayaa manye puraa viira kadaryayaa |

paatu kaamesu vatsesu maatririnaam shaatitaah stanaah || 2-43-17

 “Undoubtedly in some past life, through mean-mindedness, Oh, valiant king, I believe that the teats of cows were cut off by me while their calves were longing to suck them.”

saa aham gaur iva simhena vivatsaa vatsalaa kritaa |

kaikeyyaa purusa vyaaghra baala vatsaa iva gaur balaat || 2-43-18

 “Oh, tiger among heroes! Fond of my child like a cow, I, as such was forcibly deprived of my child by Kaikeyi in the same way as a cow having a calf of tender age may be deprived of her calf by a lion.”

na hi taavad gunaih justam sarva shaastra vishaaradam |

eka putraa vinaa putram aham jiivitum utsahe || 2-43-19

 “I cannot indeed wish to survive without my only son who is adorned with all virtues and is well-versed in all scriptures.”

na hi me jiivite kimcit saamartham iha kalpyate |

apashyantyaah priyam putram mahaa baahum mahaa balam || 2-43-20

 “There is not the least capacity imaginable in me to sustain my life here so long as I fail to perceive my beloved son (Rama) who is mighty armed and Lakshmana of great strength”

ayam hi maam diipayate samutthitah |

tanuuja shoka prabhavo huta ashanah |

mahiim imaam rashmibhir uttama prabho |

yathaa nidaaghe bhagavaan divaa karah || 2-43-21

 “This fire born of grief occasioned by separation from my son, is torturing me in the same way as the illustrious sun, possessed of greatest splendor, scorches this earth with its rays in summer.”

iti vaalmiiki raamaayane aadi kaavye ayodhya kaande trichatvaarimshah sargah

Thus completes 43rd chapter in the Ayodhya Kanda of the glorious Ramayana of Valmiki, the work of a sage and the oldest epic.

Sriman Moola Rama Vijayate

 

References

 

K. M. K. Murthy. (1999). Ayodhya Kanda - Book Of Ayodhya.

 

Merriam-Webster. (2007). At http://www.m-w.com.

 

Reference.com. (2007). At http://www.reference.com.

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