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Parashurama Recognizes Rama to be Lord Vishnu

 

Summary

Rama takes aim with Vishnu's longbow and asks Parashurama to choose the target to release the arrow, as arrow of that bow cannot go astray [away from what is proper or desirable]. Parashurama opts [desires] for elimination of his ascetic merit and heavenly realms thereby. Rama releases the bow annihilating [destroying] that merit and after that, Parashurama retreats into oblivion [the condition or state of being forgotten or unknown].

Parashurama Recognizes Rama to be Lord Vishnu

Chapter [Sarga] 76 – in Detail

shrutvaa tat jaamadaghnyasya vaakyam daasharathih tadaa |

gauravaat ya.ntrita kathah pituu raamam atha abraviit || 1-76-1

On hearing that sentence of Rama of Jamadagni, then Rama of Dasharatha said this to him in a courtly owing to the presence of his father Dasharatha. [1-76-1]

kritavaan asmi yat karma shrutavaan asi bhaargava |

anurundhyaamahe brahman pitur aanrinyam aasthitah || 1-76-2

Oh, Bhaargava Rama, whatsoever endeavor [purpose] you have strived for freeing yourself from the indebtedness towards your father, I have heard of them, and oh, Brahman, we appreciate for your achieving that freeness from your paternal [fathers] debt, but... [1-76-2]

viirya hiinam iva ashaktam ksatra dharmena bhaargava |

avajaanaasi me tejah pashya me adya paraakramam || 1-76-3

Oh, Bhaargava Rama, demeaning [to conduct or behave (oneself) usually in a proper manner] me as though I am timorous [fearful], hence incapable to handle the bow, and hence I am an ignoble [of low birth] one for Kshatriya-hood, is meaningless... come on, now you may see my spiritedness and sprightliness... So said Rama to Bhaargava. [1-76-3]

iti uktvaa raaghavah kruddho bhaargavasya vara aayudham |

sharam ca pratijagraaha hastaat laghu paraakramah || 1-76-4

Raghava, the nimble-handed [agile] vanquisher [conqueror] of his opponents, speaking thus in high dudgeon [anger] expropriated [to transfer (the property of another) to one's own possession] that estimable weapon, namely the longbow of Vishnu, from the hand of Bhaargava Rama, along with the long-arrow that is already fitted on it... [1-76-4]

aaropya sa dhanuu raamah sharam sajyam cakaara ha |

jaamadag.hnyam tato raamam raamah kruddho abraviit idam || 1-76-5

On lifting up the bow that is already fitted with an arrow on bowstring, then Rama started to take aim with it, but being indecisive [not clear] about the target, then Rama of Dasharatha irefully [with anger] said this to Rama of Jamagadni. [1-76-5]

braahmano asi iti puujyo me vishvaamitra kritena ca |

tasmaat shakto na te raama moktum praana haram sharam || 1-76-6

Oh, Rama of Bhaargava, even if you are a Brahman you are eliminable [destroyed], but because of your relationship with Vishvamitra, and because you are a venerable one for me, I am disinclined [hesitant] to release this arrow that exterminates your life... [1-76-6]

imaam vaa tvat gatim raama tapo bala samaarjitaan |

lokaan apratimaan vaa api hanisyaami yat icchasi || 1-76-7

Oh, Bhaargava Rama, either this motility [capable of movement] of yours at the speed of your mind, or even those unparalleled realms of heavens which you have earned by the power of your asceticism, I will eliminate whichever you wish... [1-76-7]

na hi ayam vaisnavo divyah sharah para pura.njayah |

moghah patati viiryena bala darpa vinaashanah || 1-76-8

This Vishnu's divine arrow is the conqueror of opponents citadels [a fortress that commands a city], and a vanquisher of their vigor [force] and vainglory [pride], and it will not fall through wastefully... isn't it! So said archer Rama to axe man Rama (i.e. Parashurama). [1-76-8]

vara aayudha dharam raamam drastum sa risi ganaah suraah |

pitaamaham puraskritya sametaah tatra sarvashah || 1-76-9

gandharva apsarasah caiva siddha caarana kinnaraah |

yaksa raaksasa naagaah ca tat drastum mahat adbhutam || 1-76-10

Gods together with the assemblages of sages have come keeping the Grandparent Brahma at their fore, likewise the Gandharva-s, Apsara-s, Siddha-s, Caarana-s, Kinnaras-s, Yaksha-s, sprites and reptilian beings have also come to see Rama who is now wielding the extraordinary longbow of Vishnu, and extremely amazing event that is going to ensue [follow]. [1-76-9, 10]

jadii krite tadaa loke raame vara dhanur dhare |

nirhviiryo jaamadaghnyo asau ramo raamam udaiksata || 1-76-11

Then, when Rama is ready to take aim with the arrow on that inscrutable [mysterious] longbow, and when the worlds are being rendered as insentient [lacking perception], then that Rama of Jamadagni is rendered vigorless [forceless] and he stared [to look fixedly often with wide-open eyes] up at Rama of Dasharatha. [1-76-11]

tejobhih hata viiryatvaat jaamadag.hnyo jadii kritah |

raamam kamala patra aksam mandam mandam uvaaca ha || 1-76-12

Rama of Jamadagni is calloused [feeling no emotion] as his vitality is subdued by the radiance of that lotus-petal eyed Rama of Dasharatha, and he spoke to Rama of Dasharatha, slowly and softly. [1-76-12]

kaashyapaaya mayaa dattaa yadaa puurvam vasundharaa |

visaye me na vastavyam iti maam kaashyapo abraviit || 1-76-13

Once, when I donated entire earth to Sage Kashyapa, Kashyapa told me 'uninhabitable is my domain, viz., this earth for you...' thus... [1-76-13]

so aham guru vacah kurvan prithivyaam na vase nishaam |

tadaa prabhriti kaakutstha kritaa me kaashyapasya ha || 1-76-14

Such as I was, in my observance of my mentor Kashyapa's order I do not spend nights on this earth from then afterwards, oh, Kakutstha Rama, as I made over this earth for Kashyapa, indeed... [1-76-14]

tam imaam mat gatim viira hantum na arhhasi raaghava |

mano javam gamisyaami mahendram parvata uttamam || 1-76-15

Thereby oh, valiant one, it will be inapt [not suitable] of you to impair this motility [capable of movement] of mine, oh, Raghava, I will depart with the speed of cerebration [thought or brain] to Mt. Mahendra, a par excellent mountain... [1-76-15]

lokaah tu apratimaa raama nirjitaah tapasaa mayaa |

jahi taan shara mukhyena maa bhuut kaalasya paryayah || 1-76-16

But I triumphed over matchless realms of heavens with my asceticism, oh, Rama, you may hash them up with that irreversible [that cannot be reversed] arrow... let there be no time-lag... [1-76-16]

akshayyam madhu hantaaram jaanaami tvaam sureshvaram |

dhanuso asya paraamarshaat svasti te astu parantapa || 1-76-17

I have realized your touch of nature as that of the Immutable Supreme Being, God of Gods, the Exterminator of the demon Madhu (namely Vishnu), by the touch of your handling that bow... oh, enemy-inflamer, blessedness [pleasure, contentment, or good fortune] alone betides [to happen to] you... [1-76-17]

ete sura ganaah sarve niriiksante samaagataah |

tvaam apratima karmaanam apratidvandvam aahave || 1-76-18

All of these Gods who have come collectively are beholding [seeing] you and your next move, for you are an unequalled one in you achievements and to whom there is no counter-dueller [to fight a duel] in conflicts... [1-76-18]

na ca iyam tava kaakutstha vriidaa bhavitum arhhati |

tvayaa trailokya naathena yat aham vimukhii kritah || 1-76-19

Oh, Kakutstha Rama, you are the lord of the triad of worlds, such as you are, you faced me down, and it is malapropos [inappropriate] to say that this is a disgrace to me... [1-76-19]

sharam apratimam raama moktum ar.hhasi su vrata |

shara mokse gamisyaami mahendram parvatottamam || 1-76-20

It will be apt of you to unloose that unsurpassed arrow, oh, Rama, as you have ethical commitment to wipe out demons as I wiped out menacing kings, and should you unloosen that arrow now I wish to depart to the ethereal [transparent] mountain Mt. Mahendra, a point of no return for me... So said Parashurama to Dasharatha Rama. [1-76-20]

tathaa bruvati raame tu jaamadag.hnye prataapavaan |

raamo daasharathih shriimaan ciksepa sharam uttamam || 1-76-21

While Rama of Jamadagni is speaking that way, that venturesome and blessed Rama of Dasharatha shot off that nonpareil [having no equal] arrow from that longbow of Vishnu. [1-76-21]

sa hataan drishya raamena svaan lokaan tapasaa aarjitaan |

jaamadag.hnyo jagaama aashu mahendram parvatottamam || 1-76-22

On seeing all of his realms of heavens are shot-blasted [amazed] by Rama of Dasharatha, Rama of Jamadagni vanished in a trice [a brief space of time] to Mt. Mahendra, the heavenly mountain. [1-76-22]

tato vi timiraah sarvaa dishaa ca upadishah tathaa |

suraah sa risi ganaah raamam prashashamsuh udaayudham || 1-76-23

Then dissipated is the darkness in all the divisions and likewise in all the subdivisions of compass, and the Gods with the assemblages of sages extolled Rama, in whose hands the longbow is upraised [to raise or lift up]. [1-76-23]

raamam daasharathim raamo jaamadag.hnyah prashasya ca |

tatah pradaksinii kritya jagaama aatma gatim prabhuh || 1-76-24

Then that dab [a gentle touch] hand at axe, Rama of Jamadagni, on acclaiming [praising], and even on making circumambulations to Rama of Dasharatha, went on his own way into oblivion [the condition or state of being forgotten or unknown]. [1-76-24]

iti vaalmiiki raamaayane aadi kaavye baala kaande sat saptatitamah sargah

Thus, this is the 76th chapter in Bala Kanda of Valmiki Ramayana, the First Epic poem of India.

Sriman Moola Rama Vijayate

References

Desiraju Hanumanta Rao. (1998). Balakanda - Book Of Youthful Majesties.

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

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

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