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Srimad Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa | Bāla Kāṇḍa ~ Sarga 76 of 77


Bāla Kāṇḍa : Book of Childhood || Total Sargas (or) Chapters: 77

Abstract: The origins and childhood of Srirama, his birth and destined to fight demons. Sita’s swayamvara and subsequent wedding to Srirama.

Sarga (chapter): 76 of 77 || śloka (verses): 24

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Vālmīki (Sanskrit: वाल्मीकि)

Vālmīki (Sanskrit: वाल्मीकि)


Rama takes aim with Vishnu’s longbow and asks Parashu Rama to choose the target to release the arrow, as arrow of that bow cannot go astray. Parashu Rama opts for elimination of his ascetic merit and heavenly realms thereby. Rama releases the bow annihilating that merit and after that, Parashu Rama retreats into oblivion.

श्रुत्वा तत् जामदग्न्यस्य वाक्यम् दाशरथिः तदा |
गौरवात् यंत्रित कथः पितू रामम् अथ अब्रवीत् || १-७६-१
shrutvaa tat jaamadag.hnyasya vaakyam daasharathiH tadaa |
gauravaat yaMtrita kathaH pituu raamam atha abraviit || 1-76-1

Show Description: Sloka 1.76.1

1. tadaa = then; daasharathiH = Dasharatha’s Rama; jaamadagnyasya = Rama of Jamadagni; tat vaakyam shrutvaa = that, sentence, on hearing; pituu gauravaat = to father, owing respect to; yantrita kathaH = controlled, saying [courtly-tongued]; atha raamam abraviit = then, to Rama of Jamadagni, said.

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].

कृतवान् अस्मि यत् कर्म श्रुतवान् असि भार्गव |
अनुरुन्ध्यामहे ब्रह्मन् पितुर् आनृण्यम् आस्थितः || १-७६-२
kR^itavaan asmi yat karma shrutavaan asi bhaargava |
anurundhyaamahe brahman pitur aanR^iNyam aasthitaH || 1-76-2

Show Description: Sloka 1.76.2

2. bhaargava = oh, Bhaargava; yat karma = whatsoever, endeavour; kR^itavaan asi = undertaken [strived for,] you have; shrutavaan asmi = heard of them, I have; brahman = oh, Brahman; pituH = father; a nR^iNyam = without [free from,] indebtedness; aasthitaH = obtained [you have achieved]; anurundhyaamahe = we appreciate you.

“Oh, Bhaargava Rama, whatsoever endeavour 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 debt, but… [1-76-2].

वीर्य हीनम् इव अशक्तम् क्षत्र धर्मेण भार्गव |
अवजानासि मे तेजः पश्य मे अद्य पराक्रमम् || १-७६-३
viirya hiinam iva ashaktam kShatra dharmeNa bhaargava |
avajaanaasi me tejaH pashya me adya paraakramam || 1-76-3

Show Description: Sloka 1.76.3

3. bhaargava = oh, Bhaargava Rama; viirya hiinam iva = valour, inferior [timorous,] as though; kSatra dharmeNa = by Kshatriya, duty [Kshatriya-hood]; a shaktam = not, capable [to handle the bow]; ava jaanaasi = lowly, you deem [demean me]; adya = now; me = my; tejaH = sprightliness; para aakramam = my, conquering [spiritedness]; pashya = you see.

“Oh, Bhaargava Rama, demeaning me as though I am timorous, hence incapable to handle the bow, and hence I am an ignoble one for Kshatriya-hood, is meaningless… come on, now you may see my spiritedness and sprightliness…” So said Rama to Bhaargava. [1-76-3]

Up to here both these Rama-s are in close quarters with other few present there. After this dialogue, they have moved a little away from the throng and facing each other as true combatants. A swordsman or an archer needs an arm-length, or sword-length or bow-length, at the least, to swagger his weapon. This place is to be assumed as an isolated place and no one is seeing or listening. This scene has an analogy in Maha Bharata when Krishna teaches Bhagavad Gita to Arjuna. There, it is said, that Krishna froze the time to teach all the eighteen chapters, and none among two sides of warring factions are aware of Krishna, his teachings, or of Arjuna, excepting Sanjaya, who is placed at a distant place and has seen all with his wisdom-eye. Here we have to borrow that wisdom-eye of Sanjaya and see at these two Rama-s and their actions. When their episode is over the mist cast around them, rather on our eyes, will be cleared, when Rama returns to his father. This is said in later verses. Further more, all the people available there are rendered unconscious at the arrival of Bhaargava Rama, and a few like Dasharatha, Vashishta, Rama’s brothers are with senses. So, even if they hear and see this scene, those listeners or seers do no harm in revealing Rama’s godhood to world, or in particular to Ravana..

इति उक्त्वा राघवः क्रुद्धो भार्गवस्य वर आयुधम् |
शरम् च प्रतिजग्राह हस्तात् लघु पराक्रमः || १-७६-४
iti uktvaa raaghavaH kruddho bhaargavasya vara aayudham |
sharam ca pratijagraaha hastaat laghu paraakramaH || 1-76-4

Show Description: Sloka 1.76.4

4. laghu para aakramaH = nimbly, others, conquering one [nimble-handed vanquisher of opponents]; raaghavaH = Raghava; kruddhaH = in high dudgeon; iti uktvaa = thus, speaking; bhaargavasya hastaat = Bhaargava Rama’s, from hand; vara aayudham = estimable, weapon [longbow of Vishnu]; sharam ca = arrow, also; prati jagraaha = towards himself, taken [expropriated.]

Raghava, the nimble-handed vanquisher of his opponents, speaking thus in high dudgeon expropriated 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]

“and, along the same lines Rama also said to have extricated the essential nature of Bhaargava…’ The above said ‘distancing’ of these two Rama-s has another purpose. Rama has certain innate nature of making his observers enchanted by his very personality. Even Ravana looks at him adoringly in the war scene. This apart, his hand has certain ability to extricate the innate nature of others, should he lay his hand on them. We rarely see him touching or patting others, except for Seetha, Lakshmana, Hanuma, and say a squirrel etc. So, it is believed that, Rama has now expropriated the essential nature of Vishnu from Bhaargava Rama, while snatching the bow from his hands. For this Padma Puraana says: iti uktvaa devii vaiShNavyaa shaktyaa tad gataayaa saha | jagraaha vaiShNavam caapam vinayena ca liilayaa || ‘oh, Devi Parvati, saying so Rama took away the Vishnu’s anima from Bhaargava Rama, along with bow of Vishnu, sportily and obediently, too…’ Thus, Rama of Dasharatha bade goodbye to his earlier incarnation, Parashu Rama, as two swords cannot be in one sheath..

आरोप्य स धनू रामः शरम् सज्यम् चकार ह |
जामदग्न्यम् ततो रामम् रामः क्रुद्धो अब्रवीत् इदम् || १-७६-५
aaropya sa dhanuu raamaH sharam sajyam cakaara ha |
jaamadag.hnyam tato raamam raamaH kruddho abraviit idam || 1-76-5

Show Description: Sloka 1.76.5

5. saH raamaH = he, that Rama; dhanuu aaropya = longbow, on lifting up; sharam sajyam = arrow, arranged on bowstring; cakaara ha = did it [took aim,] indeed; tataH raamaH kruddhaH = then, Rama, irefully; jaamadagnyam raamam = to Jamadagni’s, Rama; idam abraviit = this, said.

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 about the target, then Rama of Dasharatha irefully said this to Rama of Jamagadni. [1-76-5].

ब्राह्मणो असि इति पूज्यो मे विश्वामित्र कृतेन च |
तस्मात् शक्तो न ते राम मोक्तुम् प्राण हरम् शरम् || १-७६-६
braahmaNo asi iti puujyo me vishvaamitra kR^itena ca |
tasmaat shakto na te raama moktum praaNa haram sharam || 1-76-6

Show Description: Sloka 1.76.6

6. raama = oh, Rama of Bhaargava; braahmaNaH asi = Brahmana, you are; iti = by this reason [even if, you are killable]; vishvaamitra kR^itena ca = Vishvamitra, owing to [your relationship,] also; me puujyaH = to me, venerable; tasmaat = thereby; te praaNa haram sharam = your, life, removing [exterminating,] arrow; moktum = to release; na shaktaH = not, capable [disinclined to.]

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

Bhaargava-s are Brahman-s and a Brahman cannot be killed braahmaNo na hantavya then how Rama is prepared to eliminate a Brahman, subjecting himself to the sin called ‘Brahman killing…’ brahma hatyaa paataka… There is no sin in eliminating a Brahman who is weaponed and warring. tathaa ca bhaarate raaja dharme kR^iShNam prati bhiiShmaH – pitruun pitaamahaan pitryam guruun sambandhi baandhavaan | mithyaa pravR^ittaan yaH sa~Nkhye nihanyaa dharma eva saH || Maha Bharata, shannti parva. ‘It is no sin to eliminated fathers, grandfathers, teachers, and the like [even if they are Brahman-s,] for they are under an illusion, called war…’ So said Bhiishma to Krishna and thereby Panadava-s have eliminated Drona, Kripa, Ashvaddhaama and suchlike weaponed Brahman-s in war, but not in peace. There are many more such sayings of Bhiishma. Here Parashu Rama said that he will give a duel to Rama, hence he is no more a Brahman when he raises a weapon. And he is a blood relation of Vishvamitra, and that corner of mercy is not allowing Rama to release the arrow on Parashu Rama..

इमाम् वा त्वत् गतिम् राम तपो बल समार्जितान् |
लोकान् अप्रतिमान् वा अपि हनिष्यामि यत् इच्छसि || १-७६-७
imaam vaa tvat gatim raama tapo bala samaarjitaan |
lokaan apratimaan vaa api haniShyaami yat icChasi || 1-76-7

Show Description: Sloka 1.76.7

7. raama = oh, Bhaargava Rama; imam = this; tvat gatim vaa = either, your, motility [at the speed of mind, cf., verse 15]; tapaH bala samaarjitaan = by ascesis, power of, earned; a pratimaan lokaan = un, paralleled, worlds [realms of heavens]; vaa api = or, even; haniSyaami = I wish to eliminate; yat icChasi = whichever, you wish.

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

न हि अयम् वैष्णवो दिव्यः शरः पर पुरंजयः |
मोघः पतति वीर्येण बल दर्प विनाशनः || १-७६-८
na hi ayam vaiShNavo divyaH sharaH para puraMjayaH |
moghaH patati viiryeNa bala darpa vinaashanaH || 1-76-8

Show Description: Sloka 1.76.8

8. para puram jayaH = others’, citadels, conqueror; viiryeNa = [by its] mettle; bala darpa vinaashanaH = vigour, vainglory, vanquisher; divyaH = one took birth in divine worlds – arrow; ayam vaiSNavaH sharaH = this, Vishnu’s, divine, arrow; moghaH = wastefully; na patati hi = not, falls through, isn’t it.

“This Vishnu’s divine arrow is the conqueror of opponents’ citadels, and a vanquisher of their vigour and vainglory, and it will not fall through wastefully… isn’t it!” So said archer Rama to axeman Rama. [1-76-8]

The debate on the superiority of Vishnu or Shiva may have its own mythological import, but as far as Ramayana is considered, the eulogy for Vishnu’s longbow is intended to suggest the all-powerful capacity of Vishnu in eliminating demons and to lead the epic to its own goal. Dharmaakuutam has to say this: prakR^ite – adhikam menire vishNum – iti raamaayaNa vacanam tu agre kartavya sakala raakShasa vadha hetu bhuuta vaiShNava dhanShaH praashasta pratipaadana param j~nyeyam | Hence the mythological quarrels have no place in Ramayana..

वर आयुध धरम् रामम् द्रष्टुम् स ऋषि गणाः सुराः |
पितामहम् पुरस्कृत्य समेताः तत्र सर्वशः || १-७६-९
गंधर्व अप्सरसः चैव सिद्ध चारण किन्नराः |
यक्ष राक्षस नागाः च तत् द्रष्टुम् महत् अद्भुतम् || १-७६-१०
vara aayudha dharam raamam draShTum sa R^iShi gaNaaH suraaH |
pitaamaham puraskR^itya sametaaH tatra sarvashaH || 1-76-9
gaMdharva apsarasaH caiva siddha caaraNa kinnaraaH |
yakSha raakShasa naagaaH ca tat draShTum mahat adbhutam || 1-76-10

Show Description: Sloka 1.76.9,1.76.10

9,10. vara aayudha dharam = extraordinary, weapon [longbow of Vishnu,] wielder; raamam = at Rama; draSTum = to see; sa R^iSi gaNaaH = with, sages’, assemblages; suraaH = gods; pitaamaham puraskR^itya = Grandparent, keeping afore; sarvashaH = all of the; gandharva apsarasaH caiva = gandharva-s, apsara-s, also thus; siddha caaraNa kinnaraaH = siddha-s, caaranaa-s, kinnaraa-s; yakSa = yaksha-s; raakshasa = sprites; naagaaH = reptilian beings; ca = also; tat mahat adbhutam = that, extremely, amazing [event]; draSTum = to see; tatra = to there; sametaaH = came together – they forgathered.

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, kinnaraa-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. [1-76-9, 10]

The ‘amazing event’ is not the handing over or taking over of longbow, but it is the transference of the essential nature of Bhaargava Rama to Dasharatha Rama. Nrisimha Puraana has this: tataH parashu raamasya dehaat nirgatasya vaiShNavam | pashyataam sarva devaanaam tejo raamam upaavishat || .

जडी कृते तदा लोके रामे वर धनुर् धरे |
निर्वीर्यो जामदग्न्यो असौ रमो रामम् उदैक्षत || १-७६-११
jaDii kR^ite tadaa loke raame vara dhanur dhare |
nir.hviiryo jaamadag.hnyo asau ramo raamam udaikShata || 1-76-11

Show Description: Sloka 1.76.11

11. tadaa = then; raame = Rama; vara [shara] dhanuH dhare = best [inscrutable,] longbow [with arrow,] while becoming a wielder [when ready to take aim with it]; loke jaDii kR^ite = world, insentient, while being rendered as; asau jaamadagnyaH ramaH = he that, Jamadagni’s, Rama; nir viiryaH = less, of vigour; raamam = at Rama; ut aikSata = up, stared.

Then, when Rama is ready to take aim with the arrow on that inscrutable longbow, and when the worlds are being rendered as insentient, then that Rama of Jamadagni is rendered vigourless and he stared up at Rama of Dasharatha. [1-76-11]

Vividly: When the aura of Vishnu available in Bhaargava Rama has entered Dasharatha Rama through that inscrutable longbow of Vishnu, Dasharatha Rama’s aura dazzled like that of Vishnu, and that dazzlement of Vishnu’s aura threw the world in a daze, and then that aura-less, thus vigourless Bhaargava Rama has nothing to do except to stare at Vishnu-like Rama, with upraised eyes.

तेजोभिः हत वीर्यत्वात् जामदग्न्यो जडी कृतः |
रामम् कमल पत्र अक्षम् मन्दम् मन्दम् उवाच ह || १-७६-१२
tejobhiH hata viiryatvaat jaamadag.hnyo jaDii kR^itaH |
raamam kamala patra akSham mandam mandam uvaaca ha || 1-76-12

Show Description: Sloka 1.76.12

12. tejaH = by radiance [of Rama]; abhi hata viiryatvaat = completely, marred, with such vitality; jaDii kR^itaH jaamadagnyaH = callous, made as, Jamadagni’s Rama; kamala patra akSam = to lotus, petal, eyed one; raamam = to Rama; mandam mandam = slowly, softly; uvaaca ha- spoke, indeed.

Rama of Jamadagni is calloused 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].

काश्यपाय मया दत्ता यदा पूर्वम् वसुंधरा |
विषये मे न वस्तव्यम् इति माम् काश्यपो अब्रवीत् || १-७६-१३
kaashyapaaya mayaa dattaa yadaa puurvam vasuMdharaa |
viShaye me na vastavyam iti maam kaashyapo abraviit || 1-76-13

Show Description: Sloka 1.76.13

13. puurvam = once; vasundharaa = entire earth; yadaa = when; maya = by me; kaashyapaaya = for Kashyapa; dattaa = was donated; me viSaye = in my, domain; na vastavyam = not, inhabitable; iti kaashyapaH maam abraviit = thus, Kashyapa, to me, told.

“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]

A donor cannot enjoy a gift anymore, once donated to the donee. And if the donor still clings around that donation, it does not come under the true definition of ‘donation.’ Hence, Parashu Rama is asked to depart from this world. Hence he has gone to the ethereal mountain called Mt. Mahendra..

सो अहम् गुरु वचः कुर्वन् पृथिव्याम् न वसे निशाम् |
तदा प्रभृति काकुत्स्थ कृता मे काश्यपस्य ह || १-७६-१४
so aham guru vacaH kurvan pR^ithivyaam na vase nishaam |
tadaa prabhR^iti kaakutstha kR^itaa me kaashyapasya ha || 1-76-14

Show Description: Sloka 1.76.14

14. saH aham = such as I was, I; guru vacaH kurvan = my mentor’s, order, to do [observance]; tadaa prabhR^iti = then, afterwards; pR^ithivyaam = on earth; nishaam = during nights; na vase = not, I stay [spend]; kaakutstha = oh, Kakutstha Rama; [pratij~naa = promise]; kR^itaa me = made over by me; kaashyapasya ha = for Kashyapa, indeed.

“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].

तम् इमाम् मत् गतिम् वीर हन्तुम् न अर्हसि राघव |
मनो जवम् गमिष्यामि महेन्द्रम् पर्वत उत्तमम् || १-७६-१५
tam imaam mat gatim viira hantum na ar.hhasi raaghava |
mano javam gamiShyaami mahendram parvata uttamam || 1-76-15

Show Description: Sloka 1.76.15

15. viira = oh, valiant one; raaghava = oh, Raghava; tam [tat] = thereby; imam = this; mat gatim = my, motility; hantum na arhasi = to impair, not, apt of you; manaH javam = with cerebration, speed of; parvata uttamam mahendram = to mountain, par excellent one, to Mt. Mahendra; gamiSyaami = I will depart.

“Thereby oh, valiant one, it will be inapt of you to impair this motility of mine, oh, Raghava, I will depart with the speed of cerebration to Mt. Mahendra, a par excellent mountain… [1-76-15].

लोकाः तु अप्रतिमा राम निर्जिताः तपसा मया |
जहि तान् शर मुख्येन मा भूत् कालस्य पर्ययः || १-७६-१६
lokaaH tu apratimaa raama nirjitaaH tapasaa mayaa |
jahi taan shara mukhyena maa bhuut kaalasya paryayaH || 1-76-16

Show Description: Sloka 1.76.16

16. raama = oh, Rama; maya apratimaa lokaaH = by me, matchless, realms [of heaven]; tapasaa nirjitaaH = by ascesis, triumphed over; taan shara mukhyena jahi = them, with arrow, important [irreversible one,] you hash up; kaalasya paryayaH maa bhuut = time’s, lag, let no, be there.

“But I triumphed over matchless realms of heavens with my ascesis, oh, Rama, you may hash them up with that irreversible arrow… let there be no time-lag… [1-76-16].

अक्षय्यम् मधु हन्तारम् जानामि त्वाम् सुरेश्वरम् |
धनुषो अस्य परामर्शात् स्वस्ति ते अस्तु परंतप || १-७६-१७
akshayyam madhu hantaaram jaanaami tvaam sureshvaram |
dhanuSho asya paraamarshaat svasti te astu paraMtapa || 1-76-17

Show Description: Sloka 1.76.17

17. asya = that particular one]; dhanuSaH = bow; paraamarshaat = touch of handling [thereby, your touch of nature]; tvaam = you; a kSayyam = not, mutable; sura iishvaram = gods, god of; madhu hantaaram = Madhu, the demon, as exterminator of; jaanaami = I realize; parantapa = oh, enemy-inflamer; svasti te astu = blessedness, to you, betides.

“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 alone betides you… [1-76-17].

एते सुर गणाः सर्वे निरीक्षन्ते समागताः |
त्वाम् अप्रतिम कर्माणम् अप्रतिद्वन्द्वम् आहवे || १-७६-१८
ete sura gaNaaH sarve niriikShante samaagataaH |
tvaam apratima karmaaNam apratidvandvam aahave || 1-76-18

Show Description: Sloka 1.76.18

18. samaagataaH = collectively came; ete sarve sura gaNaaH = these, all, gods’, assemblages of; a pratima karmaaNam = un, equalled, one having achievements; a prati dvandvam aahave = no, counter, dueller, in conflicts; tvaam = you; niriikSante = they are beholding.

“All of these gods who have come collectively are beholding you and your next move, for you are an unequalled one in you achievements and to whom there is no counter-dueller in conflicts… [1-76-18]

Parashu Rama is hastening up Dasharatha Rama to finish business quickly, otherwise the nature of Rama and his incarnation will publicized, not by these two Rama-s, but the game watching gods. If these spectators stay for a long time in sky, some airborne demon will let the cat out of the bag..

न च इयम् तव काकुत्स्थ व्रीडा भवितुम् अर्हति |
त्वया त्रैलोक्य नाथेन यत् अहम् विमुखी कृतः || १-७६-१९
na ca iyam tava kaakutstha vriiDaa bhavitum ar.hhati |
tvayaa trailokya naathena yat aham vimukhii kR^itaH || 1-76-19

Show Description: Sloka 1.76.19

19. kaakutstha = oh, Kakutstha; trailokya naathena = triad of worlds’, lord of; tvayaa = by you [such as you are]; tava = by you; aham = I am; yat = by which [reason]; vi mukhii kR^itaH = down, face, made as; iyam = this [act of disgrace]; vriiDaa = disgrace; bhavitum = to become; na ca arhati = not, also, apropos.

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

शरम् अप्रतिमम् राम मोक्तुम् अर्हसि सु व्रत |
शर मोक्षे गमिष्यामि महेन्द्रम् पर्वतोत्तमम् || १-७६-२०
sharam apratimam raama moktum ar.hhasi su vrata |
shara mokShe gamiShyaami mahendram parvatottamam || 1-76-20

Show Description: Sloka 1.76.20

20. su vrata = oh, one with ethical, commitments – committed to clear out demons; raama = oh, Rama; apratimam sharam moktum arhasi = unsurpassed, arrow, to unloose, apt of you; shara mokSe = arrow, when unloosened; parvata uttamam mahendram gamiSyaami = mountain, ethereal, to Mt. Mahendra, I will go.

“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 mountain Mt. Mahendra, a point of no return for me…” So said Parashu Rama to Dasharatha Rama. [1-76-20].

तथा ब्रुवति रामे तु जामदग्न्ये प्रतापवान् |
रामो दाशरथिः श्रीमान् चिक्षेप शरम् उत्तमम् || १-७६-२१
tathaa bruvati raame tu jaamadag.hnye prataapavaan |
raamo daasharathiH shriimaan cikShepa sharam uttamam || 1-76-21

Show Description: Sloka 1.76.21

21. jaamadagnye raame tu = of Jamadagni, by Rama, on his part; tathaa bruvati = that way, while speaking; prataapavaan = venturesome one; shriimaan daasharathiH raamaH = blessed one, Dasharatha’s, Rama; uttamam sharam cikSepa = nonpareil, arrow, shot off.

While Rama of Jamadagni is speaking that way, that venturesome and blessed Rama of Dasharatha shot off that nonpareil arrow from that longbow of Vishnu. [1-76-21].

स हतान् दृश्य रामेण स्वान् लोकान् तपसा आर्जितान् |
जामदग्न्यो जगाम आशु महेन्द्रम् पर्वतोत्तमम् || १-७६-२२
sa hataan dR^ishya raameNa svaan lokaan tapasaa aarjitaan |
jaamadag.hnyo jagaama aashu mahendram parvatottamam || 1-76-22

Show Description: Sloka 1.76.22

22. saH jaamadagnyaH = he, of Jamadagni; tapasaa aarjitaan = by ascesis, acquired; svaan lokaan = all, realms of heavens; raameNa hataan = by Rama, shot-blasted; dR^ishya = having seen; aashu parvata uttamam mahendram jagaama = in a trice, to heavenly, mountain, to Mahendra, went away [vanished.]

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

Rather, ready to depart… as he is given some more role-play in next verses.

ततो वि तिमिराः सर्वा दिशा च उपदिशः तथा |
सुराः स ऋषि गणाः रामम् प्रशशंसुः उदायुधम् || १-७६-२३
tato vi timiraaH sarvaa dishaa ca upadishaH tathaa |
suraaH sa R^iShi gaNaaH raamam prashashaMsuH udaayudham || 1-76-23

Show Description: Sloka 1.76.2

23. tataH = then; sarvaa dishaa = all, directions; tathaa = likewise; upa dishaH ca = intermediary, directions; vi timiraaH = without [dissipated,] darkness; sa R^iSi gaNaaH suraaH = with, sages’, assemblages, gods; ud aayudham = one with upraised, weapon; raamam prashashamsuH = Rama, extolled.

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. [1-76-23]

Please refer the endnote about this longbow and how it is passed on to Janaka’s dynasty.

रामम् दाशरथिम् रामो जामदग्न्यः प्रशस्य च |
ततः प्रदक्षिणी कृत्य जगाम आत्म गतिम् प्रभुः || १-७६-२४
raamam daasharathim raamo jaamadag.hnyaH prashasya ca |
tataH pradakShiNii kR^itya jagaama aatma gatim prabhuH || 1-76-24

Show Description: Sloka 1.76.24

24. prabhuH = efficient one, [dab hand at axe]; jaamadagnyaH raamaH = Jamadagni, Rama of; daasharathim raamam prashasya = Dasharatha’s, Rama, on acclaiming; tataH pradakSiNii kR^itya = then, circumambulations, on making; aatma gatim jagaama = on his own, way, went away.

Then that dab hand at axe, Rama of Jamadagni, on acclaiming, and even on making circumambulations to Rama of Dasharatha, went on his own way into oblivion. [1-76-24].

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