Rāmāyana | Āraṇya Kaṇḍa | Chapter 66

66. Lakṣmaṇa Consoles Rāma

[Lakṣmaṇa quotes several instances of people suffering and tells Rāma that even if a calamity occurs, he should get broken down like this. ]

Then Lakṣmaṇa, the son of Sumitrā consoled Rāma, who was drowned in sorrow, crying like an orphan, engrossed in great love and who has lost the power of thinking due to great pain for a short time and caught his feet tightly and addressed him. 66.1-66.2

"Oh Rāma, king Daśaratha got you by doing great penance and by performing great deeds similar to devas getting Amritā [nectar]." 66.3

"From Bhārata, I came to know that Daśaratha passed to heaven, as he was unable to bear separation from you due to your virtues." 66.4

"Oh son of Kākutstha clan, if you cannot bear this sorrow which has come to you, which other ordinary man who is weak, can bear it?" 66.5

"Oh tiger among men, if out of sorrow, you want to burn the world with your lustre, how can ordinary people who suffer get consolation?" 66.6

"This is but a normal happening in the world, similar to the curse given to Nakusha the son of Yayāti who became an Indra which led to his degradation." 66.7

"Vasiṣṭha who was the priest of our father one day had one hundred sons but they were all killed in another one day." 66.8

"Oh Rāma, you are the votary of truth and you know the Goddess earth who is saluted by all the world though, she is unshakeable, does shake some times." 66.9

"The very powerful Sun and Moon, the eyes of the world who are firmly established in Dharma are affected by the eclipse." 66.10

"Oh great man, even great beings and also Devas and all beings on earth cannot be released from the ties of the will of God." 66.11

"I have heard that even Indra and other devas also have their moments of suffering and ecstasies and so oh tiger among men, it is not proper for you to grieve." 66.12

"Oh stainless soul, even if Vaidehī is ruined or abducted you should not sorrow like this like an ordinary man." 66.13

"Oh Rāma, you being one who always sees the truth should not worry like this, for men like you, even facing great calamities do not lose their heart." 66.14

"Oh best among men, truly think with your brain for the very wise men with great brain judge the right from wrong." 66.15

"Desired results cannot be obtained in cases where merits and demerits are not judged properly or where unsteady decisions are taken or in cases where no decision is taken." 66.16

"Oh Rāma, you yourself have told me several times about this and since you know it well, even Brihaspati cannot teach you anything more." 66.17

"You are greatly wise and even Gods cannot fathom your intellect. I think that your sorrow has made your intellect to sleep and I am only waking you up." 66.18

"Oh Bull of the Ikshvāku dynasty, you are god like man who has unmatched valour. Try to know your enemies and once known kill them." 66.19

"Oh bull among men, what is the need for destroying everything? After knowing the enemy who sinned against you, you uproot him." 66.20

This is the end of Sixty Sixth Sarga of Āraṇya Kanda which occurs in Holy Rāmāyaṇa composed by Vālmīki as the First Epic.