Rāmāyana | Ayodhyā Kaṇḍa | Chapter 35

35. Sumantra Chastises Kaikeyi

[Sumantra, the charioteer of king Daśaratha, tries to convince Kaikeyi and fails.]

After that the Charioteer Sumantra sighing frequently, shaking his head, crushing one palm on another, grinding his teeth, with eyes turned due to anger, leaving out his natural colour and overcome with inordinate grief due to his observing the reaction of Daśaratha, pierced the mind of Kaikeyi with his replies which were like incomparable and inauspicious thunderbolts which were capable of breaking her vital parts. 35.1-35.4

"Oh lady, your husband Daśaratha who has been forsaken by you is the lord of all movable and immovable things of the world and I feel that there is nothing you are incapable of doing."35.5

"I think you are a killer of your husband, who is an exterminator of a clan, and are causing great grief due to your acts to the Indra like king, who is unshakable like a mountain and unperturbed like an ocean." 35.6-35.7

"Daśaratha, your husband, giver of all your needs, should not be insulted by you, because for a women, the desire of a husband is of greater value that ten million sons." 35.8

"After the death of the king, the princes would obtain the kingdom according to their age and why do you want to break this tradition in case of Rāma, the lord of Ikshvāku dynasty." 35.9

"Let your king Bhārata, become the king of this earth, and we all will go to the place where Rāma goes." 35.10

"No Brahmin will feel worthy to stay in your country because of what you are intending to do is that insulting." 35.11

"Definitely all of us will take the path that Rāma takes. Oh lady, with relations, all Brahmins, and virtuous men abandoning you always, what pleasures will you get out of getting the kingdom? Oh Kaikeyi, why do you desire to such a great insult? 35.12-35.13

"I am greatly surprised by what you are intending to do and when this lady is putting an end to the tradition, why does not the earth split right away?" 35.14

"When you are bent upon banishing Rāma to the forest, it is a great wonder that you are not destroyed by the fearful staff like word "shame", which is a flame created by great Brahma rishis." 35.15

"By cutting a mango tree by an axe, and by nurturing a Neem tree by irrigating it with milk, one does not get sweet fruits." 35.16

" I think that your nobility of birth comes out of that of your mother's, since it is well known saying that honey does not flow from a Neem tree." 35.17

"Formerly we have heard about the unworthy stubborn habit your mother. One boon giver has bestowed on your father an extraordinary boon by which he could understand the language of speech of all horizontal moving beings?" 35.18-35.19

"One day near his bed, an ant Jrimbhaṇā was talking to his father and your greatly lustrous father understanding the meaning laughed exceedingly." 35.20

Then your mother who got angry because of that and who desired the noose of death addressed him and asked, "Oh soft natured king, I am desirous of knowing why you laughed now." 35.21

Then the king told the lady, "Oh lady, If I tell you that, I would die instantly without any doubt whatsoever." 35.22

Your mother addressing your father who was the king of Kekaya told, "do not ridicule me but tell it whether you are alive or dead." 35.23

"Hearing the words of his wife, Kekaya the king of earth, told about this to the great one who conferred on him the boon." 35.24

"Thereafter that good man who conferred the boon said, "do not do that, let her live or die." 35.25

"That king who heard the advice of that man of Dharma with a pleasant mind, repudiated your mother and moved freely like Lord Kubera." 35.26

"Oh lady who only sees evils, Like that you are also moving in the path of bad people out of unfair persistence out of great desire." 35.27

"To me the generally told saying, that "Sons resemble their fathers and daughters resemble their mothers", seems to be true." 35.28

"Do not imitate those traits [of your mother]. After understanding the opinion of the king follow them, and protect the people." 35.29

"Being encouraged by sinners, do not attribute unrighteousness to your husband who shines like the king of devas and is the protector of the world." 35.30

"Oh Kaikeyi, that faultless Daśaratha, who has eyes like lotus petals and who is prosperous, will not make the promises given to you as myths." 35.31

"Let the valiant Rāma, who is the eldest, who is generous, who is expert in doing his work, who is the protector of his own Dharma and who is the protector of all beings, be crowned as the king." 35.32

"If Rāma goes to the forest, leaving his father here, a blame of yours would be spread among great people." 35.33

"Let Rāma rule the kingdom and you get rid of your mental afflictions, for no one else resided in this city who is as competent as Rāma to rule." 35.34

"When Rāma becomes the Yuvarāja, the great archer king Daśaratha will retire to the forest, remembering the custom of our earlier people." 35.35

Like this Sumantra chastised Kaikeyi using harsh as well as gentle words in the presence of the king, aimed to make her sorry and stood with folded palms. 35.36

That lady was not perturbed in the least and did not feel remorse and change of the colour of her face could not be noticed. 35.37

This is the end of Thirty Fifth Sarga of Ayodhyā Kanda which occurs in Holy Rāmāyaṇa composed by Vālmīki as the First Epic.