Rāmāyana | Ayodhyā Kaṇḍa | Chapter 61

61. Kauśalya Accuses Daśaratha

[Kauśalya tell that her son Rāma would not accept the kingdom ruled by Bhārata after his return. She also tells him that he is capable of destroying Daśaratha himself but not doing it due to his attachment to Dharma.]

When the greatest Rāma who was the best among those who followed Dharma and who gave joy to others went to the forest, the anguished Kauśalya sobbing addressed her husband and told. 61.1

"Though your great fame has spread all over the three worlds, the compassionate Rāma, who speaks sweetly as well as generously is well spoken of." 61.2

"Oh best among men, your sons as well as Sītā are now suffering due to sorrow in a forest. Will they be able to endure it?" 61.3

"How can that Sītā who is youthful, dark, pretty as well as one used to pleasure, tolerate the heat and cold?" 61.4

"She used to eat till now well cooked food with condiments and soups which is well prepared and how can she partake the food of the forest consisting of wild rice?" 61.5

"How can she who is blameless and auspicious, used to hearing sounds of musical instruments and music, bear to hear the inauspicious and horrible sound of wild animals?" 61.6

"How can the very strong Rāma resembling the flag of Indra sleep, using his steel like strong hand as a pillow?" 61.7

"When will I be able to see again Rāma who is lotus coloured, who has well grown hair, who has the scent of lotus flowers and has a face like lotus flower?" 61.8

"Without any doubt, my heart is made of diamond, for in spite of my not seeing him, it does not break in to pieces." 61.9

"It is due to your act without any mercy that all my relatives are running miserably round in the terrible forest after being banished by you." 61.10

"If Rāma returns back in the fifteenth year, it does not appear that Bhārata will gave back the kingdom and treasury to him." 61.11

"It seems some people feed their relatives first in the Śraddhā [annual death ceremony] and then after the ceremony is over only they feed the best of Brahmins, just for the sake of feeding" 61.12

"Those greatly learned Brahmins with good conduct and equal to devas, then would not eat that food after some people have eaten it, even if it is nectar." 61.13

"The great Brahmins will not eat the food eaten earlier by others, even though they were Brahmins, like the bulls dislike their horns being cut off." 61.14

"Oh lord of universe, similarly is it not proper that elder brother who is great rejects the kingdom which was ruled by his younger brother?" 61.15

"A tiger would not like to eat the meat of animal killed by some other animal and this tiger among men, will not accept the kingdom enjoyed by others." 61.16

"The food offering to be offered in fire, the ghee, sacrificial cakes to be offered in fire, Kuśa grass, Khadira wood and sacrificial posts, after the lapse of one Yama [three hours] cannot be used." 61.17

"Similarly Rāma would not accept this kingdom which has been possessed by others, which would be like liquor which has lost his power and a fire sacrifice where Soma is exhausted." 61.18

"Rāma is highly determined and would not like to be insulted and if he is enraged with his sharp arrows, he may even split Mandāra mountain." 61.19

"Oh Daśaratha, it is only out of respect to you as his father that, the great one is not showing any interest in killing you. If he is angry, he is capable of pulling down, all the planets lead by moon and sun, the sky decorated by various stars and heaven but he is not disobeying you. He is capable of agitating in this world surrounded by mountains." 61.20-61.21

"That Rāma will not tolerate the insult of this sort like a tiger cannot tolerate its tail being twisted." 61.22

"Even if all the worlds were to unite against him in a great war, he would not be scared. That Soul of Dharma would not follow a path outside Dharma but will unite the world with Dharma." 61.23

"The greatly valorous Rāma who has mighty arms, using his golden arrows will burn all beings and all oceans in fire and it would appear as if it is the time of great deluge." 61.24

"That bull like man who has strength like a lion and eyes like that of a bull, has been destroyed by his own father like the fish killing its own offspring." 61.25

"Does your banishment of your own son who is the follower of Dharma, fall under the birth less Śāstra of the people who are born twice?" 61.26

"The first source of support for a lady is her husband, the second her son, the third her relatives and for her there is no fourth source of support." 61.27

"You are not there for me, Rāma has gone to the forest and since I do not like to go to the forest, you have taken away everything from me." 61.28

"You have destroyed this kingship along with the country, You have destroyed the ministers along with yourselves, you have destroyed your good and your citizens and your son [Bhārata] and wife [Kaikeyi] are happy now." 61.29

After these words fell from her with frightful accents, the king became sad and lost his consciousness and thereafter recollecting the bad deeds done by him, he again lost his conscience." 61.30

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