Rāmāyana | Ayodhyā Kaṇḍa | Chapter 73

73. Bhārata's Anger

[The greatly upset Bhārata shouts at his mother and telling her that she is a sinner and destroyed his clan. He tells that he would bring his elder brother back and make him the king.]

Hearing about the death of his father and banishing of his brothers, Bhārata replied weighed down by great sorrow. 73.1

"What is the use of this kingdom to me who is sorrowing due to being fallen in misfortune due to the loss of my father and the elder brother who is like my father." 73.2

"By reducing the king to a corpse and Rāma in to a sage you have created sorrow within sorrow to me like putting salt in a wound." 73.3

"You have come here to destroy my clan like the night of death and my father did not realize that by taking you, he is embracing a log of fire." 73.4

"Oh great sinner, you have brought about the death of my father, Oh disgrace of my clan, out of your ignorance you have destroyed my family." 73.5

"My famous and very truthful father by acquiring you, was tortured by intense grief and has departed from this world." 73.6

"Why did my father who liked Dharma was destroyed? Why has Rāma banished to the forest and went there?" 73.7

"Mother Kauśalya and Sumitrā who are sorrowing due to parting with their sons would find it difficult to survive in your company though you are my mother." 73.8

"My noble brother Rāma who is a soul of Dharma, who knew how to conduct himself with elders, moved with you in an incomparable way just like he behaved with his mother." 73.9

"In a similar fashion the far sighted elder queen Kauśalya adhering to Dharma was treating you like a sister." 73.10

"Oh sinner, you have made the pure hearted Rāma who is the son of Kauśalya wear the dress of bark and grass and made him go to the forest. Do you not feel sad for this?" 73.11

"What reasons did you find to banish the famous Rāma, who has never even thought of a sin, who is valorous and has full control of his mind, to the forest wearing cloths of bark?" 73.12

"You being avaricious, you perhaps do not know my devotion to Rāma and for the sake of the kingdom, you have brought this great distress on me." 73.13

"Without seeing those two tigers among men, Rāma and Lakṣmaṇa, with what power would I be able to rule this kingdom?" 73.14

"Daily the king used to depend on the very strong Rāma for protection of the country like the Meru mountain depends on the forest surrounding it for protection." 73.15

"How can I bear and drag this weight, which could be done by only great man as I am like a young bullock which requires training?" 73.16

"Otherwise by employing various tricks or by using the strength of my intellect, I might get sufficient power to draw the kingdom, but I would not fulfil your ambition as you are blinded by love towards your son." 73.17

"I do not feel like renouncing you who has determined to do sin, because Rāma used to give you the same attention that he used to give to his mother." 73.18

"Oh lady who only sees sin, Oh lady who has lost her virtue and Dharma, how did such a thought grow in your mind, which is insulting to our ancestors?" 73.19

"In our clan earlier only the eldest son would be crowned as the king and his brothers would concentrate their attention in helping him." 73.20

"Oh wretched one, I hope you are seeing the Dharma of a king or you do not know the permanence of the royal tradition." 73.21

"In the family of kings, the eldest son would always be crowned as the king and though it is a general rule for al kings in the clan of Ikshvāku this is more important." 73.22

"They who shine with the character of the clan, have Dharma as their sole protection and this pride of their tradition has been turned back, because you were taken in their clan." 73.23

"Even your family had a bevy of distinguished kings and how come this delusion of mind originated in you." 73.24

"Oh lady, who is determined in doing sin, I will not obey the wish of your mind, And you have made me greatly distressed and would bring the end of my life span." 73.25

"As for now itself I will cause you great displeasure by bringing back my brother who is loved by all from the forest." 73.26

"After bringing back Rāma who has a very stable inner mind and who shines with lustre, I shall become his slave." 73.27

That great person Bhārata after telling like this, which were unpleasant hurting words to her, became greatly affected by sorrow and roared like lion inside the cave. 73.28

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