Rāmāyana | Ayodhyā Kaṇḍa | Chapter 75

75. Bhārata Meets Kauśalya

[Bhārata meets Kauśalya who was coming to meet him. Kauśalya tells him that he should be happy now because he would become the king. The glorious Bhārata curses the one who advised his mother to send Rāma to forest in many ways. Kauśalya understands his innocence.]

That valorous one got back his senses after a long time and seeing his mother who was miserable and with tear filled eyes, started finding fault with her in the midst of the ministers. 75.1

"I never desired this kingdom and nor did my mother consult me about it. I was not aware of the plan of a coronation, as I was far away from here along with my brother Śatrughna." 75.2-75.3

"I did not know about Rāma living in the forest after his being banished along with Lakṣmaṇa as well as Sītā." 75.4

"Having recognized the loud crying sound of the great Bhārata, Kauśalya told Sumitrā." 75.5

"Bhārata, the son of the cruel hearted Kaikeyi has come back and I would like to see Bhārata who can see far away in time." 75.6

Having said this to Sumitrā the pallid, tired looking Kauśalya who was sullied, trembling and almost lifeless proceeded to the place of Bhārata. 75.7

At that time, Bhārata younger brother of Rāma along with Śatrughna started going towards the palace of Kauśalya. 75.8

Then Bhārata and Śatrughna seeing the very sad Kauśalya who was sorrowing, who has gone down, who has lost her senses, who was weeping and who was a very dear lady overtaken by sorrow and worries approached her with sorrow and embraced her. 75.9

Exceeding sad Kauśalya seeing Bhārata told him, "the kingdom that you desired has become yours without any difficulty and this was speedily arranged by the cruel act of Kaikeyi." 75.10-75.11

"I do not understand what advantage that cruel Kaikeyi got by sending my son to the forest wearing a robe of bark." 75.12

"It would be but proper for Kaikeyi to send me speedily also to that place where my son with a stomach of gold and very great fame lives." 75.13

"Or otherwise of my own accord accompanied by Sumitrā to safeguard me, I would go to the place where Rāma lives along with the sacred fire of the home." 75.14

"It would be more desirable for you to take me to that place where my son, who is the tiger among men is performing penance." 75.15

"This huge country which is blessed with wealth and grains and abounding in horses, elephants, and chariots has been given to you by her." 75.16

That spotless Bhārata was pierced by many such very cruel words of reproach and that Bhārata was intensely pained. 75.17

Hearing those maddening words, he fell at her feet, crying and losing his senses and on regaining his senses, he stood up motionless. 75.18

Bhārata saluted her who was wailing like this due to very great sorrow, with great reverence and told her. 75.19

"Oh lady, why are you finding fault with me who is bereft of any guilt. Do you not know the very great affection that I have towards Rāma." 75.20

"That one who advised that my brother who is virtuous and ever wedded to truth, should be sent to the forest does not know the shastras." 75.21

"Let that sinful person who advised that my brother should be sent to forest, be made to work under a sinner and get the sin of urinating facing the sun and kicking a cow that is lying down." 75.22

"Let that man who advised that my brother should be sent to forest acquire the sin of a person who made another one work hard without rest and without remuneration." 75.23

"Let that man who advised that my brother should be sent to the forest, get the sin of that person who does not fight courageously in a battle field, with ample army, elephants, horses and chariots." 75.24

"Let that man who advised that my brother should be sent to the forest, get the sin like the king who after collecting one sixth of their income from people does not care to protect them." 75.25

"Let that man, who advised that my brother should be sent to the forest, get the sin like the king who after promising monetary fee to conduct a Yagna to the ascetics, later denies it." 75.26

"Let that man who advised that my brother should be sent to the forest, get the sin like the person who goes to the battle in which abundant elephants, horses and chariots are provided as also a great collection of weapons are provided does not discharge his Dharma by fighting well." 75.27

"Let that man who advised that my brother should be sent to the forest, get the sin like the evil hearted one who destroys the subtle meaning of scriptures taught by a learned Guru." 75.28

"Let that man who advised that my brother should be sent to the forest be like me be unfortunate in not being to see the long armed broad shouldered resembling the moon and sun in lustre sitting on the throne." 75.29

"Let that man who advised that my brother should be sent to the forest, get the sin who eats sweet milk rice, sesame rice and goats flesh without offering it first to Gods and disrespects his teachers." 75.30

"Let that man who advised that my brother should be sent to the forest, get the sin like the person who kicks the cows with his feet, abuses the elders and causes offence to his friends." 75.31

"Let that man who advised that my brother should be sent to the forest, get the sin like the wicked person who passed on the secret told to him with trust to others." 75.32

"Let that man who advised that my brother should be sent to the forest, be hated by the world, like the one who never helps, who is ungrateful and is a shameless one who takes his own life." 75.33

"Let that man who advised that my brother should be sent to the forest, get the sin of the person who though surrounded by wife, children and servants, eats all alone without giving it to them." 75.34

"Let that man who advised that my brother should be sent to the forest, die without getting a worthy wife, without getting offspring and without performing religious deeds." 75.35

"Let that man who advised that my brother should be sent to the forest, lead a life full of misery without begetting wife and children and does not live full span of life." 75.36

"Let that man who advised that my brother should be sent to the forest, get the sin as told in scriptures for murdering the king, children, old people and deserting all his servants and dependants." 75.37

"Let that man who advised that my brother should be sent to the forest, get the sin got by a person who looks after his dependants by trading in lac, wine, meat, metal and in poison." 75.38

"Let that man who advised that my brother should be sent to the forest, get the sin, like a warrior, who runs away when war is in full swing fearing for his life." 75.39

"Let that man who advised that my brother should be sent to the forest, wander like a man wearing rags and begs alms with a human skull in his hand and wander on this earth." 75.40

"Let that man who advised that my brother should be sent to the forest, be always addicted to wine, women and gambling and be full of anger and passion." 75.41

"Let not the mind of that man who advised that my brother should be sent to the forest, be not attached to Dharma and practice charity to the unworthy." 75.42

"Let the accumulated wealth of that man who advised that my brother should be sent to the forest, be snatched away in thousand ways." 75.43

"Let that man who advised that my brother should be sent to the forest, get the sin fixed for sleeping at dawn or dusk." 75.44

"Let that man who advised that my brother should be sent to the forest, get the sin of one who betrays a friend and violates the sanctity of the bed of Guru." 75.45

"Let that man who advised that my brother should be sent to the forest, get the sin of a person who does not service to manes and his father and mother." 75.46

"Let that man who advised that my brother should be sent to the forest, should be removed from the men following Dharma, from their fame and the deeds practiced by them." 75.47

"Let that man who advised that my brother who is long armed and broad chested should be expelled, has committed the sin of leaving out looking after his mother for no reason at all." 75.48

"Let that man who advised that my brother should be sent to the forest and who has many sons become very poor, suffer from fever and disease and be always miserable." 75.49

"Let that man who advised that my brother should be sent to the forest, get the sin of destroying the hopes of pitiable beggars looking up to get some alms from them." 75.50

"Let that man who advised that my brother should be sent to the forest, get the sin of that person who is abusive, miserly, impure, go against dharma and always afraid of the king due to practicing deceit to entertain their life." 75.51

"Let that man who advised that my brother should be sent to the forest, get the sin of that wicked person who neglects his virtuous and chaste wife who has observed the menstrual period so that she is ready for conception and has taken the ritual bath after her periods." 75.52

"Let that man, who advised that my brother should be sent to the forest, get the sin like the one who neglects dharma and leaves the properly wedded wife and makes love to another man's wife." 75.53

"Let that man, who advised that my brother should be sent to the forest, get the sin of that Brahmin who lacks children." 75.54

"Let that man who advised that my brother should be sent to the forest, get the sin of the person who pollutes drinking water source and administering poison to others." 75.55

"Let that man who advised that my brother should be sent to the forest, get the sin of a person with disturbed mind who disturbs the worship being done a Brahmin and milks the cow having a young calf." 75.56

"Let that man who advised that my brother should be sent to the forest, get the sin of the person who has stock of water but does not give it to one who is thirsty." 75.57

"Let that man who advised that my brother should be sent to the forest, get the sin of a person who while judging religious disputes takes a biased view from only one side." 75.58

That son of the king trying to console Kauśalya who has lost the company of her husband and son, became very sad and fell down at her feet. 75.59

Kauśalya told these words to Bhārata who was suffering to swearing on various oaths and who was lying down due to the very great grief. 75.60

"Oh son, seeing your increased sorrow due to various oaths, my suffering increases and I felt as if you are choking my breath." 75.61

"Oh my dear child, your mind has not moved away from Dharma. Being truthful, along with Lakṣmaṇa you will attain the world of virtuous people." 75.62

After saying this, Kauśalya drew that lover of his brother, made him sit on her lap and embraced that mighty one and cried. 75.63

That great Bhārata who was lamenting due to great sorrow, became besieged by great grief and swooned and became unsteady. 75.64

Greatly lamenting he lost his conscience and having lost his power of thought, he fell down on the ground. He passed that entire night taking deep, warm and tortuous breath. 75.65

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