Rāmāyana | Bala Kaṇḍa | Chapter 22

Sargam [Chapter]: 22
Viśvāmitra's Teaching to Rāma and Lakṣmaṇa

[Rāma and Lakṣmaṇa accompany sage Viśvāmitra. He teaches them two great mantras called Bala and Athibala which will keep off hunger, thirst, sleep and tiresomeness from them.]

Having listened to the words of Vaṣiṣṭha, King Daśaratha, with a satisfied face, sent word to Rāma and Lakṣmaṇa. 22.1

After being blessed by their mother and father, after being blessed by chanting of Vedic Mantras by their Guru Vaṣiṣṭha, King Daśaratha hugged his sons, smelled their head and with a well pleased heart entrusted them to the son of Kuśika. 22.2-22.3

The wing gave a pleasant touch and the clouds poured water seeing the lotus eyed ones accompanying sage Viśvāmitra. 22.4

The drums of devas made sound; there was a rain of flowers. Those great ones left to the sound of conches and drums. 22.5

Viśvāmitra went in the front and was followed by the greatly famous Rāma wearing black hair locks; Lakṣmaṇa went last. 22.6

With quivers and bow in hand, making all the ten directions shine, they resembled three serpents with Viśvāmitra. It also looked like Lord Brahma being followed by Aśvinī Kumāras. 22.7

Those youngsters decorated well, carried the bow, had covered their fingers with leather caps, were carrying a shining sword and they were having pretty bodies and those brothers Rāma and Lakṣmaṇa, who were following, shined like fire and Lord Shiva; appeared like the sons of the sage. 22.8-22.9

After walking to a distance of one and half yojanas, by the southern bank of River Sarayu, Sage Viśvāmitra in a sweet voice called "Hey Rāma". 22.10

"Hold the water, Oh boy, then learn and master the two Mantras called Bala and Athibala without any further lapse of time. 22.11

"From the time of receiving it, there would not be tiredness, no fever, no problem to the looks, no sleep and no attack by Rākṣasas." 22.12

"As of now, no one can equal the strength of your arms in this earth and once you learn it, there will not be any one equal to you in the three worlds." 22.13

"So my dear Rāma, if you learn Bala and Athibala, no one would be able to equal you in fortune and looks; no one will be there of your strength, knowledge, mental calibre, in replying and rebutting." 22.14-22.15

"On getting the knowledge of this two, there will not be any one like you; for Bala and Athibala are the mother of all knowledge." 22.16

Oh Great among men, there would not be problems due to thirst and hunger, when you recite Bala and Athibala." 22.17

"Oh Son of Raghu clan, please take these Mantras which have been hidden from the world; for these two, if practised on earth, would give you limitless fame as they are the two sparkling daughters of Lord Brahma. I am giving them to you as you resemble the Kākutstha. 22.18

Viśvāmitra said, "Though without any doubt, you are blessed with many good qualities in abundance, nurtured by penance, these would give results in several forms." 22.19

Then Rāma touched the water and with face blessed with joy learnt that knowledge from the sage, who had a contemplative soul. 22.20

Blessed by that knowledge, Rāma, the greatly valorous one, who resembled the Sun God with thousand rays, performed all duties due to the teacher, to the son of Kuśika; those three stayed that night with happiness on the banks of Sarayu. 22.21-22.22

Those note-worthy sons of Daśaratha slept on the unsuitable bed of grass that night, but it became pleasant with the simple words that poured forth from the son of Kuśika. 22.23

This is the end of Twenty Second Sarga of Bala Kanda which occurs in Holy Rāmāyaṇa composed by Vālmīki as the First Epic.