Rāmāyana | Bala Kaṇḍa | Chapter 51

Sargam [Chapter]: 51
Viśvāmitra's Story

[Sathananda, the Guru of Janaka, who is the son of Ahalyā, enquires about his mother. Later, he starts telling the story of Viśvāmitra. After telling his lineage, he tells about how Viśvāmitra during a royal hunt visits the hermitage of Vasiṣṭha.]

Having heard the words of great Viśvāmitra, Sathanaanda the eldest son of sage Gautama, who possessed great splendour and had done great penances was thrilled on seeing Rāma and was greatly astonished. 51.1-51.2

Then, Sathanaanda, seeing the two princes, who were comfortably seated, addressed the great sage Viśvāmitra and said. 51.3

"Oh tiger among sages, did you show my famous mother, who was practicing great penance for a long time, to the princes." 51.4

"Did my famous mother, possessing great luster, offer homage to Rāma, who is worthy of being worshipped by all beings, with things available in forest?" 51.5

"Oh greatly lustrous one, was Rāma told about the injustice done by devas to my mother?" 51.6

"Oh Viśvāmitra, remain safe. Oh great sage, after seeing Rāma, did my mother get united with my father?" 51.7

"Oh Kuśika, was Rāma honoured by my father? Did the illustrious Rāma honour my father, who was a person with great lustre, when he arrived there? 51.8

"Oh son of Kuśika, did the pious Rāma, who visited the hermitage, salute my father with a peaceful mind?" 51.9

The great sage Viśvāmitra, after hearing these words, replied to Sathanaanda, who was master of his words and had a great vocabulary. 51.10

"Oh great ascetic, all that was needed to be done was done without omitting anything and Ahalya was united with Gautama like Reṇuka was united with her husband sage Jamadagni." 51.11

Hearing the words spoken by sage Viśvāmitra, that greatly lustrous Sathananda spoke to Rāma. 51.12

"Oh great man, Rāma, you have come here following the great sage Viśvāmitra because of your good fortune. I offer welcome to you." 51.13

"The great sage Viśvāmitra did penance of unimaginable extent of penance to become equivalent to a Brahma Rishi. He possesses unmatched brilliance and we know him by his great aim." 51.14

"Oh Rāma, there is no one in this world as lucky, as you are being protected by Viśvāmitra, who did great penance." 51.15

"I will now tell you the story in detail of that great sage Viśvāmitra along with his great power." 51.16

"Viśvāmitra is the soul of Dharma, destroyer of enemies, an expert in Dharma and an expert in knowledge. He ruled his subjects for a long time only interested in their welfare." 51.17

"There was a King named Kusa, who was the son of Lord Brahma. Kushanabha, who was strong and a follower of Dharma, was his son." 51.18

"The famous Gādhi was the son of Kushanabha and the great sage Viśvāmitra, who has exceedingly great luster, was his son." 51.19

"Viśvāmitra, with great lustre, ruled over this earth as a King for many thousands of years. "51.20

"The highly lustrous Viśvāmitra once assembled a great army and surrounded by an army of Akshouhini size went round the earth." 51.21

"He wandered round countries, cities, rivers, Mountains and hermitages one by one. He reached the hermitage of Vasiṣṭha, which was surrounded by trees and animals of various types. It shined as if it was being served by Siddhas, Chāraṇas, devas, asuras and Gandharvas. It was endowed with peace, crowded by Brahmins, had large number of Brahma Rishis who were served by Deva Ṛishis. Those sages who had attained perfection through penance, resembled fire, were magnanimous and some of them lived by taking only water, some others only by air, some others by consuming fallen leaves and others subsisting by eating fruits and roots. They were self restrained, had controlled their anger and had won over their sense organs. That hermitage was shining by the presence of Valakhilyas [sages born out of the thumb of Lord Brahma, and Vaikasanas [sages born out of nail of Brahma." 51.22- 51.27

"That very strong Viśvāmitra, who had conquered all his enemies, saw that hermitage of Vasiṣṭha, which was looking like a second Brahmaloka." 51.28

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