Rāmāyana | Bala Kaṇḍa | Chapter 56

Sargam [Chapter]: 56
Viśvāmitra's Defeat by Vasiṣṭha

[Viśvāmitra wages a great war and uses all great weapons known to him. The staff of Vasiṣṭha makes all of them useless and Viśvāmitra is defeated.]

"When addressed like this by Vasiṣṭha, the strong Viśvāmitra, after lifting the Agneya Asthra [arrow of fire], said "stay, stay." 56.1

"The God like Vasiṣṭha took the staff of Brahma, which looked like the staff of death, lifted it in great anger and told." 56.2

"Oh friend of Kshatriyas, I am standing here. Show me your strength. Oh son of Gādhi, if you are proud of the strength of your weapons, now itself I will destroy it." 56.3

"Oh shame of Kshatriyas, where does the power of Kshatriya stand before the power of a Brahmin? Now please see my divine strength as a Brahmin." 56.4

"That fierce arrow of fire, discharged by son of Gādhi, was put out, like fire put out by water by Vasiṣṭha's staff of Brahma." 56.5

"That son of Gādhi, then sent arrows called Varuṇa [rain], Rudra [anger], Indra, Pāśupata [Lord Shiva] and Aishika." 56.6

"Oh son of Raghu clan, then Viśvāmitra employed arrows called Mohana [bewitcher], Gandharva, Swapana [inducer of sleep], Jrumbana [shaker], Madana [love god], Santhapana [which causes burn], Vilapana [which causes wailing], Sishana [which tires you out], Dhāraṇa [which splits], Sudurjayam [difficult to defeat], Vajra Asthra [Diamond Arrow], Brahma Asthra [Arrow of Brahma], Kala Pasa [Rope of Death], Varuṇa Pāśa [Rope of Rain God], Painaka Arrow, Dayitha Arrow, Suskadra [Dry and Wet], Twin of Thunderbolt, Daṇḍa Astra [which punishes], Piśācha [Devil], Krauncha Asthra, Dharma Chakra, [Wheel of Justice], Kala Chakra [Wheel of Death], Vishnu Chakra [Wheel of Vishnu], Vayavya [Weapon of Wind], Mathana [Churning Weapon], Haya Sira [Horse's Head], Kankala [Skeleton], Musala [Pestle], Twin Śaktis, Weapon of Vidyādharas and Mahasthra [Great Arrow] against the great sage. All those became greatly awful." 56.7-56.12

"Vasiṣṭha, the son of Brahma, swallowed all these weapons by his staff. When all those weapons were made peaceful, the son of Gādhi sent the Brahmāstra." 56.13

"Seeing that Astra [arrow] was employed, devas lead by fire God, divine sages, great serpents and Gandharvas were greatly agitated and all the three worlds were distressed." 56.14-56.15

"Oh Rāma, Vasiṣṭha, son of Brahma, possessing his power, using the Brahma staff, made even that Brahmāstra peaceful." 56.16

"While taming that Brahmāstra, the form of the great Vasiṣṭha was fierce and terrible causing all the three worlds to faint. " 56.17

"From every pore of hair on the body of that great Vasiṣṭha, flames of fire and smoke arose; looked as if rays of light were coming out from every point of his body." 56.18

"The shining staff of Brahma, which was in the hand of Vasiṣṭha, shined like another smokeless staff of God of death." 56.19

"Then all the hordes of sages praised Vasiṣṭha, the best among sages, as "Oh Brahmin, your energy is great. Hold that energy by your own energy." 56.20

"Oh Brahmin, you have controlled Viśvāmitra by your great penance. Oh Great sage, calm down so that all the three worlds gets out of their distress." 56.21

"Thus spoken, that great ascetic, with immense splendour, became peaceful. The humiliated Viśvāmitra took a deep breath and spoke these words." 56.22

"The power of Kshatriyas is useless. The shining power of Brāhmaṇas is the real power. The staff of Brahma has destroyed all my weapons." 56.23

"Because of this incident which I have seen and with a clear mind as well as sense organs, I shall do more penance".

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