Thereafter, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Ramachandra, accepted an acharya
and performed sacrifices [yajnas] with the best of paraphernalia. Thus He Himself worshiped Himself, for He is
the Supreme Lord of all demigods.
entire East to the hota priest, the entire South to the brahma
priest, the West to the adhvaryu priest and the North to the udgata
priest, the reciter of the Sama Veda. In
this way, He donated his entire kingdom.
material desires they should possess the entire world, Lord Ramachandra
delivered the land between the east, west, north and south to the acharaya.
everything in charity to the brahmanas, Lord Ramachandra retained only His
personal garments and ornaments, and similarly the Queen, mother Sita, was left
with only those things which mark a sumangali (a woman with her husband
alive) like the nose ring etc, and nothing else.
were engaged in the various activities of the sacrifice were very pleased with
Lord Ramachandra, who was greatly affectionate and favourable to the
brahmanas. Thus with melted hearts they
returned all the property received from Him and spoke as follows:
of the entire universe. What have You
not give to us? You have entered the
core of our hearts and dissipated the darkness of our ignorance by Your
effulgence. This is the supreme
gift. We do not need a material
Supreme Personality of Godhead, who have accepted the brahmanas as Your
worshipable deity. Your knowledge and
memory are never disturbed by anxiety.
You are the chief of all famous persons within this world, and Your
lotus feet are worshiped by sages who are beyond the jurisdiction of punishment.
O Lord Ramachandra, let us offer our respectful obeisances unto You
continued: Once while Lord Ramachandra was walking in the night incognito,
hiding himself by a disguise to find out the people’s opinion of Himself, He
heard a man casting aspersions on His wife, Sitadevi.
wife, the man said] You go to another man’s house and stay there. You are therefore unchaste and polluted. I shall not maintain you any more. A person overly- attached to woman like Lord
Rama may accept a wife like Sita, who went and stayed in another man’s house,
but I am not like Him and therefore I
shall not accept you again.
Men with a poor fund of knowledge and a heinous character speak
nonsensically. Fearing such rascals,
Lord Ramachandra abandoned His wife, Sitadevi (although she was pregnant). Then
Sitadevi sought and was given shelter in the hermitage of Valmiki Muni.
pregnant mother Sitadevi gave birth to twin sons, later celebrated as Lava and
Kusa. The ritualistic ceremonies for
their birth were performed by Valmiki Muni.
Lord Lakshmana had two sons, named Angada and Chitraketu, and Lord Bharata had
two sons, named Taksha and Pushkala.
named Subahu and Srutasena. When Lord Bharata went to conquer all directions,
He had to kill many millions of Gandharvas, who were generally pretenders. Taking all their wealth, He offered it to Lord
Ramachadra. Satrughna also killed a Rakshasa named Lavana, who was the son of
Madhu Rakshasa. Thus he established in
the great forest known as Madhuvana the town known as Mathura.
husband, Sitadevi entrusted her two sons to the care of Valmiki Muni. Then, meditating upon the lotus feet of Lord
Ramachandra, she entered into the earth (from where she had emerged as a
mother Sita’s entering the earth, the Supreme Personality of Godhead was certainly
aggrieved. Although He is the Supreme
Personality of Godhead, upon remembering the exalted qualities of mother Sita,
He could not check his grief in transcendental love.
man and woman, or male and female, always exists everywhere, and is the cause
of fear and grief. Such feelings are
present even among the controllers like Brahma and Lord Siva and is the cause
of fear or grief for them.
the earth, Lord Ramachandra observed complete celibacy and performed an
uninterrupted Agnihotra-yajna for thirteen thousand years.
sacrifice, Lord Ramachandra, whose lotus feet were sometimes pierced by thorns
when He lived in Dandakaranya, placed those lotus feet in the hearts of those
who always think of Him. Then He entered
His own abode, the Vaikuntha planet beyond the Brahmajyoti
कपयः सहायाः ॥२०॥
reputation for having killed Ravana with showers of arrows at the request of
the demigods and for having built a bridge over the ocean does not constitute
the factual glory of the Supreme Personality Godhead Lord Ramachandra whose
spiritual body is always engaged in various pastimes. Lord Ramachandra has no equal or superior,
and therefore He had no need to take help from the monkeys to kill his enemies.
spotless name and fame, which vanquish all sinful reactions, are celebrated in
all directions, like the ornamental cloth of the victorious elephant that
conquers all directions. Great saintly persons like Markandeya Rishi still
glorify His characteristics in the assemblies of great emperors like Maharaja
Yudhishthira. Similarly, all the saintly kings and all the demigods, including
Lord Siva and Lord Brahma, worship Him by bowing down with their helmets. Let me offer my obeisances unto His lotus feet.
to His abode, to which bhakti-yogis are promoted. This is the place to which all the
inhabitants of Ayodhya went after they served the Lord in His manifest pastimes
by offering him obeisances, touching His lotus feet, fully observing Him as a fatherlike
King, sitting or lying down with him like equals, or even just accompanying
who aurally receives the narrations concerning the characteristis of Lord
Ramachandra’s pastimes will ultimately be freed from the disease of envy and
thus be liberated from the bondage of fruitive activities.