In the previous episode we witnessed the next important incident in king Dasharata’s courtroom after he refused to send his son Rama along with Sage Vishwaamithra to his ashram. Upon hearing king Dasharata’s negative reply, Sage Vishwaamithra feels insulted and let down by the king and gets up from his chair, fumes in anger and starts to leave the courtroom! This reaction from Sage Vishwaamithra leaves everyone in the courtroom stunned – Including King Dasharata himself! He is perplexed and sinks to a helpless state! In today’s episode we shall witness what happened next!
At the moment when Sage Vishwaamithra starts to leave the courtroom, Sage Vasishtaacharya who is the “Kula-Guru” of the entire Ikshvaaku Dynasty, intervenes and sends an eye-signal to king Dasharata. So far, Sage Vasishtaachaarya was supervising what was going on in the courtroom and at the crucial point when he sees that Sage Vishwaamithra starts to leave the courtroom in great fury, he sees danger and sends the signal to king Dasharata. Sage Vasishtaachaarya conveys to king Dasharata that “Oh Dasharata! You are committing a blunder here! You’ve promised to offer whatever Sage Vishwaamithra had asked for and now you are not keeping up the promise that you have made!”
“Na raama gamane raajan samsayam gandhumarhasi!
Teshaam nighrahane sapthaha svayamcha kuchithaathmanaha!!”
Sage Vasishtaachaarya continues in his advice to king Dasharata.. “Oh Dasharata! You not keeping up your promise to a Brahma Rishi accumulates to your sins in life. I’m not even talking about that as of now. But there is a more significant meaning as to why Sage Vishwaamithra is calling Rama with him! You’re failing to realize it!” He continues to say,
“Tava puthra hithaarthaaya tvaamupedhya abheeyaachathe!
Krithasvastvayanam maathra pithraa dasharathena cha!!”
Sage Vasishtaachaarya continues to say, “Oh Dasharata! Please realize that Sage Vishwaamithra is doing this for the good of your son (Tava puthra hithaarthaaya)! You are succumbing to your ‘Puthra-Vaatsalya’ without seeing the long-term benefit of your son’s life!”
The moment king Dasharata hears these words from Sage Vasishtaachaarya, he looks in surprise and makes up his mind by mustering up some courage. He thinks to himself “If Sage Vasishtaachaarya himself is advising me to send Rama along, then there should be some greater meaning to it and I should not refuse beyond this point!”
“Purothasaa vasishtena mangalairabhi mantritham!
Sa puthran vibhaagraaya raajaa dasharastathaa!!”
King Dasharata thus thinks for a moment and immediately changes his stance. Here we can see the great extent of the “Guru-Bhakthi” that king Dasharata exhibits. Upon changing his mind he immediately offers his son Rama to Sage Vishwaamithra. Here, Valmiki Maharishi has beautifully brought out the “Guru-Bhakthi” and “Pithru-Bhakthi” in just one line!
“Dadau kuchitha puthraaya supreethena antharaathmanaa!!”
The above line starts with the word “Dadau” – It means, “To give”. Normally in Sanskrit, we use this word “Dadau” only if we give a non-living object. To make it much clearer, I shall explain in simple English terms. For instance, if we send our child to someone’s house, what do we say? We say, “I’ve sent my son to his/her house.” Whereas if we offer a vegetable to someone, we do not say that “I’ve sent a vegetable to him/her.” Isn’t it? We normally say “I’ve offered or given a vegetable to him/her.” Hence we can see here that the verb of “Give” is used differently for living beings and non-living beings. Here in this context, Valmiki Maharishi uses the word “Dadau”, which is normally the form of the verb used to indicate non-living objects. Why does he do that? There is an inner significance to this usage: It is that, Rama was such an obedient son to king Dasharata and he was ready to do whatever his father wanted him to! This shows the significance of “Pithru-Bhakthi”. We should also recollect at this point that the very purpose of Lord Rama’s incarnation was to set an example to the world that a son should be obedient to his father in whatever situation it may be!
Thus, from the above explanation we see that King Dasharata is convinced with the intervention of Sage Vasishtaachaarya and decides to send his son Rama along with Sage Vishwaamithra to fight the “Raakshasaas”. But to Sage Vishwaamithra’s surprise, King Dasharata also called his another son Lakshmana and asked him to accompany Rama. Now the two children get ready to start their journey with Sage Vishwaamithra.
What happens next? Where did Sage Vishwaamithra take Rama and Lakshmana? Let us wait till the next episode to find out!