In the last couple of episodes we were witnessing the lengthy argument that Sita had with Rama in order to convince him to go the forest along with him. On one hand, Rama was deeply moved by the unconditional love and affection bestowed by Sita on him, but on the other hand he felt concerned about the safety of his beloved wife. Hence initially he denied Sita’s request. However, Sita won over him by convincing him through her compassionate words of love and finally Rama relented and let her accompany him to the forest. Such is the nature of “Pathi-Vratha” Sita!
Thus Sita finally succeeded in convincing her husband and both of them get ready to leave for the exile. While coming out of their chamber, Lakshmana, Rama’s younger brother was ready to accompany both of them to the forest!! Rama was surprised to see Lakshmana in the attire of a “Tapasvi” (Saint) and was all ready to start! Even before Rama opened his mouth, Lakshmana asks Rama, “Shall we start?” 🙂
Rama was stumped over again for the second time – First time was by Sita and now by Lakhsmana! Rama asks back, “Oh Lakshmana! What do you mean by ‘shall we start’? Myself and Sita are the ones going to the forest. We never intend to take you along with us! What are you blabbering Lakshmana?” Lakshmana laughs for a moment and replies back, “No!! I’ve decided to accompany you to the forest!” 🙂
Lakshmana continues, “Oh Rama! I’ve been listening to your ‘lecture’ at both places – To Kaushalya and Sita. At both the places you’ve mentioned that you’re taking me with you!” 🙂 Rama was shocked and thought to himself “When did I talk about Lakshmana to both Kaushalya and Sita?” and replies to him back, “Oh Lakshmana! I’ve never even mentioned your name nor spoken about you to both of them! From where did you find out?”
Now Lakshmana says, “Oh Rama! You were talking with Kaushalya isn’t it? What did you say to her? “Kurusvasthyayanaa vipaha!”, which means, “Please bless us”! You used the term “Us” to her!”
Many readers might be aware of the “Asmat” Shabdha” in Sanskrit – “Aham Aavaam vayam! Maam maa aavaam mau asmaakam…” It continues this way. Normally a “Shabdha” in Sanskrit denotes the basic parts of speech for nouns, pronouns, adjectives, etc. Just like we have pronouns in English with first person, second person and third person, in Sanskrit we have “Eka Vachanam” (the first person), “Dhuvi Vachanam” (Second person) and “Bahu Vachanam” (Third person). Normally when the “Bahu Vachanam” is employed as the figure of speech, there should be more than two people involved in the context.
Thus while Rama said to Kaushalya, “Please bless us”, he accidentally employed the “Bahu Vachana Prayoga!” Lakshmana spotted this cleanly with his shrewd ears! 🙂 He thus cornered Rama by asking, “Oh Rama!! According to your usage of the pronoun, there should be minimum three people in the context. You were the first, Sita was the second, and who’s the third? It should be me right?” 🙂
Rama was speechless for a moment with laughter and amazement! Rama now tries to justify his usage of the pronoun and replies back to Lakshmana, “No no! Lakshmana! What I meant by using that pronoun was to refer to myself only! Not to anybody else!” However, Rama realized within himself that he was made to look like a fool! 🙂 He wasn’t able to give a proper justification to Lakshmana’s question!
Upon hearing Rama’s reply, Lakshmana cornered him again! He says, “Alright! Leave this! Now answer this from me… You were talking with Sita isn’t it? There too, you had mentioned that you’re taking me along with you! What did you say?
“Bhraathru puthra samoochaabhi praanaihi priyatharau mama!”
“Oh Rama! You said this isn’t it? What does this mean? You said, ‘Bharata would come back to Ayodhya! Oh Sita! Treat him as your own brother! Shathrugna would come back to Ayodhya! Treat him as your own son! Treat Kaushalya as your own mother! Treat Dasharata as your own father!’ Oh Rama!! You mentioned everybody’s name to Sita to be taken care of! However, you never mentioned this Lakshmana’s name anywhere in that! This means that you are going to take care of me directly, isn’t it? This means that this Lakshmana would get an opportunity to be of service to his dear brother Rama for the next fourteen years, isn’t it?”
Lakshmana was almost in tears while saying this to Rama! Rama was so moved by the unconditional love and surrender exhibited by Lakshmana! He couldn’t argue further and just said, “Come! Let’s go!” 🙂
Thus, Rama, along with his wife Sita and brother Lakshmana prepare themselves to start their exile. What happened next? From now we’re going to enter a series of more interesting events and “Dharmas” that are to be elaborated in detail! Let’s wait till the next episode to continue! Stay tuned! 🙂