In the previous episode we witnessed that Sage Vasishtaachaarya tried to “smartly” convince Bharata to take up the kingdom of Ayodhya and start ruling it. However, Bharata was not to get carried away by Sage Vasishtaachaarya’s logic and bluntly refused to do so! However, he gave the assurance to Sage Vasishtaachaarya that only if Rama asks him to accept and discharge the duties of the kingdom, he would do so.
After this discussion, Bharata and Shathrugna proceed further to perform the last rites of their father, King Dasharata. They finish the duties and now Bharata convenes the courtroom again. He once again reiterates his decision that he is going to the forest in search of his brother Rama and requests them to join him in this pursuit. Accordingly, everybody in the courtroom give their consensus to join Bharata and Shathrugna in the pursuit. Sage Vasishtaachaarya too decides to come along and see what is going to happen. Thus accordingly, the entire group sets out of the palace. Bharata and Shathrugna, along with Sage Vasishtaachaarya were leading the way, as the ministers, rishis and the three mothers follow! Sumanthra again guides Bharata with the way and they now march towards the banks of river Ganges.
The entire group is now nearing Guha’s hamlet, wherein Rama, Lakshmana and Sita had rested for a night on their way to Chithrakoota. Upon seeing the flag of Ayodhya and a large group of people marching along, Guha got skeptical. Out of his immense love and devotion to Rama, Guha thought for a moment that now Bharata is coming with his army to kill Rama and Sita! Guha thinks to himself, “Oh! Already this Bharata had stolen the kingdom from Rama, now he’s coming to steal Rama’s life as well! How sad! Now I’ve to do something to stop Bharata from moving forward! I cannot let Rama’s life be at risk! I should act immediately!”
Thus with this thought in mind, Guha immediately calls upon all his people and explains them the situation. All of them were getting ready to wage a war against Bharata and his army and chase him back to Ayodhya, thus protecting Rama from danger! Guha himself was getting ready with his weapons and all other requirements to fight with Bharata himself!
There is an interesting point here to be discussed – Why is everyone mistaking Bharata’s devotion? You would have noted in the past couple of episodes that right from Bharata’s entry into Ayodhya, starting from the people of Ayodhya to Kaikeyi herself, to Sage Vasishtaachaarya and now to Guha and followers! Why is this happening to Bharata? So far we’ve discussed many a times that “Paarathanthriyam” is one step higher than “Seshathvam”. However, Lakshmana did not have to face all these allegations against his name and he was living happily alongside Rama. Given all this, why is Bharata undergoing all this pain and suffering as one of Bhagawan’s highest devotees?
For today, let Bharata and Co. approach Guha’s place and relax a little bit. We shall wait till the next episode for the answers! 🙂