Here is chapter- 3 from the book Ram Vijaya. Readers who have missed out any chapter can read them by clicking on the link provided below this chapter . Jai Sai Ram
"RAM VIJAYA" - CHAPTER 4
One day while Ravana was going by his viman,[flying vehicle] he observed on the road a beautiful woman, who was the wife of a god and sought to outrage her modesty. She complained to Bramhadev against the conduct of the demon, when the god cursed him and said that if he would outrage the modesty of any woman, he would be cut into one hundred pieces. For fear of the curse he let her go.
Then he began to devour the Brahmans and cows that came in his way. The earth trembled and went in the form of a cow to Bramhadev with all the gods and Rishis and applied to him for protection, when a voice said, " I will be born in the family of Dasharatha and called Rama ; and killing Ravana and all other demons, I will make all the gods and good people happy. For the purpose of helping me the Shesha *[1000 headed serpant ] on which I lie, will be my second brother, who will be named Lakshuman, the shankhaj [conch], which is in my hand, will be my third brother, who will be called Bharata and the sudarshan [ wheel, chakra] my weapon, will be my fourth brother, who will be named Shatrughana; and ye, all the gods, will be monkeys.- Siva will be Maruti; Bramhadev, Janbuvant; Dhanavantari, Sushen; Biahasapati, Angada ; the sun, Sugriva; Agni, Nala; and Yama, Rashabha. Listening to the voice of Vishnu all the gods and Rishis were glad and returned to their respective places.
At Ayodya Dasharatha married more wives, Sumitra and Kayakayi. He was an accomplished prince and very dexterous in the use of dhanushabans.[Bows and arrows]. One day he dreamt a dream in which he found that he had killed an innocent man and woman. Where upon he asked his guru*[ Vashista, a Rishi, to interprete the dream, when the latter said to him, " This dream indicates bad omens. I, therefore, advise you to kill a few stags and perform a penance, so that nothing bad may happen to you." Listening to the advice of the guru Dasharatha went to a forest for hunting stags ; and though he worked hard the whole day, he did not come across any stag.
At the sun-set he lay in wait at a lake anxious ly expecting a stag there. But, in the meantime, a man called Shravan came there with a kavada [A bamboo lath provided with slings at each end for the conveyance across the shoulder of pitcher,] across his shoulders in which his helpless old mother and father were seated by him. His parents, being thirsty, asked their son to fetch some water for them. Whereupon Shravan placed the kavada on the ground, and taking a goblet in his hand, went to the lake ; but whilst he was taking the water, the king took him for a stag and discharged an arrow at him, which passed through his heart. Dasharatha came where he was lying and became extremely sorry for the accident.
Then Shravan said to him, " I shall not now live. Please, therefore, take some water in this goblet and give it to my parents, as they are very thirsty ; and as soon as I hear that they have quenched their thirst, I shall instantly die. They are very old and cannot walk I carry them in a kavada across my shoulder. Oh, my good king, take care of these poor creatures. There is no one to look after them."
Dasharatha sighed and wept but the loss was irreparable. The king then took some water in the goblet and stood where the kavada was placed without speaking a word. The old woman and the man, who were blind, taking him for Shravan, said, "Child, why doest thou not speak ? Art thou angry with us, because we sent thee to the lake at this hour ? Child, thou art always obedient to us and what has irritated thee to day ?"
These words made Dasharatha shed tears, and at last he broke the sad news to the old parents of Shravan, when they cried violently and said, " Shravan, none can get a son like thee in this world. We feel much for thee and die with thee. Oh, we cannot bear this grief. You, the murderer of our child, we curse you and say that you will also die of grief for your son in the same way we do." So saying they instantly expired.
Dasharatha grieved much for Shravan and his old parents whom he had killed by his own hands, and performed their funeral eremonies. The king then returned to Ayodya and informed Vashista of what had happened.
To be continued....
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