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"The Story of the Fortunate One"


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Chapter 7: The Descendants of King Mândhâtâ

(8) He was very morose  because he had no successor. On the advise of Nârada he took shelter of Varuna whom he asked: 'Oh lord, may there be a son from my loins?'

Chapter 8: The Sons of Sagara Meet Lord Kapiladeva

(12) It is not the viewpoint of the sages to say that the sons of the emperor burned to ashes on the spot because of the anger of the muni, for how could in the self of him [Him] who always resides in goodness and by whose grace the entire universe is purified, the mode of ignorance manifest itself so that anger could rise? How can earthly dust pollute the ether?

Chapter 9: The Dynasty of Ams'umân

(3) The goddess [mother Ganga] appeared to him and said: 'I am very pleased with you and will answer your prayers.' With that being said seeing his purpose served [that the Ganges would wash away the ashes, see 9.8: 28], the king bowed down.

(9) 'So be it', Lord S'iva said, who is always auspicious to all. Having been addressed by the king he then with great attention took upon him the burden of the Ganges water that is pure because of Vishnu's feet [see also 5.17].

Chapter 10: The Pastimes of Lord Râmacandra

(4-5) Obedient to His father He left the kingdom behind and wandered together with His beloved [Sîtâ] from forest to forest on His two lotus feet that were as tender as the palm of a hand. This He did in the company of Hanumân and Lakshmana who took away the pain of His path. He was separated from His sweetheart Sîtâ [by Râvana] because He had disfigured S'ûrpanakhâ [the sister of Râvana]. Over the ocean that was afraid of His eyebrows He raised in anger, a bridge was built [to Lankâ, the residence of Râvana], after which He, the king of Ayodhyâ, like a forest fire destroyed the envious ones. May the mercy be upon us of Him who in sage Vis'vâmitra's arena of sacrifice, in the presence of Lakshmana, killed the great chiefs of the Râkshasas who headed by Mârîca wandered in the dark.  

(19) All the Râkshasa soldiers with their hard to defeat swords, lances, bows, barbed missiles and spears, firebrands, javelins and scimitars [a curved sword], lined up in front of Him who was surrounded by Sugrîva, Lakshmana, Hanumân, Gandhamâda, Nîla, Angada, Riksha, Panasa and others.

(45-46) After properly being welcomed by His brother He was festively received in the city of Ayodhyâ. Upon entering the royal palace He paid mother Kaikeyî, His other stepmothers and His own mother [Kaus'alyâ] His respects. The spiritual teachers, friends of their age and the youngsters, were all of worship and their welcome was returned befittingly by Râma, the princess of the Videhas [Sîtâ] and Lakshmana.

Chapter 11: Lord Râmacandra Rules the World

(11) She being pregnant [when she left Râma], delivered there after some time a twin, two boys who from the sage who performed the birth rituals received the names Kus'a and Lava ['from the grass' and 'what is cut off'].

Chapter 12: The Dynasty of Kus'a,
the Son of Lord Râmacandra

(1) S'rî S'uka said: 'From Kus'a [the son of Lord Râma] there was Atithi, and from him there was Nishadha. Nishadha's son was Nabha, Pundarîka was fathered by him and Kshemadhanvâ became his son.

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