King Dasharatha Decides to Install Rama as Regent
Then the sinless Shatrughna, who always conquered His enemies, wentto His maternal uncle's, being led by Bharata, who was full of affectionfor Him. There Shatrughna remained with His brother, being entertainedby His maternal uncle who owned many horses and who was full of affection for his nephew. Although They were entertained with everykind of pleasure while residing there, the two brothers remembered theirelderly father, the valiant King Dasharatha. The highly glorious king alsoremembered his two absent sons, Bharata and Shatrughna, who wereequal to Indra and Varuna. Moreover, he loved all four of his exceptionalsons as if they were four limbs sprung from his own body. Among Them,Rama was the joy of His father, possessing the most excellent qualities,as does Lord Brahma among the created living beings. Indeed, He wasthe eternal Lord Vishnu who had appeared in this world by the request of the demigods to slay the demon Ravana. Kausalya shone with her sonwhose splendor was unlimited, just like Aditi
with Indra, the best of thedemigods, who wields a thunderbolt in his hand.Indeed, He possessed physical beauty and valor and was free fromenviousness. As a son, there was no comparison to Him on the earth; Hewas equal to King Dasharatha in good qualities. He was always peacefuland spoke sweetly. Whenever reproached, He never returned a harshreply. One could satisfy Him anytime by doing any favor. He did notbegrudge even one hundred offenses because of His self-mastery. Evenwhen busy learning the use of weapons, He would converse with thepious souls who were advanced in character, knowledge and age. He wasintelligent, sweet-spoken, the first to speak, a pleasant speaker andvalorous, yet not deluded by His own greatness. He never spoke a lie,and was learned and respectful to His elders. He was loved by thecitizens, and He also loved the citizens. He was kind, had conqueredanger, and was respectful to the
. He was compassionate on
1 Aditi is the mother of Indra.