YOGA VASISHTHA MAHARAMAYANA
18. The birds in the cages began to quake and shake their wings with fear; and the leaves
and branches of the lofty palm
trees, shook in the gardens, as by a tremendous earthquake.
The babes sleeping on the breasts of their nurses, trembled
with fear at the loud uproar;
and they cried as the smoking clouds of the rainy season, resounding between the two
rags resembling the breasts.
20. This noise made the helmets of the chieftains shed the dust of their decorating flowersall about the hall; as the moving waves of the lake, sprinkle the drops of water upon the
21. Thus the palace of Dasharatha being full of
at the close of the day,regained its quiet at the gradual fall of the fanfare of sounding conch shells, and the
beatings at the advance of night.
put a stop to his present discourse, and addressed Ráma then sitting in themidst of the assembly, in a sweet
voice and graceful language.
23. Vasishtha said:
O Rághava! I have already s
before you the long net of myverbiology; do you entrap your flying mind in the same way, and bring it to your
under your subjection.
24. Take the
of my discourse in such manner, as to leave out what is
and lay hold on its substance; as
the swan separates and sucks the milk whichis mixed with water.
upon it repeatedly, and consider it well in
mind, and go on in this way to
conduct yourself in life.
26. By going on in this manner, you are sure to evade all dangers; or else you must fall
long like the heavy elephant,
in some pitfall of the Vindhya mountain.27. If you do not receive my words with attention, and act accordingly, you are sure to fallinto the pit like a blind man left to go alone in the dark; and to be blown away like alighted lamp, exposed in the open air.28.
In order to derive the benefit of my lectures, you must
continue in the discharge of your
usual duties with indifference, and knowing
to be the right dictum of th
be you regardless of everything besides.
29. Now I bid you, O mighty monarch, and you princes and chiefs, and all you present in
this place, to get up and attend to
the evening services of your daily ritual.
30. Let all attend to this much at present, as the day is drawing to its close; and we shall
consider the rest, on our
meeting in the next morning.
31. Válmíki related:
had said so far, the assembly broke, off; and the
assembled chiefs and princes rose
up, with their faces
blooming as the full blown lotuses atthe
end of the day.
32. The chiefs having paid their obeisance to the monarch, and made their salutation to
Ráma, they did their reverence to
, and departed to their respective abodes.33. Vasishtha rose up from his seat with the royal
Viswámitra, and they were saluted
on their departure by the
aerial spirits, who had attended the audience all along.34. The
sages were followed closely
by the king and chieftains
a long way, and they partedafter
to their ran
k and dignity on the way.
35. The celestials took their leave
to their heavenward journey; andthe munis repaired to their hermitages in the woods, when some of the saints turned aboutthe palace, like be
es flying in about the lotus bush.
36. The king having offered
of fresh flowers at the feet of Vasishtha entered the
royal seraglio with his royal consorts.
37. But Ráma and his brother princes
to his hermitage; and
ing prostrated themselves at
his feet, they returned to their princely house
38. The hearers of
having arrived at their houses made their ablutions; thenworshipped the
and offered their offerings to the manes of their ancestors. They then
their guests and gave alms to beggars.
39. Then they took their meals with their Brahman guests, and members of the family; and
and servants were fed one after the other, according to the rules and
of their order and caste
.40. After the sun had set down, with the daily duties of men, there rose the bright moon on
high, with impositions of
duties on mankind.