The Ramayana

by Manmatha Nath Dutt | 1891 | ISBN-13: 9788171101566

This page describes Chapter VII of the English translation of the Ramayana, one of the largest Sanskrit epics of ancient India revolving around the characters Rama, Sita and Ravana. It was orignally authored by Valmiki at least over 2500 years ago. This is the of the Bāla-kāṇḍa (Bala-kanda) of the Ramayana, which consists of 24,000 Sanskrit metrical verses divided oer seven books.

That high-souled one of Ikṣvāku’s line had competent counsellors, capable of administering business, of diving into the motives of others, and ever intent upon the good of the monarch. And that heroic king had eight famous counsellors, pure and devoted to the royal service.

They were, Dhṛṣṭi, Jayanta, and Vijaya, and Surāṣṭra, and Rāṣṭravardhana, and Akopa and Dharmapāla, and Sumantra the eight, conversant with profit.

And he had two family priests beloved to him; viz. those foremost of saints. Vasiṣṭha and Vāmadeva.

And he had other counsellors besides, viz; Suyajña, and Jāvālī, and Kāśyapa, and Gautama, and the long-lived Markaṇḍeya, and the regenerate Kātyāyana.

Fver associated in counsel with these Brahmarṣis, his priests and counsellors serving the dynasty from father to son, were learned yet modest, and bashful, and conversant with policy, and of subdued-sense, and auspicious, and high-souled, and accomplished in the art of arms, and of high renown, and cautious, and acting according to their word, and possessing energy, forgiveness and fame and ever precluding their speech with a smile, and never committing themselves to a lie either from anger or interest or desire.

And they were not unknown to what was done or sought to be done in the midst of their own or a hostile party. And they were adept in intercourse with people, and well-tried in friendship by the monarch.

And they were ever busy in replenishing the exchequer and in levying troops. And they did not cherish ill will even towards enemies, when innocent.

And they were heroic, and ever high-spirited, following policy, and protecting those citizens that were pure.

And not bearing ill will towards Brāhmaṇas and Kṣatriyas, and filling the treasury, by inflicting punishments according to the offences of the persons guilty.

And during the time when those pure ones of one mind presided over the justice of the kingdom, there was neither in the city nor the provinces any that was a liar, or wicked, or going after others’ wives. And peace reigned all around the city and the provinces.

And the ministers wore excellent raiment, aṇd ornaments, and were engaged in observing pure vows, and ever kept their eye of policy open in the interest of the monarch.

And the king considered them as crowned with virtues; and they were famed on account of their prowess, concluding unerringly in consequence of their intelligence of other countries. And in all climes and times they could manifest their noble qualities.

They inculcated noble qualities in all aspects and were not devoid of virtues. And they were cognizant of war and peace, and possessed of goodness, passion and ignorance.

And they could keep their counsel and judge of things finely, and were well-versed in the art of policy, and ever fair-spoken.

Surrounded by such counsellors endowed with various qualities, the faultless king Daśaratha ruled the earth.

And gathering intelligence by means of spies, and righteously protecting the subjects, and preserving the people, and not sacrificing his duties.

Famed over the three worlds, and munificent, and firm in promise in battle, the tiger among men ruled over this earth.

Nor did he ever meet with a foe that was either his equal or superior. And possessed of friends, and having obedient commanders, and extricating his thorns by his might, that king ruled the earth, even as the lord of celestials rules heaven.

And surrounded by those counsellors studious of his welfare, and bearing affection towards him, and clever, and competent, that king, by virtue of his prowess in subduing others, resembled the sun surrounded by his rays.

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