BOOK 7: UTTARA KANDA
As Rama and Lakshmana were (daily) engaged in conversing thus, the vernal night, neither hot nor cold, came on. And it came to pass that one bright morning, after having performed his first diurnal rites, Kakutstha, understanding the ways of the citizens, became anxious to present himself at a spot whence he could observe the citizens. At this time Sumantra, entering, addressed him, saying, "O king, stopped at the gate, some ascetics stay there, Maharshis, led by Bhargava and Chyavana.
And, O mighty monarch, eager for a sight of thee, those dwellers on the banks of the Yamuna, well pleased, have despatched mc (hither), O tiger among men." Hearing his words, the righteous Rama answered :"Let the exalted Dwijas enter." Thereat, honoring the royal mandate, the warder with joined bands brought those ascetics difficult of being approached.
And numbering over an hundred, flaming up in their native effulgence, those high souled anchorets entered the royal residence. And they presented Rama with various fruits in profusion and vessels filled with sanctified waters of all holy spots. Thereupon, accepting the waters of the holy places as well as the various kinds of fruit, that mighty armed one spake to the mighty ascetics :"Do ye agreeably to desert take these seats.
Hearing Rama s speech, all the Maharshis sat down on those graceful and elegant golden seats. And seeing the saints seated there, that captor of hostile capitals. Raghava, restraining himself, with joined hands, observed :"What is the reason of your visit ?What shall I heedfully perform for you ?I am worthy of being commanded by the Maharshis; and I must without demur compass every pleasure of theirs.
And this entire monarchy, and the life that is resident in my heart, all these are for the regenerate ones. This I tell you in the name of truth. Hearing his words, the sages of fierce austerities inhabiting the banks of the Yamuna, broke out into a peal of plaudits.
And those high souled ones, exceedingly rejoiced, said:" On earth, O crown of men, this can only be expected from thee and nobody else. Many kings wielding great power have passed away who, having regard to the (possible) gravity of the undertaking, could not bring themselves to promise anything beforehand. But, without knowing the task, thos hast bound thyself by a promise for the glory of the Brahmanas.
And thou, without doubt, wilt succeed in effecting the work; and it behoveth thee to deliver the sages from a mighty fright."