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vrm.1.1 And when Rama is teamed with Guha, Lakshmana and Seetha, he left off the charioteer and a minister of his father who charioted them thitherto, namely Sumantra.
vrm.1.3 The grief of the subjects Rama leaving them off his conversing with tribal chief Guha returning the charioteer Sumantra to kingdom from forests, leaving the trio at the banks of river Ganga.
vrm.1.7 Akopa, Dharmapaala, are seven, and Sumantra is the eighth one.
vrm.1.8 That intellectual and a conscientious king having resolved with all of his sagacious ministers that such a Vedic ritual is performable, then addressed best ne among ministers, namely Sumantra, fetch all my teachers and clerics, quickly.
vrm.1.8 Then Sumantra gone quickly, for he in quickness is a dauntless one, and fetched all of the clerics like Suyajna, Vamadeva, Jaabaali, Kashyapa, and even Sage Vashishta, and also those other eminent Brahman that are Vedic scholars.
vrm.1.9 Sumantra, the charioteer and one of the misters of King Dasharatha, having heard all about the king s desire to perform a Vedic ritual, said this in confidence to king, "oh, king, I will tell an early legend, an early legendary narration that I listened.
vrm.1.9 Thus the charioteer and the Minister Sumantra completed his narration in confidence to King Dasharatha.
vrm.1.9 Then King Dasharatha is delighted and in turn spoke to Sumantra "By what idea Rishyasringa is brought to Anga kingdom, that shall be said.
vrm.1.10 Sumantra thus motivated by King Dasharatha, said these words to king "Oh! King, how and with which idea Sage Rishyasringa is brought by the ministers of Romapada, all that will be spoken.
vrm.1.10 Thus that great fulgent Rishyasringa lived in Anga kingdom along with his wife Shanta, and with all his desires fulfilled and also well worshipped" Thus Sumantra said the legend of Rishyasringa to King Dasharatha.
vrm.1.11 Minister Sumantra continued, oh, the great king, I will further
vrm.1.11 thus Sumantra continued his narration to Dasharatha.
vrm.1.11 Thus Sumantra concluded his narration.
vrm.1.11 On hearing the word of advise from charioteer, Dasharatha became gladsome and made Sumantra to reiterate to that sage also, for his approval, then Dasharatha travelled to the place where that Brahman Rishyasringa is, along with the inmates of palace chambers and ministers too.
vrm.1.12 Then King Dasharatha said to his best minister Sumantra, "Let the Vedic scholars and ritual conductors like Sages Suyajna, Vamadeva, Jabali, and Kaashyapa, along with the family priest Vashishta, as well as other Vedic Brahmans that are there, they all be invited swiftly.
vrm.1.12 Then Sumantra being a quickest person went quickly and fetched all those Vedic scholars and clergymen.
vrm.1.12 Then the virtuous king Dasharatha having offered due worships to all the sages and saints brought in by Sumantra, uttered these words which are with virtue and meaning, in an impressible manner.
vrm.1.13 "Then on calling for Sumantra, Sage Vashishta said these words to him, "Let all those kings of the earth that are righteous be invited, and let all the people from all the kingdoms, say Brahmans, Kshatriya s, Vyasya s, Shudra s be invited in scores duly honouring them.
vrm.1.13 So said Vashishta to Sumantra.
vrm.1.13 Thus Sage Vashishta said to minister Sumantra.
vrm.1.13 On hearing that word of Vashishta, Sumantra expeditiously ordered devout envoys to invite all those kings to their kingdom.
vrm.1.13 That virtuous Sumantra became brisk upon sage s words and personally journeyed to fetch all the rulers on the earth.
vrm.1.69 On the next dawn that heartened king Dasharatha who is with his teachers and his relatives then said this to his minister Sumantra.
vrm.2.3 Afterwards, Dasaratha spoke to Sumantra "Let Rama, who has a disciplined intellect, be brought by you immediately.
vrm.2.3 As commanded by the king, Sumantra brought there, Rama, the best of charioteers, in a chariot.
vrm.2.3 Sumantra helped Rama to get down from the excellent chariot and with folded hands followed behind Rama, who approached his father.
vrm.2.3 Rama, the best among men, ascended the steps of the palace, which resembled Mount Kailasa, along with Sumantra, to see the king Dasaratha.
vrm.2.4 Thereafter, king Dasaratha entered the inner palace and then ordered Sumantra thus, "Bring Rama again here".
vrm.2.4 Obeying the king s words, Sumantra went to Rama s house immediately to bring Rama once again.
vrm.2.4 The doorkeepers informed Rama that Sumantra had come again.
vrm.2.4 Hearing that, Rama was uncertain as to the reason for Sumantra s arrival again.
vrm.2.4 Rama immediately allowed Sumantra inside and spoke these words to him: "Tell me completely the purpose of your arrival again.
vrm.2.4 Hearing those words, Sumantra said: King" Dasaratha wants to see you.
vrm.2.4 Rama, after hearing Sumantra s words, started immediately and went to the royal palace to see king Dasaratha, the Lord of people, again.
vrm.2.14 Meanwhile, Vashishta saw Sumantra by name, who was charioteer cum minister of Dasaratha and who had a pleasing appearance coming out of the royal gate.
vrm.2.14 That great splendoured Vashishta spoke thus to the learned Sumantra, "Tell the king quickly, that I have come.
vrm.2.14 Hasten the emperor, so that Rama will get the throne when the day gets started at the auspicious moment of pushya constellation uniting with the moon" Hearing these words Vashishta the great souled, Sumantra entered the gynaecium along with Dasaratha, the tiger among kings.
vrm.2.14 The doormen who were wishing to do kindness to king, could not obstruct Sumantra, who came before hand who was senior and who was highly esteemed by the king.
vrm.2.14 Standing besides the king and ignorant of that situation, Sumantra started praising the king with very pleasing words.
vrm.2.14 Sumantra, standing with joined palms in the gynaecium of the king, eulogised the king according to the appropriate moment as follows.
vrm.2.14 That king who was pious and glorious, having lost joy about his son, looked up with sorrowful red eyes and spoke those to Sumantra.
vrm.2.14 Sumantra, after seeing the depressed king and hearing mournful words, joined palms with salutation and slipped away to a distance from that place.
vrm.2.14 Then, Kaikeyi who is experienced in fore thoughts, spoke thus to Sumantra.
vrm.2.14 "Oh Sumantra! The king, being smitten by emotional joy in relation to Rama, who tired of awakening the whole night and got subjected to sleep" "Oh, Sumantra! Hence, quickly go and bring the glorious prince Rama.
vrm.2.14 Instigated by her, Sumantra thought that the righteous Rama would come there certainly for coronation.
vrm.2.14 Sumantra thus thinking and dwelling in a great joy, set out with a desire to see the long armed Rama
vrm.2.14 Sumantra coming out of gynaceumwhich looked like a splendid pool in the sea, saw the gate being congested with throngs of people.
vrm.2.15 Sumantra, who received good respect from Dasaratha, heard them thus speaking and addressed those kings, who came from different countries.
vrm.2.15 That Sumantra, knower of sacred works spoke thus, approached entrance of royal palace and entered the inner quarters which is always kept closed.
vrm.2.15 Then, Dasaratha woke up and spoke these words to Sumantra, who was eulogising him, who was skilled in giving advice and who was his charioteer.
vrm.2.15 That Sumantra with placid mind, went happily seeing the royal roads adorned with flags and banners.
vrm.2.15 Sumantra heard the words pertaining to Rama and Rama s coronation spoken together by joyful people there.
vrm.2.15 Then, Sumantra saw Rama s palace which was lovely shining like top of a mountain and radiant like Indra s palace.
vrm.2.15 Sumantra saw such a palace of Rama.
vrm.2.15 That Sumantra with chariot fastened with Horses and having a top, approached towards Rama s palace, beautifying the human and the royal races, gladdened the hearts of all citizens.
vrm.2.15 Sumantra entered there, passed over many of Rama s friends who well wishers and approached Rama s inner apartment.
vrm.2.15 There, Sumantra heard delightful people talking about Rama s coronation and the rites to be performed for the sake of Rama s prosperity.
vrm.2.15 Sumantra saw such a beautiful house of Rama.
vrm.2.15 Sumantra passed over the people gathered there on all sides and entered the rich inner apartment.
vrm.2.15 Then, that Sumantra entered Rama s palace, which was like top of a mountain, like an unmoving cloud, which contained houses equal to excellent divine cars, like crocodile entering the ocean containing a number of precious stones.
vrm.2.16 That Sumantra, who knew the ancient sacred works, passed over the crowded entrance of the palace and reached the secluded inner apartment.
vrm.2.16 All of them, the well wishers of Rama, saw that Sumantra arriving and raised from their seats hurriedly at once.
vrm.2.16 That humble minded Sumantra spoke to them thus, "Tell Rama immediately that Sumantra is waiting with reverence at the entrance"
vrm.2.16 Knowing that Sumantra, who was intimate to his father, came, Rama who desired to show kindness, called him in there.
vrm.2.16 That Sumantra saw Rama sitting like Kubera on a golden couch with the best cloth covering.
vrm.2.16 Sumantra, who knew polite conduct, offered salutation to Rama, who was refined with his own brilliance, shining like the sun and the fulfiller of desires.
vrm.2.16 Sumantra, who was treated with respect by Rama spoke thus with folded hands to that prince with beautiful face and who was seated on a swinging sofa.
vrm.2.16 "It is certainly our luck that king and queen have sent Sumantra, who fulfils my desires and wishes, as messenger".
vrm.2.16 Rama, adorned as in an auspicious festivity, took permission from Sita and started from house along with Sumantra.
vrm.2.21 "You and I, Sita, Lakshmana, Sumantra and all of us should follow father s directions.
vrm.2.33 After entering the royal palace, which had in it disciplined and valiant attendants, saw Sumantra standing dejected not far from the palace.
vrm.2.33 Seeing Sumantra appearing disturbed before that, Rama the son of Dasaratha a scion of Ikshvaku whose mind is mighty and who is setting out to the forest, waited awhile to have his presence announced to his father.
vrm.2.33 That Rama, who had passion towards piety, having made up his mind positively to enter the exile as per his father s command, spoke thus, seeing Sumantra, "Inform my arrival to the king.
vrm.2.34 That king Dasaratha, who speaks truth, whose mind is virtuous, who is like an ocean by his depth of character and who is blemish less like a sky, replied to Sumantra as follows: "Oh, Sumantra! being all my wives, who are here.
vrm.2.34 Sumantra, after entering the gynaecium, spoke these words to those women as follows: "Oh, the venerable ladies! The king is calling you.
vrm.2.34 All those women, asked thus by Sumantra as per the king s orders, went to his palace, after knowing the instructions of their husband.
vrm.2.34 After arrival of his wives, king Dasaratha spoke to that charioteer as follows, "Oh, Sumantra! Bring my son here.
vrm.2.34 Sumantra also fell into a swoon, while weeping.
vrm.2.35 Thus, Sumantra repeatedly with joint palms, caused a shaking to Kaikeyi in the royal assmebly, by his kind words as well as bitter words.
vrm.2.36 Then, Dasaratha the scion of Ikshvaku dynasty, squeezed by his own promise in the matter of sending Rama to exile, sighed heavily with tears and spoke the following words again and agian to Sumantra.
vrm.2.36 "Oh, Sumantra! Let a military body consisting of all the four limbs of the arms, filled with the best of its kind, be arranged immediately" "Let courtesans well versed in speaking and merchants with great riches having exposure for extension of sales bestow elegance to the forces of the Prince" Appoint in this contingent those too, by giving abundant money to them who were dependent on Rama and on whom he took delight in gallantry"
vrm.2.39 Regaining consciousness after a moment, the king, with his eyes filled with tears, spoke these words to Sumantra: "You come with a chariot, fit for driving, yoked with excellent Horses and take this highly distinguished prince beyond this territory.
vrm.2.39 Sumantra obeying the words of the king, walked away quickly and arrived there fitted with Horses, a chariot duly decorated.
vrm.2.40 Then, Sumantra the humble man, who was aware of humility, joined his palms and spoke these words to Rama even as Matali would to Indra.
vrm.2.40 Even so for the two brothers, keeping the sets of weapon, an armour of hard make with leather cover in the midst of the chariot, Sumantra saw the three of whom Seetha constituted the third mounted and quickly drove the Horses which were highly admired, with their swiftness resembling the velocity of wind.
vrm.2.40 Having down towards sides and back of the chariot with their faces turned towards Rama and with their faces filled with tears, all those people said with loud voices to Sumantra thus: "Hold in the reins of the Horses and go slowly and slowly, Oh charioteer! We would behold the face of Rama, which would be henceforth difficult to behold for us" "The heart of Rama s mother Kausalya is surely and undoubtedly made of iron, since it does not get broken when Rama resembling an offspring of Gods is going to the forest"
vrm.2.40 Dasaratha exclaimed saying "Stop!" while Rama called out "Go on, proceed!" In that way Sumantra s mind became confused, as in between two opposing whirl pools.
vrm.2.45 While those brahmanas were crying thus with a view to persuading Rama to return, the river Tamasa appeared there, as though retarding the progress of Rama Thereafter Sumantra the charioteer too released the Horses, tired as they were, from the chariot and quickly making them roll, allowed them to graze not very far from the bank of Tamasa once they had drunk water and had their body washed in the river.
vrm.2.46 Though there are various kinds of wild fruits and roots, this is indeed a liking for me Thus telling Lakshmana, Rama spoke also to Sumantra as follows: Oh, gentle man! Attend to the Horses carefully.
vrm.2.46 The sun having completely set, Sumantra tied up the Horses, supplied them with abundant grass and immediately stood nearest to Rama.
vrm.2.46 Having worshipped the beautiful evening twilight and having seen the night come nearer, Sumantra along with Lakshmana made the bed for Rama.
vrm.2.46 Seeing that brother sleeping along with his wife, Lakshmana narrated Ramas various virtues to Sumantra.
vrm.2.46 While Lakshmana was thus recounting Ramas excellences to Sumantra, keeping awake that whole night at the bank of Tamasa river, the sun rose.
vrm.2.46 Then, Sumantra quickly fastened the chariot to its excellent Horses and thereafter submitted with joined palms to Rama as follows: Oh, mighty armed prince! Your chariot is kept ready.
vrm.2.46 In order to elude the citizens, Rama spoke to Sumantra as follows: Oh, charioteer! You mount the chariot and go northward.
vrm.2.46 However, Sumantra placed that chariot by facing it to the north, for he saw omens auspicious for journey in that quarter.
vrm.2.50 Beholding the river Ganga with its waves covering whirlpools, Rama the great warrior said to Sumantra the charioteer as follows: We shall halt here itself today.
vrm.2.50 Saying so be it and nothing more to Rama, Lakshmana and Sumantra too then directed the Horses to that sacred fig tree.
vrm.2.50 Sumantra too dismounted from the chariot, unyoked the superb Horses after which with joined palms, he seated himself near Rama at the foot of the tree.
vrm.2.52 Lakshmana, the delight of his friends, having understood the words of Rama, called Guha as well as Sumantra and stood in front of his brother.
vrm.2.52 Sumantra joining his palms in humility, approached Rama who knew what is right and said, What shall I do?
vrm.2.52 Touching Sumantra with his auspicious right hand, Rama then said: Oh, Sumantra! Return quickly to the kings presence and be attentive in serving him.
vrm.2.52 Finding himself dismissed, Sumantra the charioteer was distressed and spoke to Rama, the tiger among men, as follows: None in the world has had to suffer such a fate as yourself that you should have to dwell in the forest with your brother and your consort as if you were an ordinary man!
vrm.2.52 Sumantra the charioteer thus speaking, wept for a long time, stricken with grief, seeing Rama, equal to his soul, departing to a distance.
vrm.2.52 Oh, Sumantra! Carry out everything in such a way that the said emperor neither finds it unpleasing nor gets tormented by grief.
vrm.2.52 Sumantra, who was being sent back by Rama, was agonized with grief after hearing the whole of that discourse and affectionately spoke to Rama as follows:
vrm.2.52 Rama, who was compassionate towards his dependents, spoke as follows to Sumantra, who was miserably entreating him again and again in many modes.
vrm.2.52 Bidding farewell to Guha with his army of men and Sumantra, Rama sat on the boat and directed the boatmen to move on.
vrm.2.52 Constantly gazing at Rama, who reached soon the other bank of Ganga River, the distressed Sumantra, his vision having failed due to the long distance and perturbed as he was, shed tears of grief over separation from Rama.
vrm.2.53 Rama, the foremost of those affording happiness to others, reached the aforesaid tree, worshipped the western twilight and spoke to Lakshmana as follows: This might which has got past us today outside the inhabited territory is the first night which has passed without Sumantra.
vrm.2.57 While Rama landed upon the southern shore, Guha conversed for a long time with Sumantra and with much distress, went to his house.
vrm.2.57 Sumantra, being allowed to depart by Rama, tied excellent Horses to the chariot and with intense anguish, rode towards the very city of Ayodhya.
vrm.2.57 Sumantra, seeing the sweet smelling woods, rivers, lakes, villages and towns on the way, soon crossed them.
vrm.2.57 Reaching Ayodhya in the evening time of the third day Sumantra saw that city, joyless.
vrm.2.57 Beholding Ayodhya as if deserted in silence, Sumantra becoming very much distressed in mind and having afflicted with intense anguish, surmised as follows: I hope the city of Ayodhya with its Elephants, Horses, people and the kings was not burnt away by a fire of sorrow and blazing grief towards Rama.
vrm.2.57 Sumantra, thus lost in thought, reaching the city gate through the fast running Horses, entered the city quickly.
vrm.2.57 Meanwhile, seeing Sumantra the charioteer approaching, hundreds and thousands of people ran towards him asking, Where is Rama? He replied them thus: Bidding farewell to Rama at the shore of Ganga when sent back by that virtuous and high souled Rama, I returned here.
vrm.2.57 Sumantra also heard the words of those people standing in groups and telling, Lost indeed are we, who do not see Rama here! Never again can we see the pious Rama on the occasions of bestowing gifts, sacrificial performances or marriages or in large meetings.
vrm.2.57 While driving through bazaars, Sumantra heard the sounds of lamentation of women, coming forth from windows, consumed by anguish on account of Ramas exile.
vrm.2.57 Going through the middle of the royal highway, Sumantra by covering his face, reached the house of Dasaratha.
vrm.2.57 Sumantra descended from the chariot, entered quickly the royal palace and traversed the seven inner apartments of the palace, filled with a large number of people.
vrm.2.57 Then, finding the forthcoming Sumantra from their large mansions, from seven storied buildings and from royal palaces, the women who had been emaciated in not being able to see Rama, cried Alas! Alas.
vrm.2.57 Sumantra also heard the feeble conversation of Dasarathas wives absorbed in anguish on account of Ramas exile, from their respective inner apartments.
vrm.2.57 What Sumantra will reply to the lamenting Kausalya, when he now returns here without Rama while he formerly went out with Rama?
vrm.2.57 I think that surely it is difficult thus to live and it is not so easy to preserve it too! Hearing those credible words of Dasarathas wives, Sumantra all at once entered the house, that appeared to be set ablaze with grief.
vrm.2.57 Sumantra entered the eighth inner apartment and saw in that white house, King Dasaratha the miserable the sick and the exhausted man on account of the exhausted man on account of the grief for his son.
vrm.2.57 Sumantra approached that king who was seated, offered his salutation and presented Ramas message as told.
vrm.2.57 Oh, king! On whose fear, you are not enquiring with Sumantra about the welfare of Rama, that Kaikeyi is not here.
vrm.2.58 Then, Sumantra, who joined his palms in reverence, approached the monarch who was repenting about Rama alone, filled with pain and sorrow, advanced in age, greatly anguished, sighing like a newly caught Elephant and reflecting on something as a sick Elephant.
vrm.2.58 The king, having great distress, spoke to Sumantra, whose body was covered with dust, his face filled with tears, who was miserable and who approached near him as follows:
vrm.2.58 Oh, Sumantra! Where can Rama the virtuous man abide, taking refuge at the root of a tree? What that Rama, who enjoyed very many pleasantries, can eat now? Oh, Sumantra! How can Rama the prince, who was habituated to good beds, sleep with such discomfort on a floor like an orphan? Foot soldiers, Chariots and Elephants used to follows whenever Rama was marching ahead.
vrm.2.58 Oh, Sumantra! How those princes with Seetha the delicate and the poor lady went on foot, after descending from the chariot? Oh, Sumantra! You have seen my sons entering the forest, as though divinities of Aswini had entered the Mountain range of Mandara.
vrm.2.58 Oh, Sumantra! After reaching the forest, what words did Rama speak? What did Lakshmana speak? What did Seetha speak?
vrm.2.58 As asked thus by the king, Sumantra spoke to the emperor in a voice quivering and choked with tears as follows.
vrm.2.59 Oh, Sumantra! This great calamity, surely, has come as an inevitable consequence or for the ruin of this race or accidentally.
vrm.2.60 Then, Kausalya, trembling again and again, as though possessed by a spirit, and lying on the floor without proper disposition of mind, spoke to Sumantra as follows: Wherever Rama, Seetha and Lakshmana are there, take me to them.
vrm.2.60 Sumantra with joined palms and with a voice choked with tears and in faint accents, consoling Kausalya, spoke these words to her.
vrm.2.60 Expunging the remarks spoken by Seetha about Kaikeyi coming almost nearer to his lips by inadvertence, Sumantra spoke only delightful and sweet words to Kausalya.
vrm.2.60 Even if averted thus by Sumantra, who is speaking appropriately well, being emaciated by sorrow for her son, could not stop crying, O, my dear son Rama!
vrm.2.77 Even Sumantra, who knew the Truth, raising up Shatrughna and pacifying him, told him about the origin and dissolution of all beings.
vrm.2.81 Bring Shatrughna with his royal attendants, the illustrious Bharata, Yudhajit Bharatas maternal uncle Sumantra the charioteer and those people who are royal well wishers there.
vrm.2.82 The pious minded Bharata, who had an affection for his brother spoke as aforesaid and uttered the following words to Sumantra who was clever in giving counsel and who was sitting nearby.
vrm.2.82 O, Sumantra! Rise quickly and go.
vrm.2.82 Hearing the words of the magnanimous Bharata, Sumantra joyfully arranged all that in accord with Bharatas orders and wishes.
vrm.2.82 Seeing that army ready, Bharata in the presence of Vasishta said as follows to Sumantra who was standing by his side: Get ready my chariot quickly.
vrm.2.82 Bowing to the command of Bharata and taking a chariot yoked with excellent Horses, Sumantra on his part approached him with delight.
vrm.2.82 O, Sumantra! Rise up and proceed quickly to inform the army chief to arrange for the troops.
vrm.2.82 Sumantra, having received that explicit command from Bharata, which fulfilled his highest hopes, called all the ministers in chief, the chiefs of the army and the friendly multitude.
vrm.2.84 Seeing him approach, Sumantra the charioteer, a majestic man who knows the rules of discipline, humbly told Bharata as follows: This Lord who is surrounded by a thousand of his own people, is fully acquainted with the forest of Dandaka and also an old friend of your elder brother.
vrm.2.84 Hearing the auspicious words of Sumantra, Bharata answered, Introduce Guha to me without delay.
vrm.2.93 I alone will go along with Sumantra and also Dhriti, my spiritual preceptor.
vrm.2.99 Sumantra also, equally desirous of seeing Rama followed Shatrughna at a little distance.
vrm.2.99 Then, in that forest, the princes Rama and Lakshmana were seen by Sumantra and Guha, as in the sky, the sun and the moon are seen in conjunction with
vrm.2.103 Then, their faithful companion Sumantra versed in the spiritual science, endowed with great intelligence, kind, self controlled and glorious, and deeply devoted to Rama, consoling him and his brothers, took Rama by the hand and helped him descend to the auspicious River Mandakini.
vrm.2.111 Hearing Rama s words, the most generous Bharata felt very mcuh anguished and addressed the following words to Sumantra the charioteer who was standing nearby:
vrm.2.111 Seeing Sumantra who was gazing at Rama waiting for his command, the low spirited Bharata, on his own, brought a heap of Kusha grass and spread it on the floor.
vrm.2.114 "O, Sumantra! I do not hear, as before, the sound of the Horses, the sound of the intoxicating Elephants and the clattering of the great chariots in this city now.
vrm.6.127 On hearing that command of Shatrughna, Dhrushti, Jayanta, Vijaya, Siddhartha, Arthasadhaka, Ashoka, Mantrapala and Sumantra proceeded with joy.
vrm.6.127 Offering salutation to Sumantra, the illustrious Kaikeyi and all his mothers, Rama then went to Vasishta the priest and offered his salutation in reverence.
vrm.6.128 Later, on the orders of Shatrughna, the charioteer by name Sumantra made his appearance, yoking chariot to Horses which were completely beautiful in all respects.
vrm.7.55 Do thou, O Lakshmana, next morning, ascending the car driven by Sumantra, take away Sita to another country.
vrm.7.56 The night being over, Lakshmana, with a poor heart and died countenance, addressed Sumantra, saying: O chaioteer, do thou soon yoke quick coursing steeds to an excellent chariot, and for Sita place an excellent seat on the car.
vrm.7.56 Heaing the words of Sumantra, Lakshmana, the foremost of men, approached Sita in the inner apartment and said "O queen, thou didst request the king to show thee the hermitage the king too did promise he hath now commanded me to take thee there.
vrm.7.56 There upon Sumantra yoked the horses, gifted with the fleet course of the mind, to the chariot and with folded hands said to Sita "Do thou ascend the car.
vrm.7.57 Thereupon he ordered Sumantra to wait there with the chariot, and being beside himself with sorrow ordered the silors to move on.
vrm.7.60 Thereupon he said to the expert charioteer Sumantra.
vrm.7.60 His spouse the daughter of Janaka, is perfectly pure ;what can be more painful than that Rama is living alone having renounced her ?It is clear unto me, O Sumantra, that this separation of Rama, hath been brought about by the influence of destiny for it is hard to get over accident.
vrm.7.60 O charioteer, the opinion of the citizens is by no means just; consequently what shall we gain by performing such a bad action for fame as the exile of Sita ?"Hearing those words of Lakshmana, the wise Sumantra reverentially replied "Be not aggrieved for Sita, O Saumitri Formerly in the presence of thy sire the Brahmanas related this account of Sita s exile.
vrm.7.60 Hearing these grave and important words of Sumantra, Lakshmana ordered him to relate.
vrm.7.61 Being thus requested by the high souled Lakshmana, Sumantra began to reveal the mystery of Durvasa s account "In the days of yore the great ascetic Durvasa, the son of Atri, resided for a year in the holy hermitage of Vasishta.
vrm.7.61 Hearing those wonderous words of the charioteer Sumantra, Lakshmana became greatly happy and eulogised him again and again ?They thus conversing with one another on their way back, the sun set.
vrm.7.72 The ministers of Dasaratha and Rama, Vrishthi, Yayanta, Vijaya, Siddhartha, Rashtravarddhana, Asoka, Darmapala the highly powerful Sumantra and others were well versed in laws, high minded, conversant with all the Sastras, intelligent, born in respectable families, and adepts in counsel.
vrm.7.73 At this time Sumantra, entering, addressed him, saying, "O king, stopped at the gate, some ascetics stay there, Maharshis, led by Bhargava and Chyavana.

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