Chapter 9 — Vishwamitra’s Anger & Vasishta’s Advice

Valmiki said:—

On hearing this speech of the king with his piteous look and eyes full of tears, Vishwamitra the son of Kausika became highly incensed and replied. “You are about to break your promise after pledging yourself to its performance, and thus you wish to behave like a deer after having been a lion. This is unbecoming of the race of Raghu. It is acting contrary to this great family. Hot rays must not proceed from the cool beamed moon. If you are so weak, O king, let me return as I came. Live happily with your friends, you promise-breaking descendant of Kakustha.”

As the high spirited Vishwamitra moved with anger, the earth trembled under him and the gods were filled with fear. Vasishta, the meek and wise, observant of his vows, knowing that anger influenced the great sage and friend of the world, spoke.

“O king born of the race of the Ikshvakus, a form of virtue itself, and called Dasharata the fortunate, you are adorned with all the good qualities known in the three worlds. You are famous for your meekness and strict adherence to your vows. You are renowned in all three worlds for your virtues and fame. You can not break your promise. Preserve your virtue and think not to break your promise. Comply with the request of the sage who is honored in all the three worlds. 10 Having said you will do it, if you retract your promise, you lose the object of your yet unfulfilled desires. Therefore let Rama depart from you.”

11 “Descended from the race of Ikshvaku, and being Dasharata yourself, if you fail to perform your promise, who else on earth will ever keep his word? 12 It is the standard of conduct of great men like you, that makes even low people afraid to transgress the bounds of their duties. How then do you wish to violate it yourself?”

13 “Guarded by this lion-like man (Vishwamitra), like ambrosia by fire, no rakshasa will have power to prevail over Rama, whether he be equipped and armed or not. 14 Behold Vishwamitra is the personification of virtue, the mightiest of the mighty, and superior to all in the world in his intelligence and devotion to asceticism. 15 He is skilled in all warlike arms that are known in the three worlds. No other man knows them so well nor shall ever be able to master them like him. 16 Among the gods, sages, asuras, rakshasas, naagas, yakshas and gandharvas, there is none equal to him.”

17 “In days gone past when this son of Kaushika used to rule over his realm, he was furnished with all the arms by Krisaswa, and which no enemy can baffle. 18 These arms were the progeny of Krisaswa, and were equally radiant and powerful as the progeny of the Prajapati, and followed him (in his train). 19 Now Daksha had two beautiful daughters, Jaya and Supraja (alias Vijaya), who had a hundred offspring (as personifications of the implements), that are invincible in war. 20 Of these, the favored Jaya gave birth to fifty sons who are implacable agents of the destruction of asura forces. 21 In like manner, Supraja gave birth to fifty sons of very superior qualities, very powerful and terrible in their appearance, and indomitably aggressive. 22 Thus Vishwamitra is strengthened and grown powerful. He is acknowledged in the three worlds as a sage, you therefore must not think otherwise than to deliver Rama to him.”

23 “This mighty and virtuous man and prince of sages being near, anyone in his presence, even one at the point of death, is sure to attain his immortality. Therefore, be not disheartened like an unconscious man.”