The chapter discusses in detail about the 8 ministers of King Dasrath among whom Sumantra is chief. The duties and responsibilities of ministers in the kingdom is explained. See how there is even intelligence unit.
Sumantra is telling Dhashrath about a Sage RishyaShring who is grandson of Sage Kashyap and son in law of King of Anga Rompada. He has been a Naishtik Brahmchari for quite a time before getting married. Imp. Point for Ayappa Devotees.
In this chapter, Sumantra is telling Dhashrath the story of Sage RishyaShring and Rompada. A notable point is that most imp minister of Dhashrath is termed as Soota. This asserts that Soot was term used for Sevak and Kshatriya can be Sevak too.
Sages give हविष्य of अश्वकंद pulp a special fruit. They give हवि in बेत की चटाई where as in other Yagyas the havi is done by पाकड़ wood.
Note: Please read Gita Press translation as it is most accurate and reliable translation. @kshukla778
Ashwamedha Yagya is completed with due process and all type of visitors and Sages are rewarded accordingly. everyone is satisfied. Let's go to next Chapter.
After Ashwamedha Yagya, Sage RishyaShring starts the PutraKameshti Yagya for desire of Kids of king. Here Sage is telling that he will do Yagya as prescribed by Atharva Veda. This is clearly meaning Atharva Veda was present before Ramayana.
During PutraKameshti Yagya, All deities which are present to take havishya are talking to Lord Brahma and then Lord Vishnu. They talk about Ravana and his Atrocities. I don't want to look like unscientific but Are Deities real and different from God?
Since Lord Vishnu is incarnating as Rama, Lord Brahma directs all gods to incarnate as Vanaras. I chose to understand Vanaras as tribe in central India who were physically more strong than Normal Humans. Please ponder upon Scientifically.
On one fine day, While Dasrath is discussing the possibilities of marriage of princes, Sage Vishwamitra arrives. Sage Vishwamitra is termed as राजर्षि and ब्रह्मर्षि। Previously he was a king, Son of King Gadhi who turned a sage later.
So, Sage Vishwamitra arrives in Ayodhya to take Ram with him. During his discussion, he tells King Dasrath that His Yagya is failed when Asuras put Blood and meat in his Yagyavedi. This further asserts that meat was never used for Vedic Yagyas.
King Dasrath is pleading with Sage Vishwamitra to not take Ram with him to fight the Asuras. Here, Two things to focus on.
1. Lineage and family of Ravana is discussed.
2. Dasrath is 60 years old when Ram was born.(Ignoring 1000 as अतिशयोक्ति) @ExSecular
After Sage Vishwamitra is enraged, Sage Vashishta explains the abilities of Vishwamitra to Dasrath. In this chapter, we if think logically, come to know that women were Researchers and they made divine weapons. Sage is himself a weapon Engineer. @vibhor_anand
Ram and Laxman leave Ayodhya with Sage Vishwamitra for his Yagya. They stop at Sarayu river bank for rest. Here Sage is about to teach Ram & Laxman Bal and Atibal Vidya. These are Yogic ability which can be learnt by Yogis with help of an able Guru. @bhootnath
This Chapter deals with the story of a यक्षिनी named ताड़का who is wife of an यक्ष सुंद. She was cursed to be demon along with his son मारीच. We get mention of Sage Agastya who resided in this Forest before he went towards South.
Here when Sage Vishwamitra is reminding Ram about duties of a Kshatriya, he tells him to protect every Varna. How can such a prince resort to kill a Shudra Shambuk? This verse contradicts Shambuk Vadh and we can say later is a distortion.
All three reach the area called सिद्धाश्रम present day Buxar (Bihar).
Asura king Bali had done immense तपस्या here. Lord Vamana had incarnated from Sage Kashyap and Aditi. Vamana too had resided here and done his Tapasya for long duration.