Incarnations of Vishnu and the glory of nuptial fidelity of Sita described ||142||
1Brahma said: -The God Harl incarnated on earth and protected the seed of the Aryyas. His advent on this fleeting world was for the destruction of the kingdom of the Asuras and the propagation of the religion of the Vedas.
2-3His several incarnations were in the forms of Fish, Tortoise, etc. The God Kesava incarnated himself as the Fish in the primordial ocean, carried the immutable. Vedas on his back, killed the demon Hayagriva, and protected the patriarch Manu and others.
4Incarnated as a Tortoise, he carried the Mount Mandara on his back, were with the gods and demons churned the primordial ocean for ambrosia. As the fruit of that churning, Dhanvantari, the first of the propounded of the medical science came out of its troubled waters, carrying the pitcher of divine ambrosia in his hand.
5Dhanvantarirelated to Susruta the science of Ayurveda with its eight subdivisions, and the God Hari, assuming the shape of a girl of fascinating beauty, doled out the ambrosia to the gods.
6Incarnated as the Divine Boar, the God Hari killed the demon Hirranyaksha, lifted up the submerged earth on his tusks from beneath the waters of the enshrouding ocean, and protected the gods and patriarchs.
7Incarnated as the redoubtable Nrisimha (half man, half lion), the God Hari destroyed the demon Hiranyakasipu with his sinful allies and vindicated the religion of the Vedas.
8-9After that, the lord of the universe was incarnated as Parasurama, a son of Jamadagni. For twenty-one times in succession he extirpated the race of the wicked Kshatriyas, killed the dreadful Karttaviryarjuna, made a gift of the whole earth to Kasyapa, and finally settled himself on the summits of the Mount Mahendra.
10-12aAfter that, the subduer of the wicked divided his divine self into four parts and came into the world as Rama, Bharata, Lakshmana and Satrugna, the four sons of king Dasaratha, Janaki was the wife of Rama, who, for flue good of his step mother Kaikeyi, and for the performance of a promise made het by his father, resorted, as a voluntary exile, to the forest of Dandaka.
12b-13Cut the nose of Supanakha, killed the monsters Khara and Dusana, and destroyed the dreadful Ravana, who had carried, away his wife Sita.
14-16After the fall of Ravana, Rama installed Vibhishana, a brother of Ravana, on the throne of his kingdom Lanka, and returned to his own capital in the aerial car, Pushpaka, in the company of Hanumana, Sugriva and his faithful Sita. In the bliss of his consort’s love, Rama ruled his kingdom for the good of his people and the gods and performed a Horse-Sacrifice to commemorate his suzerainty over the earth.
17-18Sita, though passed a long time in the house of Ravana, did not betray his lord either· in deeds or thoughts. Sita was as chaste as the virtuous Anasuya, the beloved wife of Atri. Now hear me narrate the excellence of Sid’s chastity and the exalted station which virtuous and faithful wives occupy in the economy of the universe.
19Once on a time there lived in the city of Pratishtana, a leper Brahmana whose name was Kausika. His wife, who was firmly devoted to him, used to adore and worship her lord as god without even thinking for a moment that he was afflicted with such a foul and loathsome disease. But Kausika was a cross and peevish husband, and never missed opportunities to abuse his wife, who though often chastised, never ceased to pay him god-like veneration and love. One day, Kausika took a fancy to visit a courtesan in the city, and expressed that desire to his wife. Whereupon she took him on her shoulders and safely carried him to that house of ill fame. Nor did she gorged to take with her a considerable amount of money which the courtesan might ask of her nefarious trade.
20-23Now it happened that the Sage Mandavya was then undergoing punishment on the top of a pointed mace, as he was unjustly sentenced by the authorities on a false charge of theft. The faithful wife on her way to the house of the courtesan, touched with her feet the body of that afflicted sage, who, is his agony, cursed her with the pangs of widowhood on the break of day. The wife, on the other hand, forbade the Sun to rise in order that the curse of the Sage might not take effect. The Sun-God, overpowered by the energy of conjugal chastity, was afraid to show his face, and creation was enshrouded in a pall of darkness.
24-27Ages passed without the Sun in the sky. The frightened gods resorted to Brahma for help and advice. Brahma said, “It is the energy of chastity that has overpower the energy of asceticism, and obstructed the advent of the Sun.
28Go, ye gods, to Anasuya, and she will plead, on your behalf, to the wife of Kausika.” The gods did as Dev were told to do. The gods propitiated Anasuya, the grant Pativrad of that time. She was pleased and went to the wife of Kausika to request her for the rise of the sun. and honored by Anasuya for piousness of Sun. The wife of Kausika when requested by Ansuya and promised that by the rise of the sun her husband will not die as cursed by Mandaya. Then there was Suryodaya in the sky and her husband Kausika was also alive. Sid was very much loved and honored by Anasuya for piousness of Sita.