About the Auttana Manvantara ||71||
1Markandeya said: -Having sent that woman to the house of her husband, the king also began to think, sighing, “what shall be good for me under these circumstances. 2That high- minded (Rishi) spoke to me of my pain for my unworthiness to receive the offerings meet for a guest (of my position); and this nightwalker spoke of my disqualification, referring to the case of the Brahmana. 3Such am I, what shall I do? That wife of mine has been forsaken by me. Or shall I ask that most superior Muni possessed with an illumined vision? 4Thus meditating, that lord, of the earth getting into that chariot of his, went there where the righteous great Muni who knows the three periods of time (i.e. the past, the present, and the future) lived. 5Getting down from the chariot, he then approaching him and making due obeisance, related his interview with the Rakshasa exactly as it happened, 6and similarly his interview with the wife of the Brahmana, and her cure of her evil disposition, and also her despatch to her husband’s house, and that which was the object of his visit.
7The Rishi said: – That which has been done by thee, O Lord of men, as also the object of thy coming to me, all this was already known by me. 8Ask me now, – what is to be done by me, I am anxious in mind, on thy coming to me. Hear that which is to be done by thee, O lord of earth. 9The wife is the most powerful incentive of men to the observance of the law and the attainment of merit; especially is the law forsaken on her being forsaken. 10The wifeless man, O king, is not entitled to perform his sacrificial duties, be he, O king, a Brahmana, Kshatriya or Vaishya. 11In forsaking thy wife thou hast not done a graceful act; for even as wives cannot desert their husbands, so too men cannot forsake their wives.
12The King said: -O thou possessor of six great qualities the Bhagas, what shall I do? This is the result of my actions. Because she was not favourably disposed towards me who was always lovingly inclined towards her, therefore, has she been forsaken by me. 13Whatever she did I forbore all that with a burning heart, O possessor of the six great qualities, with my mind always afraid of the pain of her separation. 14Now that she has been left in the forest I know not where she has gone, or whether she has been eaten in the jungle by lions or tigers or Rakshasas.
15The Rishi said: -She has not been eaten, O lord of the earth, by the lion or tiger or Rakshasa, she is now living in the lower region with her character unsullied.
16-18The Rishi said: – The king of serpents, known as Kapotaka, lives in the nether regions; that beautiful young lady, forsaken by thee, and roving about in that great forest was seen by him, who knew her story, and was moved by love towards her, – and taken to the nether regions. 19His daughter with beautiful eyebrows was Nanda by name, O lord of the world, and the wife of this king of the serpents, possessed of intelligence, was Manorama, by name. 20This beautiful (lady) will become the co-wife of my mother, -(she thought), and seen by her, she was taken to her own house and artfully concealed in the female apartment. 21When besought, Nanda did not reply to the king; then the father told that daughter “thou shalt be dumb”. 22Thus was his daughter cursed by him, and she, the chaste one, (thy wife) O lord of the earth! captured and taken by that lord of the serpents, lives there (now).
23Markandeya said: – Then the king overcome with great joy asked him the most superior among the twice-born the cause of his misfortune so far as his wife was concerned
24The King said: – O thou possessor of the six great qualities, the Bhagas, the affection of the whole world towards me is very great. What then is the cause, for which my own wife is not overhanging towards me. 25O thou great Muni, my love towards her is very great, even more than that towards my own life, but she is ill-disposed towards me, tell me the cause of it, O thou twice-born one.
26The Rishi said: -At the time of taking her hand (i.e. thy marriage) thou wert looked upon by the Sun, the Venus, and the Saturn, and thy wife by the Mercury, and the Jupiter. 27At that moment the moon became hers, while similarly the son of the moon became yours, these two are mutually opposed; therefore, O king, is thy misfortune. 28Therefore go and govern the earth according to the injunctions of thy order and class; taking thy wife as thy helpmate perform all sacrificial and other religious duties.
29Markandeya said: -Being thus spoken to, Uttama, the governor of the earth, having saluted this (Brahman) and then getting upon his chariot, went to his own city.