|Ramayana - Balakanda
Lord have mercy on me.
Train me to triumph over everyone.
Remove my sorrows and bestow bliss on me.
O, Lord with the elephant’s visage
I pray before you with offerings of flowers, rice and delicacies.
Brahmins come forth to worship Ganapathy
The Lord Ganapathy be praised.
The Lord Subramania be praised.
The Goddesses of the realm be worshipped.
The mentors who taught the alphabet be worshipped.
The mentors of this art form – Chinna Thambi Pulavar, Muthappa Pulavar, Lakshmana Pulavar, Krishnankutty Pulavar and others be worshipped.
Our Guru, Krishnankutty Pulavar be praised and worshipped.
“I am the Goddess earth. I have no respite from the torments by demons such as Ravana.”
“Let me assume the form of a cow and go forth to tell my sorrows to Indra, the King of Gods.”
“O, Lord of Lords Indra. The torments from Ravana and others are unbearable. May you unnihilate them.”
Indra: “I too am extremely distressed by Ravana and his cohorts.”
Goddess earth: “Come, let us go forth to tell of our travails to the supreme creator, Lord Brahma.”
Indra: “Let us take along he other Gods, sages, seers, scholars and other eminencies to narrate our sorrows to Lord Brahma.”
Indra and others: “We cannot bear the torments of Ravana and other demons. May it please for you o put and end to our distress.”
Brahma: “But Ravana too is a creation of mine. I cannot destroy those that are my creations.”
Goddess earth: “Come let us approach Shiva, the Lord of destruction, with our sorrows.”
All praise and pray before Shiva.
Goddess earth: “May you put an end to our sorrows.”
Shiva: “What is that troubles you so?”
Goddess earth: “Ravana and his demon cronies have conquered and hold their evil sway over the heavens.
May it please you to annihilate them and remove our sorrows.”
Shiva: “The demons are indeed culprits. But they are my devotees, too.
If I annihilate them I shall get branded as the destroyer of my own devotees.
So you must go to Lord Vishnu who is Narayana, the preserver, with your grievance.”
All pray before Vishnu, along with the sages.
Vishnu: “You have awoken me from my slumber.”
“You must have ample cause to do so. Tell me your grievance.”
Goddess earth: “We are tormented by the ten headed demon king Ravana and his evil clan. Pray put an end to our grief.”
Vishnu: “Indeed, I shall terminate your torment by destroying the demons who harass gentle beings like you.”
Brahma: “Enough. You promise to become incarnate as the son of Maharaj Dasaratha.”
Goddess earth: “We too shall take birth as apes and await you in the jungle.”
In the kingdom of Ayodha on earth, Maharaj Dasaratha talks with his mentor, the sage Vasistha.
Dasaratha: “Old age overtakes me who has ruled this realm for 60.000 years.
There is no one to succeed me. Tell me, o sage, a solution to thius problem.”
Vasistha: “Fear not, oh my disciple.
You shall beget sons fit to rule the world.
Conduct the sacrificial rite to beget sons.”
Invites sages to conduct the rituals.
Mahataj Dasaratho to his queen Kausalya: “I am commencing a sacrificial rite to beget sons.”
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