कृथा मैवं चेतः कथमपि मनागस्खलदितः
प्रमादाद्वाणीयं किमिह करवाणि प्रणयिनी।
ततस्त्वत्दापाब्जं यदिदंवतंसो भवतु मे। (नरसिंह )
(Darling, don’t take it to your heart
I couldn’t control my tongue in haste
It’s not wise to nurture malaise.
These tinkling anklet bells
Ornamenting your lotus feet,
Let them be my earrings. )
Vashishtha knew Ram very well. Prince Ram was not a man to waste time in luxuries or sundry topics for amusement. Vashishtha was a bit apprehensive when he received Ram’s request for a meeting. He thought hard about it but could not guess a reason that brought the prince at his doorstep. Old priest was well aware of the palace politics and by then had firmly put his weight behind Kaikeyee. A dependent prince like Bharat was a sure guarantee of success for a powerful priest and later for his younger son Shakti. Like Dasaratha, Vashishtha was also not sure whether he would be comfortable with an independent and confident king like Ram.
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About the Author
Born and grown up in a remote village of India on Indo-Nepal border in the high Himalayas, Yugal Joshi is engineer by training and bureaucrat by profession. He studied at Kumaon University, Nainital, Harcourt Butler Technological University, Kanpur, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, Delhi University and Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore. A water enthusiast, he has co-authored many research papers in International journals and co-authored an authoritative and critically acclaimed book Singapore Water Story. He is also a co-author of the book Creating Shared Values, on how Nestle has transformed Moga and nearby areas. His book Ram: The Soul of Time brings out Lord Rama story in modern perspective. This book was released by Sant Morari Bapu at Kagdham, Gujarat. His fourth book is Women Warriors in Indian History, published by Rupa, India.