janaka

As Fire As My Witness

“Going in front of the fire, King Janaka took kusha grass and water. According to ritual, he made the oath and gave away his daughter.” (Janaki Mangala, 144) Download this episode (right click and save) agini thāpi mithilesa kusodaka līnheu… Read More ›

Protecting the Vision

“Every part of that vision puts to shame the beauty of Kamadeva. O muni, please don’t do anything that will sully that form.” (Janaki Mangala, 95) roma roma chabi nindati sobha manojani | dekhiya mūrati malina kariya muni so jani… Read More ›

As Delicate As Shirisha

“You’re asking for the young prince to look at the bow, but can a piece of a shirisha flower pierce through hard steel?” (Janaki Mangala, 94) so dhanu kahiya bilokana bhūpa kisorahi | bheda ki sirisa sumana kana kulisa kaṭhorahiṃ… Read More ›

The Royal Treatment

“Hearing Vishvamitra compliment the beautiful arrangements, the king became happy. Then, he offered beautiful thrones for Rama, Lakshmana and the muni to sit on.” (Janaki Mangala, Chand 6.2) kausika sarāhī rūcira racanā janaka suni haraṣita bhae | taba rāma lakhana… Read More ›

Shrugging It Off

“Feeling bad over his vow after understanding what it meant, the king started to lament. Yet he kept himself very patient and went and showed his guests the svayamvara grounds, offering them all kinds of respect.” (Janaki Mangala, Chand 6.1)… Read More ›

Don’t Break The Oath

“Understanding that Rama’s beauty, patience, age and ancestry were completely perfect, the king remembered his own oath and thus started to lament.” (Janaki Mangala, 48) rūpa sīla baya baṃsa rāma parisurana | samujhi kaṭhina pana āpana lāga bisūrana || You… Read More ›

Brahman’s Form

“When he heard this, the muni said with love and excitement, ‘O king, these children are the appearance of your spiritual profit; they are the very Brahman.’” (Janaki Mangala, 46) kaheu saprema pulaki muni suni mahipālaka | e paramāratha rūpa… Read More ›

Who You Represent

“Like an ocean of purity are the mother and father of these children, who are like a heavenly desire tree, who have a spotless beauty that gives the eyes so much happiness that is without end.” (Janaki Mangala, 43) punya… Read More ›