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After the blissful and grief-destroying foot of Rāma touched the stone, Ahilyā, who was resplendent with penance, appeared. Having seen the Lord of Raghu (Rāma), Who showers happiness on people, she stood in front of Him with hands-together.
She was elated by devotion, her body was quivering, and she spoke (overcoming emotions) in a speechless moment. She was immensely blessed who got to touch the lotus-feet of Lord, and tears rolled off her eyes in that state.
She got patient (with her emotions), she understood the presence of Lord, and she attained devotion by the grace of the Rāma. With a clear and pure voice, she decided to eulogize Rāma. [She spoke] ‘Be victorious! O Lord of Raghu, Who is achieved by knowledge!’
‘I am an imperfect woman, and You are beyond the world. You are the enemy of Rāvaṇa and You will restore happiness of people. O Rāma with lotus-eyes, Who destroys the rebirth-fear! I am coming in Your refuge. Protect me. Protect me.’
‘That sage cursed me and turned me into a stone, I consider that as my fortune and beneficial — for I got to see Hari, Who is the destroyer of metempsychosis in front of my eyes. Śaṅkara considers this as the fruit of my curse and penance.’
‘O Prabhu! This is my request. I am not very wise, but still, O Lord! I don’t want a boon. I just wish that my bumble-bee-like mind, which is desiring divine affection, suckles the nectar of your lotus-feet.’
‘Those feet from which Gaṅgā (Surasaritā), the purest river, appears and then descends on the head of Śiva, that same lotus-feet, which are revered by the unborn Brahmā, were placed on my head by merciful Hari.’
The wife of Gautama left for the liberated world after falling again and again on the feet of Hari. She got the boon, which is supreme and pleasing, and then she left for the world of Lord (Vaikuṇṭha).
1 Ahilyā was the wife of Sage Gautama. She was made by Brahmā and she was beautiful. Indra had lecherous dreams about her. Once Sun and Moon assisted Indra in confusing Gautama that it is morning (while it was night). While Gautama was away for Prāṇāyāma, Indra, disguised as Gautama, approached Ahilyā and proposed sexual desires in front of her. By her penance powers, Ahilyā realized that it is Indra himself who came down for her. Filled with pride, she got subdued by the lust. Finally, Gautama, on return, caught them and cursed. He cursed Ahilyā to become a stone for an indefinite period of time (see Vālmīkirāmāyaṇa).
Translator: Animesh Kumar
Submitter: Animesh Kumar
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