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Vaalmeeki in MBH

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Vaalmeeki in MBH

In the Jayadrath Vadh Parv, Saatyaki͵ after killing Bhoorishravaa, quotes one Vaalmeeki - "Thou sayest͵ O ape͵ that women should not be slain. In all ages͵ however͵ men should always͵ with resolute care͵ accomplish that which gives pain to enemies." (Ganguli translation)."

This Shlok is not found in the Vaalmeeki Raamaayan rescension published by Gita Press Gorakhpur Where is this Shlok in context?

This is a very interesting finding - MBH quoting a verse from Vaalmeeki, taking the poet's name. Great implications. Western scholarship generally argues that the Ramayana was composed after the Mahaabhaarat - but of course, one who does not want to change his stand can always argue this is a later interpolation!

This is the MBH verse in Devanaagaree --
अपि चायं पुरा गीत: श्लोको वाल्मीकिना भुवि
न हन्तव्या स्त्रिय: इति यद् ब्रवीषि प्लवंगम सर्वकालम् मनुष्येण व्यवसायवता सदा
पीडाकरं अमित्राणां यत्स्यात् कर्तव्यमेव तत् अनुष्ठितम् मया तच्च् कस्ताद् गर्हथ मूढवत् [Drone Parv, 143/85-86]

Here is the verse as it appears in Valmiki Ramayana:

Yuddha Kaand, VR
606802534/.taam.haniSyaami.vaidehiim.adya.eva.tava.pazyatah.//
606802612/.imaam.hatvaa.tato.raamam.lakSmaNam.tvaam.ca.vaanara./
606802634/.sugriivam.ca.vadhiSyaami.tam.ca.anaaryam.vibhiiSaNam.//
606802712/.na.hantavyaah.striyaz.ca.iti.yad.braviiSi.plavam.gama./
606802734/.piiDaa.karam.amitraaNaam.yat.syaat.kartavyam.eta.tat.//

606802812/.tam.evam.uktvaa.rudatiim.siitaam.maayaamayiim.tatah./
606802834/.zita.dhaareNa.khaDgena.nijaghaana.indrajit.svayam.//

 

 

 

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Created by Sushma Gupta On 5/27/04
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Modified on 11/04/13