|Dasaradha had been driven ruthlessly by
circumstances to an action which not only broke his heart but made him hate himself and
deprived him even of self-pity. The only way out of the dilemma of either breaking his
plighted word or doing a great wrong to Raama would have been for the latter to disobey
him and insist on his rights, but Raama placed his duty to his father high above all other
things, and Raama was all the world to Seeta and Lakshmana.
So they had all gone together.
To Dasaratha, agonising on his bed of pain
in desolation and remorse, Kausalya spoke reproachful words.
The stinging words in which Kausalya's
sorrow found expression caused excruciating pain to Dasaratha, but she seemed to find some
relief in giving vent to her feelings in this way.