received Viswaamitra as Indra would welcome Brahma and touching his feet, the King said:
"I am indeed blessed among men. Your coming can only be due to the merit of my
ancestors. Like the morning sun that dispels the darkness of night, your face brings joy
to my sight. My heart is full. Born a king, you have become through tapas a Brahma Rishi.
And you yourself have come seeking my dwelling. Is there any thing in my power that I can
do for you? If so, command and I shall obey."
was rejoiced to hear these words of Dasaratha, and. his face brightened. He said: "O
King, your words are worthy of you. Born in the Ikshvaaku line, with Vasishtha for your
Guru, what else could you say? You have said 'yes' before I asked. This fills my heart
with joy." And he straightway explained the purpose of his visit.