What took place in the inner apartments of the palace was not yet known to the
town-people. But Raama for his part lost no time in preparing for forest life.
He went to Queen Kausalya to receive her
blessings before leaving the city. Kausalya said to him again: "How can I stay in
Ayodhya after you are gone? It is best that I go with you to the forest." Of course,
she knew that her duty was to serve her husband in his old age and share his sorrow in
Ayodhya. And yet her mind was now so confused by grief that she did not see things
But Raama would not hear of it and put her
in mind of her duty to be with the heart-stricken old King in his sad solitude.
She recognised the justice of this counsel.
She gave him her benedictions in sweet words 'diluted with the salt of broken tears.'
"Do as your father has decreed and return in glory." Raama put heart in her with
a smile saying: "The fourteen years will pass quickly and you will see me back."