[Saint Narada visits hermitage of Valmiki -- Valmiki queries about a single perfect individual bestowed with all good qualities enumerated by him -- Narada, knower of past, present and future, identifies such a man -- describes virtues, qualities of Sri Rama -- narrates briefly the story of his life.]
tapassvādhyāyanirataṁ tapasvī vāgvidāṁ varam .
nāradaṁ paripapraccha vālmīkirmunipuṅgavam ..1.1.1..
Ascetic Valmiki enquired of Narada, preeminent among the sages ever engaged in the practice of religious austerities or study of the Vedas and best among the eloquent.
kōnvasminsāmprataṁ lōkē guṇavānkaśca vīryavān .
dharmajñaśca kr̥tajñaśca satyavākyō dr̥ḍhavrata:..1.1.2..
"Who in this world lives today endowed with excellent qualities, prowess, righteousness, gratitude, truthfulness and firmness in his vows?
cāritrēṇa ca kō yuktassarvabhūtēṣu kō hita: .
vidvānka: kassamarthaśca kaścaikapriyadarśana: ..1.1.3..
Who is that one gifted with good conduct, given to the wellbeing of all living creatures, learned in the lore (knowledge of all things that is known), capable of doing things which others can not do and singularly handsome?
ātmavānkō jitakrōdhō dyutimānkō’nasūyaka: .
kasya bibhyati dēvāśca jātarōṣasya saṁyugē ..1.1.4..
Who (among men) is selfrestrained? Who has conquered anger? Who is endowed with brilliance and free from envy? Who is that when excited to wrath even the devatas, are afraid of (let alone foes)?
ētadicchāmyahaṁ śrōtuṁ paraṁ kautūhalaṁ hi mē .
maharṣē tvaṁ samarthō’si jñātumēvaṁvidhaṁ naram ..1.1.5..
O Maharshi, I intend to hear about such a man whom you are able to place? Indeed great is my curiosity".
śrutvā caitat_itralōkajñō vālmīkērnāradō vaca: .
śrūyatāmiti cāmanttrya prahr̥ṣṭō vākyamabravīt ..1.1.6..
Invited by Valmiki to take his seat Narada, knower of the three worlds heard him and said with delight, "Listen to me!". And thus spoke.
bahavō durlabhāścaiva yē tvayā kīrtitā guṇā: .
munē vakṣyāmyahaṁ buddhvā tairyuktaśśrūyatānnara: ..1.1.7..
"O sage rare indeed are men endowed with the many qualities you have described. I ascertained one. Listen carefully.
ikṣvākuvaṁśaprabhavō rāmō nāma janaiśśruta: .
niyatātmā mahāvīryō dyutimāndhr̥timān vaśī ..1.1.8..
People have heard his name as Rama, who was born in the race of king Ikshvaku, having steady nature, possessing incomprehensible prowess, selfeffulgent, selfcommanding and subjecting senses under his control.
buddhimānnītimānvāgmī śrīmān śatrunibarhaṇa: .
vipulāṁsō mahābāhu: kambugrīvō mahāhanu: ..1.1.9..
He (Sri Rama) is a great intellectual, adherent to rules, eloquent, handsome, destroyer of foes (sins), broadshouldered, strongarmed, having conchshaped neck and prominent cheeks.
mahōraskō mahēṣvāsō gūḍhajatrurarindamaḥ .
Possessing a broad chest, armed with a great bow, with fleshy collar bones, knee-long arms, a noble head, a graceful forehead and great prowess, he is the destroyer of foes (sins).