Now Bharata understood everything and realised the enormity of the harm wrought
by his mother.
Overwhelmed by grief and near, he could not
control himself. At the thought of what she had done and the eternal infamy she bad
incurred, his grief grew wild and he hurled cruel words at her.
"What have you done?" he cried.
"Did you ever hope to make me accept the kingdom? Deprived of such a father and such
a brother, am I likely to care for power? After causing the death of the King and the
banishment of Raama, you ask me to take their place and rule the land. This is like
pouring oil into the fire of my grief. How unfortunate was my father to have chosen you
for a wife! Kausalya and Sumitra will also die of grief. Oh, how could you bring yourself to do this to Raama who was so devoted to you?
Revered mother Kausalya treated you like her own blood-sister.