And you jump with joy. Insane woman! What would be Bharata's state when Raama
reigns? Would not Raama fear and ever look upon Bharata as a dangerous enemy? Raama knows
human nature. He knows that Bharata alive would be a constant threat to his power and
therefore must be killed. Does not one kill a cobra out of fear? Hereafter there is no
security for Bharata's life. Tomorrow morning Kausalya will be a happy woman and you will
bend before her as a well-dressed slave. You will stand before her, hands clasped in
obedience. From tomorrow your son too will be a subject and a slave. In these apartments
there will be no more honour or joy."
And she stopped, unable for grief to
continue. Kaikeyi heard all this and wondered "Why should Manthara have such fears?
Does she not know Raama? Is he not dharma embodied in human form?"