very low and poor class ,, still the head of birds offers him praise and takes the knowledge from him . The story of Lord Rama is as follows...Garuda said ,
Now dear Crow, narrate to me with due reverence the most sacred story of Rama, which is everdelightful and a cure for all sufferings. This is what I beg of you again and again. Themoment Crow heard Garudas prayer, humble, sincere, loving; delightful and pious, asupreme joy diffused over his soul and he commenced recounting the virtues of rama(the Lord of the Raghus). First of all, with fervent devotion, he gave anelaborate description of the lake of rama which exploits all evils. Next he told about Narda terribleinfatuation and then of Ravanas incarnation. Thereafter he sang the story of the Lorddescent and then recounted with deep interest His childlike sports .After narrating His boyish sports of various kinds with the utmost rapture of soulhe told of the sage (Viswamitra) arrival and thereafter of ramas wedding. Then he narrated the episode of ramas projected installaion (as the Prince-Regent of Ayodhya) and after that he spoke of the sudden interruption in the festivitiesconnected with the installation due to King Dasaratha solemn pledge (to Kaikey), as wellas of the citizens agony at Rama parting. He then reproduced the dialogue betweenrama and Lakshmana and further described their journey to the forest, the devotion ofthe boatman and their ferrying across the celestial stream (Ganga) and halt at Prayaga.He further described the Lord meeting with the sage Valmiki and how the divine ramaso journed at Chitrakoota. Again, he then told of the minister (Sumantra) return to thecapital, the King demise, Bharata coming back (from his maternal grandfather) as wellas his abundant love (for rama). He further related how after performing the Kingobsequies Bharata with all the citizens betook himself to where the All-blissful Lord was,and how when the Lord of the Raghus consoled him in every way he took the Lordssandals and returned to the city of Ayodhya. crow continued and described Bharatamode of life (at Nandigrama), the (mischievous) conduct of Jayanta (the son of Indra, thelord of the celestials) and the Lords meeting with the sage Atri .After giving an account of Viradhs, the devil death (at the hands of the Lord) he told howthe sage sarbhanga dropped his body, and further described sutikshana devotion andalso the Lords holy communion with the sage Agastya. After speaking about the purification of the Dandaaka forest crowtold of theLords friendship with the vulture king (Jatayu). He further narrated how the Lord took upHis abode at Panchvati and dissipated the fears of all the hermits. Then came the Lordsincomparable exhortation to Lakshamana and the story of surpanakhas mutilation. Hefurther narrated the death of Khara and Dooshanaa (at the Lords hands) and how Ravna(the ten-headed monster) got all the information. Again, he then told all the particulars ofthe latters talk with Maricha. Thereafter he described the abduction of the fictitious Sita[ maya sita ]and briefly referred to the desolation of rama (the Hero of Raghus line). After thishe told how the Lord performed the Obsequies of the vulture king, slew the demonKabandha and bestowed the highest state (final beatitude) on sabari (the Bhila woman),and further narrated how the Hero of Raghus line went to the bank of the Pampa lake,bewailing His desolation all the way. After repeating the Lords talk with the sage Narada as well as the episode of Hismeeting with the son of the wind-good, crow told of ramas alliance with Sugrivaand of Vali monkey death at His hands. He further related how after installing Sugriva (on thethrone of Kiskindha) the Lord took up His abode on Mount Pravarasana, gave an accountof the rains as well as of the autumn that immediately followed and told of ramaswrath on Sugriva and the latters dismay. The crow further narrated how Sugriva (the lord of the monkeys) sent out monkeys,who rushed forth in every direction in quest of Sita; how the party sent to the south entereda cave and were met later on by Sampati (Jatayus elder brother); how after hearing all thenews from him the son of the wind-god jumped over the vast ocean, how the monkey chiefmade his way into Lanka and how later on he saw and reassured Sita; how after layingwaste the grove (where Sita had been lodged) and exhorting Ravnaa he set fire to hiscapital and leapt back across the sea; how the whole party of the monkeys rejoined theLord of the Raghus and told Him of Sitas welfare and how the Hero of Raghus line with Hisarmy went and encamped on the seashore and how Vibhisana came and saw Him; andfurther recited the story of the oceans subjugation. Crow then narrated how after building a bridge across the ocean the monkeyhost crossed over to the other side and how the most heroic son of Vali went as anenvoy to Ravana. He further described the conflict between the demons and themonkeys in all its phases, and in course of it the might and valour, and eventually thedestruction, of Kumbhakarna and Meghanada. The crow then told about the extermination of the demon host and the various phasesof the combat between the Lord of the Raghus and Ravnaa, Ravanas death and Mandodarislament, the enthronement of Vibhisana, the cessation of the gods sorrow and Sitas reunionwith the Lord of the Raghus. He further narrated how the gods with joined palms hymnedthe Lords praises, how the All-merciful Lord then mounted the aerial car known by thename of Pushpaka alongwith the monkeys and flew to Ayodhya and how rama arrivedat His own capital and all such holy doings. He then told of rama coronation and alsodescribed the city and all its kingly polity. In this way crow narrated the whole story. When he heard the whole of Ramas narrative, Garuda [ king of birds ] mind was filled with rapture and then Crow spoke as follows: Witnessing the doings of rama (the Lord ofthe Raghus) the citizens repeatedly said, Blessed is the All-blissful Lord Ramasinstallation to the throne brought joy to all the three spheres and ended all their sorrows. Noone bore enmity to another; ramas glory had obliterated all disharmony.Devoted to duty each according to his own class and stage of life, the people trodthe path of the Vedas and enjoyed happiness. They knew no fear, nor sorrow nordisease.nay, everyone acknowledged the services and benefits received from others and therewas no guileful prudence.Listen, O king of the birds, (continues Kagbhusundi,) during Lord Ramas reign there was not a creature in this world, animate or inanimate, that was liable to any of thesufferings attributable to time, past conduct, personal temperament and character.