Bamavijaya, 21 ed to take Lakshuman with him, went to his wife, Sita, and said, " I am going to the forest of the demons for fourteen years; and until I return to Ayoclya, 1 ask you to live with Kausalya. I cannot take you with me in the forest, as you are delicate and will not be able to bear 'hard- ship with me." " T shall follow you, " replied Sita, " and share any misfortune that may befall you. I, therefore, go down on my knees and implore you not to leave me here alone. " "Whereupon Rama consulted Yashista and promised Sita that he would also take her with him. Lastly he went to take his leave of Dasharatha, when the king said with tears in his eyes, " I feel much for thee. the wicked and wretched woman has done this all, and I do not think that I shall live until thou returnest to Ayodya. I shall die of grief for thee. As I cannot tell thee to break the promise given by thee to Kayakayi, I give thee my cons- ent to go to the forest. Child, take with thee all necessary things and pass thy days in happiness." "Father/' replied Kama, "I do not want any thing. I shall dress myself in valkalyas* and pass my days in meditation." As soon as Rama spoke these words, Kayakayi brought valkalyas and placed them before Rama., Sita and Lakshuman, who dress- ed themselves in them and set out for the forest with the minister, Sumant. They arrived at Shramga Yera, where Rama sat down for rest on the grass under the shade of a tree near a beautiful river and, having refreshed himself there, requested a fisherman called Guhaka, who was his devotee, to convey him with Sita and Lakshuman to the other side of the river. Guhaka asked him who he was, when he informed him that he was Rama, the eldest son of Dasharatha. Whereupon the fisherman, having embraced Mm, conveyed him with Sita and Lakshuman to the other side of the river, when Sumant took his leave of tho grince and returned to Ayodya. Rama then went to the : Barks of a tree.