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The Story of Nimi and the Dynasty of his Son Mithila

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 The Story of Nimi and the Dynasty of his Son Mithila

(1) S'rî S'uka said: 'Nimi [see 9.6: 4], the son of Ikshvâku, planning for a sacrifice appointed Vasishthha to be the priest who said: 'I am already engaged by Lord Indra, o Mahârâja. (2) When I have finished that sacrifice will I return, wait for me till then'.

Nimi remained silent and [Vasishthha] performed the sacrifice for Indra. (3) With the guru for a long time not returning thought Nimi: 'Life is short' and inaugurated the sacrifice with another self-realized soul as the officiating priest.

(4) Having ended the ceremonies did the guru upon his return find deviation from the instructions given and so he pronounced a curse: 'May the body of Nimi, who thinks he's so learned, come to a fall!'

(5) Nimi [on his turn] cursed the guru who tried to thrive in denial of his religious practice: 'And may your body, so ignorant of the dharma with your greed, fall down too!'

(6) Thus had Nimi, fully conversant with the spiritual knowledge, to give up his body. Vasishthha, the great-grandfather [died also but] was by Mitra and Varuna [their seed] born [again] from Urvas'î [the heavenly courtesan, see also 6.18: 5-6]. (7) Nimi's body was preserved in fragrant substances and at the end of the Sa(t)tra-sacrifice [a long-standing Soma-sacrifice] formulated the assembled ones of God the following: (8) 'May this body of the potent king cherished by us, come alive!'

Thus having expressed themselves answered Nimi: 'Do not bind me to a physical frame! (9) Shunning to be falsely united do spiritual philosophers [jñânis] neither desire to get into contact that way nor to be of a service like that of the great saints who at the lotus feet are absorbed in thoughts about the Lord [see bhajan]. (10) I do not wish to assume a material body that inevitably dies again, it is for each everywhere, like with fish living in the water, the cause of all distress, lamentation and fear [see also 1.13: 47 and B.G. 9: 3].'

(11) The godly said: 'Live as you like without a body; in the vision of the embodied you may become manifest or unmanifest now we've seen you in your spiritual existence!'

(12) In respect of the common people afraid of anarchy churned the great seers the deceased body of Nimi and was thus a son born [compare: 4.14: 43 and 4.15: 1]. (13) Because of his uncommon birth became he known as Vaideha ['free from a body'] because of being born from Videha [Nimi who was without a body]. He as well as the city he founded, were also known as Mithila from the being born from the churning. (14) From him there was a son named Udâvasu, the one born from him was Nandivardhana, Suketu followed him and his son carried the name Devarâta, o great ruler. (15) From him there was Brihadratha, Mahâvîrya was his and he became the father of Sudhriti who had a son named Dhrishthaketu. He on his turn had Haryas'va after whom there was Maru. (16) Maru's son was Pratîpaka and from him was Kritaratha born. From him came Devamîdha and his son Vis'ruta had one named Mahâdhriti. (17) Kritirâta followed and from him there was Mahâromâ as a son whose son Svarnaromâ had a son called Hrasvaromâ as the next one in the dynasty. (18) From him was S'îradhvaja [King Janaka] born who for the performance of sacrifices plowing the earth from the front of his plow [or s'îra] had Sîtâdevî [the wife of Râma, Sîtâ means 'furrow'] born, because of which he was celebrated as S'îradhvaja. (19) Kus'adhvaja was S'îradhvaja's son and his son was king Dharmadhvaja whose two sons were Kritadhvaja and Mitadhvaja. (20-21) Kritadhvaja had Kes'idhvaja and Mitadhvaja's son was Khândikya, o King. Kritadhvaja's son was an expert in the science of transcendence and Khândikya was an expert in vedic rituals. The latter fled because he feared Kes'idhvaja. From Bhânumân, Kes'idhvaja's son, there was the son S'atadyumna. (22) S'uci was his son and of him was the son Sanadvâja born. Ûrjaketu, his son, had Aja who thereafter had Pûrujit as his son. (23) Also he had a son: Arishthanemi, and from his son S'rutâyu was there Supârs'vaka who fathered Citraratha of whom the son Kshemâdhi became the king of Mithilâ. (24) His son named Samaratha had one named Satyaratha. From him was Upaguru born who begot Upagupta who was a partial expansion of Agni [the god of fire]. (25) Vasvananta [of Upagupta] his son thereafter was known by the name of Yuyudha who had a son called Subhâshana and his son was S'ruta. He had Jaya and Jaya had Vijaya. Vijaya's son was Rita. (26) Of him was the son S'unaka born, then came Vîtahavya and his son was Dhriti. Dhriti begot the son Bahulâs'va and of him there was Kriti who had a son called Mahâvas'î. (27) These, o King, are the descendants of Mithila who by the grace of the Lord of Yoga were all true knowers of the soul finding liberation from the worldly duality, even though they stayed at home.'

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