svÄminaá¹ prÄptam Älokya
mattÄá¹ vÄ sutarÄm iva
Äsikta-mÄrgÄm - the streets were sprinkled; gandha-udaiá¸¥ - with perfumed water; kariá¹Äm - of elephants; mada-ÅÄ«karaiá¸¥ - with particles of perfumed liquor; svÄminam - the master or proprietor; prÄptam - present; Älokya - seeing personally; mattÄm - very opulent; vÄ - either; sutarÄm - highly; iva - as if.
We have simply heard about the opulence of RÄma-rÄjya during the reign of Lord RÄmacandra. Now, here is one example of the opulence of the Lordâs kingdom. The streets of AyodhyÄ were not only cleaned but also sprinkled with perfumed water and drops of perfumed liquor, which were distributed by elephants through their trunks. There was no need of sprinkling machines, for the elephant has a natural ability to suck water through its trunk and again throw it out in a shower. We can understand the opulence of the city from this one example: it was actually sprinkled with perfumed water. Moreover, the citizens had the opportunity to see the Lord personally supervising the affairs of the state. He was not a sleeping monarch, as we can understand from His activities in sending His brothers to see to affairs outside the capital and punish anyone who did not obey the emperorâs orders. This is called dig-vijaya. The citizens were all given facilities for peaceful life, and they were also qualified with appropriate attributes according to vará¹ÄÅrama. As we have seen from the previous chapter, vará¹ÄÅrama-guá¹ÄnvitÄá¸¥: the citizens were trained according to the vará¹ÄÅrama system. A class of men were brÄhmaá¹as, a class of men were ká¹£atriyas, a class were vaiÅyas, and a class were ÅÅ«dras. Without this scientific division, there can be no question of good citizenship. The King, being magnanimous and perfect in His duty, performed many sacrifices and treated the citizens as His sons, and the citizens, being trained in the vará¹ÄÅrama system, were obedient and perfectly ordered. The entire monarchy was so opulent and peaceful that the government was even able to sprinkle the street with perfumed water, what to speak of other management. Since the city was sprinkled with perfumed water, we can simply imagine how opulent it was in other respects. Why should the citizens not have felt happy during the reign of Lord RÄmacandra?