1. 21

    भरद्वाजस्ततः शिष्यो विनीतः श्रुतवान् गुरोः | कलशं पूर्णमादाय पृष्ठतोऽनुजगाम ह || १-२-२१

    Then Bharadwaja, the obedient disciple and an erudite scholar, for he heard and learnt many scriptures by listening, on taking handy-vessel full with water followed at the behind of his mentor. [1-2-21]

  2. 22

    स प्रविश्याश्रमपदं शिष्येण सह धर्मवित् | उपविष्टः कथाश्चान्याश्चकार ध्यानमास्थितः || १-२-२२

    He that knower of dharma, Valmiki, having entered the threshold of hermitage along with disciples, and having seated spoke about the day-to-day teachings and also other things, but he himself is preoccupied in cogitation on the verse. [1-2-22]

  3. 23

    आजगाम ततो ब्रह्म लोककर्ता स्वयं प्रभुः | चतुर्मुखो महातेजा द्रष्टुं तं मुनिपुङ्गवम् || १-२-२३

    Then, the great resplendent Four-faced creator of fourteen worlds, almighty Brahma, arrived there on his own, to see that eminent saint Valmiki. [1-2-23] (The deities do not usually arrive on their own, but reveal themselves after a great penance, or on raising hue and cry as is done by demon devotees. Here Brahma, one among the Trinity of Hindu mythology, arrives on his own, to execute a divine deed through Valmiki, i.e. authoring the epic, Ramayana.)

  4. 24

    वाल्मीकिरथ तं दृष्ट्वा सहसोत्थाय वाग्यतः | प्राञ्जलिः प्रयतो भूत्वा तस्थौ परमविस्मितः || १-२-२४

    Then that pious saint Valmiki is highly surprised on seeing Brahma, and on quickly getting up from his seat with his palms adjoined humbly, he stood aside, as he is spellbind. [1-2-24]

  5. 25

    पूजयामास तं देवं पाद्यार्घ्यासनवन्दनैः | प्रणम्य विधिवच्चैनं पृष्ट्वानामयमव्ययम् || १-२-२५

    Valmiki uninterruptedly venerated Brahma, on inquiring into his well-being, washed his feet, drenched his thirst, seated him to rest, and adored at best with customarily obeisance. [1-2-25]