Devavrata saw that his
father was always sad. He, too, was worried. He went to his father. He touched his feet,
and Shantanu greeted him with great love.
Devavrata said, "Father, you are a just ruler; you have always followed truth and
justice. You are a strong king. There is no fear of war as long as you are on the throne.
The people are very happy. What sorrow then crushes you? Tell me, I beg of you."
Shantanu sighed deeply and said,
"Devavrata, do not think of it. I have so ruled that the world approves, I have so
lived that God approves."
A new thought troubled Devavrata. Had he himself done anything that had made his father
unhappy? Like a child he begged his father: "Father, have I done wrong? Tell me, if I
have, I shall correct myself. I shall punish myself and beg forgiveness of you."
Shantanu was deeply moved. He said, "My son, you are my life. You are a learned
man. You will never do wrong. You are brave and strong; but you never harm any one
unjustly. The people love and honor you as they love and honor me. How can I find fault
Devavrata could not understand his father's sorrow. He saw Shantanu was hiding
something - but what?
Devavrata came away from his father. He sent for his father's charioteer. From him he
learnt all that had happened. 'My father's happiness alone is important. I shall sacrifice
anything for him', he said.
Devavrata went to Satyavati's father.