Yama was pleased with the words
of Savithri. But was it right to give back the life of one who was already dead?
Yama Savithri, your words have pleased me immensely. Ask for any boon except
your husbands life. I will grant it.
Savithri Dharmaraja, You have indeed blessed me. I will not ask for anything for
myself. By your grace, may my father-in-law regain his eyes! May be regaining his power!
Yama was very much pleased to see that Savithri had such great affection for her
husbands parents. He said, "Your wishes will be fulfilled. Now go back. You are
Savithri Lord, how can I feel tired when I am near my husband? I shall be there
where he is. A single meeting with good persons makes him a life-long friend. Good
mens company is every fruitful. Therefore, one should seek the company of good
Her wisdom filled Yama with admiration.
What then? He could not give back the life of Sathyavantha!
Yama My daughter, your words give me great joy. I am immensely pleased. Ask for
some other boon; but only, do not ask for your husbands life.
Savithri My lord, you are pleased with me. My prayer is that my father-in-law
may get back his kingdom and that once again he may rule justly and well.
Yama So be it. Now go back and do your duty.
Savithri Yamadharmaraja, you bind everyone with a single uniform law. You do
your duty, never going against that law. So you are called Dharmaraja (the Lord of
Righteousness). I pray you, listen to me. One should not deceive any one in thought, word
or deed. Instead, one should help others. This is Dharama, which sustains the world. The
good are kind even to their enemies. This is my faith.
Yama My daughter, your words are like nectar. My joy knows no bounds. Ask for
any boon except Sathyavanthas life.
Savithri My lord, grant that my father may have valiant sons so that his dynasty
may continue. Let my fathers home be brightened.
Yama As you wish. Your father will have good sons. You have followed me very
far. Now go back.
Savithri It is not at all far for me when I be near my husband. My mind movers
even farther then this. I pray you, listen to just another word. Your are very strong. You
are serene and you do what is right, and so you are Dhramaraja, the Lord of Righteousness.
All people seek the love of the good. They yearn for their friendship. Such friendship
brings trust. I have great faith in you, for you are good. I know you will do me no harm.