ramah sancoditah pitra
bhratrn matra sahavadhit
prabhava-jno muneh samyak
samadhes tapasas ca sah
ramah—Lord Parasurama; sancoditah—being encouraged (to kill his mother and brothers); pitra—by his father; bhratrn—all his brothers; matra saha—with the mother; avadhit—killed immediately; prabhava-jnah—aware of the prowess; muneh—of the great sage; samyak—completely; samadheh—by meditation; tapasah—by austerity; ca—also; sah—he.
Jamadagni then ordered his youngest son, Parasurama, to kill his brothers, who had disobeyed this order, and his mother, who had mentally committed adultery. Lord Parasurama, knowing the power of his father, who was practiced in meditation and austerity, killed his mother and brothers immediately.
The word prabhava jnah is significant. Parasurama knew the prowess of his father, and therefore he agreed to carry out his father’s order. He thought that if he refused to carry out the order he would be cursed, but if he carried it out his father would be pleased, and when his father was pleased, Parasurama would ask the benediction of having his mother and brothers brought back to life. Parasurama was confident in this regard, and therefore he agreed to kill his mother and brothers.
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