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« Reply #30 on: June 16, 2008, 08:24:53 AM »
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                                           Description of the sage  like Sita
     
          (This chapter gives a very detailed and graphic description of the state of Sita)
     
    The innocent princess Vaidehi who was a noble soul, seeing Ravana  the youthful , pretty king of Rakshasas from the place  she was sitting ,shook like a banana plant caught in a cyclone                                                                                                                        1-2
     
    That ten headed one saw Sita who was having a pretty body, who had broad eyes, who was hiding her belly by her thighs and breasts by her hands, who was being guarded by the crowd of Rakshasis, who had wilted because of her sorrow, who was crying, who was like a sinking ship, who was like a branch of a tree which had fallen on earth, who was sitting on bare earth , who was doing great penance, who was suitable for a make up but was not made up, who was wearing dirt as an ornament and who was the princess of Videha. In that state she who was like a stem of lotus, which was shining and also not shining.                                                                                                                    3-6
     
    Ravana because his death was nearby, passionately loved Sita, who was like one traveling in the chariot of mind pulled by horses called “strong decision” taking her near to the all knowing great prince Sri Rama, who had faded, who was alone, who was crying, who was all the time thinking and crying, whose only aim was Sri Rama, who was virtuous, who had still not seen the end of sorrow, who was like the shivering Naga maiden tied by magic chants, who was like the star Rohini affected by the comets, who was born in a pedigreed family which was orthodox, which was just and which was having good character and good conduct , who was given in religious marriage to another great family, who appeared as if she was brought up in a bad family, who was like the fame tainted by non existing gossip, who was like the knowledge which was not memorized by constant repetition, who was like the fame which had disappeared, who was like the attention which was dishonored, who was like the knowledge which has diminished, who was like the desire which was disappointed, who was like a demolished home, who was like the commands which were not obeyed, who was like the residences which were burnt, who was like the worship which was prevented in the right time, who was like the destroyed lotus pond, who was like the army without its commander, who was like the darkened glitter, who was like the dried up river, who was like the sacrificial arena made dirty, who was like the receding fire about to die, who was like the night of full moon when eclipse is caused by Rahu and Kethu, who was like the turbid lotus pond which was disturbed by the trunk of the elephant and from which all leaves and flowers were removed and from which the birds have flown away, who had wilted because of  her husband was not with her, who was like the river from which water has been removed by canals, who was like the night of waxing moon because she had not taken her bath, who was great, who was very pretty, who was fit to live in a palace made of gems, who was wilting due to harsh sun light, who was like a lotus stem picked some time before, who was like a she elephant which was removed away from the he elephant and tied to a pillar, which was tired because of extreme sorrow and which was taking long breaths, who was shining with a single made hair without any ornaments, who was like the black corner of the forest at the end of the rainy season,  who was famished because of her fast, who had become thin because of her sorrow, who was pitiable because of worries and fear, who was not taking any food, who was wilted because of sorrow, who appeared as if she was praying  with folded hands to Sri Rama mentally as if  she was praying God  for the death of the ten headed one giving great importance to her virtue , who was having white  long eyes with pretty eyelids, who was crying, who was seeing all round out of fear, who was firmly believing only on Sri Rama and who was  not suitable to be found fault of..                                                                                                             7-22
     
     
          Thus ends the nineteenth chapter of Sundara Kanda which
         is in the Ramayana which is the first epic written  by Valmiki.
     

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    Re: SUNDERKAND
    « Reply #31 on: June 16, 2008, 08:25:18 AM »
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                                               Ravana’s prayer of love
      (This chapter is the prayer of love of Ravana to Sita. He praises her, points out his greatness and tells her how she can enjoy life if she accepts his proposal)
     
    That Ravana with an  aim to intimately talk to Sita who is sad, who meditates like a sage, who was caught in the web of fear and who is virtuous and devoted to her husband, sweetly explained to her:-                                                                                         1
     
    “Oh lady who has thighs like the elephants trunk, you seem to wish to make your body invisible to me by hiding your breasts and belly.”                                                     2
     
    “Hey broad eyed one, hey my dear, hey lady who has a very beautiful body, I am passionately in love with you ,who is the prettiest lady of the world and  so please respect me.”                                                                                                                             3
     
    “Hey Sita, there are neither Rakshasas or men who are personification of passion here, and so let the fear for me inside you be completely erased.”                                        4
     
    “Hey Coward, abducting other women and raping them are permissible by the clan rules of Rakshasas, no doubt.”                                                                                                  5
     
    “Whatever it may be , let the God of love play to any extent on my body, but I will definitely not even touch you without your permission.”                                               6
    (Vedavathi has cursed Ravana that if he  touches any lady against her wishes, his head will break in to pieces.)
     
    “ Hey  Lady, please do not fear that any mishap will occur in this case . Hey  pretty one , have belief in me and  love me with all your soul, and do not spend time like this by nurturing your sorrow..”                                                                                                  7
     
    “With matted singly made hair, sleeping on the floor, wearing dirty cloths, worrying and starving  are not suitable to you , my lady.”                                                                     8
     
    “Hey daughter of Mithila, please accept my love and receive rare garlands, smoke from incense, several good cloths, divine ornaments, very costly drinks, beds. Seats, song, dance and other instrumental music.”                                                                   9-10
     
    “Hey pretty one, you are a jewel among ladies and why is it that you are not fit to receive praises ? Don’t be like this, accept me and wear ornaments on your body.”                  11
     
     
    “This pretty youthful looks of yours  is fading very fast and the youthfulness  that is past would not return back similar to the flowing water.”                                                    12
     
    “Hey Good looking lady, there is no one else as pretty as you and I think that the creator Brahma has stopped his work after creating you. “                                                        13
     
    “Hey daughter of Videha, which male including the God Brahma can leave you after personally seeing you glittering in your beauty and youth?”                                         14
     
    “Hey lady who has a face like cool full moon,  Hey lady who has big wide waists, whichever part of the body I see, my eyes are tied up by that part.”                             15
    “Hey princess of Mithila, forsake this sorrow, become my wife and become the chief among my several great ladies.”                                                                               16
     
    “Hey coward, whatever jewels I have brought by force from any corner of the world would belong to you and for that matter me and my kingdom will be yours.”         17
     
    “Hey lady who attracts, I would conquer all countries with several cities in the world and for your sake give them to Janaka, your father.”                                                        18
     
    “I do not know any one else in this world who has same strength as me , and so think of my great valor which is unbeatable in war.”                                                              19
     
    “All devas and Asuras were unable to stand before me along with their armies and have been driven out by me several times after breaking their flags.”                                20
     
    “Please accept me, let you be ornamented and made up just now.”                            21
     
    “Let you , wear glittering ornaments all over your body and  let me  with pleasure  see you  pretty. after wearing those ornaments.”                                                                22
     
    “Hey pretty faced one, Hey coward, after being well made up, with pleasure ,enjoy all passions, be happy  and get satisfied in your want of passion.”                                    23
     
    “You can give as presents  land and  wealth to whomsoever are dear to you. Please be happy believing in me and order with courage. Please enjoy all pleasures and let all your relations live happily because of my power.”                                                     24
     
    “Hey lady, be pleased to see my greatness, my wealth and my fame. Hey lucky one, what are you going to do with Rama who wears cloths made of barks of trees?”          25
     
    “Rama has lost his victory, he has lost his wealth, he wanders in the forest, he does penance, he sleeps on bare earth, and not only that I am doubting whether he is still alive or not?”                                                                                                                    26
     
    “Hey princess of Videha, like the moon with a stork filled front which is hidden by dark clouds , he will not be even able to see you.”                                                                  27
    (Normally people imagine the shadow on the moon as rabbit but the poet here imagines it as lot of storks)
     
     
    “Not only that Rama will not be able to take you away from my hands like  Hiranya Kasipu  was not able to  take back his wife Keerthi from the hands of  Indra..”                                  28
    (Indra abducted the Kayathu alias  Keerthi wife of Hiranya Kasipu, who could not get her back .Sage Narada convinced Indra of his wrong act and Gave back Kayathu to Hiranya Kasipu.It seems she was in the family way while in captivity and Narada told her the stories of Vishnu. The child named as Prahlada became a staunch devotee of Vishnu.)
     
    “Hey coward, hey lady with heart warming smile, hey lady with pretty teeth, hey lady with pretty eyes, Hey handsome lady who attracts others, you have stolen my mind like the Garuda has taken away the serpent.”                                                                    29
     
    “In spite of your wearing dirty silk cloth, in spite of not been made up, in spite of your having a famished look, after seeing you , I am not able to love m other dear wives.”   30
    (Even at this state Sita is pretty, then imagine how much pretty she would be if she dresses well.)
       
    “There are very many ladies with all good qualities in my harem and be pleased to become their queen.”                                                                                                    31
     
    “Hey black haired one, my wives are the best in all the three worlds and they would serve you like the divine maidens serve Goddess Lakshmi.”                                                   32
     
    “Hey lady with pretty eyelids, Hey lady with pretty waist , you can get all the wealth and gems that Lord Kubhera has and also all the worlds and me if you so please.”                33
     
    “Lady, Rama cannot be equal to me by innate power, fame and wealth and also never be equal to me by penance, strength and masculinity.”                                                          34
     
    “ Hey Lady with shifting glances, I would dedicate sufficient wealth and land for your sake, you can then enjoy all the pleasures and become happy, You can live with me as you please, be a dear to me, engage in love play with me and along with you  let your relatives also become happy.”                                                                                       35     
     
    “Hey coward, Hey lady,  you can wear golden garlands with clear pearls and travel and enjoy with me  to the fully flowered dense forests full of bees and also the beaches.”  36
     
    (There is a version of Ramayana called Adyathma Ramayana, which tells us that Ravana had abducted Sita only as a means to see Rama whom he revered as God. This Chapter’s stanzas have been given alternate meaning by the adherents of that version of Ramayana .There is another version called Ananda Ramayana which tells us that Sita is in fact the daughter of Ravana.)
     
          Thus ends the twentieth chapter of Sundara Kanda which
         is in the Ramayana which is the first epic written  by Valmiki.
     

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    « Reply #32 on: June 17, 2008, 03:08:06 AM »
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                                              Denial of Ravana’s proposal
     
    (This chapter contains the reply of Sita .She tells him that he should give  her back to
        Sri Rama and seek his protection if he wants to live further)
         
    Hearing the words of the cruel Rakshasa , Sita became sad and started trembling and toungue tied and told the following words as  reply ,one by one in low tones.           1
    (People believed that virtuous women should not shout and also Sita wanted to convince Ravana that he is wrong and that is why –one by one)
     
    Sita who was pretty, who has done penance, who is virtuous, and who always meditates on her husband became extremely sad, started crying and trembling and put a thin grass in between them and replied him with a smile which showed her greatness.              2
    (Putting the grass between them indicates , how much value she has attached to Ravana)
     
    “Take back your mind from me  and take your mind to your own people ,for you are not fit to pray  to me like the sinner praying for redemption.”                                            3
     
    “I who was born in a great family and got married in to a equally holy honoured family cannot do a great sin which is cursed by virtuous women with one husband.”              4
    (Valmiki uses Eka Pathim meaning a lady with one husband.)
     
    That famous daughter of Videha without bothering about Ravana the Rakshasa told this turning her back to him and started to tell the same thing in more detail.                        5
     
    “ I who am innocent and a wife of another  man ,  am not fit to become your wife in the proper course, so protect the just method of action and obey the tenets of good conduct properly.”                                                                                                                          6
     
    “Hey night traveler, like your wives, the wives of other people also should be properly protected and so keep yourself as  a simile  and try to find satisfaction in your own wives.”                                                                                                                        7
     
    “He who cannot find satisfaction in his own wives is one who cannot control his senses and that unstable man is lead to his own destruction by other ladies.”                       8
     
    “It appears that here,  there are no great ones who tell you about the right path or it appears that you are not obeying them for your brain is doing just opposite to the right conduct.”                                                                                                                     9
     
    “You who seem to concentrate your mind on bad conduct possibly are not obeying the  advice of those great analysts  and their words , which would give you to good future because you are leading  the Rakshasas to destruction .”                                           10
     
    “Prosperous countries and cities race to their complete destruction if they get a foolish king who engages himself in unjust activities.”                                                           11
     
    “Like that , this gem studded city of Lanka having got you as a king is soon going to be destroyed because of your sinful activities.”                                                                     12
     
    “Hey Ravana, all animals are thankful for the destruction of a sinner who gets destroyed by thoughtless activities done by himself.”                                                                   13
     
    “Like this your own people who are ignored t by a sinner such as you would become happy and curse you saying” That angry one attained this destruction because of God.””     14
     
    “I am not the one who will be  tempted by wealth or  the position of a queen  and stray from just activities  as  I am one with Lord Rama like the Sun’s rays are with Sun.”     15
     
    “Having made the Lord of the world’s hands as a source of protection (pillow). How can I allow any one else’s hands near me.”                                                                           16
     
    “Like the ultimate knowledge is fit for one who does penances completely and gained knowledge of the  soul, I am suitable  to be wife only to him  who is the king.”         17
     
    “Hey Ravana, It would be good for you if you return me to  Rama similar to the imprisoned she elephant be joined to its He elephant in the forest.”                          18
     
    “That Sri Rama is the greatest among men, he knows what is just and he is famous for behaving with affection towards any one seeking his protection and if you are desirous of living, you should build up friendly relationship with him .You please do everything that will please that Lord, who loves those who seeks his protection. That is the only one way for you,  who is desirous of a deathless state and  want to prevent your own death you have to decide to control your senses and decide to pray-fully offer me  back at this moment.”                                                                                                         19-22
     
    “Only by offering me back to Rama would you lead a comfortable life and if you do otherwise you would reach your death.”                                                                23
     
    “The Vajrayudha (weapon of diamond) may leave you and even God of death can postpone his action for a long time but if Rama, the Lord of the world ,becomes angry, you will not be left out.”                                                                                           24
     
    “You would hear the fearful echoing sound of Kodanda[15] , the bow of Rama , which would be similar to the sound made by Vajrayudha.”                                                       25
     
    “ Well made, poison spewing arrows of Rama and Lakshmana are going to fall here like serpents soon. “                                                                                                        26
     
    “Those arrows with hawk feather which are going to fall here are soon going to kill all Rakshasas and would leave no space in this city.”                                                  27
     
    “That great eagle ,Sri Rama is going to soon destroy the snake like king of Rakshasa like a eagle destroys the snakes.”                                                                                    28
     
    “Like Lord Mahavishnu took away the entire wealth of Rakshasa by his three steps, my Lord and destroyer of his enemies Sri Rama would free me from your clutches soon.” 29
    (This gives an indication about the story of Vamana and Mahabali. Lord Vishnu took the form of dwarfish Brahmin lad and requested Mahabali for three steps of Land. Two steps measured all the fourteen worlds, and Mahabali offered his own head for the third step.)
     
    “Hey Rakshasa , having been made without a army camp  by the extermination of the army of Rakshasas in Janasthana and having no other  alternative you did this bad deed.”                           30
     
    “Hey base one, did you not enter my ashram and abduct me when the lion like brothers went little far away.”                                                                                                          31
     
    “Like a fox which is not safe when two hunter dogs are smelling for him, you would not be able to even stand before Rama and Lakshmana.”                                                    32
     
    “Similarly in the war with them you would attain destruction like the Vrithrasura who had  one hand left was destroyed by the two handed Indra and there is no possibility of victory.”                                                                                                                33
    (This alludes to one of the very few battles Indra won He first cut one of the Asura’s hand and when he continued fighting Indra killed him She compares Ravana to a single armed Asura and mocks at him..)
     
    “My Lord Sri Rama with Lakshmana would take your soul away by their arrows like the hot sun dries away a small pool of water.”                                                                 34
     
    “Even if you hide in the mountain of Kubhera or hide in the residence of Varuna or in the hall of Indra , definitely you cannot save yourselves from the son of Dasaratha like a lifeless huge tree cannot save itself from lightning.”                                                      35
     
          Thus ends the twenty first chapter of Sundara Kanda which
         is in the Ramayana which is the first epic written by Valmiki.

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                                                  Ravana setting limit for Sita
     
    (Ravana terrorizes Sita and tells her that within another two months she should sleep with him. Otherwise she would be killed. Sita rejects the threat with contempt it deserves and the passionate Ravana treats her cruelly. He is dissuaded by one Dhanyamala and returns to his palace , after ordering the Rakshasis surrounding Sita to make her obey to his wishes by fair or foul means.)
    After this Ravana , hearing the  firm reply of Sita, gave the following dangerous reply to her well intentioned words:-                                                                                            1
     
    “To the extent a man tries to console a lady, he gets caught in her web to that extent, to the extent he praises her, he is given negative replies to that extent.”                             2
     
    “The passion towards you within me is controlling my anger towards you like an experienced driver controls a straying horse.”                                                                3
     
    “Passion of a man is beautiful, because to whomsoever that passion is addressed , he gets love and mercy towards her.”                                                                                          4
    (Ravana who is a Rakshasa talks about the passion of man.)
     
    “Because of this I am not killing you, who has love towards an imposter sage  and  who should be insulted and killed.”                                                                                       5
     
    “Hey princess of Mithila, for every harsh word that you told me you deserve terrible punishment of death.”                                                                                                      6
     
    After telling the daughter of Videha these words, he became very angry and further told her the following:-                                                                                                            7
     
    “Hey pretty one, who cannot be adequately described, the remaining period of safety that I have set to you are only two months and so you better climb in my bed to sleep with me.”                                                                                                                                  8
     
    “If you do not accept me as your husband after two months, my cooks will cut you in to pieces for my breakfast.”                                                                                                    9
    (After abducting and keeping her imprisoned in Asoka forest. Gave her a period of 12 months of which ten are already past.)
     
    The deva and Gandharwa ladies present there with pain laden eyes pitied the daughter of Janaka who was threatened by the king of Rakshasas.                                                     10
     
    Some ladies by the movement of their lips and some others by their eyes and faces tried to console Sita who was terrorized by the Rakshasa.                                                   11
     
    Consoled by them Sita, addressing Ravana the king of Rakshasas told him the following words which reflected the greatness in her due to her virtue and which were good to the soul:-                                                                                                                               12
     
    “There appears to be none interested in your welfare and that is why nobody is preventing you from this base act of yours.”                                                               13-14
     
    “In all the three worlds none except you would wish me to be their wives, for I am the wife of that just soul like Sachi Devi is the wife of Indra.”                                          15
     
    “Hey, base Rakshasa, where and how are you going to run and save yourself after uttering these sinful words addressed to the wife of the all powerful Sri Rama.(could be also interpreted as from that sin instead of Rama)”                                                16
     
    “ You two are like the very angry upset elephant and a poor rabbit in the forest, you being the rabbit and Sri Rama the elephant.”                                                                17
     
    “You , who are like that are without shame insulting him  from the beginning  and never became  visible to his eye and kept yourself  in hiding.”                                       18
     
    “Hey cruel one, why are those two cruel ugly an yellowish black eyes of yours which are staring me not falling down on earth.”                                                                         19
     
    “Hey sinner, why does not your toungue which talks to me who am Rama’s  wife and daughter in law of Dasaratha not getting detached?”                                                    20
     
    “Hey ten headed one,  who deserves to become ash, I am not turning you in to ash by the power of my virtue  because I do not have the  consent from Rama and since I have to follow my own dictates of just action(dharma).”                                                       21
     
    “It is not possible for me ,who belongs to Rama, to be abducted and I do not have any doubt that God has fated this ,for causing your destruction.”                                    22
     
    “After doing some trick to get Sri Rama away from me , you are supposed to be a great hero , who is the brother of Kubhera and who has an army , had only done  the theft of a wife “                                                                                                                             23
     
    Hearing these insulting words, Ravana rolled his very cruel eyes and stared at the daughter of Janaka.                                                                                                     24
     
    That king of Rakshasas who was like a bluish cloud, who had very thick neck and arms, who had the strength and gait of a lion, who was a gentleman, who had sharp  toungue and eyes like the flame of fire, who wore the crown with moving tips, who wore several pretty garlands and other marks, who wore red cloths and garland, who wore golden armlets, who had a pretty waist belt adorned with blue gem stones, who was like the Mandara mountain used to churn out nectar from the sea with the great serpent Vasuki encircling it   and  who was equal to a mountain, shined with his two long , round and thick hands like the two peaks of Mandara mountain.                                          25-28
     
    That Ravana, who wore two ear globes having the glitter of the young sun, who was like a mountain having two Asoka trees with red young leaves and flowers, who was similar to the wish giving tree (Kalpaka[16]) , who looked like the personification of spring season, who was like the dreaded body platform in the cremation ground, who though ornamented well was looking terrible and who was having deep red eyes due to anger, hissed like a serpent addressed Sita the daughter of King of Videha and told thus:-   29-31
     
    “Hey lady , who has believed with hope that unjust Rama who is poor, I am going to kill you by my strength  just now like the Sun eats away the dawn.”                                  32
     
    Having told her like this Ravana who was the king who made his enemies cry, addressing the Rakshasis with terrible miens,  some of whom were one eyed, some who were one  eared, some who were shut eared, some who were having cow like ears, some who were having elephant like ears, some whose ears were hanging, some who did not have ear at all, some who were elephant legged, some who were horse legged, some who were cow legged, some who were having very long hairs on the leg, some who were having both eyes on one side, some who were having only one leg, some who were having giant legs, some who did not have leg at all, some who were having big heads and legs, some who were having big breasts and bellies, some who were having big mouth and eye, some who were having very long toungue, some who did not have toungue at all, some who were not having nose, some who were having the face of a lion, some who were having face of a cow and  some who were having the face of a pig , ordered  them , “ Hey Rakshasis, You take that action which would make Sita the daughter of Janaka obey my intents soon and all of you do it together. Not only that, bring her under control, using techniques favouring and not favouring her and tricks like Sama(soft), Bhedha(creating confusion) and Dhana(using rough tactics)” and after ordering like this  forgetting himself by passion and anger he terrorized the daughter of Janaka showing her his face.”                    33-39     
     
    Then a Rakshasi called Dhanya Malini hurriedly came near him and embracing the ten headed one told him thus:-                                                                                    40 
    (some people identify Dhanya Malini as Mandodari, the queen of Ravana)   
     
    “Hey king, who is the chief of Rakshasas, what is the use  this foolish Sita who belongs to the base caste of man   to you, come on, make love with me.”                                   41
     
    “Hey King, I feel that the God Brahma has not fated her to enjoy the greatly enjoyable things that you have earned by your strength.”                                                           42
     
    “The body of him who is in passionate love with some one who does love him becomes frail day by day and full contentment can be had only when you love some one who desires you. “                                                                                                                43
     
    That very strong cloud like Rakshasa, thus pulled back by that Rakshasi went back from there with a smile.                                                                                                        44
     
    Starting from there, the ten headed one traveled to his palace with the glitter of the sun, making the earth tremble under his feet.                                                                     45
     
    Along with the ten headed one, the Deva ladies, Gandharwa ladies and the Naga ladies surrounded him on all four sides and entered the palace.                                           46     
     
    Tempted by the God of love that Ravana terrorizing  Sita who was stable, who always stood by just action and who was trembling   leaving her there reached his glittering palace.                                                                                                                           47             
     
     
          Thus ends the twenty second chapter of Sundara Kanda which
         is in the Ramayana which is the first epic written  by Valmiki.

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                                          Rakshasis trying to persuade Sita
    (After the departure of Ravana, the Rakshasis started advising Sita about the desirability of her, acceding to the request of Ravana. They point out the positive aspects and also tell her about her being killed, if she does not obey Ravana)
     
                                                                                     
           The King Ravana who made his enemies cry went back from there,  telling like this to the princess of Mithila and ordering all Rakshasis.                                                        1
     
      After the king of Rakshasas started and went back to his harem ,those terrible looking Rakshasis surrounded  Sita.                                                                                             2
     
     Afterwards the Rakshasis forgetting themselves in anger, came near Sita and faced the daughter of Videha told her these fearsome words:-                                                       3
     
    “Hey Sita, how is it that you do not consider being wife of Ravana who has ten heads, who was born in the family of Pulasthya and  who is great as big?”                            4
    (Pulasthya was the son of Brahma and father of Vishravas)
     
    After this One Rakshasi called Eka Jata(single haired one) with blood red eyes due to her anger called Sita who had a belly as soft as the palm  and told her thus about this aspect:-   5
     
    “The famous Pulasthya is the spiritual son of Brahma and among the Prajapathis (leader of men) and fourth in rank.”                                                                                         6
    (Sanaka, Sanatkumara and Sounaka are the others)
     
    “This Pulasthya who had the spiritual son who is a very  great sage with famed penance  and is called by the name of Vishrawas and had the same luster as Lord Brahma himself.”                     7
    (The Rakshasis are trying to convince Sita that Ravana was after all a son of a great man in other words born to  a man and a Rakshasi and therefore it is all right for her to become the wife of Ravana.)
     
    “Hey Broad eyed one, Ravana who is the chief of Rakshasas  is his son and you better like to become  his wife. Hey lady who is all over pretty, are you going to obey, what I advice you or not?”                                                                                                            8
     
    Then a Rakshasi called Harijata(green haired one)  rolled her two  very angry eyes and showing her cat like eyes uttered these words:-.                                                           9
     
    “You better like to become wife of  that chief of Rakshasas who has won over the thirty three deva chieftains  as well as their king Indra.”                                                         10
     
    At that time a Rakshasi called Praghasa bullying her forgetting herself in anger and told the following hard words, “ Are you going to accept the role of wife of the strong one who is ebbing with heroism, who has never retreated in a battle and who is very strong. That very strong king Ravana would leave his queen ,who  needs to be respected and would consider you as the most lucky one among all. Ravana would desert his harem which is filled by thousands of ladies and which is decorated by gems and come near you.”                                                                                                                  11-14
    (She is telling her that he would leave his wife and concubines and get attached to her)
     
    Another Rakshasi called Vikata asked her thus, “ That great one who has won Nagas, Gandharwas and Dhanavas in fights and war, is coming in front of you and begging you. Hey lady who is depressed, are you going to agree  now itself to become the wife of Ravana who is a great one with all riches and who is the king of Rakshasas ?”       15-17
    (She is emphasizing more on the valor of Ravana.)
     
    After that a Rakshasi called Durmukhi(bad faced one) told her the following words,”
    Hey lady with long eyes, are you not going to come under the control of him, for whose sake the Sun  is afraid to emit heat and  wind is afraid to blow harshly? Hey pretty one , who has beautiful eye brows, are you going to give your strong consent to be the wife of Ravana, for whose sake trees shower flowers always and the black clouds pour out rain whenever he chooses? Hey bewitching lady who has a very attractive divine smile, you better be clever and obey this good advice given to you, otherwise you will not be definitely alive.”                                                                                                18-22
    (This Rakshasi harps about how even the divine ones dread Ravana)
     
         Thus ends the twenty third chapter of Sundara Kanda which
         is in the Ramayana which is the first epic written  by Valmiki.
     
    Songs sung of twenty-fourth to forty-seventh chapters of Sundara Kanda by Lava and Kusha in front of Sri Rama at the place where AswaMedha sacrifice was being performed on eighteenth day . The total verses sung on that day were 932.

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                               Bullying by the Rakshasis
     
    (This chapter describes the various ways ,the Rakshasis tried to bully Sita)
     
    After this the ugly looking hard hearted Rakshasa ladies came near Sita and told the following harsh and undesirable words:-                                                                  1
     
     “Hey Sita, why are you not consenting to the life in Harem which is liked by all beings and which has very special beds? “                                                                              2
     
    “You think a human lady should only be the wife of another human being but that is not going to happen to you and so drag away your mind from Sri Rama.”                          3
     
    “Accept being the wife of Ravana who enjoys the greatest pleasures in all the three worlds  and engage in pleasant love play.”                                                                    4
     
    “It is strange for you who is  a lucky human being without any defects, wanting  to rejoin Rama who has been driven away from his kingdom, who is dejected and who is suffering because of sorrow.”                                                                                                      5
     
    Sita who had eyes similar to the lotus , after hearing the words of Rakshasis . with tear- filled eyes, told the following words:-                                                                             6
     
    “All the words told by you jointly are against the percepts of the world and are sinful and is not acceptable to me.”                                                                                                   7
     
    “A human lady should not become the wife of a Rakshasa, Even if all of you are going to eat me away, I am not going to listen to your words.”                                                     8
     
    “Though my husband has been driven away from his kingdom and though he is  in dire straits, he is always one who is respected by me and like the Lady Suvarchala  is always with the Sun God, I will  always be with him.”                                                           9
    ( This simile is strange , because Suvarchala being hurt by Sun’s harsh rays, left her shadow instead of her to be his wife.)
     
    “I would never part from my husband Rama  who is the prince of Ikshuvaku clan ,  like the very lucky Lady Sachi devi  from Indra, like Arundathi from Vasishta, Rohini from the  moon god, Lopamudhra from Sage Agasthya, Sukanya from Sage Chyavana, Savithri from Prince Sathyavan, Madayanthi from Soudasa, Kesini from Sagara and the great Bhima princess Damayanthi  from the great King Nala.”                            10-12
    (here she lists the various great virtuous ladies of her time. Since each couple represents a famous well known story, they are not related here. She also indicates that like Damayanthi and Madayanthi, she will also rejoin her husband.)
     
    Those Rakshasis appointed by Ravana, hearing the words of Sita, became livid with anger and uttered the following harsh words and bullied her.                                 13
     
    Hanuman the monkey who was silently hiding atop the Simshuba tree carefully watched Sita and those Rakshasis.                                                                                          14
     
    Those angry women surrounded her who was trembling by fear on all the four sides licked and bit their dry and elongated lips.                                                              15
     
    They who were very angry took the white axe in their hands and told, “ This lady does not deserve to be  the wife of Ravana who is the king of Rakshasas.”                       16
    (Till this time, the Rakshasis were trying to convince Sita logically.)
     
    Terrorized by the   hateful Rakshasis, she who had a pleasant face wiped away her tears and reached the Simshuba tree.                                                                                   17
     
    Surrounded by the Rakshasis that broad eyed Sita drowned in her sorrow  reached the Simshuba tree and stood there.                                                                                   18
     
    Those Rakshasis surrounded on all sides Sita who was thin, who had a faded face and who wore dirty cloths and started bullying her.                                                       19
     
    Then a Rakshasi called Vinatha who was having all signs of being angry, who was having a hateful look, who was having a pot belly and who was ugly to look at addressing Sita told: -                                                                                                                         20
     
    “ Madam Sita, you have till now shown that you love  your husband sufficiently and doing anything more than this necessary leads to sorrow.”                                    21
     
    “Hey princess of Mithila, I am very much satisfied by your proper observation of the duty of human beings   and let all  good come to you . Be pleased to obey me who is telling you what is good for  you.”                                                                      22-23
     
    “You please accept Ravana who is the king of all Rakshasas, who is handsome, who is valorous, who is like Indra, the king of devas, who is powerful, who has the sense of sacrifice and who tells sweet things to every one as your husband.”                          24
     
    “Hey pretty lady who is the daughter of Videha, leave  the poor unstable Rama and accept Ravana as husband  and from today wear very costly make up and ornaments and become a queen of  the three worlds. You would be then like Sachi Devi to Indra and Swaha Devi for the God of fire.”                                                                             25-26
    (Swaha is the wife of Agni, the god of fire)
     
    “Hey daughter of Videha, what is the use of your having the mortal Rama who does not have any support whatsoever? If you are not going to obey these words of mine to   you, immediately all of us would eat you completely .”                                                      27
     
    Then A Rakshasi called Vikata  who was having stooping breasts  became very  angry and with fists held up  roared and told the following words to Sita.                                28
     
    “Hey very ignorant princess of Mithila,  We have been tolerating several of your illogical words due to mercy towards  and because of our peaceful nature.”                                29
     
    “You are not obeying our words which are the only suitable ones  to the present circumstances.”                                                                                                      30
     
    “Hey princess of Mithila you have been brought to the other shore of the ocean which cannot be crossed by any one and you have also come in to the horror filled harem of Ravana.”                                                                                                                           31
     
    “Stop those tears and give away your sorrow which is going to cause problems to you.”   32
     
    “Leave out this permanent bad feeling and  take as your share  yourself happiness and love.”                                              33
     
    “Hey Sita, enjoy yourselves by   passionate love with the king of Rakshasas. “   34
     
    “Hey, coward, you seem not to know that the youth in ladies is not a permanent  and so it is necessary to enjoy all pleasures till youth is there with you.”                                   35
     
    “Hey, lady with a pretty eye, along with the king of Rakshasa  see many flower gardens  and mountain parks.”                                                                                                      36
     
    “Hey pretty one, under your control there would be seven thousand ladies to obey you.”           
                                                                                                                                             37
     
    “Hey princess of Mithila, if you do not act according to my words, I would definitely tear open your heart and eat it.”                                                                                               38
     
    After that a Rakshasi called Chandodhari with cruel looks and rotating a huge spear, told  her the following words:-                                                                                                 39
     
    “Seeing this lady who was abducted by Ravana, who is having with shaking breasts due to fear and who has doe like eyes, I am getting a great desire.”                                      40
     
    “ It is my wish to bite away and eat her liver. Pancreas, the fleshy part above that, her fleshy bones, heart , intestines, and head.”                                                                       41
     
    Alas, after that a Rakshasi called Praghasa told, “Why are we keeping quiet? Let us strangle this bad lady’s neck and tell our king that that human lady is no more. Then he will tell us” You can eat her” and “I do not have any doubt about his telling like this..”             
                                                                                                                                     42-43
     
    Then another Rakshasi called Ajaamukhi(sheep headed one) told “Let us cut her in to small pieces and divide them equally among us and let us all take part in that. I do not like to go on arguing with her without doing this. Go and swiftly bring several type of drinks and several chutneys.”                                                                                 44-45
     
    Then a Rakshasi called Surpanaka (lady having very broad nails) told, “ I am in agreement with what Ajamukhi has told us .Go bring wine which makes us forget all sorrows. Let us eat the human flesh and dance in the grounds of Nikumbila.”      46-47
    (Nikumbila is the ground outside the city where Ravana used to carry out his fire sacrifices.)
     
    Terribly bullied thus by all the Rakshasis, Sita who is like a divine lady lost her courage and started crying.                                                                                                  48
     
     
         Thus ends the twenty fourth chapter of Sundara Kanda which
         is in the Ramayana which is the first epic written by Valmiki.
     

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    (The terrible picture of the sorrowing Sita and the very sad thoughts that ran through her mind are given in this chapter)
       
    When those disturbed Rakshasis were talking to her with anger and hate, the daughter of Janaka wept and cried a lot.                                                                                        1
     
    She making wet  her broad breasts with the copious tears, was immersed in thought l and still did not reach the end of her sorrow.                                                                       2   
     
    She with a very disturbed face was trembling because of the bullying of the Rakshasis , and fell like a banana plant caught in the storm.                                                     3     
     
    Her long broad hair, which was moving hither and thither, moved along with Sita who was trembling because  of fear and appeared as if it was a serpent, which moved here and there.                                                                                                                         4
     
    That daughter of Videha, who was terrorized by the Rakshasis, who was very much full of fear and who had firm conviction of virtue towards her husband told the following words with eye full of tears:-                                                                                      5
     
    “ A human lady is not entitled to become the wife of a Rakshasa and since I am not going to obey your words, you can eat me all together.”                                                            6
     
    Alas, that princess of Mithila having been drowned in sorrow, exceeded the limits of sadness and was heart broken and with heavy breath  and  cried aloud accompanied by tears.                                                                                                                                7 
     
    “The proverb that “Death is difficult to attain  except in the fated time to males or females” told by learned people is very true , because in spite of the fact that  I am mentally wounded and sad because of cruel Rakshasis and  also because I am not with Rama,  I continue to be  alive ,at this moment.”                                                    8-9
     
    The sorrowing Sita who was like a deva maiden and who was cruelly treated by Ravana, did not find any other alternative.                                                                                 10
     
    Sita like the strayed deer attacked by wolf, started  shivering uncontrollably like her soul was piercing deep inside her body.                                                                                    11
     
    During that time,  becoming depressed by sorrow, she caught hold of a flowering branch of an Asoka tree and started thinking of her husband.                                                   12
     
    That great lady cried “Hey Rama”, “Hey Lakshmana”. “Hey mother in  law Kausalya”, “Hey Sumithra”:, being luck less, and being ignorant of my duties. “I ,  like a fully loaded ship shaken by cyclone in the middle of the sea am going to die like an orphan.. I am melting down by my sorrow similar to the eroding shore by the speedy tide of water,
    because I am not able to see Him who is my husband and am in the custody of these Rakshasis, All  lucky (blessed) people are able to see him ,who has eyes like the fully open lotus flower, who has the majestic gait of a lion, who is thankful ,  who utters only sweet words and who alone is my master”.                                                          13-16
     
    “My life without Rama is terrible similar to  the one who has consumed very potent poison. I do not know what great sin , I have committed to merit this terrible sorrow that is eroding me. I being in the custody of  Rakshasis am not able to see Lord Rama. Since I am suffering this extreme sorrow, I wish to give up this life. Human life is not all good, especially one under the custody of others for one does not have independence to end even one’s life.” Such thoughts made her further sad.                                       17-20   
     
         Thus ends the twenty fifth chapter of Sundara Kanda which
         is in the Ramayana which is the first epic written  by Valmiki.
     

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                                Sita’s decision to commit suicide
     
    (Sita who is extremely sad lists out logical reasons for her to commit suicide and decides on that course)
    That wailing daughter of Janaka, with a bent head, eye full of tears and crying like a child was similar to the one who is mad, who has lost her wisdom and who is fear struck and started wailing like a mare rolling in mud to get rid of her tiresomeness.               1-2
     
    “When Raghava (One who belongs to the clan of Raghu) was ignorant and away, this rakshasa called Ravana, who can assume any shape he wants, attacked me and abducted me and brought me here, when was crying.”                                                                   3
     
    “Being in the custody of Rakshasis and being bullied by them terribly, I have become very sad and very much worried and so I am not interested in living further.”             4
     
    “Without Rama the great charioteer and being in the custody of Rakshasis, there is no purpose in my living even with riches and ornaments.”                                                   5
     
    “My mind must be a very hard granite stone or a thing which does not erode or die, because even with all this sorrow, it is not breaking.”                                              6
     
    “Being with less of virtue and not being a lady, I should have been destroyed and in spite of being not in the company of Rama this sinner is protecting her life for this small period.”                                                                                                                          7
     
    “What interest have I to look after my body and continue to live after parting from my darling, who is the lord of all land surrounded by the sea and who has such a sweet desirable speech?”                                                                                               8
     
    “I would not like to tolerate this great sorrow of being away from him for a long time and I do not mind even if I am cut in to pieces or eaten alive.”                                  9
     
    “I would not even touch this base thief Ravana by even by my left feet and where is the question of my making love to him?”                                                                        10
     
    “That cruel one, who desires to request me to be his wife does not understand when he is being rejected by me with aversion, nor does he understand his stature nor his family.” 11
     
    “I would not accede to Ravana , even if I am crushed  or cut or put in a raging fire. What is the point in this waiting?”                                                                                             12
     
    “I doubt that Sri Rama who is very knowledgeable, grateful, shows mercy to those in danger, well behaved and very famous, is devoid of any pity towards me due to my lack of luck.”                                                                                                                     13
     
    “Why is he, who exterminated fourteen thousand Rakshasas all alone in Janasthana not interested in saving me?”                                                                                                 14
     
    “This Ravana with very little valor has imprisoned me and I do not have any doubt that my husband is capable of winning him in war.”                                                          15
     
    “Why is it that Rama who killed that great Rakshasa Viradha in Dandakaranya not freeing me from this custody and taking me back?”                                                16
    (Viradha was a Gandharwa who was cured by his master Kubhera.He fought with Rama and Lakshmana and was killed)
     
    “It is true that this Lanka is in the middle of the ocean and prevents the entry of outsiders but I do not think that it is capable of preventing the arrows of Raghava.”                     17
     
    “What could be the reason that a very stable hero like Sri Rama does not come here and release his darling wife, I do not understand.”                                                     18
     
    “I believe that the great valorous one who is the elder brother of Lakshmana does not know that I am here, for once he knows about it he will not tolerate this insult.”           19
     
    “That great king of hawks who would have rushed to Raghava and informed him that I have been abducted by Ravana fell in the battle.”                                                      20
    (She is referring to Jatayu, the hawk son of Varuna, who fought with Ravana and died in the battle. However he was alive till he told Rama that Ravana had abducted her. Rama cremated him in the forest with all honours. Sita was ignorant of this story)
     
    “In spite of the fact that the Jatayu, who no doubt is old was defeated in the wrestling fight against Ravana and was defeated though he did a very great job.”                   21
     
    “ If that Raghava knows that I am here, immediately with great anger using his arrows he would make the world devoid of Rakshasas , he would blow Lanka away , dry the great ocean and even destroy the name and fame of Ravana.”                                      22-23
     
    “Afterwards, similar to my crying and wailing, in every house of Sri Lanka, these Rakshasis who have become widows would cry and possibly cry more.”           24
     
    “Rama accompanied by Lakshmana would search and find out Lanka, and it is definite that the enemy, once found out by them will not even live for a second more.”      25
     
    “Soon, this Lanka is going to be filled with the smoke emanating from burning coffins  and would be like a cremation ground filled with crowds of hawks.”                       26
     
    “Within a short time my desire would be fulfilled and definitely and this bad conduct of yours would lead to the destruction of you all.”                                                           27
     
    “Within a short time this Lanka is going to loose its luster and very many bad omens are visible even now.”                                                                                                          28
     
    “When the great sinner and the worst among Rakshasas is killed then this Sri Lanka which is impregnable , is going to get weakened like a lady who has become a widow.”29
     
    “This fertile and rich Sri Lanka which has lots of holy festivals and the Rakshasas would become leaderless like a lady who has lost her husband.”                                              30
     
    “In this place, I am going to hear soon the wailing of Rakshasis who are sad and pained from every house.”                                                                                                       31
     
    “Once the red eyed valorous Sri Rama knows that I am alive and in the house of Ravana, then definitely, Lanka would be burned by the arrows of Sri Rama and would become dark by losing its luster and would be filled with dead Rakshasas.”                      32-33
     
    “The limit of time which has been fixed by this cruel and base Ravana is approaching near.”                                                                                                                             34
     
    “These Rakshasas, who are sinners do not know that they are performing acts which should not be done and would as a result, danger would definitely come to all those who live in this town.”                                                                                                          35
     
    “These flesh eating Rakshasas do not understand what is just action and it is definite that they would fix me for breakfast.”                                                                                    36
     
    “ Without seeing Rama, who has eyes with red corners and who is pleasing to the eye, what can I   who am very sorrowful do?”                                                                    37
     
    “If it happens that any one here, would give me poison, I being without my husband would go and see the God of death.”                                                                               38
     
     
     “Rama who is the elder brother of Bharatha must be   ignorant of the fact that I am alive for if not they both would not spare any effort to find me in this earth.”                      39
     
    “That valorous elder brother of Lakshmana due to the sorrow because of me, must have left this body and must have reached heaven.”                                                               40
     
    “How lucky are those devas, Gandarwas, Siddhas and sages  because they are able to see the lotus eyed Sri Rama who is my lord.”                                                                      41
    (Assumes Lord Rama has reached the heaven)
     
    “Possibly there is nothing I can do as a wife to Sri Rama who is very wise, who is very charitable, who is like a royal sage and who is the personification of God.”                42
     
    “Thankless people show love towards you when you are near them and do not show love when you are not near, but Rama is never like that.”                                                     43
     
    “Is it because I do not have desirable traits or is it because that I am not lucky, that I, in spite of being a woman, is suffering because of the absence of Rama.”                       44
     
    “I think it would be better for me to die rather than live away from Rama  who is a great man, who has a faultless character, who is heroic and who is capable of destroying his enemies.”                                                                                                                      45
     
    “Or is it that those two brothers who follow just action and who are sterling among men have decided to throw away their ornaments and live in the forest eating only fruits and roots.?”                                                                                                                            46
     
    “Or is it possible that those heroic brothers have been killed using deceit by Ravana who is the king of Rakshasa and a bad one?”                                                                           47
     
    “In this state I wish to die but I do not get a suitable death even in this very sad state.”    48
     
    “Those who do not have likes and dislikes are very great souls , for they have won  over their senses , they are very lucky, they are really sages, they are recognized by the world and are the ones who should be  really applauded.”                                           49
     
    “When pleasures come , mind is not having sorrow. When sadness comes there is pain in the mind. My salutations to those who stand separately from both these states.”            50
     
    “I who am not able to achieve such victory over mind have got away from my husband Rama who lives according to law  and am in the custody of Ravana and so I am going to commit suicide.”                                                                                                        51
     
     
         Thus ends the twenty sixth chapter of Sundara Kanda which
         is in the Ramayana which is the first epic written  by Valmiki.

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                                           The dream of Trijata
     
    (This chapter is about the dream of Trijata-one of the guards of Sita, who is the daughter of Vibhishana, which foretells good tidings for Sita  and Rama and very bad happenings to Ravana and other Rakshasas.)
     
    Having been told like this the horrible Rakshasis  became livid with anger  and some of them went to tell it to the bad soul Ravana.                                                                         1
     
    Then the terrible looking Rakshasis surrounded Sita and told the following words, which lead to the same result and which are hurting to the ears.                                                  2
     
    “Hey ignorant Sita who has decided upon to do sinful act , today and now itself we the Rakshasis are going to eat your flesh.”                                                                              3
     
    Seeing the methods of bullying  used by them  which are  not lady like, a very elderly and wise Rakshasi  called Trijata[17] spoke the following words:-                                               4
     
    “Hey sinners, you can eat me and please do not kill Sita who is the daughter of Janaka, who is the daughter in law of Dasaratha and who respects all others.”                            5
     
    “Just now I saw a dream and truly I saw it. When thinking about it I am upset , my hairs stand upright  for the dream is about the fall of Rakshasas  and the victory of her husband.”                                                                                                                          6
     
    Thus informed by Trijata, those Rakshasis who had lost their senses due to anger were suddenly full of fear and asked Trijata, ”What is the type of dream that you have seen at night? Please explain it in detail.”                                                                                     7
     
    Once she heard the words emanating from the mouth of Rakshasis ,Trijata started talking to them about her dream.                                                                                                   8
     
    “Raghava clothed in white silk and wearing white flower garland arrived  happily along with Lakshmana in a palanquin made of  ivory and carried by thousand swans  and traveling in the sky.”                                                                                                          9
     
    “I saw in my dream Sita also clothed in white silk who had reached the White Mountain surrounded by the sea and being happy with Sri Rama like the sun light with the sun.” 10
    (please note that dressing in white was considered as auspicious during the time of Ramayana)
     
    “I Saw Rama along with Lakshmana arriving ,riding on a mountain like , four tusked great elephant.”                                                                                                        11
     
    “Then those two human heroes clothed in white silk and wearing white flower garland , shining in their own luster approached the daughter of Janaka.”                                     12
     
    “Then Janaki from that mountain itself climbed on to the neck of the elephant which was looked after by her husband.”                                                                                         13
     
    “Then she rose from the lap of her lotus eyed husband and stated patting the moon and the sun”.                                                                                                                          14
     
    “Then the elephant ridden by those two princes and the broad eyed Sita came and stood on the sky just above Lanka.”                                                                                         15
     
    “Then accompanied by Sita and Lakshmana, Rama  climbed on a chariot drawn by eight pairs of bulls and reached here on his own .”                                                             16
     
    “I saw Sri Rama,  who is capable of  exterminating  problems swallowing all the three worlds along with several globes and its moving and not moving inhabitants.”              17
     
    “From the middle of the waters of the ocean of milk, one white mountain rose up. On the top of the mountain was a very big white elephant with four tusks. And on the top of it the lotus eyed Sri Rama, his brother Lakshmana and his wife Sita were seated.”   18-20
     
    “Sita arose from there and embraced the pretty, full moon with both her hands and was there as a part of her husband.”                                                                                  21
     
    “After that in another place, the lotus eyed Rama who was born in the Kakustha clan and who was a gentleman, sat on a wonderful seat facing east and was anointed by all the holy waters by the group of great sages ,I also saw him being worshipped by all devas.” 22-23
     
    “There she who is the daughter of Janaka, who was having a very pretty middle part, clothed in white silk, wearing white flower garlands and also anointed by scents from several holy flowers shined greatly.”                                                                         24
     
    “After this Devas accompanied by Gandarwas, sages and Sidhas keeping Lord Brahma in their front saluted Sri Rama.”                                                                                     25
     
    “The great Sri Rama who was expert in pleasing every one became himself Lord Vishnu and sat on a holy seat. I also saw him like this.”                                                          26
     
    “The red eyed gentleman Sri Rama who was the lord of all worlds and who was a descendent of Raghu, shined there as the ultimate truth, as the ultimate essence, as the personification of ultimate knowledge,  as the ultimate mediation, as the ultimate cause, as the  ultimate place, as the ultimate cause of everything, holding conch, holy wheel and mace in his hands , with very long eyes, with Sri Vatsa[18] on his chest  , as the kingdom leading to ultimate deliverance , as somebody who can never be defeated, as some body who is permanent, as somebody who is perennial, as Vishnu the abode of peace and  as some one who was glowing greatly.                                                                      27-29
     
    “Then the king of devas, manes, great sages, gandarwas, Vidhyadaras, the chief of Pannagas surrounded Rama , who was crowned  and with folded hands sang his praise.”                                                                                                                              30
     
    “Then all the Apsaras (Deva dancers) joined together  sang with happiness and danced accompanied by necessary musical instruments. Along with them instruments like Veena, Muraja[19], drums and conches together made pleasant royal music.”                               31
     
    “After this I also saw the real hero Rama ,in another place. That prince among men with Lakshmana ,his brother and his wife Sita was riding the sun like holy Puspaka Vimana and was traveling towards the north.”                                                                     32-33
    (In the Northern side of India,  Gods used to reside and was considered holy)
     
    I saw like this in my dream the valorous Sri Rama who was very similar to Lord Vishnu along with his brother Lakshmana  and with Sita.                                                       34
     
    “That resplendent Sri Rama who cannot be won over either by Devas or asuras or rakshasas or any body else is  similar to the fact that heaven cannot be won over by sinners.”                                                                                                                      35
     
    “Not only this, I saw the head shaved Ravana who had applied  oil all over , clothed in red cloths, tipsy being drunk and wearing KaraVira flowers.                                        36
    (Here red colour is indicative of bad. This stanza also indicated shaving of head indicates miserable state.)
     
    “At another time I saw the  head shaved Ravana who has fallen to the earth from Pushpaka Vimana being forcibly dragged by a lady wearing black dress.”             37
     
    “He wore a red garland and red Thilaka and was traveling to the south riding a chariot dragged by donkey and was drowned in a hole in the mud.”                                     38
     
    “I saw a black lady laden with mud all over her body    wearing a cloth smelling of blood dragging the ten headed one  holding him tightly on the neck towards south.”          39
     
    “He was riding fast towards the south on a donkey having lost his senses by drinking oil, laughing, tottering, with dulled senses  and with weak body”                                     40
    (God of death and hell were supposed to be in the Southern direction)
     
    “I also saw the king Ravana falling from the donkey with head down wards and stunned by fear and ultimately falling on earth.”                                                                        41
     
    “That Ravana suddenly got up, was caught by fear, started trembling, was shaking because he was drunk, was shouting many meaningless words like a mad man and fell in a intolerable, very dark, hell like shit pit and went down in to that.”                       42-43
     
    “I also the very strong Kumbhakarna[20]  in there. I also saw all the sons of Ravana applied with oil and head shaved in side  there.”                                                                      44
     
    “Ravana riding on a pig, Indrajit riding on a crocodile and Kumbhakarna riding on a camel went towards south.”                                                                                       45
     
    “But I saw in my dream only Vibishana carrying a white umbrella clothed in white silk, wearing a white garland , anointed with white sandal paste  and accompanied by music of Dndhubhi[21]  and honoured by dance and music.”                                                         46
     
    “There I saw Vibishana along with four ministers riding on a holy four tusked elephant which was equal to a cloud and which was roaring like a cloud  reaching Sri Rama.”                                                                                                                     47
     
    “I also saw huge crowds of drunk Rakshasas in blood drenched cloth , wearing blood red garlands along with sound of drums and music.”                                                     48
     
    “I saw the pretty city of  Lanka which has horses, chariots  and elephants drowning in the sea with its towers and decorations broken down.”                                              49
     
    “I saw in my dream, the city of Lanka which is well protected by Ravana being burnt
    down by a monkey who was the emissary of Rama.”                                                 50
     
    “All the Rakshasis were loudly crying and dancing after drinking oil and in the city of Lanka which had turned in to ashes, all Rakshasa chieftains like Kumbhakarna , all dressed in red ,were getting drowned in a pit of cow dung.”                               51-52
     
    “Raghava who cannot tolerate crimes is going to kill Ravana along with all his people and is going take back Sita. You will see this and you better run and hide yourself.” 53
     
    “Raghava will not forgive you all for terrorizing and bullying his wife who is his darling, who is honoured by him and who accompanied him to live in the forest.”                    54
     
    “So let your cruel words stop, talk to her and console her .Let us all beg the daughter of Videha and I feel that is only the good decision.”                                                   55-56
     
    “ This very sad lady about whom this dream was seen, is going to get out of the different kinds of sorrow and is going to join back her very great husband.”                               57
     
    “Hey, Rakshasis, what  is the use of  hesitating, go and beg the forgiveness of her who has been terrorized.”                                                                                                   58
     
    “All the Rakshasas are going to suffer grave danger from Raghava.”                         59
     
    “Hey, Rakshasis, there is no doubt that the princess of Mithila who is the daughter of Janaka would get quickly pleased with you as soon as you bow to her. She alone is sufficient to save us all from this grave danger.”                                                         60
     
    “Not only that, I do not see even a bit of anything which is not a  good  omen in all parts of her body.”                                                                                                                61
     
    “The only sorrowful state which had happened to her ,  who attained the Vimana in my dream and who should not have got all this sorrow is her being dulled by the dirt”  62
     
    “I am seeing that, the downfall of the king of Rakshasas, victory of Rama and the fulfillment of desires of the daughter of Videha has come very near.”                     63
     
    “Good omens are happening to her who is going to hear pleasant news. I am seeing that her long left eye, which is like a lotus petal, is beating about. Apart from that only the left arm of Vaidehi is throbbing because of pleasure .Also her left thigh, which is like the trunk of an elephant, is throbbing. All this indicates that Raghava is standing in front of her eye.”                                                                                                                     64-66
     
    “Not only that, the bird living on the branches with great zest and happiness  is making lovely soft sound  indicating the safe arrival of some one  again and again and appears as if it is helping her by its song.”                                                                                67   
     
     
    Thus ends the twenty seventh chapter of Sundara Kanda which
         is in the Ramayana which is the first epic written  by Valmiki.

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                                 Trying to hang herself by her hair
     
    (After reflecting her sad state of affairs Sita decides to commit suicide by hanging by use of her rope like hair. At that time she saw some good omens.)
     
    That Sita, hearing the intolerable words of the Rakshasa king Ravana, became dejected and sad and shivered like a young she elephant caught in the clutches of a lion.           1
     
    That Sita who was caught between the Rakshasis and hence terrified, being bullied by Ravana’s harsh words started crying like a young girl who has been left in the middle of a solitary forest and started wailing again.                                                                         2
     
    “”Sages say that in this world, you cannot die except at the appointed time. How true the saying is, for in spite of being terrorized like this and in spite of being a sinner, I am kept alive for more than a second.”                                                                                   3
     
    “May be my heart which is devoid of pleasures and filled with sorrow is immortal? Because even at this time it is not breaking in to thousand pieces like the peak of a mountain hit by Vajarayudha.”                                                                                 4
     
    “I would commit suicide immediately and there would not be any sin for me in this. I should not agree to the desire with intolerable intention of Ravana, like A Brahmin should not teach Vedas to those who are not Dwija[22].”                                                5
     
    “If he who is the chief of the world does not come at this time, the ungentlemanly Ravana would cut all the parts of my body by sharp weapons like an animal caught in the womb is taken out after cutting it in to pieces.”                                                                       6
     
    “Like a thief punished by death and kept in custody finds it difficult even to spend a night, for me who is  sorrowful  , these two months are very long. Alas what a  great sorrow it is.”                                                                                                                 7
     
    “Hey Rama, Hey Lakshmana, Hey Sumithra, Hey mother of Rama, I am filled with sorrow like a boat caught by cyclone in the middle of the sea.”                                  8
     
    “Because of me those two sons of the king of men (Dasaratha) should have been killed by the Rakshasa who came there as a deer like two great lions being killed by thunder.”      9
     
    “Possibly the God of death himself came in the form of a deer and tempted me who is  unlucky  and due to this only I parted company  with the gentleman Rama who is the elder brother of Lakshmana.”                                                                                       10
     
    “Hey Rama who has taken truth as a penance, hey long armed one, hey Rama who is similar to the full moon, hey Rama who is dear to all animals, hey Rama who does only good, are you not knowing that the rakshasas are going to kill me.”                              11
     
    “My conviction that there is no god except you, my patience, my sleeping on the floor, my standing firm on my resolve of  doing just actions,  and my virtue as a wife, are going to go waste , like the help done to ungrateful people.”                                                     12
     
    “I being away from you, being famished and thin, being pale and being not at all sure that I would see you again, am not able to see any way to see you, So this just conduct that I have been observing is of no use and also my determination to be with only one husband is also of no use.”                                                                                                           13
     
    “I desire that at least you should complete the desire of your father strictly, return from the forest and become elated at having being done so, leave out all sorrow at having completed the penance and be relaxed under the careful service of the women. there.” 14
    (Though” women” is the word used, commentators feel it only indicates his mothers and other elderly woman.)
     
    “Hey Rama, I have served you with all my mind but at last, having decided to commit suicide,  am going to sacrifice my life at last ,being unlucky and having observed meditation and penance without any use.”                                                                     15
     
    “I should have ended my life by poison or by use of a sharp sword but I do not find any one in the palace of Ravana to give me poison or the sword.”                                        16
     
    Thus thinking, wailing , trembling and with a dry throat Sita approached a big flowering tree with the thought of Sri Rama in her mind.”                                                              17
     
    Thinking thus in various ways, being extremely upset by sorrow, that Sita took her singly made up hair in her hand and deciding that ”Immediately I am going to hang and die by tying this hair to my throat and travel to the place of the God of death.”,  she  who had a with soft and tender body , stood catching the branch of that tree. At that time when continuous thought of Rama and Rama’s brother were passing through the mind of that holy lady, some omens which are not the cause of sorrow, which contribute to strengthening of the mind and which were world famous as indicating good tidings happened to her.                                                                                             18-20
    (Her though process indicates she was not willing to embrace such a sinful way of death, which was unsuitable to the greatness of her family.)
     
           
    Thus ends the twenty eighth chapter of Sundara Kanda which
         is in the Ramayana which is the first epic written  by Valmiki.

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                                                       Seeing of good omens
     
    (Good omens occurred to Sita who was consoled by those omens and gained more confidence)
     
    Good omens approached her who is faultless; who does forever good, who was mentally perturbed and who because of lack of happiness was terribly depressed like the helpless people approaching a generous man.                                                                       1
     
    That long haired lady’s very pretty left eye which is surrounded by curved eye brows , which  is black ,  which is broad   and which is  bright white colour,  surrounded by red colour started throbbing  like the lotus flower shaken by a fish.                              2
     
    Her pretty long round arms which merit the application of dark sandal paste and which were caressed by her darling, started throbbing fast for quite some time.                   3
     
    Not only that apart from these two, her left thigh which was round and fat like the elephants trunk throbbed giving initial signals to her of the coming back of Sri Rama.     4
     
    Also the gold coloured dress which was coated with dust,  of that very pretty standing  woman ,who had teeth which are like the buds of jasmine and  who had very clear eyes ,  slightly loosened indicating good things are bound  come.                                  5
     
    Getting more confidence by these good omens and others , which were indicative of  fulfillment  of desires from very ancient times , that pretty lady became very happy similar  to  the  wind and sun dried seed when it received rain.                                 6
     
    Her face with lips which were similar to the red guava fruit, her pretty eyes and eye brows , her long hair, her curved eyelids  and her teeth which were white  started shining again  like the moon  which got its freedom from the serpent Rahu.                             7
    (Hindus believed that at the time of lunar eclipse the serpent Rahu swallows the moon )
     
    Face of that lady with her sorrow removed, with no thoughts in her mind, with her worries quenched and , with more strength due to more happiness glowed like the night lit by the cool moon.                                                                                                   8
     
     
         Thus ends the twenty ninth chapter of Sundara Kanda which
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                                Thinking about how to console Sita
     
    (Hanuman then analyses the situation and thinks what he should do? He decides that he should see and console Sita. Then he comes to the conclusion that he should sing the praises of Rama so that she would pay attention to them and not get startled.)
     
    That heroic Hanuman observed with attention the bullying of Sita by the Rakshasis, Sita’s reply, and Trijata’s words .                                                                                   1
     
    Afterwards that monkey  having seen  Sita,  who was like a deva maiden in the garden of Indra,  before his eyes, started thinking in various ways.                                                   2
     
    “That lady whom thousands and ten thousands monkeys were searching in all directions has been  seen by me.”                                                                                                       3
     
    “I .who am an emissary was able to know all  this  , because with an intention of knowing the strength of the enemy  with enthusiasm  , I moved without catching anybody’s eye ”                                                                                                       4
     
    “I was able to know especially about the rakshasas, the fame of this king of Rakshasas and about this city.”                                                                                                      5
     
    “This is the proper time to console the wife of the all merciful man with great character,
    whose only desire is to see her husband.”                                                                      6
     
    “Let me console her, who has a face like full moon, who did not know what is sorrow, who at present is full of sorrow and who does not find the means to end her sorrow any where nearby.”                                                                                                                 7
     
    “If I go without consoling her ,who has a mind ebbing with sorrow., my going would cause  lot of bad results.”                                                                                                   8
     
    “If I return now , this  Janaki the princess  with lot of fame  would not find any way to get out of her sorrow and would definitely give up her life.”                                                    9
     
    “Apart from that I also have to console Rama who has a face like the full moon, who is a great hero and who only wants to see Sita.”                                                                      10
     
    “This necessary meeting with her cannot be done at present in front of the Rakshasis and how is it possible? I am not able find any solution.”                                                      11
     
    “I should console her during the remaining part of the night only , for if not she would definitely commit suicide.”                                                                                               12
     
    “ When Rama asks me as to what message did Sita send, if I do not meet her, what reply would it be possible for me to give?”                                                                               13
     
    “Suppose I hurriedly return without any message from Sita, he who belongs to the clan of Kakustha would get angry at me  and burn me , with his intolerably angry look itself.”  14
     
    “Also If Sugreeva tries to gather an army for the cause of Rama, his coming along with the army would be without any use.”                                                                              15
     
    “I would continue to be here and wait for a proper time for Rakshasis and at that time I would slowly console her who is steeped in sorrow.”                                                 16
     
    “Especially since I am  a monkey with a very small stature, at this time I will speak the language of the  ordinary men.”                                                                                17
    (The common man of those times spoke a colloquial version of Sanskrit language called Prakrit. The tribals spoke a version called Paisachi and the learned Brahmins only spoke Sanskrit.)
     
    “If I speak Sanskrit like Brahmins, Sita would think how a monkey like me got that power to talk like that  and she would be scared of me,  assuming that I am Ravana.”                             
                                                                                                                            18-19
    (This indicates that Ravana spoke to her in Sanskrit.)
     
    “Since She who is faultless should be consoled by me, I should certainly talk in the
    language of ordinary men as there is no other way.”                                         20
     
    “She who has already been bullied and terrorized by the Rakshasis would again be scared if she sees my form and hears my language.”                                           21
     
    “Then the sad broad eyed one would become more scared and thinking that I am Ravana who can assume any form he likes would start shouting.”                                       22
     
    “As soon as she starts shouting, those horrible Rakshasis who are similar to the God of death, would come along with various weapons.”                                                   23
     
    “Then those with wrongly shaped faces, would surround me from all the four sides, and would make efforts to catch and kill me.”                                                                 24
     
     “Seeing me running and jumping all over the branches  and sticks, one after another they would start shivering out of fear.”                                                                                   25   
     
    “Not only that, seeing my big form traveling through the forests , those Rakshasis with misshaped faces would start shivering out of fear.”                                                      26
     
    “Then those Rakshasis will summon the Rakshasas appointed by the king of Rakshasas in his palace.”                                                                                                                       27
     
    “They armed with spears, sword and other arms would come and join this crowd creating more fear.”                                                                                                                        28
     
    “Surrounded on all sides by them, I would blow away the strength of Rakshasa and possibly in that state would loose the strength to reach the other shore of this great ocean.”                                                                                                                           29
     
    “Some of those very active ones may possibly be able to catch me and I would get imprisoned and Sita would not be able to know any news.”                                        30
     
    “Those of them who are interested in violence may possibly kill the daughter of Janaka and if that happens, then the job entrusted by Rama and Sugreeva would end dangerously.”                                                                                                                  31
     
    “Janaki being here is a  secret, which is impossible to find out as this place  is guarded by Rakshasas and  is surrounded by the sea.”                                                             32
     
    “I also am not able to think of another one  to do the job of Rama, if I am defeated  in war or imprisoned by Rakshasas  .”                                                                                 33   
     
    “If I am killed,,  in spite of hard thinking,  I am not  know of another monkey who can cross this great sea which is one hundred Yojanas broad.”                                            34
     
    “I am definitely capable of killing thousand of Rakshasas fighting alone but I am doubtful whether I would be able to reach the other shore afterwards.”                                        35
     
    “This danger I may face in the uncertainty of war is not suitable to me at this time  and no intelligent individual would enter a dangerous act without suspicion.”                           36
     
    “If I do not see and talk to her, death will happen to Vaidehi and by talking to her this great danger would happen.”                                                                                        37   
     
    “Even jobs which can have good results, would fail to get any result, similar to the vanishing of darkness at Sun rise by employing an emissary without the strength of thoughtful analysis.”                                                                                         38
    (An inefficient thoughtless emissary will not be able to complete any job.)
     
    “It is not clear to me as to what should be done by me and what should not be done and I feel jobs are spoiled by those emissaries who think that they know everything.”             39
     
    “What is to be done so that the job is not spoiled? How to ensure that there is no dearth of right decision? What to do to ensure that this crossing of the ocean is not wasted?        40
     
    “How will she hear my words with careful attention and not only that how to ensure that my words do not make her tremble?” Thinking like this Hanuman arrived at a decision, which was really without any flaws.                                                                          41
     
    “By singing the praise of Rama who can get any job done without any danger and who is close to her, I can keep her, whose mind is firmly fixed on her husband, not startled.”42
     
    “I would make her hear those words which describe the just and good actions Of Rama who is all knowing and who is the greatest among Ikshuvaku clan. I would tell these by singing his praise and also do things in such a way that she will believe in them.”   43-44
     
    That great Hanuman thinking thus in various ways about the wife of the king of the world, sitting in the middle of the branches of the tree spoke the sweet words which would lead to positive result.                                                                                        45
     
     
            Thus ends the thirtieth chapter of Sundara Kanda which
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                                Narration of the story of Rama
     
    (Hanuman narrates the story of Rama up to that point in brief manner after the Rakshasis have slept. Sita hears the story, becomes happy and locates Hanuman.)
     
    After thinking like this in various ways and having decided on what to do, he sweetly narrated in a clear manner the following:-                                                                  1
     
    “There was a king called Dasaratha  ,Who had an army consisting of chariots, horses and elephants, who was greatly resplendent, who was truthful and who was famous all over”.               
                                                                                                                                            2
    (Dasaratha’s original name was Nemi .He undertook to fight with Shambara to help his friend Indra. Shambara took ten different forms all sitting on chariots and attacked him from ten different directions. With a single chariot, Nemi efficiently fought and killed him. Afterwards he was known as Dasaratha-The ten-chariot man)
     
    “He was greatest among the kingly sages, was equal to sages by his penance, was born in the family of emperors and was equal to Indra in strength.”                                          3
     
    “He was non violent, was having a great mind, was charitable, was truly a hero, was the head of Ikshuvaku clan, was lucky and was responsible for increase in the clan’s wealth.”            4
     
    “He was a king in all respects, was very rich, who was famous in the world, which surrounded by four oceans and was one who does good and was also one who is good.”                              5
     
    Rama was his eldest and darling  son who was having a face like moon, who was a specialist and who was the greatest among the archers.”                                           6
     
    “Rama was a protector of  his  just actions(dharma), was a protector of his people, was a protector of  all animals and the nation’s  Dharma and was one capable of giving pain to his enemies.”                                                                                                               7
     
    “Due to the promise given by his father who was firm in his belief of  truth and who was an elderly man, he adorned himself with sagely dresses and was sent to the forest along with his wife and brother.”                                                                                             8
    (The promise was given to Kaikeyi. She was with him in the chariot when he fought Shambhara. While fighting was in progress,  the wheel axle got loose. Kaikeyi tightened it by using her thumb and as a result Dasaratha was able to kill Shambhara. Pleased with his wife’s daring, he gave her two boons. But she made him promise to give her those boons at any time she wants.)
     
    “Rama  who was hunting in the deep forest killed many Rakshasas who could assume any shape they wanted .”                                                                                                  9
     
    “Hearing the destruction of Janasthana and killing of Khara and Dhooshana, Ravana deceived Rama by illusion of a deer and Janaki was abducted by him with great passion for her.”                                                                                                                10
    (Maricha who was his uncle played the part of the deer.. Janasthana was a area of Dandakaranya forest where Rama stayed for a long time.)
     
    “Rama who was searching the virtuous and innocent Sita in the forest , met a monkey called Sugreeva and became his friend.”                                                                  11
     
    “Sugreeva took a vow to find out the place where Sita was living and Rama assured him of him being made the king of the country of monkeys.”                                       12
     
    “Because of that,  the very strong and great hero Sri Rama killed Bali and gave the country of monkeys to Sugreeva.”                                                                             13
    (Bali was the elder half brother of Sugreeva)
     
    “Appointed by Sugreeva , several thousand monkeys who are very attractive are searching for her in all directions.”                                                                          14
     
    “I being enthused by the words of Sampathi jumped and crossed this great ocean which is one hundred Yojanas broad for the sake of that broad eyed lady.”                            15
    (After a hopeless search for Sita, the monkeys decide to commit a mass suicide. While discussing, they happen to mention about the valiant fight of Jatayu with Ravana. Sampathi , who was the  elder brother of Jatayu(both were sons of God Aruna), who had  earlier tried to protect his younger brother from the harsh sun rays ., was living in a cave nearby, having lost his wings ,He was shocked by the news of Jatayu’s death and by his far sighted vision, was able to locate Sita in the island of Lanka)
     
    “I  as is well known to Raghava , found out that lady  of whom I have heard with the specified appearance, with specified colour, with specified glitter”                            16
     
    After telling thus the great monkey observed silence.                                                  17
     
    Janaki  after hearing the above words was greatly wonderstruck..                               18
     
    Then that lady who had very pretty hair, which had a curved ends, lifted her face, which was partially covered by her hair and examined the Simshuba tree.                                19
     
    That Sita whose soul was filled with only Sri Rama’s thought , examined all directions and places  and after well grasping the words of the monkey said to herself, ”So be it”, and became very happy.                                                                                                     20   
     
    She after searching round, up   and down her saw Hanuman who was extremely wise, who was the minister of the monkey king, who was the son of God of wind and who looked like the rising son from behind the mountains.                                      21
     
     
            Thus ends the thirty-first chapter of Sundara Kanda which
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                                                      Sita seeing Hanuman
     
    (Sita becomes confused on seeing a red copper coloured monkey because she thinks it is a bad omen. She analyses the situation and prays God that whatever has been narrated by Hanuman should be true)
     
    Seeing him who was hiding in the branches, who was attired in white and who was copper coloured like streaks of lightning she was very much confused.                 1
     
    She saw there,  the monkey who had eyes like molten gold, who had the luster of the body like the fully opened Asoka flowers, who was very soft and who was speaking lovable words.                                                                                                               2
     
    Maithili wondered greatly and thought like this.                                                          3
     
    Seeing the horrible and unusual features of the monkey she thought that it was bad omen and unfortunately  started to get worried.                                                                      4
     
    That fear struck Sita wailed in a pitiable manner and that pretty and good natured Sita muttered  “Rama, Rama” and “Lakshmana” often while crying.                                        5
     
    That pretty princess of Mithila seeing in front of her that Monkey chief who was standing with humility, thought that “It was definitely a dream.”                                      6
     
    She saw the son of wind God, who was the minister of king of monkeys, who always obeyed the order of his king, who was foremost among intelligent beings , who was having a  misshapen face and saw him as very thoughtful.                                           7
     
    As soon as the wide eyed Sita saw him properly  she almost fainted and took to the appearance of a dead woman but at lat she woke from her stupor and started thinking.  8
     
    “I am seeing in my dream this monkey with a misshapen face , which is agreed upon  by the sciences as not boding good. Let good happen to Rama with Lakshmana  and my father,  the king Janaka.”                                                                                                9
     
    “This is not a dream also, because I who has been affected by sorrow and sadness do not sleep at all. I have a  parting from Rama  who had the face of the full moon  and after that I do not have anything pleasant happening to me.”                                                        10
     
    “Because I am within my mind always thinking of Rama  and by my words always praising him , I also always hear the story suitable to  him and possibly thought that I am hearing his story.”                                                                                                         11
     
    “As of now I am full of thoughts in my mind about him , I have offered my mind fully to him  and I always meditate on him  and naturally I think , I see him and also think that I hear about him.”                                                                                                               12
     
    “I think what happened was only a feeling in my mind  but in spite of that I am able to think and analyze about it. Thought will not have a form. But What I see has a clear form and is talking to me.”                                                                                                       13
     
    “My salutations are to Indra, Brahaspathi[23] and Brahma.. Let whatever has been told by this monkey come  true and let it not be false.”                                                           14
     
               
            Thus ends the thirty-second  chapter of Sundara Kanda which
         is in the Ramayana which is the first epic written  by Valmiki.
     

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                             Starting of conversation by Hanuman with Sita.
     
    (Hanuman enquires with Sita, whether she is actually Sita and She confirms it)
     
    That hanuman who was having a face like coral, who was the son of God of wind and who was greatly resplendent got down from the tree, went near Sita and fell at her feet with a sad and humble face . Then he started talking to her with sweet praises with both his hands clasped in salutation over his head.                                                  1-2
     
    “Hey , lady who wears ruffled silk cloth, hey, Lady who is having eyes like lotus flowers, hey, lady without any defects, who are you and why are you  holding the branch of a tree?”                                                                                                                          3
     
    “Why are tears flowing from both your eyes like drops of water falling from two lotus flowers?”                                                                                                                    4
     
    “Hey very good lady, who are you among Asuras, Nagas. Gandharwas. Rakshasas, Yakshas and Kinnaras?”                                                                                            5
     
    “”Hey lady who is great and  pretty , to me you appear as if you are a Deva maiden. Who are you among Rudras, Maruths and Vasus?”                                                  6
    (various types of demi gods)
     
    “Are you the most holy Star Rohini enshrined with all good characters, who has parted with the moon and fallen down on earth?”                                                                  7
     
    “Hey lady who brings only good and who has eyes without any blemish, who are you?    8
     
    “He lady with black eyes , who is harbinger of good, are you by chance Arundathi who has deserted and angered your husband  Vasishta because of anger or passion?”        9
    (Arundathi the sage wife of her great Sage husband Vasishta occupies the constellation of great bear along with her husband. She is possibly one of those extremely rare ladies who has been promoted as a star.)
     
    “Hey lady who has a pretty waist, who is your son or your father or your brother or your husband? From which world have you fallen down to this world and have become so  sad?”                                                                                                                        10
     
    “Because you are crying and  you are taking painful breaths and  because your feet is touching the earth and because you have taken one lord’s name as your everything. I do not think that you are a deva maiden? “                                                                     11
    (Devas are not supposed to blink  and their feet does not touch the earth.)
     
    “From your form and features which I have seen, I think that you are a princess or a queen of a great king.”                                                                                                     12
     
    “If you are Sita ,  who has been abducted by Ravana from Janasthana, please tell me clearly , who is enquiring about you,  because by your telling ,  good things will happen to you.”                                                                                                                         13
     
    “Your beauty is greater than any human beauty, your features shine because of penance and your sorrow is indescribable. Because of this I feel that you are the queen of Rama.”    14
     
    That daughter of Videha becoming happy because of the praise of Rama thus replied to Hanuman who was standing leaning on a tree.                                                          15
     
    “I am the daughter in law of Dasaratha who was first among the great kings of the world, who use to defeat enemy soldiers and who is famous.”                                            16
    (Please note that Hanuman , Ravana and other Rakshasis used to refer her as Daughter of Janaka, and Sita introduces her as daughter-in-law of Dasaratha.)
     
    “I am known as Sita and am the daughter of King Janaka who is great and who is the king of Videha, I am the wife of Rama who is a great hero..”                                    17   
     
    “I enjoyed life for twelve years in the palace of Rama with all my wishes fulfilled and was enjoying all pleasures which are proper for human beings.”                                  18
     
    “After that in the thirteenth year,  the king along with elders ordered the coronation of Rama who belonged to the Ikshuvaku clan.”                                                               19
     
     “When arrangements were under progress for the coronation, the queen Kaikeyi told about his promise to her.”                                                                                             20
     
    “If Rama is going to be coroneted, I would not eat my food from now, I would not drink either and this is the last day of my life.”                                                                       21
     
    “Hey great among the kings, if the loving promise made by you to me in olden days should not be made a lie, then Rama should go to the forest.”                                 22
     
    “That truthful king remembering the promise he had given to his queen hearing Kaikeyi’s words which were cruel and undesirable became very much worried.”                23
     
    “Then that old king standing firmly on justice and truth requested with tears, his eldest son Rama for the kingdom.”                                                                                          24
    (Kingdom was still Dasaratha’s.He wanted him to forsake the poison of Yuva Raja)
     
    “That great one considering his father’s orders as greater than the coronation, thought it as a great good deed  in his mind and by words agreed to the request.”                        25
     
    “Sri Rama who considers truth as his greatest valour would always give but never take and even if he looses his life , will not tell anything that is harsh and hurting.”               26
     
    “That famous one then removing his costly robes , sacrificed the kingdom willingly  and gave me in the custody of his mother.”                                                                            27
     
    “But I prepared myself for the journey to the forest faster than him for even living in heaven without him is not liked by me.”                                                                           28
     
    Lakshmana, the son of Sumithra, who is a great holy one and a friend to those who are  friendly became ready before everyone  and dressed in bark  with a determination to look after his brother.”                                                                                                     29
     
    “Then all the three of us, considering the orders of elders as more important took to the life in forest which was strange to us and which creates seriousness.”                        30   
     
    “I , .who am the wife of him who was having great valour and living in  the Dandaka forest was abducted by the Rakshasa Ravana who was a bad soul.”                           31
     
    “I have been given the blessing of lease of life  for two more months by Ravana , and so only after two months I would sacrifice my life.”                                                         32
     
                Thus ends the thirty-third chapter of Sundara Kanda which
         is in the Ramayana which is the first epic written  by Valmiki.
     

     


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