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Chapter 62: Rama Laments for Sita

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Rama Laments for Sita


Rama bewails for Seetha as an ambivert [a person having characteristics of both extrovert and introvert], ambivalent romantic epical hero and asks Lakshmana to return to Ayodhya, as Rama is certain to perish without Seetha. He thinks his agony aloud, weighing pros and cons of his situation.

Chapter [Sarga] 62 in Detail

siitaam apashyan dharmaatmaa shoka upahata cetanah |

vilalaapa mahaabaahuu raamah kamala locanah || 3-62-1

In not seeing Seetha that virtue-souled Rama's sagacity is marred [distracted] by his anguish and he bewailed with his lotus-like eyes that are reddening like a pair of lotuses, rising is long arms. [3-62-1]

pashyan iva ca taam siitaam apashyan madana arditah |

uvaaca raaghavo vaakyam vilaapa aashraya dur.hvacam || 3-62-2

Even if Raghava is not able to see Seetha in his presence he started talking to her in a kind of inarticulate wailing, as wailing pampered his articulacy because his speech took shelter of wailing instinct, and as he is cowed down by Love-god, and thus he started to vent out his heart in this way. [3-62-2]

tvam ashokasya shaakhaabhih puspa priya taraaa priye |

avrinosi shariiram te mama shoka vivardhinii || 3-62-3

"Flowers fascinate you very much, my dear, hence you veil yourself with the full bloomed branches of Ashoka tree, but that alone is amplifying my anguish because you both have presently became tormentors. [3-62-3]

kadalii kaanda sadrishau kadalyaa sa.mvritaa ubhau |

uuruu pashyaami te devi na asi shaktaa niguuhitum || 3-62-4

"Maybe, both your thighs liken to the stalks of banana plants, thinking so, now you have lapped them in groovy banana plants, but I can distinguish which is which, thus now I caught sight of them, oh, lady, you are inapt at least to cover them from me. [3-62-4]

karnikaara vanam bhadre hasa.ntii devi sevase |

alam te parihaasena mama baadhaavahena vai || 3-62-5

"Oh, lady, you are facetiously glorying in the boscage of fully bloomed Karnikara trees which is really wafting worry to me, rather than the fragrance of those flowers oh, glorious lady, enough, enough is this facetiousness of yours. [3-62-5]

vishesena aashramasthaane haaso ayam na prashasyate |

avagacchaami te shiilam parihaasa priyam priye || 3-62-6

aagaccha tvam vishaalaakshii shuunyo ayam utajah tava |

"I am aware of your humor, lady, and I know that you are jocose, but in a place like hermitage unmerited is this sort of raillery, even if it is good-natured. Hence, you come back, oh, wide-eyed one, your cottage is empty. [3-62-6, 7a]

su vyaktam raakshaih siitaa bhakshitaa vaa hritaa api vaa || 3-62-7

na hi saa vilapa.ntam maam upasampraiti lakshmana |

"Oh, Lakshmana, very evidently demons have either gorged up Seetha, or perhaps abducted her, because she is not returning to me who am whiny indeed for her. [3-62-7b, 8a]

etaani mriga yuudhaani sa ashru netraani lakshmana || 3-62-8

sha.mshanti iva hi me deviim bhakshitaam rajaniicaraih |

"Indeed these teary-eyed mobs of deer look as if to explain that nightwalkers have gluttonised my lady. [3-62-8b, 9a]

haa mama aarye kva yaataa asi haa saadhvi vara var.hnini || 3-62-9

haa sa kaamaa adya kaikeyii devi me adya bhavisyati |

"Ha! My graceful lady, to where you have strayed now... Ha! Chastely and best complexioned lady, now the ambition of my queen mother Kaikeyi will be fulfilled, as I breath my last owing to your straying... [3-62-8b, 9a]

siitaayaa saha niryaato vinaa siitaam upaagatah || 3-62-10

katham naama pravekshyaami shuunyam antah puram mama |

"I have come to forests with Seetha and have to go back to Ayodhya without Seetha. How, in all but name, can I step into an oblivion called my palace-chambers? [3-62-9b, 10a]

nirhviirya iti loko maam nir.hdayah ca iti vakshyati || 3-62-11

kaataratvam prakaasham hi siitaa apanayanena me |

"People will denounce me as a vigorless and pitiless person, and my ineptitude will indeed be self-evident, for Seetha is led away from me by some tactical being... [3-62-10b, 11a]

nivritta vana vaasah ca janakam mithila adhipam || 3-62-12

kushalam paripricchantam katham shakshe niriikshitum |

"When the king of Mithila Janaka asks after the wellbeing of all the three of us after the completion of forest living, how do I have the face to stand him? [3-62-11b, 12a]

videha rajo nuunam maam dristvaa virahitam tayaa || 3-62-13

sutaa vinaasha sa.mtapto mohasya vasham esyati |

"On seeing me without Seetha the king of Videha will be distraught by the perishing of his daughter, and he defiantly goes under the preponderance of perplexity... [3-62-12b, 13a]

athavaa na gamisyaami puriim bharata paalitam || 3-62-14

svargo api hi tayaa hiinah shuunya eva mato mama |

"Instead, I prefer not to go to the city Ayodhya that is ruled by Bharata, because it must be comforting to one and all under his rulership [one that rules], but not to me as Seetha will not be with me... else if, that end of my life occurs now and if I were to go to heaven, even that heaven will be a void to me without her... I believe so... [3-62-13b, 14a]

tat maam utsrijya hi vane gaccha ayodhyaa puriim shubhaam || 3-62-15

na tu aham taam vinaa siitaam jiiveyam hi kathamcana |

"Hence, Lakshmana, you go back to that auspicious city Ayodhya forsaking me in forests, because I have no existence without Seetha, isn't it! [3-62-14b, 15a]

gaadham aashlisya bharato vaacyo mat vacanaat tvayaa || 3-62-16

anujnaato asi raamena paalaya iti vasundharaam |

"On tightly hugging Bharata you shall tell him these words as I have said, 'Rama authorizes you to reign the earth...' [3-62-16]

ambaa ca mama kaikeyii sumitraa ca tvayaa vibho || 3-62-17

kausalyaa ca yathaa nyaayam abhivaadyaa mama ajnayaa |

rakshaniiyaa prayatnena bhavataa saa ukta kaarinaa || 3-62-18

"Oh, efficacious Lakshmana, on revering my mothers Kaikeyi, Sumitra, and Kausalya justifiably you tell them my good bye, and you as the one who effectuates whatever is assigned to you, you have to effort-fully protect my mother Kausalya by doing whatever she says. [3-62-17b, 18]

siitaayaah ca vinaasho ayam mama ca amitra suudana |

vistarena jananyaa vinivedya tvayaa bhavet || 3-62-19

"Oh, the subjugator of unfriendly, Lakshmana... you shall clearly inform in detail about this perish of Seetha, also that of mine, to our mothers. [3-62-19]

iti vilapati raaghavo tu diino

vanam upagamya tayaa vinaa su keshyaa |

bhaya vikala mukhah tu lakshmano api

vyathita manaa bhrisham aaturo babhuuva || 3-62-20

Thus Raghava, the dejected, neared every corner of the forest in his search, and bewailed because that lady with best plaits, Seetha, is not found and missing from him. Even Lakshmana became whey-faced, frantic-hearted, highly overwrought, by the fear of uncertainty looming large on them. [3-62-20]

iti vaalmiiki raamaayane aadi kaavye aranya kaande dvi sastitamah sargah

Thus, this is the 62nd chapter in Aranya Kanda of Valmiki Ramayana, the First Epic poem of India.

Sriman Moola Rama Vijayate




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