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How Sita Doubted Hanuman

Summary

Hanuma informs Rama how Seetha expressed her grave doubt as to how monkeys and bears can leap across a vast sea, as well as her appeal to Rama to destroy Ravana along with his entire army in Lanka and take her back to Ayodhya. Hanuma further informs Rama, how he resolved her doubt by explaining the prowess of the troops of monkeys and bears, commanded by Sugreeva as also how he brought solace and peace to her from her worries.

Chapter [Sarga] 68 in Detail

atha aham uttaram devyaa punah uktah sasambhramam |

tava snehaan nara vyaaghra sauhaaryaat anumaanya ca || 5-68-1

"O excellent among men! Having shown respect for me out of her affection and good-heartedness for you, I, who was in a haste to go, was spoken to again by Seetha the princess about the further course of action."

evam bahu vidham vaacyo raamo daasharathih tvayaa |

yathaa maam aapnuyaat shiighram hatvaa raavanam aahave || 5-68-2

"Rama, the son of Dasaratha, is to be informed by you thus in several ways, for quickly killing Ravana in battle and also as to how he can get me back."

yadi vaa manyase viira vasa ekaa aham arim dama |

kasmimshcit samvrite deshe vishraantah shvo gamishyasi || 5-68-3

“‘O hero the annihilator of enemies! If you deem it fit, stay for a day in a secret place. You can go tomorrow after taking rest'."

mama ca api alpa bhaagyaayaah saamnidhyaat tava vaanara |

asya shoka vipaakasya muhuurtam syaat vimokshanam || 5-68-4

"'O the valiant one! Because of your presence, the termination of my full-blown grief may continue for a while'."

gate hi tvayi vikraante punah aagamanaaya vai |

praanaanaam api samdeho mama syaan na atra samshayah || 5-68-5

"'When you, the courageous one, have actually left to come back, there will be a danger even to my life. There is no doubt about this'."

tava adarshanajah shoko bhuuyo maam paritaapayet |

duhkhaat duhkha paraabhuutaam durgataam duhkha bhaaginiim || 5-68-6

"'The sorrow born of your disappearance will further torment me, who is overtaken by one sorrow after another, miserable and doomed to grief as I am'."

ayam tu viira samdehah tishthati iva mama agratah |

sumahaan tvat sahaayeshu hari riksheshu asamshayah || 5-68-7

"'O best among the monkeys! O valiant one! In the matter of monkeys and bears who are your helpmates, this very grave doubt stands before me'."

katham nu khalu dushpaaram tarishyanti mahaaudadhim |

taani hari riksha sainyaani tau vaa nara vara aatmajau || 5-68-8

"'How indeed can those troops of monkeys and bears or Rama and Lakshmana can cross that great insurmountable ocean?'"

trayaanaam eva bhuutaanaam saagarasya asya langhane |

shaktih syaat vainateyasya vaayoh vaa tava vaa anagha || 5-68-9

"'Three beings viz. Garuda the eagle, or yourself or the wind-god only have the capacity of crossing this ocean'."

tat asmin kaarya niyoge viira evam duratikrame |

kim pashyasi samaadhaanam bruuhi kaaryavidaam vara || 5-68-10

"'O valiant monkey! That is why, what strategy are you visualizing to fulfill this act, which is so difficult to accomplish thus? You are indeed excellent of those who know how to accomplish any work'."

kaamam asya tvam eva ekah kaaryasya parisaadhane ||

paryaaptah para viiraghna yashasyah te bala udayah || 5-68-11

"O Hanuma the annihilator of hostile enemies! You, as one alone, are capable of fulfilling this task. Your act of fulfilling this task your act of fulfilling the result is well-known."

balaih samagraih yadi maam hatvaa raavanam aahave |

vijayii svaam puriim raamo nayet tat syaat yashah karam || 5-68-12

""It would result in his glory, if Rama, after killing Ravana along with his entire army, takes me to his city in his victory'."

yathaa aham tasya viirasya vanaat upadhinaa hritaa |

rakshasaa tat bhayaat eva tathaa na arhati raaghavah || 5-68-13

"'Rama ought not to take me back for fear that Ravana, in the same manner as Ravana the demon took me away from the forest in the absence of Rama by cheating that heroic Rama."

balaih tu samkulaam kritvaa lankaam para bala ardanah |

maam nayet yadi kaakutsthah tat tasya sadrisham bhavet || 5-68-14

If Rama, the destroyer of rival army, fills the entire Lanka with arrows and takes me home, it will be quite worthy of him."

tat yathaa tasya vikraantam anuruupam mahaatmanah |

bhavati aahava shuurasya tathaa tvam upapaadaya || 5-68-15

"For that reason, you act in such a way, that the high-souled Rama, valiant in battle, exhibits the prowess befitting of him."

tat artha upahitam vaakyam prashritam hetu samhitam |

nishamya aham tatah shesham vaakyam uttaram abruvam || 5-68-16

"Hearing that appeal (of Seetha), that was somewhat good in its meaning, courteous and duly furnished with reasons, I gave then my remaining reply (as follows):

devi hari riksha sainyaanaam iishvarah plavataam varah |

sugriivah sattva sampannah tava arthe krita nishcayah || 5-68-17

"'O Seetha the princess! Sugreeva, the lord of the troops of monkeys and bears, excellent among the monkeys and endowed with strength, is firmly determined to rescue you."

tasya vikrama sampannaah sattvavanto mahaabalaah |

manah samkalpa sampaataa nideshe harayah sthitaah || 5-68-18

yeshaam na upari na adhastaan na tiryak sajjate gatih |

na ca karmasu siidanti mahatsv amita tejasah || 5-68-19

"So many monkeys, endowed with prowess, perseverance great strength and who can rush to any place as they wish, are intensely committed to Sugreeva's command. There is no hindrance to their movement either in the sky or the ground or in a horizontal region between the sky and the ground. Those monkeys with unlimited splendor are not indolent in performing any great task."

asakrit taih mahaabhaagaih vaanaraih bala samyutaih |

pradakshinii kritaa bhuumih vaayu maarga anusaaribhih || 5-68-20

"Those illustrious monkeys, proud of their strength and following the path of wind, circumambulated the entire earth several times."

mat vishishtaah ca tulyaah ca santi tatra vana okasah |

mattah pratyavarah kashcin na asti sugriiva samnidhau || 5-68-21

aham taavat iha praaptah kim punah te mahaabalaah |

na hi prakrishtaah preshyante preshyante hi itare janaah || 5-68-22

"'In them, some of the monkeys are superior to me and some are even equal to me. No one in the vicinity of Sugreeva is inferior to me. When I have arrived here, why to talk about those mighty ones? Generally, superior ones are not sent for errands. Only others are indeed sent'."

tat alam paritaapena devi manyuh vyapaitu te |

eka utpaatena te lankaam eshyanti hari yuuthapaah || 5-68-23

"'O Seetha the princess! Enough of your lamentation. Take away your sorrow. Those leaders of monkeys will reach Lanka by one single leap'."

mama prishtha gatau tau ca candra suuryaav iva uditau |

tvat sakaasham mahaabhaage nri simhaav aagamishyatah || 5-68-24

"Rama and Lakshmana, those two lions among men, also of great strength, ascending on my shoulders, can come to you, like the rising sun and the moon."

arighnam simha samkaasham kshipram drakshyasi raaghavam |

lakshmanam ca dhanush paanim lankaa dvaaram upasthitam || 5-68-25

"Rama, the annihilator of enemies, similar to a lion, and Lakshmana wielding a bow in his hand, will surely approach the entrance-gate of Lanka and you will see them soon."

nakha damshtra aayudhaan viiraan simha shaarduula vikramaan |

vaanaraan vaanara indra aabhaan kshipram drakshyasi samgataan || 5-68-26

"'You can see soon those valiant monkeys, with their claws and tusks as weapons, having the prowess of lions and tigers and looking like lordly elephants, coming here together'."

shaila ambudan nikaashaanaam lankaa malaya saanushu |

nardataam kapi mukhyaanaam aciraat shoshyase svanam || 5-68-27

"'You will hear within a short time, the clamour of the excellent of monkeys resonating like a mountains and clouds, on the peaks of Mount Malaya in Lanka'."

nivritta vana vaasam ca tvayaa saardham arim damam |

abhishiktam ayodhyaayaam kshipram drakshyasi raaghavam || 5-68-28

"'You will see Rama, the annihilator of enemies, returning from exile, and getting anointed to the crown in Ayodhya, along with you soon'."

tato mayaa vaagbhih adiina bhaashinii |

shivaabhih ishtaabhih abhiprasaaditaa |

jagaama shaantim mama maithila aatmajaa |

tava api shokena tathaa abhipiiditaa || 5-68-29

"Thereafter, soothened by me with comforting, well-disposed and agreeable words, Seetha, though tormented with thought of your grief, obtained peace of mind."

ityaarse shriimadraamaayane aadikaavye sundarakaande astasastitamah sargah

Thus completes 68th Chapter of Sundara Kanda of the glorious Ramayana of Valmiki, the work of a sage and the oldest epic.

Sriman Moola Rama Vijayate

References

Durga, Kishore Kopalle, and K. M. K. Murthy. (2001). Sundara Kanda - Book Of Beauty.

Merriam-Webster. (2007). At http://www.m-w.com.

Reference.com. (2007). At http://www.reference.com.

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