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Chapter 15: Indrajit Rebukes Vibhishana

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Indrajit Rebukes Vibhishana

Summary

Indrajit criticizes Vibhishana for underestimating the formers strength. Vibhishana abuses Indrajit for his immaturity of mind and for his rash nature in underscoring the power of Rama’s arrows. Vibhishana further advises Ravana to give back Sita along with valuable presents to Rama and to live happily ever after in Lanka.

Chapter [Sarga] 15 in Detail

brihaspatestulyamatervacasta |

nnishamya yatnena vibhiisanasya |

tato mahaatmaa vacanam babhaase |

tatrendrajinnairritayuuthamukhyah || 6-15-1

Carefully hearing the words of Vibhishana, whose intellect was equal to that of Brihaspati (god Of wisdom and eloquence) the high spirited Indrajit, the chief of army of demons spoke as follows:

kim naama te taata kanistha vaakya |

manrthakam vai bahubhiitavacca |

asmin kule yo.api bhavenna jaatah |

so.apiidrisham naiva vadenna kuryaat || 6-15-2

 “O, youngest uncle! Pray, what? Your words are meaningless and very much frightening. Even he who is not born in this race would neither speak such words nor do such a thing (as you suggest).”

sattvena viiryena paraakramena

dhairyena shauryena ca tejasaa ca |

ekah kule.asmin puruso vimukto |

vibhiisanastaatakanistha esah || 6-15-3

 “In our race, this Vibhishana the youngest uncle is the only individual lacking in strength, heroism, prowess, courage, valor and vital powers”.

kim naama tau maanusaraajaputraa |

vasmaakamekena hi raakshasena |

supraakritenaapi nihantumetau |

shakyau kuto bhiisayase sma bhiiro || 6-15-4

"What after all are those princes who are mere human beings? They can be killed even by one very ordinary demon among us. O, coward! Why are you frightening us? “

trilokanaatho nama devaraajah |

shakto mayaa bhuumitale vivistah |

bhayaarmitaashcaapi dishah prapannaah |

sarve tadaa devaganaah samagraah || 6-15-5

 “At one time, the competent Devendra, the lord of three worlds, was indeed tossed down on the floor by me. All the flocks of celestials were cast into fear and all of them fled to different quarters.”

airaavato visvaramunnadan sa |

nipaatito bhuumitale mayaa tu |

vikrisya dantau tu mayaa prapahya |

vitraasitaa devaganaah samagraah || 6-15-6

 “Airavata (Indra’s elephant), which was making noise discordantly, was hurled down by me on the floor. I forcibly extracted its teeth and frightened the entire flock of celestials.”

soaham suraanaamapi darpahantaa |

daityottamaanaamapi shokakartaa |

katham narendratmajayorna shakto |

mamasyayoh praakritayoh suviiryah || 6-15-7

 “How can I, with great valor, who suppressed the arrogance of even the celestials and who made the lives of even excellent of the demons miserable, not capable of conquering the two princes who are ordinary human beings?”

athendrakalpasya duraasadasya |

mahaajasastadvacanam nishamya |

tato mahaartham vacanam babhaase |

vibhiisanah shastrabhritaam varisthah || 6-15-8

Hearing those words of Indrajit, who was equal to Indra (god of celestials), dangerous to be approached, and possessing great vital power, Vibhishana the excellent one among bearers of weapons spoke then the following highly meaningful words:

na taata mantre tava nishcayo.asti |

baalastvamadyaapyavipakvabuddhih |

tasmaattvayaapyaatmavinaashanaaya |

vacho.arthhiinam bahu vipralaptam || 6-15-9

 “O, child! There is no stability of thought in you. Being a boy, you are still immature in mind. That is why; many a meaningless word was prattled [said in a childish manner] by you too, for only your self-destruction.”

putrapravaadena tu raavanasya |

tvamindrajinmitramukho.asi shatruh |

yasyedrisham raaghavato vinaasham |

vishamya mohaadanuvanyase tvam || 6-15-10

 “In the guise of a son, O, Indrajit, you are an enemy of Ravana putting on the mask of a well wisher in that even hearing (from me) of his destruction at the hands of Rama, you are blindly agreeing with him.”

tvameva vadhyashca sudurmatishca |

sa caapi vadhyo ya aihaanayattvaam |

baalam dridham saahaasikam ca yo.adya |

praaveshayanmantrakrtaam samiipam || 6-15-11

 “You surely are fit to be killed. No, he too is fit to be killed, who brought you, a reckless boy here today and ushered you foolishly in the proximity of counselors”.

muudho.apragalbho.avinayopapanna |

stiikshanasvabhaavo.alpamatirduraatmaa |

muurkhastvamatyantasudurmatishca |

tvamindrajidbaalatayaa braviisi || 6-15-12

 “O, Indrajit! You are a stupid, irresolute, without humility, rude natured; unwise; evil person, inexperienced and highly evil minded. You are speaking in this manner because you are an immature boy”.

ko brahmadandapratimaprakaashaa |

narcismatah kaalanikaasharuupaan |

saheta baanaanyamadandakalpaa |

nsamakshamuktaanyudhi raaghavena || 6-15-13

”Who can endure the arrows, discharged by Rama in battle right in front of the enemy, which resemble Brahma’s (creator’s) staff in glory, which present a form similar to that of God of Death and are equal to the Yama’s staff?”

dhanaani ratnaani subhuusanaani |

vaapaampi divyaani maniimshca citraan |

siitaam ca raamaaya nivedya deviim |

vasema raajanniha viitashokaah || 6-15-14

 “O, king! Offering riches, precious stones, good jewelry, excellent clothes, bright colored gems and the god-like Sita to Rama; let us live here, free from anguish.”

ityaarse shriimadraamaayane aadikaavye yuddhakaande pajncadashah sargah

Thus completes 15th Chapter of Yuddha Kanda of the glorious Ramayana of Valmiki, the work of a sage and the oldest epic.

Sriman Moola Rama Vijayate

References

K. M. K. Murthy. (2002). Yuddha Kanda - Book Of War.

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

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

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