||Sundarakanda ||

|| Sarga 30||(Summary in English)

 

(PS: This is a true translation of the Sanskrit epic which tends to have long descriptive sentences which are retained as they are)||om tat sat||

||om tat sat||

Sundarakanda
Sarga 30

The valiant Hanuman hidden in the branches of the Simsupa tree heard the threatening of Sita by Rakshasas as well as Trijata's dream. Looking at Sita who looked like a goddess in Nandana , the Vanara started thinking about his task.

He said to himself ,'Among the many hundreds and thousands of Vanaras searching for her in all directions, I have found her here. Intelligently seeing the strength of the enemies, roaming in secret like a spy , I have seen everything in Lanka. I have seen the ability of Rakshasas , this city as well as the power of the Ravana the king of Rakshasas. It is proper to console her who is anxious to see her husband'. He remembered Ram as one, who is compassionate to all, who is of immeasurable power too.

Hanuman continued his thoughts. 'I shall console this moon faced lady who has not seen sorrows before, who is not seeing the end of sorrows. If I go away without consoling this lady overwhelmed with sorrow, that will be blame worthy. If I go away this renowned princess not knowing the way out will give up her life.

'Providing relief to the the strong armed Rama who has a face like full moon, who is anxious to see Sita is my duty. Talking in front of the Rakshasas the night beings is not good. What is my duty I am at a loss. If I do not speak before the end of the night she will give up her life. There is no doubt about that'

'If Rama asks me what did Sita speak then how can I give an answer if I do not talk to her. If I go away without carrying a message from Sita then the scion of Kakutstha will burn me up with anger in his eyes. For Rama's sake if the King Sugriva comes here with his full army then his coming will be useless ( if Sita gives up her life). I will wait here and at suitable time I will slowly console this lady who is in deep sorrow. I am of a small body. More specially a Vanara. I will use Samskruta which is men's language'.

'If I speak Samskruta like the twice born one , thinking that I am Ravana Sita will be scared. Specially how can a Vanara speak like this. So I should speak the common language of people. Otherwise I will not be able to pacify her. Already frightened by the Rakshasas , this Janaki seeing my form and the speech she will be scared again. Then the wide eyed sensitive lady Sita , thinking that I am the Ravana who can take any form, she will make loud noise'.

'With the sound made by Sita Rakshasa legions armed with different kind of weapons will gather like the dreadful Yama. Then the Rakshasas with hideous faces will surround me and make an effort to capture me or kill me. Seeing me holding the branches, side branches and trunks of best trees and running, the Rakshasas will get scared. The Rakshasas with hideous faces seeing my great from moving about in the groves will be very scared. There after the Rakshasas will invite the attention of the guards employed for the residence of the king of Rakshasas. Those Rakshasas excited will come speedily armed with spears tridents swords and different kinds of weapons for war. Surrounded by them I might not be able to reach the other end of the ocean. Prompt to act Rakshasas will jump up in the sky to capture me. This lady will not receive any message and I will be captured too. These are interested in acts of violence, and will harm the daughter of Janaka. Then the mission of Rama and Sugriva will be lost'.

'Janaki is hidden in this location, surrounded by the ocean, guarded by the Rakshasas, staying in this secret place. If I am killed or captured in a battle with Rakshasas , I do not see anybody else who can help in accomplishing this task. If I am killed I do not see, even after reflecting carefully , another Vanara who can leap over the hundred Yojana wide ocean. I am capable of killing thousands of Rakshasas. But reaching the other shore thereafter may not be possible. The war is no doubt unpredictable. Which wise man will take a doubtful task without a question.

'If I do not speak Vaidehi will give up her life. If I speak to her that may be a problem too'.

' If time and place are not propitious , having a confused messenger even sure tasks may fail like darkness is dispelled by the sunrise . Swinging from a course of positive action to an action that is calamitous is not proper. Messengers who assume they are scholars destroy their mission.
'How to see that the mission is not destroyed. How can the failure be avoided. How can the crossing of ocean be not wasted'. Thus thinking on 'how to ensure that she is not scared by my words' , Hanuman came to came to a decision.
He said to himself. 'By praising the one who is known for judicious action, who is very dear to her, in whom her mind is absorbed, I will not create fear. Presenting auspicious words about Rama , the esteemed person of Ikshwakus, who has realized self, and make her listen to every thing while uttering sweet words , she will then trust me'.

The great Hanuman seated among the branches of the tree and hidden, looking at the wife of the lord of the universe started speaking faithfully and sweetly.

Thus ends the Sarga thirty in Sundarakanda of Ramayana the first poem ever composed by the first poet sage Valmiki.

|| om tat sat||