||Sundarakanda ||

|| Sarga 51 || (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||

Sarga 51

Brought into the court of Ravana and questioned by Ravana's minister Prahasta , the courageous Hanuman looking at the very powerful ten-headed one spoke to him slowly and with meaningful words.

' I have come here to your palace with a message from Sugriva. The King of Vanaras who is like a brother asks about your welfare. You may hear the message of the great self, your brother which is pertinent to this world and the other world too , and is consistent with righteousness and propriety, and is beneficial too'.

Hanuman continued.

'The king named Dasaratha who is richly endowed with chariots, horses and elephants, is a friend of this world, equal to Indra in splendor. His eldest son , very dear , the lord by name Rama is highly effulgent one. He is righteous, followed a path on the orders of his father and went in exile. He entered Danadaka forest with his brother Lakshmana and his wife Sita too. His wife Sita, a pious one, the daughter of the great self, King of Videha , Janaka, is lost in the forest. While searching for her, the prince along with his brother reached Rishyamuka and met with Sugriva, Searching for Sita has been promised by Sugriva. Securing the kingdom of Vanaras was promised by Rama'.

'Then the prince killing Vali in a battle , made Sugriva as the leader of the the kingdom of Vanaras. Vali, the best of Vanaras is known to you earlier. He was killed with one arrow by Rama in the war. Sugriva, the king of Vanaras who battles for truth, anxious for searching for Sita sent Vanaras in all directions. Thousands of Vanaras are deployed for searching for her in all directions, in the skies and in the underworld too. Vanaras, swift footed powerful , some like Garuda, some like like wind god, went without touching the ground'.

' I am known as Hanuman , Maruti's own son. Looking for Sita I quickly jumped across the hundred Yojana wide ocean. While moving around I have seen the daughter of Janaka in your palace. You are knower of the truth of righteousness, carried great austerities. Such a very wise person , abducting another's wife is not appropriate for you.

'Respectable people, wise ones , do not indulge in acts which are unrighteous, which strike at the very root of existence. Even Devas or Indra cannot stop the arrows let loose by Lakshmana or an angered Rama. Oh King ! After displeasing Rama there is none in the three worlds who can experience happiness'.

'Think of these words good for all three times, which are righteous, which provide you with material wealth. Oh King ! Janaki may be returned to the king of men. I have seen this lady which is very difficult. The course of further action will be planned by Rama'.

'This Sita immersed in sorrow , whom I have seen and you have abducted, is like a five headed serpent . Like the food mixed with venom, which is eaten cannot be absorbed by Devas or Asuras , this one too cannot be. It is not proper that the accumulated righteousness by the virtue of austerities by you is lost and at the cost of your life. By virtue of penance you think yourself to be impossible to be killed by Asura and Devas , even there, there is a reason for concern. Sugriva is not a God. Not an Asura. Not a Rakshasa. Not a Danava or Gandharva or Yaksha. Oh King how will you protect your life'.

' Exceeding limits of righteousness yields the results of unrighteousness. The result of that is that righteousness is destroyed by the unrighteousness. There is no doubt about the righteous fruits you have obtained. This fruits of this unrighteous conduct will quickly be attained. Having known the killings in Janasthana , the killing of Vali ,and the friendship of Rama and Sugriva, know your own benefit too. I alone single-handedly have the capability to destroy the Lanka along will all the horses chariots, and elephants. This is not my resolution. Rama in the presence of all the Vanara groups took a vow to punish any unfriendly one who troubles Sita. Offending Rama even Purandara himself cannot live in happiness. What to say of you'.

' This one whom you know as Sita who is under your control living here, know her as the destroyer of whole of Lanka , the harbinger of dark night. In the form of Sita you are holding the noose of death on your shoulders. Enough. Think of your own wellbeing. See the city of Lanka along with its market places and streets being burned by Rama's wrath and Sita's glowing fire. Do not bring about the destruction of your clan, brothers, friends, ministers, sons, wives and all pleasures'.

' Oh King of Rakshasas ! Hear the truthful words of this messenger a Vanara , specifically the servant of Rama. Illustrious Rama , after destroying all the worlds along with all beings can again recreate as before. Equal to Vishnu in valor , there is none who can combat Rama among all the kings of Devas and Asuras, among the Yakshas and Rakshasas, among all Vidhyadharas , Gandharvas, Uragas and Siddhas or Kinnaras. All over the worlds among birds all beings, in all places at all times there is none. Having done this great offence to Rama , the Lord of all worlds, lion among princes , your life is difficult to sustain'.

' Oh the king of night beings ! There is none among Devas Daityas, Gandharvas, Vidhyadharas, Nagas, Yakshas who can stand in the battle against Rams the leader of the three worlds. The self born four headed Brahma or the tree eyed destroyer of Tripura, Rudra or Indra or Mahendra cannot protect in war one whom Rama has decided to kill'.

Then Hanuman stopped.

The ten headed one who has no equals, hearing the extremely skillful unpleasant words of the Vanara with eyes rolling in anger ordered the killing of the great Vanara.

Thus ends the Sarga fifty one of Sundarakanda in Ramayana the first poem composed in Sanskrit by the first poet sage Valmiki.

|| om tat sat||