||Sundarakanda ||

|| Sarga 5||(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||

 

Sundarakanda
Sarga 5
( Hanuman in search of Sita)

Then as he was going about the city of Lanka that intelligent Hanuman saw the Moon, the luminous lord who rose up to the middle of the sky.

Moon rose to the middle of the sky spreading a canopy of light like the Sun in the sky, and was looking like a intoxicated mighty white bull in the cowshed in the midst of a herd of cows. Hanuman also saw the Moon spreading his light as if to ward off the worlds agony , augmenting the ocean to swell, and illuminating all the creatures.

The splendor of the Moon in the center of the sky was like the splendor found on the ocean at dusk, like the splendor found in the water droplets on the lotus leaves in the lakes, and like the splendor found on the Mandara mountain . Moon shone like a swan in the silver cage and like a Lion in the cave on the Mandara mountain. Moon shone like the proud hero sitting on the elephant.

The full Moon with its horn like spot , was looking like like a bull with sharp horns, like the Himalayas with its tall peaks and like an elephant with its gold plated tusks .The Moon even with its stain shone with graceful radiance like the shining water drops on the lotus leaf rid of its dew. Moon shone like a resplendent one whose moral impurities were removed by the great planets. The Moon shone bright like the lion, the king of animals on the top of a rock. He shone like the lord of the elephants in the deep forest, and the king who regained his kingdom. With the Moon at dusk spreading his brilliance the darkness was dispelled, the dark deeds of cannibals disappeared, love instincts of ladies lost in anger of love are incited.

As Hanuman moved forward sounds of instruments pleasing to the ears are being heard. Chaste ladies were sleeping with their husbands. The night creatures began to roam about exhibiting their exhibiting their rowdy behavior.

Intelligent Hanuman saw in those prosperous houses Rakshasas intoxicated with their wealth, having chariots with comfortable seats drawn by horses. The Rakshasas in those prosperous houses were intoxicated and blabbering ridiculing each other, boisterously patting each others shoulders, quarrelling with each other in the intoxication. They are expanding their chests sportively touching their women. The demons drawing their strong bows to impress their women were assuming wonderful forms. Among the women collected there with beautiful faces some were sleeping, some were angry, some were laughing and some others are sighing.

There were huge respected elephants making sounds. There were warriors sighing like snakes hissing in a lake. They were sighing for not having an opportunity to show their valor.

In that city Hanuman saw intellectuals who were sweet in expression who had faith in religion. He saw pre eminent ones in the world, heroes of different kinds, demons who followed good practices. Seeing radiant handsome ones with many virtues, whose appearance reflected their virtues Hanuman was happy. He also saw ugly ones and those with similar forms too.

He saw women adorned with choicest clothes, women whose minds are pure and attached to their lovers, and saw women attached to drinks too. He also saw gentle ones among them like bright stars. Hanuman saw women embraced by their lovers feeling shy but shining brightly. He also saw women adorned with flowers embraced by their beloveds joyful like free birds. The Intelligent Hanuman saw Rakshasa women on the terraces of the mansions sitting happily on the laps of their lovers overwhelmed with pleasure engaged in love. He saw others engaged in serving their husbands.

He saw some of golden hue without veil, some altruistic shining like the polished gold, some pale looking separated from their husbands. He saw a few of attractive complexion. Hanuman saw in those houses some happy and delighted women having obtained their husbands , some ecstatic ones delighted on seeing the loved ones. He saw rows of faces radiating like Moon, rows of eyes with sidelong glances and graceful lashes, many wearing lovely ornaments resembling flashes of lightning.

But Hanuman could not see Sita, the one born in a noble royal family, a delicate one like creeper, following the right path. He did not see the one abiding by the eternal good path, a lady of beautiful eyes, a lady with her mind fixed on her husband among all those chaste wives present there.

He did not see the lady shedding hot tears sorrowing for the separation form her husband He did not see one whose throat is choked with incessant tears, whose neck was earlier wearing costly ornaments , who has beautiful eyelashes, who was of sweet loving voice, who was like a forest dweller wandering in the forests.

Not seeing Sita Hanuman imagined that she would be like an invisible ray of the moon, like a streak of gold invisible being covered with dust, like the scar of a superficially covered wound caused by an arrow, like a flake of cloud swept away by the wind.

Not being able to see the wife of Rama the Lord who is the best one among those who are good at speech, Hanuman was hit by grief became slow for a while .

|| Thus ends the fifth Sarga of Sundarakanda in Ramayana, the first ever poem of mankind composed by Maharshi Valmiki.||

||om tat sat||

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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