||Sundarakanda ||

|| Sarga 64|| (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 64

Thus told by Sugriva to ask Hanuman and other Vanaras to come immediately , Dadhimukha was pleased. Then he bowed to Raghava, Lakshmana and Sugriva. He offered salutations to Raghava and Lakshmana as well as Sugriva and flew into the sky along with his followers.

Travelling the same path which he followed before, he went quickly and landed on the ground and entered that grove. He entered the Madhuvanam and saw the Vanaras free from intoxication of honey, having passed water. Having returned, he said with folded hands the following conciliatory words.

' Oh Prince of mild disposition ! You do not be harsh. Your companions were restrained out of our ignorance and anger . Oh Mighty one ! You are the prince and the Lord of this grove. You can excuse this mistake done in foolishness. Oh Sinless one ! I went and told the elder brother of your father about the arrival of the Vanaras. He having heard about your arrival was pleased. The elder brother of your father, Sugriva hearing about the destruction of the grove he was not angry. The king told me " Send all of them here quickly."

Hearing those conciliatory words of Dadhimukha , Angada, the best of Vanaras, who is expert in use of words, spoke to the Vanaras.

' Oh Scorchers of enemies !, Elephants among the Vanaras ! This information has already been heard by Rama. I think that with the task having been accomplished it is not proper for us to stay here. Oh Forest dwellers! Having drunk honey and rested what is left ? We go to the place where our leader Sugriva is. I will follow what ever you all together tell me to do as our duty. I am the prince. I am not the lord to order you, who have accomplished the task. My ordering you is not proper '.

Hearing those words of Angada, the forest dwellers , delighted at being told thus, said the following. ' Oh Bull among the Vanaras ! Lord ! Who will say like this. Arrogant on account of prosperity kings think I am everything. These words are proper, not otherwise. Your humbleness speaks for good for bright future. We are all ready any moment to go to where our immortal Lord Sugriva is. Oh Best of Vanaras ! Without your saying a word, it is not possible for the Vanaras to move one step. This is true. We are telling you '.

When they said as above, Angada said 'very good, let us go'. Having said this the mighty ones flew into the sky. All the Vanaras sprang into the sky as though there was no sky, like the stones scattered by machines from the mountains rise up. Having risen to the sky , the speedy fliers roared like the clouds driven by the wind.

Before the arrival of Angada, the king of Vanaras, Sugriva told the lotus eyed lord stricken with grief. 'Trust me. Be blessed. The divine lady has been seen, without any doubt. With the time limit having been crossed they cannot be coming here otherwise . The prince Angada , who is with strong arms , who is best among the fliers, without completing the task cannot be coming near me. Those who have completed their task will not be like this. They will be with piteous face , with unsteady mind. The best of fliers if he is not happy, he would not have destroyed the Madhuvanam which is protected from my father's and grand father's time'.

'The divine lady has been seen by Hanuman. No others. The reason for the achievement of this task is Hanuman. The intelligent Hanuman with brilliance of the Sun, certainly has the intelligence, the effort , and the valor and the capacity to succeed. Where Jambavan is the leader and Hanuman and Angada are the guiding forces, the result will not be otherwise. You are extremely valiant. This is not the time to be worried'.

At that time the forest dwellers arrived at Kishkindha roaring, being proud of Hanuman's success having successfully completed their task, and their chattering noise could be heard. Then that chief of Vanaras hearing the roar of the Vanaras was extremely happy. He kept raising and shaking his long tail. The Vanaras with Angada and Hanuman in the front landed, desirous of seeing Rama.

The heroes, Angada and others delighted and very happy, landed near the king of Vanaras and Rama. Hanuman the strong armed one, bowing with his head, informed Rama that the divine lady with constant devotion is safe.

Hearing those words ' Divine lady is seen' which are like nectar from Hanuman, Rama along with Lakshmana was delighted. Then Lakshmana surely looked at the son of wind god with affection, and saw Sugriva with respect.

The slayer of heroic enemies Raghava entered a state of delight and glanced at Hanuman with unbounded affection.

Thus ends the Sarga sixty four of Sundarakanda in Ramayana , the first poem ever composed in Sanskrit by the first poet sage Valmiki

|| om tat sat||