|| Sarga 15 ||

|| Tattva Dipika ||

||om tat sat||

Sarga 15

Hanuman sees Sita

This is the Sarga where finally Hanuman sees Sita

With anticipatory delight permeating all his limbs Hanuman looked around, searching for Sita, from top of Simsupa tree where he perched himself.

Hanuman saw that Ashoka grove well decorated all around having splendid trees with creepers enriched with fine fragrance .

That Ashoka Grove was resembling the Nandanavanam,
Nandanavanam is the grove of Lord Indra,
Thus telling us that Ashoka grove is a fit place to be for Sita.

It is filled with animals, birds and filled with sounds of cuckoos.
It is has tall mansions too.
The grove was shining with ponds filled with golden lilies and lotuses.
The grove has many seating places having rich coverings as well as many with many underground homes
It has trees which bloom in all seasons and is full of flowers and fruits.
It was glowing with the splendor of the rising Sun,

It was full of blooming Ashoka trees, which can remove grief.
So it is a grove fit enough to remove the grief of not having found Sita in the search.

The Ashoka grove has trees bent down with the weight of the full blown flowers and fruits,
The trees that bent down with the weight of the fruits and flowers resembled Sita bent down with sorrow.
The grove was aflame with the radiance of blooming Pannagas , Saptaparnas and uddaalakas.
It was as through it was aflame with the radiance of Sita.
Among the thousands of Ashokas some were shining like Sita.
Some were were aflame like like flames of fire which Sita resembled in her sorrow,

With many enchanting groves, the Ashoka Grove was like the Nandana forest.
It was also resembling Kuberas "Chaitra Rath" too.

The best among Vanaras then saw a mansion of thousand pillars.
it was shining white like Mount Kailash.
It was having stairs paved with corals,
It was having altars of bright molten Gold.
It was tall, looking as though it is touching the sky.

That mansion was looking like Kailash,the abode of Lord Shiva
So it was a place fit for gods.
Reinforcing the thought that Sita is to be found here.

Then not far from there Hanuman sees a lady.

A lady wearing soiled clothes,
A lady surrounded by Rakshasa women,
A lady emaciated due to fasting ,
A lady sighing again and again.
White and thin, she was like the crescent moon at the beginning of a bright fortnight.

Looking like tip of fire engulfed in smoke,
she was faintly recognizable in appearance with bright radiance.

With a worn out body ,
wearing a single yellow cloth of superior quality,
unadorned, she was looking like a dusty lotus pond bereft of lotuses.
She was bashful looking tormented with agony.
She was a woman of penance looking like Rohini troubled by the planet Mars.

Overwhelmed with sorrow and eyes filled with tears,
she was looking dejected.
She was looking emaciated by fasting.
She was always meditating in sorrow.
Not seeing her dear people,
she was like a female deer surrounded by a group of hounds.
Consumed by grief, not experienced in vices,
she was like one who deserved to be happy.

Seeing that wide eyed, thin and very much emaciated lady, (Hanuman) started wondering if she is Sita.

'This lady is of the same form as the one taken away by force by that Rakshasa who can take any form'.

'With full face like that of a Moon, with shapely eye brows, beautiful breasts, rendering bright in all directions with her radiance, the queen with black hair, red lips like Bimba fruit, with eyes like lotus and pleasing limbs, she was like Rati of Manmatha'.

She was with the radiance of full moon favorite of the whole world.
She was austere like an ascetic sitting on the ground with lovely figure.
Continuously sighing like the hissing of the consort of the serpent Lord,
she was looking gloomy caught in web of great grief.

She was like a flame of fire obscured by a cloud of smoke,
She was like a text of Smriti of doubtful meaning,
She was like a thrown away treasure.

She was like a lost faith, a hope obstructed, success inhibited , vitiated intellect.
She is like a fame soiled by false allegation,
She seemed troubled by not being able to meet Rama, emaciated on account being kidnapped by the Rakshasa.

Fawn eyed, with an unhappy face, eyes were full of tears with black curved eyelashes,
Sighing again and again, she was ( anxiously) looking here and there.

She was like the Vedic knowledge that faded for want of recitation.
Looking at her Hanuman's mind also wavered.
Hanuman had difficulty in recognizing Sita devoid of decoration, like a word that lost it's meaning for want of usage.

Seeing that blameless princess of wide eyes, by right signs and reasons Hanuman came to the conclusion that she is indeed Sita.

Hanuman observed ornaments worn by Vaidehi adding grace to her limbs which Rama had described.

He also observed well crafted ear ornaments, properly fitting Svadamshtras and on hands wonderfully variegated corals and gems. The ornaments blackened due to constant use, have left marks on her body

Hanuman said to himself.

'Those that Rama has described are the same ones I think. Those dropped ornaments are not on her. The ones that are not dropped are these I have no doubt . That auspicious yellow upper cloth shining like gold, stuck to the trees is the one seen by the Vanaras. Those thrown down on the ground by her were the excellent choice ornaments that make jingling noises were seen too'.

'This cloth worn long thus is looking crumpled. Even so its color is shining like another fresh cloth. This lady of golden complexion, Rama's beloved queen even though lost ( being carried away) does not disappear from his mind'.

Seeing the black eyed Sita Hanuman thought as follows.

'Her divine charming body with perfect limbs are a match for Rams's form too.
Her divine mind is fixed on Rama and his mind is fixed on her.
Hence she and righteous Rama are able to survive till this moment'.
Hanuman continued his thought about Rama and Sita with glowing respect.

'Lord Ram has accomplished a difficult task in sustaining himself,
without allowing himself to sink and perish during separation from her.
That without Sita, a lady of intoxicating lustre , he is able to live even for a moment,
It is indeed a difficult task accomplished by strong armed Rama'.

The son of wind god seeing Sita, delighted, reached Rama in his mind thus and praised him.

That is what we hear in the fifteenth Sarga

That is the story of Hanuman finally seeing Sita in that Ashoka grove.

Here Sita is seen three forms.

(1) As Lakshmi the consort of the Lord of Lords
(2) She has taken the form of Sita and appeared on earth as Janaka's daughter. She is worshipped by Hanuman as Sita.
(3) She is the universal mother. As the universal mother she is arbiter between the Paramatman and Jeevatman , and is the one who unites the two .

She is the one who indirectly helps in making the friendship between Vibhishana and Rama

Even though Ravana does not hear, she makes her attempt to tell Ravana to make friendship with Rama

Acting like a common being, she shows how one in separation from the Paramatman should strive to reach Paramatman.

Even as part of the outer shell of the story, she shows how a virtuous woman acts in separation from her husband .

Thus we see Sita in many different forms

We must also see the messages she gives in her different forms.

||om tat sat||
|| This is what we understood from Tattva Dipika of Shri Bhashyam, Appalacharyulu garu"||
|| om tat sat||