||Sundarakanda ||

|| Sarga 34||(Summary in English)

||om tat sat ||
तस्यात् तद्वचनं श्रुत्वा हनुमान् हरियूधपः।
दुःखा दुःखाभिभूतायाः सांत्व मुत्तर मब्रवीत्॥1||
स॥ हरियूधपः दुःखात् दुःखाभिभूतायाः तस्याः तत् वचनं श्रुत्वा सांत्वं उत्तरं अब्रवीत्॥
Hearing the words of one overwhelmed with sadness, Hanuman spoke words of consolation in reply with sadness.

Sarga 34

Hearing the words of one overwhelmed with sadness, Hanuman spoke words of consolation in reply with sadness.

'Oh Devi, I am Rama's messenger, came here for you on his orders. Oh Vaidehi! Rama who is well, is enquiring your welfare. The one who knows all Vedas, who knows Brahma astra and Vedas too, who is a son of Dasaratha, that Rama asks about your welfare. Your husband's follower, very mighty Lakshmana immersed in grief, bowing his head, offers salutations to you'.

Then that lady experiencing pleasure all over her limbs , hearing the welfare of the two lions among men spoke to Hanuman. 'The popular adage that, " the human being who lives hundred years gets happiness", appears to me as auspicious'.

As the meeting took place with him wonderful pleasure was felt. Both of them felt confidence in each other and conversed. Hanuman the best among Vanaras moved near Sita who is stricken with grief. As Hanuman slowly moved towards her then Sita suspected he might be Ravana. "Oh, if this is that Ravana, who was in disguise, then I told him what should not have been told." That lady with flawless limbs, who is emaciated with grief, left the branch of the Ashoka tree held by her and squatted down on the ground.

Seeing that lady, daughter of Janaka, who is immersed in sorrow and filled with fear, Hanuman prostrated. She was also trembling with fear did not even look at him. Then, that moon faced lady Sita breathing deeply spoke softly to the Vanara who bowed down to her.

'If you are the trickster Ravana himself and entered here in disguise, then you are again causing grief. That is not good. You are the same Ravana, who having given up his own form disguised himself as a mendicant I saw in Janasthana. Oh, vile night being, who can assume any form, you are making me, who is already in sorrow and in a pitiable condition, who is emaciated due to fasting, again sorrowful. That is not good'.

'Or, this may only be my suspicion because after seeing you my pleasure is generated in my mind. If you are Rama's messenger may all be well with you. Oh best of Vanaras! I am asking you tell me the story of Rama. Oh Vanara tell my dear Rama's virtues, Oh Gentle one! Like the currents in the river bank you are luring my mind'.

'Oh the pleasure of a dream, I have been seeing the Vanara sent by Raghava in that way only. Even in a dream, If I can see heroic Raghava along with Lakshmana I will not be despondent. Even a dream is inimical to me. I do not think this is a dream. Seeing a Vanara in dream you cannot get happy tidings. But I am experiencing happiness. May be this is a delusion of the mind. This may be mental imbalance. It may have developed out of madness or change. This could be a mirage too. Or this is not insanity or nor is it delusion, a sign of insanity. I am myself recognizing this Vanara'.

Thus Sita in many ways weighing the strength and weakness of her thoughts and after reconsideration, decided that he is indeed the king of Rakshasas who can take any form. Then that slender waisted daughter of Janaka, having entertained these thoughts did not respond to the Vanara. Then Hanuman, the son of wind god, having understood Sita's thoughts, spoke pleasing words that brought joy.

Hanuman spoke about Rama. 'He is glorious like Sun. Brings delight to the whole world like Moon. King of kings like Vaisravana. Renowned like Vishnu endowed with valor. Truthful in speech like Brihaspati. Handsome, graceful, and prosperous personification like Kamadeva. He shows anger to the right persons. Punishes too. Foremost among charioteers, a great self under the shadow of whose shoulders the world takes refuge. Such Raghava has been deceived by Ravana and from the empty Ashrama you were brought, The result of that deceitful action you will see. The heroic one will soon will kill Ravana in war with burning arrows released in great anger. I am the messenger sent by him standing in your presence. He has made enquiries about your well-being'.

'Lakshmana, the brilliant long armed one, the delight of Sumitra, offering salutations, asks about your well-being. Oh Devi! Rama's friend, Vanara by name Sugriva, king of Vanaras chiefs asks about your well-being. Oh Vaidehi, Rama along with Lakshmana and Sugriva always thinks about you. Though fallen into the hands of Rakshasis you are alive by our fortune. You will soon see mighty Rama along with Lakshmana and Sugriva of unlimited prowess surrounded by crores of Vanaras'.

'I am the minister of Sugriva. Vanara by name Hanuman. Crossing the great ocean I have entered the city of Lanka. Stepping on the head of the vile Ravana, using my valor I have come to see you. Oh Devi I am not what you are thinking. Leave those doubts as I speak to you and trust me'.

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

||om tat sat ||
नाह मस्मि तथा देवी यथा माम् अवगच्छसि।
विशंका त्यजतां एषा श्रद्धत्स्व वदतो मम॥41||
स॥ देवी मां यथा अवगच्छसि अहं तथा न अस्मि । एषा विशंका त्यजतां वदतः मम श्रद्धत्स्व॥
'Oh Devi I am not what you are thinking. Leave those doubts as I speak to you and trust me'.
||om tat sat ||