Thursday, October 24, 2013

Aranya Kandam 57-75

Aranya  Kanda (Contd)

Book of Forest (Contd)

57.Rama returns back to Janasthana

  (Rama greatly worried by the  deer imitating his voice and also the bad omen   he notices, returns back to his hermitage .On the way he   meets Lakshmana and finds   fault  with him.)

After killing the Rakshasa  Mareecha   in the deer form  who was wandering  taking any form he likes , Rama swiftly returned   from there.                                                                                                       57.1
He who was retuning with a desire to see  Maithili   speedily from there , he had the scream of Jackal  behind him which was  cruel.                                                                                                                     57.2
Recognizing that sound   of the jackal which was dreadful and made one’s hair to stand erect , he started  doubting and started   worrying about it.                                                                                                57.3
“ I think  that this  shouting of the jackal is not auspicious . May be Vaidehi is not  safe  and has been eaten by  the Rakshasas.”                                                                                                                          57.4
“If Lakshmana     had heard  sound produced  by Mareecha in the deer ‘s form , which imitated  in stretched out fashion my   voice,  and is sent by Maithili  , leaving her there alone ,  to see me, he would be arriving here quickly  and come towards me and  come  in to my presence “ Rama thought.
“The fact that Mareecha came in the form of a golden deer  , and removed me from the place of hermitage to a far off place  and Mareecha shouted loudly assuming  my voice  that “I am being killed” , surely indicates that   the Rakshasas   are trying to kill Sita.”                                                      57.7-57.8
“I hope that both of them staying in this great forest would be safe., for by living in Janasthana   I have earned the enmity of Rakshasas and I am also seeing very many  extremely bad omens.”           57.9
When he was thinking like this he again heard the wailing of the jackal  and then worriedly thinking about how he was brought to this place by a Rakshasa  in deer form, , with great fear and doubt , Rama came to Janasthana.                                                                                                                              57.0-57.11
Those piteous animals and birds of the place  with a dejected heart  neared him who had a dejected heart , placed him on the right side and produced  horrifying crying sound.                                     57.12
Seeing those   very terrible omens, Raghava hastened up and reached quickly    his hermitage. 57.13
Rama arrived at Janasthana thinking about  the welfare of the auspicious lady Sita   and Lakshmana   who was very strong.                                                                                                                                   57.14
Then  Lakshmana   who was walking  without any luster , not far away  met Rama  and the despondent one met a more despondent one , and one who was sorrowing met   a more sorrowing one .   57.15                                                                                                                           
At that time  the   elder brother Rama rebuked Lakshmana who was the younger brother for leaving Sita  in the desolate forest and coming towards him.                                                                                       57.16
The son of the Raghu clan took the right hand of Lakshmana in his hand  and talked him in a sweet voice  harsh words piteously.                                                                                                                                         57.17
“Oh Lakshmana  , your leaving Sita  and coming over here is blamable .Alas, Would she be safe?’     57.18
“ Oh Warrior To me there is  always   fear about the  safety  of the daughter of Janaka  and I have a doubt that she may be eaten away  by Rakshasas who roam in this forest , for I see only  evil omens.”
“Oh tiger among men, Oh Lakshmana, Would Sita , the daughter of Janaka  be alive   and  be all right completely.?”                                                                                                                                                      57.21
“Oh one of great strength  herds of beasts including Jackals   and also the birds  are running towards the direction of light  and howling in a frightful manner . Hope the princess   Sita is safe and I pray for her safety.”                                                                                                                                                                  57.22
“That Rakshasa turning him in to a deer took me to a far off distance  and I killed him with great effort  and he took his own Rakshasa  form on the verge of his death. “                                                             57.23
“ My mind is greatly paining  and I am greatly sorrowful , my left eye is  throbbing  and without any doubt , Sita has either been killed   or  abducted and carried away from here.”                                    57.24

  This is the end of the  fifty seventh       chapter  Of  the book  of Aranya (Forest)   of the holy Ramayana   composed by Valmiki  as the  first epic.

58.Rama finds his hermitage empty

(Rama and Lakshmana    , who are both greatly worried   reach their hermitage   but found that Sita was not to be seen there.)

Seeing the depressed Lakshmana in that lonely place , by the track which Sita normally took, the son of Dasaratha asked.                                                                                                                                                   58.1
“Where is that Vaidehi , who followed me when I started to Dandakaranya , leaving whom, you have come here?”                                                                                                                                                           58.2
“Where is that Vaidehi of slender waist , who helped me during the period of sorrow  due to being banished from the kingdom   and running about in Dandakaranya?”                                                         58.3
“ Oh valorous one, Where is that Sita who is comparable to the daughters of Gods,  who is a companion to my life , without whom I do not have interest to live even for one moment?”                                   58.4
“Oh Lakshmana, without that golden coloured daughter of Janaka , I do not have to become the lord of devas or Lord of the earth?”                                                                                                                               58.5
“Is the Vaidehi whose life is dearer to me than my soul  still alive?  Oh gentle one , does my moving about has become  an imagination  ?”                                                                                                              58.6
“Oh son of Sumithra, when I die for the sake of Sita and when you go back , would  the desire of Kaikeyi would be  fulfilled  and would she become happy?”                                                                                     58.7
“Oh gentle one,  Would my saint like mother Kausalya , after  her son is dead   serve Kaikeyi  whose son is ruling the country?”                                                                                                                                         58.8
“Oh Lakshmana, Only if Vaidehi is alive , I will enter the hermitage  and if she  who is of good character   has been overpowered, I would give up my life .”                                                                                         58.9
“Oh Lakshmana, if I return back to the hermitage and Sita   does not talk to me with a smile , I would be ruined.”                                                                                                                                                               58.10
“Tell me Lakshmana, whether Sita  was alive  or whether she was eaten by a Rakshasa , when you were not alert?”                                                                                                                                                            58.11
“Sita is a delicate  young lady who has never faced sorrow  and clearly   due to my separation she would be sorrowing  and upset in her mind.”                                                                                                            58.12
‘Definitely  when  that Rakshasa who is a bad soul shouted using his toungue  “Oh Lakshmana” in my voice , fear might have been created in you.”                                                                                                58.13
“Vaidehi also hearing those words in a voice similar to mine  might have been frightened   and asked you to enquire about me.”                                                                                                                                        58.14
“By leaving Sita alone in the forest , definitely a problem  has been created , for a chance has been given to  the Rakshasas to take revenge.”                                                                                                               58.15
“Those flesh eating Rakshasas are sad because of my killing Khara  and I have no doubt that Sita has been killed by those horrible creatures.”                                                                                                         58.16
“Ok killer of enemies , now I have become drowned in sorrow for all time  and what can I do now that if this  is fated to happen this way? “                                                                                                                   58.17
Thus  worried about that blessed lady Sita , he  reached Janasthana speedily in the company of Lakshmana.                                                                                                                                                       58.18
Finding fault about his dejected   younger brother,  feeling hungry as well as thirsty , sighing deeply with a shrunk face and with a dejected colour , he looked at his resting place which was empty. Reaching to their own hermitage and searching  for her in places where she usually  moved about , those valorous one were worried and their hair stood erect.                                                                                    58.19-58.20

  This is the end of the  fifty  eighth        chapter  Of  the book  of Aranya (Forest)   of the holy Ramayana   composed by Valmiki  as the  first epic.

59.Lakshmana reports to Rama about the incidents

(When Rama finds fault with Lakshmana, he gives a detailed reply indicating how he was unjustly provoked by Sita.  Rama still feels that  what he did was wrong.)

Rama the son of Raghu clan  enquired from the son of Sumithra who had      to leave the hermitage   and come to the forest.                                                                                                                                               59.1
“In spite of my telling you with confidence in you  , why did you leave   Sita along  in the hermitage  and come over here?”                                                                                                                                                  59.2
“OH Lakshmana seeing you who have left Maithili  and come over here , I felt that   as per my doubt   a great sin has been  committed.”                                                                                                                         59.3
“Oh Lakshmana , seeing you coming alone  without Sita, my left eye started throbbing and so did my shoulder and heart.”                                                                                                                                               59.4
When the son of Sumithra who had all good qualities was told like this , again drowning all his sorrows told the sorrowing Rama.                                                                                                                                     59.5
“I did not of my free will leave her alone   and have come here but I  was  provoked by very angry words  of hers.”                                                                                                                                                      59.6
“Your shouting in a loud voice , “Oh Lakshmana, Oh Sita , please save  me”  entered in to the ears of Maithili.”                                                                                                                                                                  59.7
Hearing those words of suffering of yours , that Maithili with love towards  you , and greatly scared  and crying she told me , “You go, you go.”                                                                                                                59.8
“When I was provoked in various ways to go from there , I told Maithili in various words my confidence in you.”                                                                                                                                                                     59.9
“I do not see anything  fearful  would happen   from Rakshasas  to Rama  and so get relieved  and what we heard was told by someone to make you fear.”                                                                                      59.10
“Oh Sita, he being capable of even saving the Gods is not expected    to tell  , like a contemptible degraded   man    “Oh Sita     save me.”                                                                                                            59.11
“Oh auspicious lady,  for what reason has a Rakshasa  imitating my brother’s voice    shouted, “Save me, save me.”                                                                                                                                                                59.12
“The words “Oh Lakshmana save me “,  has been uttered by someone  in an altered voice  and so do not get disturbed about it  like    a low caste woman.”                                                                                         59.13
“You seem to be greatly agitated  but there is no need  for that frustration and   hold your peace . In all the three worlds   no such person is either born or going to be  who can win over Rama in a war and even the devas lead by Indra cannot defeat  Rama in war.”                                                     59.14-59.15
“ When I told this to Vaidehi whose    mind was greatly deluded , in a pitiable manner shedding lot of tears told me .”                                                                                                                                                   59.16
“You are having a sinful thought of getting me after   the death of your brother  but you will never be able to gain me.”                                                                                                                                            59.17
“You are very similar to Bharatha  since   though you  have followed Rama in spite of your  brother shouting for help , you are not  going to help him.”                                                                               59.18
“You are his enemy in disguise and following him for getting me  and you were waiting for an opportunity   to get Rama out and that  is why , you are not going now.”                                         59.19
“When Vaidehi told like this , I was agitated , and due to anger my eyes turned red  and  with quivering lips  , I came out of   the hermitage .”                                                                                                        59.20
When the  son of Sumithra told like   Rama became drowned in sorrow  and told, “ Oh simple one ,   your coming here was  a wrong act.”                                                                                                       59.21
“Though you knew well that I am competent to    oppose the Rakshasas, you should not have left  the hermitage  , in spite of the great anger  of Sita.”                                                                                    59.22
“I am not   happy with you for leaving   deserting  her  because  of  the very harsh words  spoken by her due to anger.”                                                                                                                                                59.23
“Because of the angry  words of Sita , though you  are always obedient to me , you did not obey my orders.”                                                                                                                                                          59.24
“That Rakshasa who took me away   from the hermitage in the guise  of a deer , has been killed by my arrow and lies dead.”                                                                                                                                   59.25
“Hit by my arrow he felled down with great pain  and shouted  adapting  a pretty voice told those  words , which made you desert Sita  and come here.”                                                                                       59.26

  This is the end of the  fifty  ninth       chapter  Of  the book  of Aranya (Forest)   of the holy Ramayana   composed by Valmiki  as the  first epic.

60.The shattered  Rama wails for Sita

(Rama in inconsolable. He  searches for Sita everywhere    and is greatly upset  by the thought that  Sita might have been eaten by a Rakshasa.)

When Rama    was moving about , his left eye throbbed excessively underneath  and he stumbled   and started shivering.                                                                                                                                                   60.1
After noticing the bad omens  which were not auspicious again and again  he thoughtfully Said , “Oh Sita are you all right?”                                                                                                                                                  60.2
So  he went speedily with a desire to see Sita and seeing there the empty hermitage    was greatly broken hearted.                                                                                                                                                    60.3
That son of Raghu clan  ran through the cottage throwing things  here and there  and after seeing all around  and saw that   the hermitage    was empty of Sita  and  it looked like an ugly  lotus pond  without beauty.                                                                                                                                                             60.4-60.5 
The trees looked as if they were crying , flowers , animal   and birds looked dull and looked without beauty  and were scattered  here and there , the forest gods  had gone away  and hermitage looked empty with scatted deer skins  , grass cushions  and straw mats and was desolate  and seeing that original place   Rama  wept again and again.                                                                                            60.6-60.7
“Sita might have been abducted or might have died  or she  must have been eaten up or that coward  must be hiding  in the forest.”                                                                                                                              60.8
“Or she might have gone  to pluck flowers or collect   fruits  or that pretty lady might have gone to the river   to collect   water.”                                                                                                                                     60.9
He searched all over the for his beloved in the forest but could not find her and he appeared with red eyes   due to grief and mad due to sorrow.                                                                                                    60.10
He   ran from tree to tree , mountain to mountain and from river to river  and wept and remained immersed in sorrow.                                                                                                                                           60.11
“Oh dear Kadamba  tree  did you see her  who loved Kadamba trees, and if you know please tell me and beloved and gracious tree.”                                                                                                                              60.12
“Oh Bilwa   tree , did you  see a lady whose breasts are like Bilwa fruits, who was dressed in yellow silk and was shivering like  tender leaf?”                                                                                                               60.13
Oh Arjuna tree , if you know the  whereabouts   of the beloved  of mine who is a  lover of  Arjuna tree , who is  timid  daughter of king Janaka , please tell me.”                                                                             60.14
“Oh Kakubha tree  which is rich with  tender leaves   and flowers , do  you know   where  Maithili who has  a thigh  like Kakubha stem  is alive or dead?”                                                                                       60.15
“This  great Tilaka tree , whose glory is sung by the bees , it is clear knows about Sita , who is a lover of Tilaka trees.,”                                                                                                                                                      60.16
“Oh Asoka tree who is the dispeller of sorrow , you make the man  who has , a heart suffering from sorrow  , by your name (Asoka-no sorrow)  and show me quickly my dear one.”                                60.17
“Oh Palmyra  tree , have you seen her who has breasts like ripe fruits of a Palmyra  tree  and if so take mercy on me and tell me where that blessed lady  is?”                                                                            60.18
“Oh Jambu tree, have you seen my beloved whose body shines like Jambu fruit?  If you know where my darling is, tell me without hesitation.”                                                                                                         60.19
“:Oh Karnikara tree  who has excessive fruits and flowers , please tell me  if you have seen my good wife who is the lover of Karnikara  trees.”                                                                                                           60.20
Rama of great fame enquired of Mango trees, Kadamba trees, Sala trees, Jack fruit trees, trees with white flowers, Pomegranates, Jasmines, Madhavis and, Champaka trees, as well as Kethaki trees going near them and seeing, wandering in confusion, looked like a mad man.                                   60.21-60.22
“Oh deer , do you know Maithili who has deer like eyes  and who used to look at deer with great love , may be found along with female deer.”                                                                                                      60.23
“Oh elephant , if you have seen her whose thighs are  like elephant trunk  and who is known to you, please do tell me.”                                                                                                                                        60.24
“Oh tiger , if have seen by darling  Maithili who has a moon like face , with confidence tell me without fear.”                                                                                                                                                                   60.25
“Oh darling , I see you at a distance and why are you running away? Why are you hiding behind the trees   and not talking to me.”                                                                                                                                   60.26
“On blessed lady , stop , stop there , don’t you have a pity towards me?  How did   you  who are  very fond of  teasing me , desert me now?”                                                                                                        60.27
“Oh lady with a blessed colour , the yellow colour  of your silk apparel is indicating your presence here. Why are you running away. Please stop  because of my love towards you.”                                      60.28
“Oh lady with a pretty smile , I hope that you have not been  troubled and hurt  and you should not have left me and gone away when I am suffering.”                                                                                          60.29
“I am lovelorn for  you , young lady  and I feel the flesh eating Rakshasas have torn you to pieces   and have eaten you.”                                                                                                                                    60.30
“With pretty teeth , beautiful nose , pretty ear globes  she has a face like full moon  but which due to being eclipsed has lost all its luster.”                                                                                                         60.31
“She has an auspicious and delicate  neck of the colour of Champaka flower   which is decorated by ornaments  and possibly  when she was crying helplessly  it was eaten away.”                              60.32
She has arms which are delicate which are like tender leaves and  adorned with bangles and bracelets  and  possibly  , with tips of arm quivering  they were severed and eaten up.”                              60.33
“That young one who has many friends and relations , after being separated by me   has been picked by a Rakshasa for food and has left half eaten.”                                                                                      60.34
“Oh valorous Lakshmana , are you able to see Sita anywhere? Oh darling where have gone away ,Oh Sita” like this  again and again  Rama called out.                                                                                60.35
Keeping on telling like this he wandered all round the forest , some places walking with speed and yet in other places   walking up  and yet  other places , he collected all his strength and walked fast. Thus  he was seen searching Sita like a mad man.                                                                                                60.36
He walked  and rushed without stability  in the forests, rivers, hills  , streams , mountains  and dense forest.                                                                                                                                                           60.37
Rama wandered all round the great forest , searching for his Maithili  and without giving hope of finding her , he again put in supreme efforts to search her.                                                                            60.38

  This is the end of the  sixtieth     chapter  Of  the book  of Aranya (Forest)   of the holy Ramayana   composed by Valmiki  as the  first epic.

61.Initial search by Rama and Lakshmana

(Rama is greatly grieving . Lakshmana consoles him and gives him hope. Both of them search for sita all over that place  When they are not able to find Sita, Rama faints.)

   Rama , the son of Dasaratha finding that the hermitage   is empty  and devoid of anybody , with seats being disturbed , was not able to see   Sita anywhere  , held the radiant and etched shoulders of Lakshmana and  cried bitterly.                                                                                                        61.1-61.2
“Oh Lakshmana, where is Vaidehi? To which country she has gone?  Oh son of Sumithra , who has killed her?   And who has eaten her up.”                                                                                                                  61.3
“Oh Sita , if you want to tease and play with me after hiding behind a tree , stop  that fun  because I am greatly grieving for you.”                                                                                                                                   61.4
“Oh  simple Sita, those trustworthy  young deer which used to play with you being separated from you  are thinking about you, with eyes full of tears.”                                                                                            61.5
“Oh Lakshmana, I cannot live without Sita and due to her abductions , I am feeling extremely sad. And I feel when I go to heaven I will see there,  my father   who was the king.”                                                61.6
“My father will  clearly  ask me there , I had taken a vow   and sent you  to the forest   and how came you how come without  completing that period , you have come here  and you look like one who does what he pleases , not gentlemanly  and a liar. Fie on you.”                                                                 61.7-61.8
“I am helpless, deeply drowned in sorrow , with greatly shattered mind  and Oh pretty  lady Sita, where have  you  gone leaving me like  fame deserting a crooked person and oh  lady with slender waist , separated from you, I would give up my life.”                                                                                    61.9 -61.10
With a  deep desire to see Sita, Rama was wailing like this  and Sita who was not able to see Rama was also drowned in sorrow.                                                                                                                                      61.11
To Rama the son of Dasaratha who was not able to see Sita  , like a elephant sinking in a broad marshy land , Lakshmana spoke these meaningful words consoling him.                                                   61.12-61.13
“oh greatly valorous Rama  do not grieve  , along with me put in efforts   to search this  big forest full of creepers and trees.”                                                                                                                                        61.14
“Maithili is mad after forests and  likes to wander in the forest . She might be   staying there seeing the lotus ponds and trees full of flower.”                                                                                                                61.15
“Or she must have reached the river   which is full of fish and reeds , being desirous of bathing  she must be   inside the water or she  who loves fun may  be hiding in the forest.”                                               61.16
Oh bull among men, or she who is interested in scaring us , she must be hiding somewhere  in forest, with a view to know our real intentions and so oh noble one , let  both of us start searching for her.”
“We both will search the entire forest to find out the  whereabouts  of   the  daughter of Janaka   and oh son of Kakustha clan do not grieve.”                                                                                                               61.18
By  the loving advise of Lakshmana , Rama got some what composed  and along with Lakshmana , Rama started   searching for Sita.                                                                                                                               61.19
Both the sons of Dasaratha   started searching   all over  the  forests  , mountains, rivers and lakes  entirely .                                                                                                                                                               61.20
But those sons of Dasaratha  were not able to find her  on the slopes of mountains, caves  and peaks , while they searched for her.                                                                                                                            61.21
After searching all the mountains Rama  told Lakshmana, “I am not able to see  Vaidehi on this auspicious mountain, oh son of Sumithra.”                                                                                                61.22
Then Lakshmana drowned in sorrow , while wandering in the Dandaka forest   told his lustrous brother  as follows.                                                                                                                                                            61.23
“Oh greatly wise Rama , you would definitely   get back Vaidehi , the daughter of Janaka , similar to Lord Vishnu getting back the earth after  suppressing Bali.”                                                                                61.24
When Lakshmana told these words affectionately to Rama , he with a mind disturbed by sorrow , piteously told the following words.                                                                                                                  61.25
“ Oh very wise one, I have searched the entire forest full of  flowers and blossomed lotus flowers , the slopes of mountains  having many caves and mountains   and I am not able to find Vaidehi, who is dearer than my life to me.”                                                                                                                                  61.26-61.27
Thus after  crying over  the abduction of Sita , Rama full of sorrow and misery lost his consciousness for a moment .                                                                                                                                                               61.28
Rama who was grieving , whose limbs were getting weak , and whose sense  of judgment and thinking was weak , after breathing hot  and heavy reclined for a moment.                                                           61.29
That lotus eyed Rama took lots of  deep breath , Shrieked , “Hey darling”  and got choked due to lots of tears.                                                                                                                                                                       61.30
The Lakshmana who loved his relations and was a follower  of Dharma ,after consoling him various ways  humbly offered Rama  his salutations.                                                                                                              61.31
Not caring  for the words which came out from the lips of Lakshmana , being not able to see his darling went on shrieking .                                                                                                                                               61.32

  This is the end of the  sixty first      chapter  Of  the book  of Aranya (Forest)   of the holy Ramayana   composed by Valmiki  as the  first epic.

62.Rama breaks down over the loss of Sita  

(Rama decides that Sita is no more and as he does not have any wish to live , requests  Lakshmana to go back to   Ayodhya.)

That mind of the  soul of Dharma ,  not being able to Sita  was filled with sorrow  and that  lotus  eyed Rama  who was  a greatly valorous one wailed .                                                                                         62.1
That Rama who was caught in love , though he was not  seeing Sita , wept as if he is seeing Sita   and told the following words  which he found  difficult to speak.                                                                          62.2
“Oh darling , you being a lover of flowers are covering your body with the branches  of Asoka tree  and increasing my sorrow.”                                                                                                                                        62.3
“Oh lady , I am seeing  both your thighs which look like  Banana stem , hidden by the  Banana plant  and I do not think you have power to hide from me.”                                                                                             62.4
“Oh auspicious lady , you are wandering in the Karnikara forest laughing  and you are causing me by teasing me. Please stop it.”                                                                                                                                  62.5
“Oh darling Sita,  what is the point of making fun of me when I am tired and such a teasing by you is not liked by me now.”                                                                                                                                                   62.6
“The making fun in the  place of the hermitage  is not liked by me , though I know well that you  love to tease people. Oh broad eyed one , please come back as our home is empty.”                                          62.7
“Oh Lakshmana , it is very clear to me  Rakshasas have either eaten or abducted her for even when I am weeping she is not coming to me.”                                                                                                                     62.8
“Oh Lakshmana these herds of deer with their eye full of tears  , look like telling me that Sita has been eaten away by Rakshasas.”                                                                                                                                   62.9
‘Oh lady who is pleasant  of auspicious colour , where have you gone? I feel that the desire  of Devi Kaikeyi would be fulfilled now.”                                                                                                                         62.10    
“I have  come  along with Sita and how can I return without Sita  again  to the empty  private apartments of mine?”                                                                                                                                                     62.11
“Without kindness the world will tell that I lack valour   and due to abduction of Sita, I will be called a timid man.”                                                                                                                                                            62.12
“After my stay in the forest is over , Janaka , the king of Mithila  , would definitely enquire about my welfare. And how can I face him then?”                                                                                                         62.13
“When the king  of Videha sees me without  my wife , due to the love for his daughter, he would be upset  and would be attacked by delusion.”                                                                                                 62.14
“Or I will not go to the city ruled by Bharatha  , for  even the heaven would be empty for me without Sita.”                                                                                                                                                                      62.15
“Leaving me here you go back to the auspicious city of Ayodhya . For  without Sita with me, I will not even live for a moment.”                                                                                                                                   62.16
“After going there , embrace   Bharatha tightly and tell my  words, “Rama has permitted you to rule the entire earth.”                                                                                                                                                       62.17
“My mother Kausalya , Kaikeyi and Sumithra your mother  should be saluted by you as per my order  and they all should be protected by you with great effort.”                                                            62.18-62.19
“Oh Lakshmana , who punishes his enemy . you should explain in detail to my mother the loss  of Sita as well as  me and make her understand it.”                                                                                                      62.20
When Rama who was piteous wept like this  after coming  the forest about that lady with pretty hair , Lakshmana ‘s face was filled with great fear  and he became greatly perturbed and very sad.          62.21

  This is the end of the  sixty second     chapter  Of  the book  of Aranya (Forest)   of the holy Ramayana   composed by Valmiki  as the  first epic.

63.Rama loses his   stability

(Rama is upset and imagines many horrifying things that could  have happened to Sita       and ius greatly upset.  Though Lakshmana tries  to console him , he  is not able to.)

That prince without his darling  was attacked by sorrow  and delusion. Due to  his grief  and nervousness , his brother became dismayed and sunk in grief.                                                                                             63.1
Seeing brother Rama drowned in intense sorrow  seeing  that Lakshmana who himself was attacked with great grief , after taking a deep breath  Rama told these words which  were in tune with his sorrow.     
“In this world no one has done as much  bad deeds as me and I do not think there is a second one. Sorrow  after sorrow is coming to break my heart and mind is shattered.”                                                63.3
“Earlier I have sinful deeds as per my wish  and as a consequence of that . I am suffering from sorrow after sorrow.”                                                                                                                                                           63.4
“Oh Lakshmana, loss of the kingdom, separation from relatives , death of  the father , separation from mother  all these constituted the fast progression of sorrow in a greater measure.”                               63.5
“Oh Lakshmana all my sorrows were pacified  after  coming to this empty and peaceful   forest and due to separation of Sita , they have again started like a big flame starting from pieces of dry wood.”     63.6
“That coward princess of mine would have wept when she is being taken over the sky by the Rakshasa and she must have wept and shrieked in a loud tone.”                                                                                  63.7
“The red coloured skin of that lady who is pleasing to look due to application of good paste of sandal  on her circular breasts , must have been now drenched in blood and not pleasing to look at.”                 63.8
“Her sweet , very clear and soft face  and her prattling  as well as   her curly  plaited hair , would  not be shining now , after getting in to the clutches of Rakshasa just like the moon caught by Rahu.”           63.9
“The neck of my very well behaved beloved   ornamented by a pearl chain , would have broken by the Rakshasas  in an isolated place so that they can drink her blood.”                                                          63.10
“When the Rakshasas  dragged her with a magnetic eyes  when  she is left alone  in a solitary forest without me , she would have cried like a piteous she dove .”                                                                    63.11
“ Earlier that charitable one  with a magnetic smile sitting along with me on this rock , used to talk many words teasing and making fun of you.”                                                                                                           63.12
“The river Godavari has been always  liked by my beloved  very-very much  and I think she might have gone there but no. She will not go there alone without me.”                                                                     63.13
“ Sita with a lotus like face  and who has lotus like broad eyes should have gone  to get lotus flowers  and even that is not possible since she has never gone there without me.”                                                 63.14
“She could have gone  the thicket of many bloomed trees  of several types in the forest inhabited by flocks of birds and even that is not possible since she is a coward  and would be scared to go there alone.”                                                                                                                                                            63.15
“The Sun god knows all that is done by everyone  being a witness of truth and falsehood of people  and so Oh Sun god please tell me whether my darling has gone somewhere or  has she been eaten by somebody  as I am at all times sad.”                                                                                                         63.16
“Oh wind god , there is no place in the world , where you are not there  and there is nothing that you do not know  and so please tell me whether that lady of a great heritage  has been killed or died  on the way or is she alive.”                                                                                                                                      63.17
Like this with the body grieving a lot , Rama  who was  weeping  lost his consciousness and Lakshmana who is great fortitude  and stable spoke these words which were relevant.                                    63.18
“Oh gentle brother, give up this sorrow  and adopt stability  and with enthusiasm start searching  again,  because only men with enthusiasm are able   to very difficult jobs.”                                                63.19 
These words of Lakshmana   who had manly prowess   were not bothered about by the one who  contributed greatness   to Raghu clan  and he further lost  his stability    and  was overtaken by great sorrow.                                                                                                                                                             63.20

  This is the end of the  sixty third    chapter  Of  the book  of Aranya (Forest)   of the holy Ramayana   composed by Valmiki  as the  first epic.

64.Rama finds Sita has been attacked by a Rakshasa

(While searching Rama and Lakshmana see the flowers which Sita was wearing, a  broken shield, a destroyed  chariot and footsteps of Sita chased by one with large footsteps. Rama flies in great anger  and  promises to take revenge  against all the world.)

That pitiable man in a pitiable tone told this to Lakshmana, “Oh Lakshmana go speedily to Godavari river and find out whether  Sita has gone there to pluck lotus flowers?”                                                            64.1
When Rama told like this , Lakshmana the  winner over the warriors and destroyer of enemies went  to Godavari  which was pretty.                                                                                                                                64.2
After Lakshmana searched the river banks  and not finding her , he told Rama, “I could not find in the river and she is not answering me when I shouted loudly.”                                                                           64.3
“Where  else could Vaidehi , the destroyer of sorrow  have gone?  I am unable to find out that place where  she has gone.”                                                                                                                                            64.4
After hearing words of Lakshmana, Rama who  was deluded  by great sorrow and grief,  himself went to search river Godavari  and not able to find her he  said, “Where are you Sita?”                               64.5-64.6
Events elements of nature did not tell that she has been taken away by king of Rakshasas who deserved punishment  and nor did river Godavari  tell Rama about it.                                                                         64.7
Though the elements   encouraged river Godavari to tell Rama  about his beloved , when she was asked by Rama about Sita, she did not tell.                                                                                                                 64.8
Thinking about the fierce form of Ravana as well as thinking about that bad soul  and getting scared , that river did not tell him about Vaidehi.                                                                                                          64.9
Being disappointed because he was not able   to find  Sita  near the river , Rama who wanted see Sita , told  Lakshmana.                                                                                                                                                  64.10
“Oh gentle one , this Godavari river is not replying to my question and Oh Lakshmana ,  when I see Janaka   as well as my mother , what do  I tell them about Vaidehi who is dear to them.”                  64.11
“Where has Vaidehi gone,  who removed all my  suffering due to getting banished from the kingdom as well  as when I was suffering due to hard life in forest .”                                                                            64.12
“Without any people from my clan and also not able to see the princess , I would keep awake at night , which would appear to me to be long.”                                                                                                          64.13
“I will again roam about in Godavari, Janasthana and in Prasravana mountain  to find whether     Sita can be seen anywhere.                                                                                                                                               64.14
“Oh greatly valorous one , these deer are looking at me again and again as if they want to tell me something.”                                                                                                                                                            64.15
Rama, the tiger among men, with his eyes clouded by tears   asked those deer , in response to their gestures, “Where is Sita?”                                                                                                                               64.16
When the king asked him like this , all the deer swiftly got up  and all the deer looked at  the sky towards   the southern direction , which was the direction Maithili was taken away  and looking at the king ran in the path of that direction.                                                                                                                       64.17-64.18
When Lakshmana wanted to know more about that path , the deer further looked at that path and wanted to show him that direction.                                                                                                                 64.19
Lakshmana clearly understood  their indications  and with sorrow he told  Rama who was his elder brother .                                                                                                                                                                  64.20
“Oh lord, when you asked , “Where is Sita” , all the deer got up  and went on seeing the southern direction  and oh God like brother l think it would be  right for us   to  go to the south western direction and then possibly , we may find the indications about  of the lady Sita.”                                       64.21-64.22
Seeing , “let us “ , that son of Kakustha clan  started towards the southern direction , careful examining the path taken by Lakshmana.                                                                                                                            64.23   
Those brothers  talking with each other went by that path  and some flowers  which had fallen on earth in that path.                                                                                                                                                           64.24 
Rama seeing that rain  of flowers on the earth  and that very sorrowing man , told there    words of sorrow to Lakshmana.                                                                                                                                          64.25
“Oh Lakshmana, I am able to recognize these  flowers  and they are the same ones given me o Vaidehi today morning.”                                                                                                                                                   64.26
“I think that the Sun, wind and famous earth   are preserving these flowers and rendering act to please me.”                                                                                                                                                                        64.27
After saying like that  to valorous Lakshmana , the bull among men , addressed the Prasravana mountain and told.                                                                                                                                                                64.28
“Oh lord of the mountain, have you seen a very pretty lady Sita , in this forest sorrowing for me?”  64.29
Like a lion addressing a small animal  that angry Rama said, ”Oh mountain ,  I would destroy all your slopes  if you do not show me the gold like Sita.”                                                                               64.30-64.31
When Rama told that mountain  like this , though it appeared to tell him something, it did not show Sita to Rama.                                                                                                                                                                 64.32
Then Rama son of Dasaratha  told that mountain looking at it, “You would be completely burnt by my arrows  and made in to ash and later you would not be fit to serve anyone , being bereft of trees and grasses.”                                                                                                                                                                 64.33
“Oh Lakshmana , if this river does not tell me about the noble  Sita with a moon like face , by my arrows I will make it dry.”                                                                                                                                                   64.34
When the very angry Rama was talking as if he wanted to burn the entire earth , then his eyes saw the big footprints of a Rakshasa  and then that of frightened  Maithili  running here and there , as if she was   anxious to see Rama  and it appeared as if that Rakshasa   was chasing Maithili .                       64.35-64.36
When Rama noticed the movement of Sita and a Rakshasa , he saw a broken bow  and quiver  which were lying scattered    as well as many broken pieces   of a chariot , his mind was greatly agitated  and he told his brother .                                                                                                                                        64.37-64.38
“See Lakshmana, the broken pieces of  Sita ’s  ornaments  and many kinds of garlands belonging to her.”
“ Oh son of Sumithra , Please also   see many drops of splattered blood shining like  drops of  shining gold spread all over the  earth.”                                                                                                                 64.40
“Lakshmana , I think  that the Rakshasas who can take any form  cut her in to pieces , shared and ate  her.”                                                                                                                                                                     64.41
“Oh son of Sumithra , on account of Vaidehi , both of them may be  contradicting each  with each other  and a great war might have been fought among them.  “                                                                         64.42
“Oh soft one, whose is this great huge bow decorated with gold and embedded with gold  which is broken and fallen here?”                                                                                                                                   64.43  
“Whose is this broken  golden armour , which shines like morning sun , studded  with precious Vaidoorya  stones  , lying on the ground?”                                                                                                    64.44
“Whose umbrella is this which had one hundred spokes , which shines and  was decorated by divine  garlands , with broken handle  lying on the ground.”                                                                                 64.45
“Whose devil faced huge and fierce  donkeys are these , decorated with gold plates , which have been killed in war?”                                                                                                                                                    64.46
“Whose is this  great  chariot , which looks like burning fire , which has a shining flag  broken and lying upside down.”                                                                                                                                                  64.47
“Whose are these blunted  arrows  decorated with  gold which are as  big as an axle of a chariot , which have been scattered all over ?Who has done these monstrous deeds?”                                              64.48
“Oh Lakshmana see  these two  broken quivers full of arrows  and the  charioteer with whip and bridles in his hand. Who might have killed him?”                                                                                                    64.49
“Oh tiger among  men, Oh gentle one , who are these two fan carriers who have  been slain and lying down here?  Whose  head dress and   ear rings are these which have been decorated by gems?”64.50
“From all these it is evident that they  belong a male Rakshasa and you now see that enmity with them has increased hundred fold and I would kill  all  of them.”                                                                     64.51
“Oh gentle one , these Rakshasas with horrible form who can change their form at their will  might have abducted   or eaten  or killed that sage like lady  and in this great forest her Dharma  did not protect Maithili.”                                                                                                                                                            64.52
“Oh Lakshmana, Oh gentle one ,  if Sita  has been eaten or carried away by someone , in this world , no God can make  me happy .?”                                                                                                                         64.53
“Oh Lakshmana  , all the beings of the world would disrespect  , one who is compassionate , even if it is the creator of the world due to ignorance.”                                                                                              64.54
“The gods of the three worlds  would consider me as weak , because  I am soft to look after the well being of all,  man of self constraint and  have a merciful heart.”                                                         64.55
“Oh Lakshmana after reaching me all good characters  have become bad  but now onwards  , my character will shine forth to kill all beings including Rakshasas   just like moon like luster  being converted like the  great glow of Sun .”                                                                                            64.56-64.57
“Oh Lakshmana , from now on Yakshas, Gandharwas , devils, Rakshasas, Kinnaras and even men will not be peaceful.”                                                                                                                                            64.58
“Oh Lakshmana  , you will see  that   by using  my arrows and weapons , I will fill up the entire sky and make it impossible for those who travel in all three worlds to descend to the earth.”                     64.59
“In all the three worlds , by my acts ,  the movement of the planets would be obstructed , the movement of the moon would be obstructed , the luster of Sun, wind and fire would be reduced , the  top  of mountains  would be crushed , all water bodies would be completely dried up , trees, creepers and shrubs would be destroyed  and  the oceans would be put an end  and thus I would do acts destroying the entire world.”                                                                                                                               64.60-64.62
“If my god does not return  my Sita safely , within a short time , oh son of Sumithra, they will see my valour and prowess.”                                                                                                                                    64.63
“ Oh Lakshmana, No being would be able to fly in the sky , because  the net created by my arrows   and weapons would cover the sky completely .”                                                                                             64.64
“Oh Lakshmana , distressed by my arrows , beasts and  birds would get  madly disturbed and cross all limits.”                                                                                                                                                               64.65
“By pulling the arrows  up to my ears, which cannot be resisted by any one  and sending them, I would make this world devoid of Ghosts and Rakshasas, for the sake of Maithili ”                                     64.66
“Now devas would realize the power of  my feathered  arrows sent by me  in great anger , which would reach to great distances.”                                                                                                                                 64.67
“Neither the devas, asuras, ghosts and Rakshasas, will exist in all the three worlds which would be destroyed by my anger.”                                                                                                                                   64.68
“The worlds of devas, asuras , Yakshas  and those of Rakshasas also  , after being broken in to pieces by my arrow , may not exist.”                                                                                                                                 64.69
“If the Gods do not give back my Sita who has either been abducted or killed . I would destroy all the worlds and make them without boundaries.                                                                                                  64.70
“If my darling Vaidehi in her   real form is  not given back to me , I would destroy all the   three worlds including all moving or stable beings living in them .”                                                                                   64.71
After saying this with eyes turned red due to anger Rama,  who can conquer and cities  of enemies  took the bow  and  took out a glowing arrow   comparable to a poisonous snake  and connected the arrow  to the bow  and looked like the fire at time of deluge   and told the following words.                     64.72-64.73
“Just as time cannot stop the progression of age and occurring of death  in case of all beings , Oh Lakshmana,  no one can prevent me when I am angry.”                                                                               64.74
“I would burn  the entire world including   devas , Gandharwas, human beings , serpents  and mountains , If I am not handed over Sita who has pretty teeth , who does not have any blame and who is the princess of Mithila.”                                                                                                                                             64.75

  This is the end of the  sixty fourth     chapter  Of  the book  of Aranya (Forest)   of the holy Ramayana   composed by Valmiki  as the  first epic.

65.Lakshmana advises Rama to have patience

(Lakshmana tells Rama that his anger should be against the one who abducted his wife and not against the whole world . He tells him this is wrong. He also tells him that a great war has been fought but only footsteps one are visible. He advices Rama to do further search.  )

Rama who was deeply pained by the abduction of Sita , was burning like  the fire at the time of deluge  and wanting to destroy the entire world  was  taking difficult breaths again and again , and looked like Lord Shiva getting ready to destroy all the worlds at the  of the end of all  Yugas . Seeing Rama  angry and in a never before form , Lakshmana  saluted him first and told him with his mouth dried up.
Previously you were gentle, self restrained  and used to  wish for the welfare of all beings. I think that you should  not become a slave to anger  and start thinking as earlier.”                                               65.4
“The shining in case of moon, Sun and wealth , the blowing in case of wind , and patience in case of earth  has always been present   and  like that your fame rests  only on yourself.,”                              65.5
“How can you destroy the world , for sake of mistake committed by one person? You do not know who is responsible for breaking the Chariot used in war  and also do not know for what reason it was broken?”                                                                                                                                                              65.6
“Oh prince , this place is damaged by hooves of horses and chariots  and there drops of blood all over  and so it appears that a great battle was fought here.”                                                                             65.7
“Oh Rama , who is best among those who speak  and this war appears to be fought with only one person present as the footprints  of the second are not visible.”                                                                          65.8
“It is not proper for just one person to destroy the world and the lords of earth should be soft , peaceful and punish only if there is proper reason.”                                                                                                  65.9
“You are the source of protection  of al beings  and their ultimate destination and who will think that loosing of one ‘s wife   is desirable?”                                                                                                            65.10
“The rivers, the sea, the mountains , the devas, Gandharwas   and Dhanavas  are also good people and are not capable of doing harm to you like the people who observe religious vows.”                         65.11
“Oh king , it is proper for you to search for that person who abducted  Sita followed by me armed with bows and arrows  and helped by other  great sages.”                                                                                65.12
“We will search in  sea, mountains , forests , caves  and many  terrible  rivers and  lotus ponds.”    65.13
“Relentlessly we will search also in the world of Devas and Gandharwas  for the one who abducted your wife , till  we find the one who abducted her.”                                                                                              65.14
“ OH Lord of Kosala  , If the Gods do not return your wife with a gentle request , then at the right time we would  take suitable action.”                                                                                                                       65.15
“Oh king, if you are not able to get back Sita by sincerity, simplicity , humility  and diplomacy , then destroy them with your arrows , decorated   by gold which are like Vajrayudha of that great Indra.  

  This is the end of the  sixty fifth     chapter  Of  the book  of Aranya (Forest)   of the holy Ramayana   composed by Valmiki  as the  first epic.

66.Lakshmana encourages and consoles Rama

(Lakshmana quotes several instances of people suffering and tells Rama that even if a calamity occurs , he should get broken down like this. )

Then Lakshmana , the son of Sumithra   consoled Rama  , who was drowned in sorrow, crying like an orphan,  engrossed in great  love and  who has lost  the power of thinking  due to great pain for a short time  and caught his feet tightly and addressed him.                                                                            66.1-66.2
“Oh Rama , king Dasaratha got you by doing great penance and by performing great deeds  similar to devas getting Amrutha(nectar)  .”                                                                                                                      66.3
“From Bharatha , I came to know that Dasaratha passed to heaven , as he was unable to bear   separation from you due to your virtues.”                                                                                                        66.4
“Oh son of Kakustha clan, if you cannot bear this sorrow which has come to you  , which other ordinary man who is weak   , can bear it?”                                                                                                                         66.5
“Oh tiger among men, if out of sorrow , you  want to burn the world with your luster , how can ordinary people who suffer get consolation?”                                                                                                                   66.6
“This is but a normal happening in the  world,  similar to the  curse given to Nakusha  the son of Yayathi who became  an Indra  which led to  his degradation.”                                                                                  66.7
“Vasishta who was the priest of  our father  one day had one hundred sons  but   they were all killed in another one day.”                                                                                                                                                   66.8
“Oh Rama , you are the votary of truth and you know the Goddess earth  who is saluted by all the world though , she is unshakeable , does shake some times.”                                                                                  66.9
“ The very powerful  Sun and Moon , the eyes of the world who are firmly established in Dharma are affected by the eclipse .”                                                                                                                                    66.10
“Oh great man, even very great beings and also the  devas and all beings on earth  cannot be released  from the ties of the will of God.”                                                                                                                       66.11
“ I have heard that even Indra and other devas  also have their moments of suffering and ecstasies and so   oh tiger among men, it is not proper for you to grieve.”                                                                       66.12
“Oh stainless soul,  even if Vaidehi is ruined or abducted  you should not sorrow like this like an ordinary man.”                                                                                                                                                                      66.13
“Oh Rama , you being one who always sees  the truth  should not worry like  this , for men like you , even  facing great calamities do not lose their heart.  “                                                                                66.14
“Oh best among men, truly think with your brain  for  the very wise men  with great brain  judge the right from wrong.”                                                                                                                                                66.15
“Desired results cannot be obtained  in cases where merits and demerits are  not judged  properly or where  unsteady decisions are taken  or in cases  where no decision is taken.”                                      66.16
“Oh Rama , you yourself have told me several times about this  and since you know it well, even Bruhaspathi   cannot teach you anything more.”                                                                                         66.17
“You are greatly wise and even Gods cannot fathom your intellect .I think that your sorrow has made your intellect to sleep  and I am only waking you up.”                                                                               66.18
“ Oh Bull of the Ikshuvaku dynasty , you are god like man who has unmatched valour .Try to know your enemies and once known kill them.”                                                                                                             66.19
“Oh bull among men, what is the need for destroying everything? After knowing the enemy who sinned against you , you uproot him.”                                                                                                                          66.20

  This is the end of the  sixty sixth   chapter  Of  the book  of Aranya (Forest)   of the holy Ramayana   composed by Valmiki  as the  first epic.

67.  Rama Sees Jatayu who is about to die

(On further search Rama and Lakshmana see Jatayu who is about to die. He tells Rama that Sita is abducted by Ravana . Rama’s sorrow further increases)

Though he was elder , after hearing the wise consul of Lakshmana , he grasped its essence  and accepted  that advise.                                                                                                                                                               67.1
That great hero Rama  controlled his rising anger  and leaned   on his wonderful  bow and told Lakshmana.                                                                                                                                                               67.2
“Oh son, Oh Lakshmana , what should we do? Where will we go in search of Sita? By what  method , would we get back Sita?” Think clearly.”                                                                                                            67.3
Lakshmana said to Rama who was reeling under sorrow, “It is proper for us to search in this Janasthana , which is covered by many plants and creepers and also  has many Rakshasas.”                                        67.4
“Here difficult to climb mountains, caves , valleys , different type of horrifying caverns inhabited by  different type of animals  and forests inhabited by Gandharwas and Kinnaras   exist.”                   67.5-67.6
“And you should search in all these places accompanied by me. Oh Bull among men,  great men who have superior intellect  like you,  are not shaken by difficulties like the mountain is not shaken  by a great wind.”                                                                                                                                                                        67.7
When told like Rama keeping his bow   ready   , mounted with a horrible arrow , along with Lakshmana started roaming about in that forest.”                                                                                                               67.8
Then he saw   the great valorous  bird  Jatayu who looked like the top of the mountain lying on the ground  , wounded and drenched in blood.                                                                                                      67.9
Seeing him who was similar to a mountain, Rama told Lakshmana, “I feel without any doubt this one has eaten Sita ,   the princess  of Videha.”                                                                                                              67.10
“It is clear this Rakshasa in this forest  has taken  the form of vultures and has eaten the broad eyed Sita and is now relaxing  happily. I will  kill him with shining  very sharp  arrows  which will go straight at him.”                                                                                                                                                            67.11-67.12
Saying this Rama who was very angry  took a razor sharp arrow and fixed  it on the bow  and stepped towards  the vulture  and the earth up to sea    shook.                                                                               67.13
That  pitiable vulture spitting blood with foam   spoke with very pitiable  words  like this to Rama    the son of Dasaratha.                                                                                                                                                67.14
“Oh long lived one, the queen whom you are searching in this  great forest  as  carefully as one searches for herbal medicine  as well as my soul  has been taken away by Ravana,”                                             67.15
“Oh Rama, Oh Lakshmana that lady who was separated from you both  was being taken away by Ravana and I saw this.”                                                                                                                                                      67.16
“In the battle with Ravana , I reached Sita by breaking Ravana’s chariot  and that one who lost his chariot   made me fall on this earth.”                                                                                                                               67.17
“Oh Rama this is his broken bow and these are his quivers   and here is the chariot which was broken by me in battle with him.”                                                                                                                                        67.18
“He is the charioteer of Ravana slain by me using my wings. When I was exhausted Ravana cut  off my wings by his sword .Then after taking Sita , the princess of Videha , he flew in the sky and since I have already been killed by the Rakshasa , you need not kill me.”                                                            67.19-67.20
Hearing these facts ,  the sorrow of Rama    who was in love with Sita doubled  and he with face full of tears  became helpless and pitiable.                                                                                                                 67.21
Throwing that Great  Bow Rama hugged  that king of vultures  and fell on the ground and cried along with Lakshmana.                                                                                                                                                   67.22
Seeing the bird taking painful breaths in that lonely  place which was difficult to reach,   Rama was affected by great sorrow and told Lakshmana.                                                                                             67.23
“I have lost the kingdom, I had to live in the forest , Sita is lost and Jatayu is killed  and   these misfortunes may even burn the fire.”                                                                                                             67.24
“If I now enter a ocean which is  filled with water  by the rivers ,  my bad luck would completely     dry  even that ocean.”                                                                                                                                                67.25
“By this way I have been caught by a network of misfortunes  and I think that nobody is more unfortunate than me among all beings , including the moving and not moving.  “                               67.26
“This very elderly king of vultures is the friend of my father and due to my bad luck, he is lying on the ground  at present.”                                                                                                                                          67.27
After saying like this many times Rama along with Lakshmana  caressed Jatayu and showed him the affection towards a father.                                                                                                                               67.28
Rama then hugged  that king of vultures who has lost his wings  and drenched with blood.”Where is my Maithili who is like a soul to me?” and saying this he fell on the ground.                                               67.29

  This is the end of the  sixty seventh    chapter  Of  the book  of Aranya (Forest)   of the holy Ramayana   composed by Valmiki  as the  first epic.

68.Jatayu breaths his last

(Jatayu tells Rama that sita is abducted by  Ravana , the son Of Visravas  and brother of Khubera. He tells that Rama will get back Sita because any thing stolen at that time would be recovered. Jatayu dies. Rama   cremates him and offers him oblations.)

Rama seeing that vulture who has been thrown fiercely on the    ground , told Lakshmana , these   words of great friendliness .                                                                                                                                              68.1
“It is for my sake that  this bird  made efforts  to fight  the battle  with the Rakshasa  and having been  defeated by the Rakshasa , he is about to give away his life.”                                                                      68.2
“OH Lakshmana  , He is suffering too much and is about to give up his life which is difficult to give up   and as of now he  appears , blank, agitated and not able to speak.”                                                            68.3
“Oh Jatayu , if you have sufficient strength talk to me again. Be safe and please tell me about abduction of Sita    and  how you have been stuck down.”                                                                                               68.4
“For what reason has Ravana abducted  that noble lady ? What offense has I committed against him based on which he has abducted her?”                                                                                                             68.5
“How was the pretty and moon like face of  Sita when she was being abducted ? And What   did Sita tell at that time, Oh great  bird?”                                                                                                                             68.6
“What is the form of that Rakshasa?  How powerful is he? What did the Rakshasa do? Where does he live? Oh father , please tell as I am asking you.”                                                                                             68.7
Afterwards , that piteous bird Jatayu, wailing  , addressed Rama in a low  tone  and spoke these words.”
“That king of Rakshasas  Ravana assuming a magical form and producing  dust of wind and clouds   took her away  through the sky route.”                                                                                                                      68.9
“Oh Lad when I was completely tired that Rakshasa cut off my wings  and taking Sita with him travelled towards the south.”                                                                                                                                            68.10
“Oh Raghava, my  life is resisting , sight is  whirling  and I see golden usira  roots grown on tree tops  similar to root hairs.”                                                                                                                                         68.11
“Oh son of Kakustha clan, that Ravana has  taken away Sita in the Vinda period and it is known that things  lost in this period  , later speedily  join the owner  and that Ravana without bothering about this  has taken her to lose her  quickly.”                                                                                                           68.12
“By abducting your darling Sita   the king of Rakshasas Ravana , is swallowing the  hook just  like the  fish  and would be destroyed quickly.”                                                                                                                   68.13
“There is no need for you to worry about  the daughter of Janaka  for you will soon enjoy her company after  killing the Rakshasa.”                                                                                                                              68.14
When the vulture  was conversing with an alert mind   to Rama,  blood mixed with flesh  started flowing from him indicating that he is dying.                                                                                                               68.15
The king of the birds gave up his life  which was difficult to get  while saying , “Ravana is the son of sage Visravas and real brother   of Khubera.”                                                                                                       68.16
As Rama with folded hands was requesting the bird, Please tell, please tell”, the soul of the vulture left its body  and went to the sky.                                                                                                                         68.17
Then he put down his head on the earth  , stretched his leg  and lifted his whole body and fell on the ground.                                                                                                                                                               68.18
Seeing  the mountain like vulture with red eyes die , Rama who was already in great sorrow , pitiably with great sorrow told Lakshmana.                                                                                                              68.19
“He lived  happily for many years in this Dandakaranya , where many Rakshasas live  and his life has been shattered here.”                                                                                                                                    68.20
“Being extremely old , he has lived for very many years and he is lying dead , for it is not possible to escape  the dictates of time.”                                                                                                                        68.21
“See Lakshmana, this vulture which has done help to me is dead  and he was killed by the strong Ravana when he tried to help Sita.”                                                                                                                           68.22
“He forsook the land  of vultures which belonged to his ancestors  and the king of birds has given up his life for my sake .”                                                                                                                                              68.23
“Oh Lakshmana even among those born  from the womb of animals and birds , you would be able to see good people who are followers of Dharma , valorous ones  and protectors.”                                     68.24
“ Oh gentle one, Oh scorcher of enemies, the grief caused to me by the abduction is not as much as the grief caused  by the death of this vulture for my sake .”                                                                          68.25
“Like the famous king Dasaratha  of great fame deserves my worship, so does  this  king of birds  deserve it.”                                                                                                                                                                      68.26
“Oh son of Sumithra , you collect firewood and I will generate fire by churning , as I wish to cremate the vulture king as he died for me.”                                                                                                                   68.27
Then Raghava  placed the body of the king of  the world of birds on the pyre  and told Lakshmana , “Oh son of Sumithra , I will burn him who was killed by  a Rakshasa with great anger.”                          68.28
“Oh great and mighty eagle, please attain  that status which is attained by those who perform Yagnas , those who kindle sacrificial fires ,  by those who do not return back alive  and by those who give land as gift, Purified by the fire that  I have lit , please go and attain  the incomparable heaven.”  68.29-68.30
After telling this  Rama placed that god of birds on the funeral pyre and lit it , treating him similar  to a relative of his.                                                                                                                                                    68.31
Then Rama along with the son of Sumithra who was valorous went to the forest  and killed a large stately deer , spread it before the pyre and offered  it  to the great bird.                                            68.32
That famed Rama  took out the flesh of the deer  from its skin  made them in to balls  and laid them on the lovely grass  and offered it to Jatayu.                                                                                                     68.33
Then Rama chanted those Manthras    which would be chanted by Brahmins pertaining to father , which were meant for sending a human being to heaven.                                                                                    68.34
Those blessed sons of the king then went to river Godavari  and offered  oblations of water for the sake of  the king of vultures.                                                                                                                                     68.35
Thereafter both sons of Raghu clan took  funeral bath in the river and offered  oblations of water as per scriptures   to the king of vultures.                                                                                                                 68.36
That  king of vultures  having done a very difficult  job which will bring fame in the battle and was killed , by having been offered funeral rites as per scriptures attained a holy and auspicious state              68.37
After offering water oblations to that great bird , after   thinking about  what has been  told by the king of birds and fixing their  mind firmly on future course entered the forest   like  Vishnu and Indra.   68.38

  This is the end of the  sixty eighth  chapter  Of  the book  of Aranya (Forest)   of the holy Ramayana   composed by Valmiki  as the  first epic.

69.Rama meets with Ayomukhi and then Kabandha

(When walking in the forest near the hermitage of Matanga, a Rakshasi called Ayomukhi attacks them. Lakshmana catches hold of her and cuts her , nose ears and breasts. They see bad omens and then they are both caught  by a huge  horrifying Rakshasa   called Kabandha)

  Then  both Rama and Lakshmana after  offering oblations  started towards the south  western direction  in the  forest  searching for Sita.                                                                                                                          69.1
Both  the princes of Ikshuvaku dynasty  armed with bows  , arrows and swords , walked towards  south western direction , first walking  through  the dense covered forest .                                                         69.2
With many trees, shrubs and trees which had grown  and spread   all over , the way  appeared impenetrable , difficult to travel  and appeared dreadful.                                                                              69.3
Those two very strong Rama and Lakshmana  , forced themselves through that dense forest populated by   elephants and lions  with speed and crossed that forest.                                                                        69.4
Then later those two courageous princes  after going three kosas (about 11 km) from Janasthana reached and entered the dense Krauncha  forest.                                                                                            69.5
Tormented by the abduction of Sita , eager to see Vaidehi  both stopped here and there  for awhile  in the  forest  which was dense and looked like  formation of clouds of different kinds  and  which was filled with many animals  and snakes.                                                                                                                  69.6-69.7
Then the brothers went three  kosas east word  crossing the Krauncha  forest  and they saw a very terrible forest near the hermitage of Matanga filled with fearful animals and birds  and which had various types of  animals    and densely grown great trees  and there the sons of Dasaratha saw  a cave filled with darkness  which was majestic like Patala .                                                                           69.8-69.10
Those tiger among men reached the cave and not far from there   saw  a Rakshasi with a huge body and an ugly face .                                                                                                                                                          69.11
The two brothers Rama and Lakshmana saw a Rakshasi  who  was  scary  , timid , nauseating  ,  had a fearful appearance , had a big paunch , sharp teeth , very old ,speaking undesirable words , was eating formidable animals  and  had a spread out hair .                                                                                69.12-69.13
She came near them and saw Lakshmana who was walking in front  and told him “Come on , let us enjoy love play”,  and held Lakshmana.                                                                                                                     69.14
After catching hold of the hand of the son of Sumithra  and hugging him she told, “My name is Ayomukhi  and have been attracted by your heroic personality  and you will live with me. Oh valorous  lord, for the rest of our lives  we will  wander over lofty hills , rivers   and sand banks , making love there.”
Lakshmana , the conqueror of enemies  got very angry at this and took out his sword   and  cut off her ears, nose and breasts.                                                                                                                                        69.17
That Rakshasi who had a gross appearance  ran off shrieking and shouting in a changed tone , when her ears and nose were cut off and went by the way  she had come.                                                               69.18
When she went away , the brothers Rama and Lakshmana , both of whom were destroyers of enemies  and had great luster  walked further and reached a dense forest.                                                              69.19
Lakshmana  who had great luster  , clean   and one having good conduct and one who says the truth  told his brother  who was shining like light , these words holding his hands in salutation .                   69.20
“My strong shoulder is throbbing  and my mind is agitated and I feel that these are undesirable  omens.”
“Oh noble one, therefore be ready  and heed my good words and advice  as I have no doubt that  the period which is going to come  would be full of perils. I am perplexed by this.”                                      69.22
“That Vanchulaka bird  is making a sound which is extremely frightening, possibly indicating our victory in a war.”                                                                                                                                                                69.23
When both the  lustrous brothers  were further searching in the forest , a huge and tremendous sound , as if the forest was being broken were heard by them.                                                                                69.24
A huge wind appeared   to completely cover the  sky and they heard  a sound in the forest which appeared   to fill the entire sky.                                                                                                                     69.25
When Rama along with his brother by his side was trying to find out the reason for that sound , Rama saw a huge bodied Rakshasa with a huge stomach.                                                                                  69.26
Then they saw prominently before them  a  head and neck   less body with face on his stomach reaching them.                                                                                                                                                                  69.27
That  very huge body  was covered with hair standing up like bristles  and was resembling a dark  blue cloud and  was making sound like the cloud.                                                                                            69.28
That one was having  only one  eye  which was glowing like fire  on its forehead  and had huge eyelashes  , with reddish brown colour , stretched broad , which was capable of seeing to great distances  and a huge mouth , with a huge teeth and toungue licking on  his huge mouth.                                69.29-69.30
That dreadful one kept on eating lions , bears, deer  and elephants , by taking them by stretching his long arms which were One Yojana (two miles ) long.                                                                                69.31
With his hands  catching  and  taking  various bears , flock of birds , several numbers of deer  by both his hands  and also throwing them away that huge form   came near the brothers and stood blocking their way.                                                                                                                                                                    69.32
Then both of them saw that Kabandha (only body)  with his body  at a distance of one krosa( one and half miles) mighty , frightening , gross  and with his hands stretched out  and it was frightening to see.
He after completely spreading his two great broad  arms  caught both the sons of Raghava clan and hurt them with his strength .                                                                                                                                   69.35
Both of them in spite of their wielding huge swords and  strong bows  and in spite of a  very shining body became helpless  when they were seized by that strong one .                                                                 69.36
Being a valorous hero ,  Rama was not pained much  but Lakshmana being younger  and not well  sheltered  was greatly worried  and with great disturbance in his mind told Rama.                            69.37
“Oh valorous one , see me being  helpless and caught  by this Rakshasa  and so Oh Raghava , leave  me here and free yourselves.”                                                                                                                               69.38
“ It is my opinion that you Give me as a sacrifice to him   and  run away  without being harmed  and attain Vaidehi soon .”                                                                                                                                         69.39
“Oh son of Kakustha clan, Oh Rama , when you get back your kingdom belonging to our ancestors  and when you are ruling that kingdom,  I desire that you remember about me .”                                        69.40
When Lakshmana told like this , Rama told  the son of Sumithra, “Oh Valorous one, do not be scared  and it is not proper for a hero like you to get worried.”                                                                              69.41
In the meanwhile  that cruel  Kabandha   who was  great Rakshasa  in a voice similar to thunder enquired with Rama and Lakshmana .                                                                                                                              69.42
“Who are you both having shoulders like a bull and carrying huge swords and bows. Since you have reached this horrible place , you have become food to me.”                                                                     69.43
“Being youth  , you can tell me the  purpose of  your coming  here. You have reached the place at the correct time  , as I am waiting here  with hunger.”                                                                                       69.44
“Holding bows , arrows and sword  both of you have entered my domain like bulls with pointed horns  and now it is not possible to be alive anymore.”                                                                                            69.45
Hearing  these words of that bad soul Kabandha , with a dried up mouth Rama   told Lakshmana.    69.46
“Oh truly valorous one ,  it is dreadful   that  from great difficulty we have progressed to greater difficulty  without finding my beloved and we are nearing the end of our life.”                                      69.47
“Oh Lakshmana , the great power of god of death(Time?)   over persons is extremely evident and now me and you  have  reached a point of great calamity.”                                                                               69.48
“Oh Lakshmana , the power of god of death (time?)   on people is very great  and whether a person is valorous, very strong  and  is knowledgeable of use of weapons in war, they cannot stand the power of god of death (time) like  barriers built with sand.”                                                                           69-49-69.50
Thus told the very famous son of Dasaratha  , who is stable in valour and truth , and who is determined to act with a steadfast mind  , on seeing  the mighty  valorous Lakshmana .                                          69.51

  This is the end of the  sixty ninth  chapter  Of  the book  of Aranya (Forest)   of the holy Ramayana   composed by Valmiki  as the  first epic.

70.Rama  and Lakshmana cuts the arms of Kabandha

(Rama and Lakshmana cut away the arms of the great Kabandha and he falls down.  Then he starts telling his story.)   

Seeing those two brothers who were there , in this hold of his great rope  like arms Kabandha  told them.                                                                                                                                                                     70.1
“You  who are great Kshatriya heroes have been sent by God  as food to appease my hunger  and why are you staying there losing your minds?”                                                                                                     70.2
Hearing that Lakshmana , who had gone through great suffering told him at the appropriate time , most suitable words .                                                                                                                                                   70.3
“This base Rakshasa  wants to swallow  you and me quickly and so let us cut off his long arms with our swords.  “                                                                                                                                                             70.4
“This terrible looking big bodied Rakshasa  who has great valour in his arms , who has brought the world under his control wants to kill us here .”                                                                                                       70.5
“Oh lord of the world , it is not proper for a king to kill someone who has not done him any harm , like animals which have been brought in the middle of a sacrifice   should not be killed.”                         70.6
Hearing them talking  like this among themselves that Rakshasa   became very  angry  and he opened his mouth to eat both of them.                                                                                                                              70.7
Then those princes of the Raghu clan who were experts in knowledge of time and place took out their swords  and  without any problem cut off both the arms .                                                                         70.8
Rama   who can judge things quickly cut off  his right arm with his sword and  the valorous Lakshmana  cut off his left arm.                                                                                                                                             70.9
That great armed one losing both his arms fell on the ground screaming  and making great sound  , like a stormy cloud falling from sky to earth  , making all the directions tremble.                                          70.10
Seeing his cut off arms lying in the pool of blood , That Rakshasa piteously asked them. “Oh valorous ones, who are you?”                                                                                                                                          70.11
When he was speaking like that , the auspicious looking Lakshmana  revealed about the family of Raghu to that great Kabandha.                                                                                                                                     70.12
“He is the world famous Rama  born in the clan of Ikshuvaku and I am his younger brother. Please know this.”                                                                                                                                                                       70.13
“When he who has the power of God was living in this desolate forest  a Rakshasa abducted his wife and we have come here  in search of her.”                                                                                                             70.14
“Who are you ? Why are having only the body  with a glittering mouth on your chest? Why are you rolling without your calf muscles?’                                                                                                                    70.15
When Lakshmana addressed Kabandha this way, he became    greatly pleased remembering   the words of Indra told earlier.                                                                                                                                             70.16
“Welcome  to you, Oh tiger among men.  It was due to my luck that I was able to see you. It was due to my luck that  you have cut off my hands.”                                                                                                      70.17
“Please listen oh tiger among men,  when you tell you exactly how I got this ugly form from my usual form due to my act of indiscipline.  “                                                                                                               70.18

  This is the end of the  seventieth   chapter  Of  the book  of Aranya (Forest)   of the holy Ramayana   composed by Valmiki  as the  first epic.

71. Story of Kabandha

(Kabandha was the son of Dhanu   and had a pretty form.  He got a great boon from Brahma   and  later when he fought with Indra, using Vajrayudha   he plunged his head in to his body. He had told him that  he will get his pretty form back when his hands are cut by Rama and he is burnt. He promises to help Rama after he gets back  his divine form.)

“Oh Great one, Oh  Rama with great strength and valour , earlier  my  form was famous  in  all the three worlds and was comparable to Indra, Sun  and Moon.”                                                                              71.1
“ I was greatly  terrorizing the world  after assuming   this form  and eventually used to frighten the sages   who were living in the forest.”                                                                                                           71.2
“A sage called Sthoola Sira   who was troubled by me using  my unusual form , while he was collecting firewood  became very angry with me “                                                                                                        71.3
“After seeing me , he gave a dreadful curse  that I would permanently have the form that I have assumed .”                                                                                                                                                          71.4
“When I begged him to put an end to the curse  given  in great  anger to me , he spoke the following words.”                                                                                                                                                                71.5
“When Rama cuts away your arms  in this desolate forest  and burns you,  you would again assume   the usual pretty form of yours.”                                                                                                                             71.6
“Oh Lakshmana , know me as the son of Dhanu  who was shining in prosperity  and by the anger of Indra I obtained this form  in a battle.”                                                                                                                     71.7
“I with great penance pleased the grandfather Lord Brahma and he blessed me with long life. This boon made me greatly proud.”                                                                                                                                  71.8
“Having obtained a long life span, I knew that Indra could not do anything to me and due to this I opposed Indra in a battle in a thoughtless manner .”                                                                                 71.9
“By the weapon  Vajra which had hundred knots  in his arms , he made my lower limbs and head to go inside my body.”                                                                                                                                              71.10
“In spite of begging him to send me to the world of God of death  he told, “Let words of Lords Brahma  become true.”                                                                                                                                                  71.11
“Due to being hit by the Vajra, my  thigh bones, head and face had been broken  and how  could I live long  without taking food? .”                                                                                                                         71.12
“When I told like this to Indra, he himself created me long arms  of one Yojana length  and mouth and sharp teeth in my stomach.”                                                                                                                          71.13
“I stretch  all over my long arms in the forest  and after pulling  tiger , elephants  and deer which move about in the forest, I eat them.”                                                                                                                    71.14
“Indra also has told me “When Rama and Lakshmana  come ant cut your arms  you will reach heaven.”
“Oh Rama ,  of best of the kings, with this type of body in the forest , I thought that it is proper catch all that I was able to catch.”                                                                                                                                   71.16
“I was thinking that definitely you would come to this forest  and this with this thought I was struggling to maintain this body.”                                                                                                                                      71.17
“Be safe . you are that Rama. As per the words of that great sage no one  except Raghava   had the strength  kill me.”                                                                                                                                                71.18
“Oh great among me, I would give you very good advice  to you both , when I am purified by use of fire  by you.”                                                                                                                                                                 71.19
The soul of Dharma  told this to Dhanu , after listening to all these words that he  told Lakshmana. 71.20
“My wife of great fame Sita was abducted by Ravana with happiness and without difficulty when me and my brother were   not there.”                                                                                                                            71.21
“I only know his name and do not know anything  about that Rakshasa ‘s   form  and we do not know anything about his power or his place of residence.”                                                                                    71.22
“Please show your pity on me   who is suffering from sorrow and pain, who not have any one who will help  and who runs all over without knowing direction.”                                                                              71.23
“We would now collect the fire wood broken by elephants , make a great pit  in a place suitable for it and do your cremation.”                                                                                                                                      71.24
“You may please tell us , where Sita has been taken and whether she is alive or dead .You may please do this auspicious help , if you know about it.”                                                                                                   71.25
When Rama told  this to  the good Dhanu , then he who is an expert in speech like Raghava  told  the words of welfare.”                                                                                                                                               71.26
“Not being divine now , I do not know anything about Maithili  as of now but when I assume the divine form  after burning  , I will reveal   about it to you.”                                                                                    71.27
“Oh Lord before being burnt , I do not have the power to know  about the very powerful Rakshasa   who abducted  Sita.”                                                                                                                                                  71.28
“Oh Raghava , due to the power of the curse , I am kept away from knowledge  and having attained this form all the world despises me.”                                                                                                                     71.29
“Before the sun God travelling  in his vehicle  gets tired and sets , you drop me in the pit and burn me as per   the ritualistic rules.”                                                                                                                                  71.30
“Oh son of Raghu clan, if you drop me in the pit  and burn me according to rules, I will  let  you know about a man who knows  that Rakshasa   and  would tell you about him.”                                             71.31
“ Oh Raghava  , according to proper rules of justice you should make  him your friend  and he will extend you his help , Oh warrior who acts swiftly.”                                                                                                  71.32
“Oh Raghava , there is nothing in the three worlds that he does not know  as for  a different reason , he was roaming about all the world.”                                                                                                                  71.33

  This is the end of the  seventy first   chapter  Of  the book  of Aranya (Forest)   of the holy Ramayana   composed by Valmiki  as the  first epic.

72.Kabandha requests Rama to meet Sugreeva

(Kabandha tells them to go   and Sugreeva in the  banks of Pampa  . He said that if Rama signs a treaty with him,  then he would help  Rama to recover Sita. He also assures that Sita has not been harmed.)

After  Kabandha told like this , those valorous kings  after  reaching  to a mountain cave along with Kabandha    set fire to the body.                                                                                                                 72.1
Lakshmana himself with big wooden torches lighted the funeral pyre from all directions  and started burning in all places.                                                                                                                                      72.2
That body of Kabandha was  like a  great and big ball of ghee and when  the body was lighted by the body ‘s fat , fire slowly started to consume the  body.                                                                            72.3
That strong Kabandha wearing unsoiled pair of  cloths and divine garland rose from the funeral pyre after shaking it  and Kabandha   shined like a smokeless fire.                                                                72.4
Then  he happily  came out from the pyre speedily   wearing  clean cloths   and ornaments all over his body.                                                                                                                                                                  72.5
Sitting on a shining aero  plane drawn by the swans with his luster he illuminated  all the ten directions. That Kabandha who had gone to  the sky  said the following to Rama .”Hear me , I will tell you about the method   of getting back  Sita.”                                                                                                              72.6-72.7
“Oh Rama, There are six methods to achieve anything. Any one suffering bad luck   would be helped by another one suffering bad luck.”                                                                                                                    72.8
“Oh Rama, You and Lakshmana  are now going through a bad patch and due to abduction of your wife  and her possible ill treatment sorrow has  come to you.”                                                                         72.9
“Oh best friend , for achieving that matter you should make friends with him  and in spite of thinking , I do not find  any method for you to achieve   what you want.”                                                              72.10
“Please hear from me Rama. He is a monkey called  Sugreeva  and had to abandon his kingdom due to anger of Vali  who  is  the son of Devendra.”                                                                                              72.11
“He who is greatly self respecting  and valorous  lives in the slope of a mountain called Rishyamooka  in  a pretty palace near the river Pampa,  along with four of his friends.”                                                 72.12
“That king of monkeys  , is greatly valorous , has   great splendour , very brilliant , a teller of truth , very intelligent, blessed   with humility , firm and great.”                                                                                72.13
“ He is efficient, brave ,  lustrous , mighty  , heroic  and very strong and has been banished by his brother   for the  sake  of the kingdom.”                                                                                                                          72.14
“He will help you as a friend  who would be interested  in your welfare  , in finding out Sita  and so do not  indulge mind in sorrow.”                                                                                                                             72.15
“Oh tiger of the Ikshuvaku   clan, whatever is  going to happen cannot be made  to happen in a different manner  and it  is not possible   to act against time .”                                                                                   72.16
“Oh Rama , from here  go quickly to meet the very strong Sugreeva and after going there make him quickly   as your friend and make a treaty without any ill will in the presence of fire.”                          72.17
“You should not insult Sugreeva  , who is the  king of monkeys  as he would be grateful, take any form he wishes ,valorous , greatly strong  and would be a seeker of your help.”                                                   72.18
“You are both young and strong  enough  and you can  fulfill  his work. Whether he is grateful or ungrateful, he  will do your  work.”                                                                                                                   72.19 
“He is the  legal son of Riksharajas and the Sun  god  and he is wandering in the banks of Pampa  suspecting danger from Vali who is his enemy.”                                                                                             72.20
“Keeping your weapons ready  go to  Rishyamooka  mountain which is the residence of the monkeys  and make that monkey  who lives in forest as your true  friend.”                                                               72.21
“That elephant among monkeys  very clearly knows all those places occupied people who eat  the flesh of man  and so go with tact and meet him.”                                                                                                    72.22
“ Oh Rama, Oh killer of enemies , There is not even a small thing that  is unknown to him  in this world  , where the sun shines.”                                                                                                                                        72.23
“He with the help of his monkeys    will   search all over rivers, big mountains , mountain caves, caves  and  they will find out your wife.”                                                                                                                     72.24
“Oh Raghava , he will send monkeys with  very   big body  to search in all directions , your Sita   who must be sorrowing due to parting with you  and find that blessed lady who is  pure in the house of Ravana.”                                                                                                                                                      72-25-72.26
“That prominent among the monkeys  would find your blameless wife , even if  she is on the top of Meru mountain  or whether she is in the nether world  by going there   and  after killing the Rakshasas    they will restore her to you.”                                                                                                                                       72.27

  This is the end of the  seventy second   chapter  Of  the book  of Aranya (Forest)   of the holy Ramayana   composed by Valmiki  as the  first epic.

73.Kabandha  guides them to meet Sabari and then  Sugreeva.

(Kabandha Requests   Rama to meet saint Sabari who lives in the hermitage of Matanga , proceed to lake Pampa  , climb up the Rishyamooka  mountains and meet Sugreeva. He tells Rama to   enter in to a treaty with Sugreeva before fire.)

Kabandha after telling Rama about the method to get back Sita  again told the following meaningful words.                                                                                                                                                                        73.1
“Oh Rama take the peaceful path   to the west  which shines and is pleasing to the mind as you would find  many trees  under flowering there. There are Jambu trees, Priyala trees, Jack-fruit trees, holy Banyan tree, Plaksha trees (a tree from which milky latex oozes out), tinduka trees, holy fig trees Karnikara of red and white flowers, Mango trees, trees that grow on dry soil, Tilaka trees, trees that bloom at night, Agnimukhya and Asokha trees, Kadamba tree, Karaveera tree, red Asoka trees and Paribhadraka trees. “                                                                                                                                  73.2-73.4
“You may either climb those trees are fell them by your great strength and eat   their nectar like fruits , while proceeding ahead.”                                                                                                                                   73.5
“Oh son of Kakustha clan, after crossing that you would come cross a    forest in flowering. It can be comparable to the Nandana   Garden and the North Kuru state.”                                                             73.6
“The trees in the gardens have fruits  dripping with sweetness in all seasons  and is similar to Chaithraratha garden of Khubera which  yields fruits always.”                                                                  73.7
“The trees there with huge bunches  are bent   due to the fruits they bear  and shine like the clouds  over mountains.”                                                                                                                                                 73.8
“Lakshmana after climbing them  would easily harvest those nectar like   fruits, make them fall on the ground  and offer them to you.”                                                                                                                      73.9
“While pleasantly travelling from one forest to another forest and from one mountain to another mountain , both of you who are valorous would reach the Pampa lake .”                                            73.10
“Oh Rama ,  the slopes of the lake of Pampa   is smooth    soil  without stones and it does not slip  and water is neither deep nor shallow and does not have moss but  has lotus and lily flowers in full bloom.”
“Oh Raghava in the waters of lake Pampa  swans,  ducks, Krouncha birds  and Kurara birds are jumping here and there and cooing.”                                                                                                                          73.12
“Not knowing anything about being killed those auspicious birds are not scared  of human beings  and you can kill and eat them  as those fat birds are like balls   of ghee.”                                                   73.13
“Oh Rama i in that Pampa lake , Lakshmana  who is endowed with devotion can kill   choicest fish with single bone , prawns , fish with crooked trunk  and huge fish , remove their skins and wings  and cook them on  iron skewers  and offer them to you.”                                                                      73.14-73.15
“And while you are with delight eating those fish Lakshmana   can go to the tank  which is pure , cold and enjoyable and full of lotus flowers  and bring that lotus  scented , pure , clear water resembling silver and crystal ,  in the lotus leaf   and offer   it to you.”                                                              73.16-73.17
“Oh best among men,   you will also see there  ,  huge boars which live  in the mountain caves  and roam freely in the forest , which approach with desire that very lovely Pampa  to drink water.”      73.18-73.19
“Oh Rama when you stroll there in the evening  , you will see  trees with large number  of flowers  and the cool water of Pampa and forget your sorrows.”                                                                                    73.20
“Oh Raghava there  you will see   the flowers of  Tilaka trees, night jasmines  , water lilies and lotus flowers  strewn all over , making your mind calm.”                                                                                      73.21
‘Oh Rama there  are no human beings to wear  those flowers  and  the flowers in garlands made by them will not wilt or drop.”                                                                                                                                         73.22
“There the disciples of sage Matanga  who were sages   who normally are absorbed in meditation , were bringing  food  from the forest for their teacher Matanga , and when they were tired due to exhaustion , sweat drops from the  body  of those sages of great penance  fell on earth  and the flowers  that blossomed from those sweat drops  never fade or wilt.”                                                                73.23-73.24
“Though they have gone long back, you can see their female attendant Sabari , who is an ascetic living  there.”                                                                                                                                                                  73.25
“ Oh Rama, She is  a follower of Dharma saluted by all beings  and she will go to heaven only after seeing you, the God like Rama.”                                                                                                                                  73.26
“You will see her in  the  unmatched  and secret hermitage on the western bank of Pampa which is difficult to see.”                                                                                                                                                  73.27
“Though there are many elephants  in the forest and mountain nearby,  those  elephants  do not attack the hermitage  due to rule established by the sage Matanga.”                                                    73.28-73.29
“In that forest equivalent to the forest of devas and which can  be compared   to the Nandana Garden ,  which is full of several kinds of birds , you will give up your sorrow and enjoy.”                                 73.30
“Rishyamooka   which is  full of flowering trees is situated   in front of Pampa  is very difficult to climb  and is protected by elephants. This  lofty mountain    was raised in the earlier days by the generous  Brahma.”                                                                                                                                                            73.31
“Oh Rama that man who sleeps on the top of that mountain  , will get wealth  in his dreams and after waking up again he will get it.”                                                                                                                    73.32
“A person who does evil or sins   who climbs  that mountain would be thrown down while he is sleeping by the Rakshasas and such a person who commits sin or evil  cannot climb that mountain”73,33-73.34
“The roaring sound of baby elephants  will be heard by those  playing in Pampa and those residing in hermitage of Matanga.”                                                                                                                                  73.35
“Those strong and great elephants which resemble dark  rain clouds  dash it  on each other and blood flows  from their body  are then separated and scattered all over.”                                                          73.36
“The animals living in the forest drink the  spotless clean and cold water  of Pampa  and after  getting relieved of their thirst , they go back to the forest.”                                                                                   73.37
“Seeing those  bears and tigers shining like sapphire  and antelopes which are never defeated  , you will get rid of your grief.”                                                                                                                                        73.38
“ Oh Rama  of Kakustha clan  on that mountain there   exists a shining cave which is closed by a sheet of rock  and so it is difficult to  enter the cave.”                                                                                              73.39
“on the eastern entrance of that cave there is a pond with pure cold waters. And that tank is surrounded by trees yielding fruits and roots as also different kind of animal groups.”                                          73.40
“Sugreeva lives there along with four of his friends  and at times he is seen at the top of the mountain also.”                                                                                                                                                                    73.41
The courageous Kabandha wearing a flower garland  after telling Rama and Lakshmana    to go he shined  like the Sun god.                                                                                                                                                73.42
Both Rama and Lakshmana who were  about to depart went near Kabandha who was in the sky and waited for him and Kabandha told them “You may go now.”                                                                  73.43
Then  they told him, We are going  for succeeding in our aim, “  and well please Kabandha  bade farewell to them and went his way.                                                                                                                             73.44
Then that Kabandha assumed his  correct form  and surrounded by luster he was equal to Sun god  and he told them, ”While you make friendship   with Sugreeva , enter in to a treaty with him.”              73.45

  This is the end of the  seventy third   chapter  Of  the book  of Aranya (Forest)   of the holy Ramayana   composed by Valmiki  as the  first epic.

74. Rama meets sage Sabari

(Rama goes near Pampa lake and from there   to the Matanga hermitage and meets Sabari who has been  waiting for them.  Sabari treats them with hospitality and then enters in to fire   and gets salvation.)

Those princes travelled towards the western direction as directed by Kabandha   towards   the lake Pampa.                                                                                                                                                                   74.1
That Rama and Lakshmana crossing several mountains full of trees laden  with honey like fruits  set out to see Sugreeva.                                                                                                                                                   74.2
Those Rama and Lakshmana who belonged to the Raghu clan  , stayed on the top of the mountain  and departed by the western path  and neared the banks of Pampa.                                                               74.3
Then they reached the  western bank of the Pampa lake which was a lotus pond and saw  the delightful hermitage of Sabari.                                                                                                                                             74.4
Then they reached the hermitage surrounded   by very many trees  and went towards Sabari who has viewing  those pretty trees.                                                                                                                                 74.5
Then that lady sage  seeing them got up and saluted them , touched the feet of Rama  as well as that of the great Lakshmana.                                                                                                                                           74.6
As per the practice she offered them water to wash their feet as well as to drink  and then Rama spoke  to that austere woman observing great  penance .                                                                                       74.7
“Oh lady with penance as wealth  , I hope you do not face  any obstacles in doing penance . and I hope you are   able to control   your anger   and desire for food.”                                                                       74.8
“Oh lady whose speech is pretty , how is your attainment  in spiritual practices ? I hope your mind is pleasant  and I hope you have been able to serve the teachers   with good effect.”                              74.9
That great  lady   of penance   who was sage who  was recognized by other sages  and who was old , spoke to Rama  after receiving him.                                                                                                               74.10
“Today by being able to see you, I obtained    the results of my penance  and I think I have served my teachers well  and I have obtained good results.”                                                                                         74.11
“ “Oh great among men , Oh  best among gods  by worshipping you today my life has become fruitful and I will also attain heaven .”                                                                                                                           74.12
“Oh son of Raghu clan,  I have been sanctified by your gentle looks  and oh destroyer of enemies,  by your grace I would reach the  land that  never fades.”                                                                                 74.13
“When you reached Chithrakuta in aerial vehicles of matchless luster , those whom I served , ascended to heaven.”                                                                                                                                                           74.14
I have been told by those great sages   who were great people and followers of Dharma,  “Rama will come to this blessed hermitage   and you receive him along with son of Sumithra as guest  and after  seeing them you will reach  blessed inexhaustible  world.”                                                              74.15-74.16
“Oh tiger among men , I have collected various  forest foods for your sake , which are available   on the banks  of Pampa.”                                                                                                                                                74.17
When  Sabari spoke in this way  , that soul of Dharma  Raghava addressed Sabari , who has  never been prevented from   reading about divine knowledge.”                                                                                    74.18
“From that great soul  Dhanu , I have heard   about your power  and if you think it proper I would like to get personally acquainted with it.”                                                                                                                  74.19
When these words were   released from the  mouth of Rama , Sabari started showing him her great   garden.”                                                                                                                                                                74.20
“Oh Rama ,  this garden known as “Matanga garden”  which look like a splendid and solid cloud  is filled  with many animals and birds  and is very famous.”                                                                                       74.21
“Here my Gurus who were great visionaries  have offered many sacrifices    along with chant of Manthras  and  sacred waters.,”                                                                                                                        74.22
“This is the altar in the west where  , those revered ones , who were completely   exhausted  offered flowers for worship with trembling hands.”                                                                                                   74.23
“Oh  best of the Raghu clan   , even today  due to the power of their penance  are shining filing all directions with great light .”                                                                                                                              74.24
“They did not have energy to move about   and go to the sea for bathing  due to fasting  and just my their thought all the seven seas  came here together.”                                                                                74.25
“Due to their ascetic strength , the bark cloth they   have hung  on trees for drying after    their bath , have even   now not dried.”                                                                                                                              74.26
“ Even today the flowers including lotus flowers offered by them to God  have not shown any sign of wilting .”                                                                                                                                                                74.27
“You have seen the entire forest and also  have heard all that has to be heard. And now with your permission I want to give  up this body of mine.”                                                                                         74.28
“I wish to go near those great  visionaries whom I served  as an attendant  I this  hermitage   of saints.”
Rama and Lakshmana after hearing the words   of  that lady who followed Dharma  , became very happy  hearing about those wonderful incidents.                                                                                                       74.30
Then Rama told that lady sage who is firmly established in her  vow  “You have worshipped me with devotion  and so now you can  go as per your desire.”                                                                                 74.31
Thus  spoken that old woman with matted locks  wearing cloths of bark and deer hide  , desiring to give up her body immediately  after taking permission from Rama  offered herself in to fire  and with a body  shining like fire went to heaven.                                                                                                        74.32-74.33
Adorned with divine ornaments , wearing divine garlands and unguents , wearing divine cloths  and with a form which was pleasing to look , she illuminated the place like a streak of lightning.                   74.34
Sabari due to  the practice of the penance of the soul  went to that holy place    frequented by  holy seers, accomplished people   and great sages.                                                                                              74.35

  This is the end of the  seventy fourth    chapter  Of  the book  of Aranya (Forest)   of the holy Ramayana   composed by Valmiki  as the  first epic.

75.Rama reaches Pampa

(Rama and Lakshmana reach the lake Pampa. They are anxious    to climb the Rishyamooka mountain and meet Sugreeva.)

When  Sabari went to heaven in her own lustrous  body  ,  Rama started thinking along with his brother Lakshmana.                                                                                                                                                              75.1
Then after Rama, the soul of Dharma  thought about the power  of those  great  sages , Rama told Lakshmana   who was his completely focused  well wisher.                                                                           75.2
“Please see this wonderful hermitage belonging to great souls , where deer and tiger live together in implicit faith and which is served by all type of birds.”                                                                                    75.3
“Oh Lakshmana , here after bathing in the waters of the seven seas  , we have also   offered prayers according to rules   to our manes.”                                                                                                                     75.4
“We have got rid of the inauspicious time and now  the auspicious  time  is within our reach and Oh Lakshmana happiness is truly in my mind now and I feel  auspiciousness has sprung up again.”           75.5
“Come , let  us  go to Pampa , which is good to look at. The Rishyamooka mountain   is shining not very far off from here  and there lives Sugreeva , the  son of Sun god and the follower of Dharma  being scared  daily of his brother Bali along with four  other monkeys.”                                                       75.6-75.7
“Oh gentle one , I am in a hurry to see Sugreeva the  mighty monkey  , because  the searching of Sita  depends on him. “                                                                                                                                                  75.8
To the courageous Rama who spoke like this the son of Sumithra replied “my heart is also hastening me up. Let us go there.”                                                                                                                                              75.9
Then that lord of men left that   hermitage  immediately  and the Lord arrived in Pampa   along with  Lakshmana.                                                                                                                                                            75.10
Then they saw the sacred spot served  by  great sages  . That Pampa with its  various plants and creepers   provided  good drinking  water .With scented red lotuses ,  clusters of night lotuses , combination of lotuses and white lilies   and blue lotuses  , that  lake Pampa looked like a  multi coloured carpet.”
Rama from a distance saw  that source of drinking water  , went near it and called  it Matanga lake  and bathed in it.                                                                                                                                                          75.13
Pampa tank was filled with red lotuses and  had the fragrance of lotuses. The bank was full of mango trees in bloom and trees of several kinds like Tilaka, trees with fruits abounding in seeds like Citron, Dhavai trees, white trees in bloom, Karavera trees loaded with flowers, Punnaga trees, clusters of Jasmine and Kunda shrubs, Banyan trees, so also reeds, Asoka trees, shrubs surpasssing in whiteness to pearls, and several other trees amazing and lovely spread all over, Rama and Lakshmana passed by glancing at them. There were other trees with abundance of flowers, huge trees, Koyashtikas trees with rind. Several different kinds of birds such as cranes, parrots, sparrows, peacocks were found dwelling in the forest screaming aloud making noises. Seeing all these Rama and Lakshmana went without being disturbed and with a composed mind in that forest.                                                                         75.14-75.19
Then Rama Saw Pampa filled with the treasure of clean and cold water and it was surrounded  by groves of Asoka , Thilaka, Punnaga , Vakula  and Udhalaka trees .                                                                        75.20
Rama seeing various types of trees and various ponds , was affection by passionate feelings and went  to the Pampa.                                                                                                                                                           75.21
That  sides of the  tank was full of trees with blossoms of flowers, beautiful Sala and Champaka trees and    the honeybees which collected honey from the flowers looked   pretty and bright. The waters were crystal clear with the scent  of lotuses. The soft sands on the banks of Pampa gleamed. Rama saw them again and again and said this to Lakshmana.                                                                                       75.22-75.24
As told previously the Rishyamooka  mountain  , full of minerals was situated on the banks of Pampa and it was surrounded   by  trees with divine flowers.                                                                                          75.25
The greatly valorous monkey by the name of Sugreeva who was   the son of the monkey king  Riksharaja
Resided there.                                                                                                                                                       75.26
The bull among men told Lakshmana, “Please go  and meet Sugreeva”,   and   he also further said  these words to Lakshmana who was valorous in truth                                                                                           75.27
“Oh Lakshmana, how can I , being banished , pitiable  , and with mind in love with her , lead   this life without her.”                                                                                                                                                     75.28
After telling this , under spell of the god of love , to Lakshmana who was hearing with concentration , he entered the blue  and pretty waters of Pampa .                                                                                        75.29
After  going a long distance on the great path , they gradually  went through  the forest  observing the forest with auspicious  looks  seeing several kinds of flocks of birds  and at last saw  Pampa.       75.30

  This is the end of the  seventy fifth    chapter  Of  the book  of Aranya (Forest)   of the holy Ramayana   composed by Valmiki  as the  first epic.


End of Aranya Kandam

End of the book of forests.

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