Faith

Rich tributes to Rama

Worried by the portents in the wake of Hanuman’s entry into Lanka and the havoc he had caused, Ravana tries to consolidate his position through discussions and consultations with his advisors and ministers. Those genuinely interested in his welfare, such as Vibhishana, Kumbhakarna, Maalyavaan and others, are clear that Ravana and Lanka can be saved if only Sita is returned to Rama.

But Ravana considers this a cowardly advice and remains adamant in his refusal to concede Sita to Rama. Instead he encourages the sycophants to sing his past glories and victories that ring with emptiness at this juncture, pointed out Sri Krishnamurthy Sastrigal in a discourse. In this frame of mind he sends two of his emissaries, Suka and Charana, to assess the might and special qualities of the enemy camp. How was this unprecedented task of crossing the ocean made possible? How was the bridge built? What are the likely war strategies Rama might be planning?

On their return, Suka and Charana are full of praise for Rama and His dharma and sense of justice. They explain how they had tried to mingle with others in the enemy camp disguised as monkeys. But Vibhishana had seized them and brought them to Rama’s presence. They had feared sure death for their trespass, but Rama had set them free saying that captured messengers with no weapons do not deserve to be killed. Rama had asked them to collect whatever information they would need. Rama also sent a message to Ravana exhorting him to face Him in battle if Sita is not returned.

Suka and Charana finally tell Ravana that Rama’s army protected by Lakshmana, Sugriva and Vibhishana is certainly unconquerable, and that it would be wise on Ravana’s part to make peace instead of war against them.

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