In the previous episode we had witnessed a very important event that takes place at Ravana’s courtroom after Hanuman has burnt the city of Lanka into ashes! All the raakshasaas are terrified with Hanuman’s single-handed destruction! As Ravana convenes the court, each of his ministers voice out their opinions. Out of all of them, it is only Kumbakarna and Vibhishana who try and advise Ravana in the correct path. Kumbakarna tries to a certain extent, however, after a particular level he is unable to convince his brother and thus he gives up!
Now Vibhishana puts his best foot forward in advising Ravana to give Sita back to Rama. But now, Ravana is in a state of immense fury. Without analysing the words of Vibhishana, Ravana kicks him and insults him for his words! Wounded extremely by Ravana’s action, Vibhishana finally gives up and decides that he should not stay in Lanka any more! It is time for him to move on.
“Shurivishtam hidham vaakyam ukthavantham vibhishanam!
Abhraveeth parusham vaakyam raavanah kaala chodithaha!!”
Thus from the above sloka, Vaalmiki Maharishi clearly explains that Ravana is now not in a position to listen to Vibhishana’s good advice. Unable to bear up with Vibhishana any longer, Ravana kicks him and sends him on exile from Lanka!
Now Vibhishana makes up his mind and thinks, “Okay! Whatever happened has happened! So far I have been living in a place where I should not have been living! Now let me move on! From today, my place is where Lord Rama is! From this minute I shall live only with Rama! All these people are no more my friends or relatives. Rama is my only relative, friend, philosopher and guide!”
Thus, Vibhishana takes a vow and starts from Lanka. Before he commences his journey he turns for once in Ravana’s courtroom and asks, “Oh people who have assembled here! Is there anybody who is interested to accompany and support me?” Out of so many people sitting there, only four of them agreed to accompany Vibhishana out of Ravana’s Lanka!
Hence with these four people, Vibhishana leaves Lanka! He leaves Ravana once and for all! He knows that Ravana’s destruction is coming closer by the minute! He wanted to support his brother and pull him out of the destruction that was coming towards him! But unfortunately, as fate would have it, Ravana has abandoned him!
Hence, Vibhishana starts his journey from Lanka now.
“Aajagaama muhurthena yathra raamah sa lakshmanaha!!”
Thus, Vibhishana commences his journey from Lanka, crosses the ocean and reaches the place where Rama, Lakshmana and all the Vaanaras are sitting (on the other shore of the ocean). As Vibhishana nears the place where Rama is sitting, he doesn’t wait for someone to be sent as a messenger to announce the arrival of Vibhishana. Instead, Vibhishana himself directly goes to see Rama.
Why is Vibhishana doing this? What if Rama doesn’t accept Vibhishana? Here comes an important lesson of “Sharanaagathi Dharma” (The righteous path of complete surrender towards God): The first and foremost important requirement before following the “Sharanaagathi Dharma” is to have trust and faith on the Lord. Only if we have the unending and unshakable faith on Bhagawan, will we be able to surrender completely to his divine feet! This is exactly what Vibhishana is going to do to Rama now.
Now we are at a stage where Vibhishana is nearing Lord Rama’s place. From now, we are going to witness extremely important points regarding “Sharanaagathi Dharma” and how Vibhishana is considered an epitome of this important “Dharma”! The action continues in detail in the next episode! 🙂