In the previous episode we saw that Hanuman is approaching Rama & Lakshmana as per the direction given by Sugriva. Hanuman starts talking and Rama and Lakshmana are in complete awe with the way he’s is giving his introductory talk. Both the brothers are waiting patiently till he completes his accord. Once it’s over, Rama takes a deep breath and looks at Lakshmana who’s at his side and says the following:
“Eva muktvaa tu hanumaanstou veerau raamalakshmanau!
Vaakyagnau vaakya kushalaha punarnovaacha kinchana!!
Ethachruthva vachastasya raamo lakshmanamabraveeth!
Prahrushta vadanashreemaan bhraatharam paarshvathassthitham!!”
Rama looks at Lakshmana with a smiling, pleasant and a beaming face due to the admiration of the speech given by Hanuman. He’s clearly overwhelmed with the way Hanuman spoke, and says to Lakshmana the following:
“Thamabhya baasha saumithri sugriva sachivam kapim!
Vaakyagnau madhurair vaakyayihi snehamutthamarindhamau!!”
By the above verse Rama says to Lakshmana, “Oh Saumithri!! (Another name of Lakshmana meaning the son of Sumithra Devi) This person by name Hanuman has come in front of us, introducing himself as the minister of the Vanara King Sugriva. I’m so impressed with the way he’s talking to us. Hence, you address him by introducing us and by explaining to him as to why we’re here!”
Here comes an important clarification: Why is Rama asking Lakshmana to speak to Hanuman? Why doesn’t he initiate the reply by himself?
To answer this question, it is to be understood that there’s a “Raaja Dharma” (The righteous duty of a king) that clearly mentions who should talk with whom. In other words, only a king should address another king and a minister should address the minister of another king. This implies that a king should not directly address the minister of another king. Rama continues, “Had Sugriva come in person, then I would have initiated the conversation by myself. But Hanuman has come here, introducing himself to be Sugriva’s minister. Oh dear Lakshmana… In this dense forest where will I go in search of a minister for myself? You’re my minister, my father, my brother – You’re everything for me. Hence, you take up the role of my minister and initiate the conversation with Hanuman!”
After hearing this from his brother, Lakshmana stands up and prepares himself to address Hanuman. At that very moment when Lakshmana is about to begin his reply, Rama stops him again. Lakshmana gets puzzled as to why is his brother stopping him from proceeding further.
We shall also wait till the next episode to find out the reason!!