In the previous episode we had witnessed a very important point that Hanuman, after seeing Sita in the Ashoka Vana, confirms it by having a look at all the ornaments that were hanging from the branches of the “Simshuba-Vriksha” tree. Everything resembled exactly how Rama had mentioned to him and also with those ornaments that Sita had dropped down while Ravana was abducting her.
In the due course, we also discussed another important point wherein Hanuman is surprised by the unique similarities between Sita and Rama. They were literally made for each other in almost all ways possible! Valmiki Maharishi beautifully explains it with the following important sloka:
“Thulya seela vaiyo vrutthaam thulyaabhijana lakshanaam!
Raaghavorthathi vaideheem tanchaiyam asithekshanaa!!”
Valmiki Maharishi explains clearly from the above sloka as to how Sita and Rama are made for each other. He says, “Thulya seela vaiyo vrutthaam”, which means that both of them are of almost the similar age group, similar royal family backgrounds, similar beauty, similar body language and similar kind of behaviors.
It would be interesting to note here that the last phrase renders this sloka incomplete. Here he says, “Tanchaiyam asithekshanaa”, which means, “For this beautiful-eyed Sita”. Ideally it should have been paired as “Beautiful-eyed Sita and Beautiful-eyed Rama”. However, Hanuman here mentions that Sita has beautiful eyes and stops there. He doesn’t complete the sentence that Rama also has eyes that are as beautiful as those of Sita! Why is that? Indirectly Hanuman mentions here that it is Goddess Sita who has eyes that are full of mercy and love! She would forgive all our sins and wrongdoings and link us to Bhagawan! I’ve already spoken at length about this during the Sita-Rama wedding. We’ve discussed clearly that it is Goddess Mahalakshmi (Sita is an incarnation of Mahalakshmi) who is the universal mother protecting all of us. Whereas, if we go and stand in front of Bhagawan directly, his eyes know only to look at our sins and wrongdoings. No way in this earth he is going to forgive us and punishment is going to be evident! This is why we go to Goddess Sita first, ask her forgiveness for all our sins, and only after that go to Bhagawan!
Thus, Hanuman sees this in Sita and is waiting for an opportunity to strike a conversation with her. He wants to introduce himself to her and assure that Lord Rama is on his way to take her away from this Lanka. While Hanuman was thinking thus, suddenly he hears a huge sound from the direction of Ravana’s palace! Immediately there are so many lights and beautiful music being played! Ravana had got up from his sleep! As soon as he gets up, his mind thinks about Sita and urges him to come to her!
Accordingly, Ravana gets up from his bed, quickly dresses him up in the most handsome way and walks towards the Ashoka Vana wherein Sita was present! There were innumerable women who were following him. All of them were his wives. Unmindful of all this, Ravana’s desire was only focused on Sita! As he walks up to Sita, the entire world started to shake and tremble, unable to bare Ravana’s walk.
Thus Ravana comes near Sita. Hanuman sees all this from a branch of the “Simshuba-Vriksha” under which Sita was sitting. He wanted to see Ravana from close corners, but being unnoticed. Hence he climbs down to the nearest branch from where he could see what is going to happen.
As Hanuman gets into his position, Ravana comes in front of Sita. Upon seeing Ravana, Sita gets uncomfortable and also looks to be scared by his wicked thoughts and actions. She was all-alone at that point and nobody was there besides her to offer protection from this cruel demon!
What happened next? What did Ravana say to Sita? How did Sita react to Ravana’s words? Let’s wait till the next episode to witness the action!