In the previous episode we had witnessed that Hanuman is now at Ravana’s courtroom, amidst all his ministers and Ravana himself sitting at the top in his throne. Now the investigation begins and Hanuman begins to talk in the courtroom in front of Ravana. He never had the fear that he was alone without anybody to support him! He also knows that Ravana is going to get angry upon hearing what he is going to say! Even then, Hanuman starts to talk! As he begins the conversation, he makes some fun of Ravana’s incapability of defeating Vaali and how Vaali had tortured Ravana with his immense powers. Subsequently Hanuman stuns Ravana in his next statement that Rama had recently killed Vaali effortlessly with just a single arrow!
This shook Ravana for a moment, but his ego and his over-confidence blind him! He couldn’t anticipate the great danger and ill consequences that are waiting ahead of him! Hanuman thus continues to talk further: “Oh Ravana! My intention is is not to insult you by invoking Vaali’s name, but just to warn you of the dire consequences that you’re going to face for the sin of abducting Mother Sita! I would like to warn you at this point that Rama is not an ordinary human being as you think! Please realize that there is no living being in this world or even in the other worlds above, who could fight over Rama and win him! It is this invincible Rama’s wife that you’ve abducted and kept in your Lanka! Please realize your folly. Even now it is not too late. Please hand over Sita to Rama and re-unite both of them! This act of yours would save you and all the Raakshasaas from Rama’s fury!”
Hanuman continues further, “Oh Ravana! You’ve got a boon from Lord Brahma that you cannot be killed by the Devas or Asuras or Dhaanavas, etc. But please think of this – Sugriva is neither a Deva or an Asura or a Dhaanava or anything. He is just an ordinary monkey. How are you going to protect yourself from him? Forget Sugriva! I’m also a normal monkey and if I decide, I can singlehandedly destroy the whole of Lanka and a thousand Ravanas’ like you! But that is not my intention – Rama has pledged in front of all of us that he would be the person who would kill those who abducted Sita! I’m Rama’s messenger and I’m anticipating the next course of action from my leader! So Ravana! Please stop this blunder. Please hand over Sita to Rama immediately!”
“Vaina theya samaah kechith tathra anilopamaaha!
Asangathayaha sheegraah hari veeraah mahaabalaaha!!
Aham thu hanuman naama maaruthasya aurathassuthaha!”
Through the above slokas, Hanuman once again reiterates the fact that he is just one amongst a million monkeys who are either more capable than him or having equal capabilities of him! Hanuman adds: “If I am able to cross the ocean that is 100 yojanas of distance, sit here and talk fearlessly with you along with inflicting this much of damage to your Lanka, then imagine what would happen if a million Vaanaras who are more powerful than me, come here?”
“Neyam jarayithum shakyaah shaasurair amarairapi!
Visha samsrustyamarthyartham bhukthamannavibhougasaa!!
Maanusho raaghavo raajan sugreevascha hareeshwaraha!
Tasmaath praana parithraanam kathan raajan karishyasi!!”
Thus from the above slokas, Hanuman explains the significance and the power of Rama to Ravana. He says, “Ravana! You are thinking that Rama is just a normal human being, but he is not! He is the incarnation of Sriman Naarayana or Vishnu! Please realize that! He has the power of creating, destroying and re-creating this whole world! You are trying to fight with such a person and win over, which is never going to happen! Please do not destroy yourself and also the thousands of people around you!”
Hanuman continues, “Oh Ravana! You are thinking that this Sita is a beautiful woman and your desires are towards her! But realize that Sita is a ‘Kaalaraathri’ (Fateful temptation) that is going to ruin your entire life! Please realize that Sita has come here to destroy you and your kingdom completely!”
“Sathyam raakshasa raajendra shrunushva vachanam mama!
Raama daasasya dhootasya vaanarasya visheshasaha!!”
After all this, Hanuman finally says, “Hey Raakshasa Raajendra! Please listen and pay heed to my words! You would not get people in this world who would preach you good things and correct/mend your ways in the right direction. You would get loads of people who would talk nicely to you, but bring you down easily! But here I am, explaining the good and the bad to you clearly. You may think that I’m just a monkey, or a ’Raama-Daasa’ or a ‘Raama-Dhootha’ (Messenger of Rama), or whatever you wish to! But, please listen to my words and do the needful!”
Saying thus, Hanuman concludes his speech! After listening to all this, what was Ravana’s reaction? Did he oblige and pay heed to Hanuman’s important and meaningful words? What was Ravana’s next course of action? Let’s wait till the next episode to find out! 🙂