Rāmāyana | Āraṇya Kaṇḍa | Chapter 8

8. Rāma Talks to Sage Sutīkṣṇa

[Rāma wants to go to the hermitages of all other saints in Daṇḍakāraṇya. Sutīkṣṇa approves the idea and wants them to stay in his hermitage whenever they like. Rāma takes leave of sage Sutīkṣṇa.]

Rāma and Lakṣmaṇa who were honourably treated by sage Sutīkṣṇa, spent the night there and woke up in the morning. 8.1

Rāma along with Sītā got up at the usual time and touched the cold water with the fragrance of lotus flower. 8.2

Then at the proper time Vaidehī, Rāma and Lakṣmaṇa worshipped the fire as well as devas according to rules in the hermitage of the sage and after seeing the sun without blemishes after it rose, approached Sutīkṣṇa and spoke these gentle words. 8.3-8.4

"We had a good stay here, oh God like sage, being greatly treated by you and as the sages are hastening us up, we would like your permission to leave." 8.5

"We are hurrying up as we want to see all the hermitages of all the blessed saints who live in the Daṇḍakāraṇya forest." 8.6

"We seek your permission to go along with these virtuous sages, who are self-controlled and as pure as fire." 8.7

"We wish to leave before the sun starts shining leading to intolerable heat, like one of improper lineage getting wealth in an improper way." Saying this, Rāma, Lakṣmaṇa along with Sītā touched the feet of the saint. 8.8-8.9

The sage lifted Rāma and Lakṣmaṇa who bent and touched his feet, embraced them tightly and said the following. 8.10

"Oh Rāma along with son of Sumitrā and this Sītā who is following you like your shadow go safely in this path." 8.11

"Oh Rāma see the beautiful location of hermitages of the people living in Daṇḍakāraṇya and oh valorous one, in them live sages who are steadfast in their penance." 8.12

"You will see pretty forests with roots and fruits in abundance, with plenty of flowers, with best collection of animals, with spots filed with peaceful birds and forest areas with full bloomed lotus flowers, with pure water sources, With pretty tanks and lakes filled with ducks, with waterfalls coming down from the mountain and filled with sound of peacocks." 8.13-8.15

"Oh dear child, you may go and Oh Lakṣmaṇa you may also go and after seeing all the other hermitages you may again come here." 8.16

After this was told that son of Kākutstha clan along with Lakṣmaṇa, went round the sage with reverence and began to leave from there. 8.17

Then Sītā gave those two brothers auspicious quivers, bows as well as arrows and also gave them pure swords. 8.18

That Rāma and Lakṣmaṇa, after tying those auspicious quivers and after taking those arrows and bows which make thunderous twang started to go away from the hermitage. 8.19

Those two pretty sons of Raghu clan, blessed with auspiciousness and shining with their own lustre, bearing the bow and arrows started along with Sītā. 8.20

This is the end of Eighth Sarga of Āraṇya Kanda which occurs in Holy Rāmāyaṇa composed by Vālmīki as the First Epic.