Rāmāyana | Ayodhyā Kaṇḍa | Chapter 27

27. Sītā Requests Rāma to Take Her to Forest

[Sītā tells that without Rāma, even heaven would be like hell to her. She tells that if Rāma is present, she will enjoy her life in the forest. She says that she would prefer to die, if she is left out in Ayodhyā.]

Hearing all this, the sweet talking daughter of Janaka, who merits to be loved, became angry with her husband due to love and said. 27.1

"Why are you talking like this Rāma? Oh son of the king, people would ridicule you for these light hearted words spoken to me." 27.2

"Oh my husband, the mother, father, brother, son and daughter in law, would receive things according to the blessed deeds done by them and would experience prosperity according to their own fate only." 27.3

"Oh great man but wife alone shares the fate of her husband and therefore if you are going to live in the forest, I also would live there." 27.4

"In this world and in the next husband alone is the refuge of a lady and not her father, son, her own soul, mother or her friends." 27.5

"Oh Rāma, now itself I will accompany you even if you are going to very dense and harsh forest, walking in front of you crushing the thorns as well as the Kuśa grass and make the way comfortable for you to walk." 27.6

"Oh valorous one, anger and hatred, which have arisen due to your banishment are like water left over in the drinking pot after you drink and should be thrown out without hesitation and not taking me with you is a sin." 27.7

"A woman in all the stages of her life would prefer to live on the shadow of her husband instead of living in palaces and mansions or wandering in the path of the sky." 27.8

"My father and mother have taught me about the duties that I have to perform under different circumstances and so I need not be taught about them now." 27.9

"I will also go to the impassable forest, which has bees deserted by men but teeming with various types of animals including tigers and other wild beasts." 27.10

"I would live happily in the forest considering it as the home of my father without thinking of the three worlds but thinking of only my virtue as a wife." 27.11

"Oh valorous one, I shall observe the vow of celibacy, do services to you and wander along with you in the honey scented forest." 27.12

"Oh person with great honour, you are capable of protecting everyone in the forest and what is the need to doubt about me?" 27.13

"Oh great one, without any doubt whatsoever, I shall go with you today to the forest and no power can prevent me from doing it." 27.14

"I would live with you, without causing any sorrow to you and would live by eating fruits as well as roots." 27.15

"I would like to see the rivers, mountains and lakes and also along with you without any fear with the company of the very powerful you." 27.16

"I would like to see comfortably in the company of yourself who is a great warrior, lakes filled with swans and water cranes and ponds filled with fully open lotus flowers." 27.17

"Observing penance daily and taking bath [anointing myself] daily in those lotus ponds, I will be living with you giving you great happiness." 27.18

"I am of the opinion, that if I live like that with you thousand years or even one hundred thousand years, I shall not feel any problems and would prefer that life to that of living in heaven." 27.19

"Oh Rāma, oh tiger among men, even a life in heaven but living without your company would not interest me." 27.20

"I would go along with you to the impassable forest filled with monkeys as well as elephants and live there like it is the home of my father and live a disciplined life taking your feet as my refuge." 27.21

"Since I am not having any other thought except love towards you, If I live away from you, I would definitely die and so you please take me along with you and I would never become a burden to you." 27.22

Though she was talking like this to the lover of Dharma, that prince was not prepared to take her with him and he talked about the very many problems of life in the forest to dissuade her. 27.23

This is the end of Twenty Seventh Sarga of Ayodhyā Kanda which occurs in Holy Rāmāyaṇa composed by Vālmīki as the First Epic.