Rāmāyana |Kiṣkindha Kaṇḍa| Chapter 59

59. Sampathi Tells About Sītā

[Supārśva one day saw Rāvaṇa who was abducting Sītā. When Rāvaṇa begged him, he left him free and sages applauded him for leaving Sītā alive. From the sages Supārśva knew about Sītā and Rāvaṇa. ]

Hearing the words spoken by the king of vultures which was as tasty as nectar all the monkey chiefs rejoiced. 59.1

The monkey chief Jambhavan along with all other monkeys got up from earth and told to the vulture king. 59.2

"Where is Sītā? Who saw her? Who abducted Maithili? Sir, kindly tell us as to who lives in the forest in detail." 59.3

"On whom would the arrows of Rāma, fall like thunderbolts? On whom would the arrows of matchless onslaught sent by Lakṣmaṇa would fall?' 59.4

To those monkeys who had decided against immolation and who were desirous of learning about Sītā, he told the following further words so as to console them. 59.5

"Now please listen to me how Vaidehī was abducted and about who told me about it and where is the wide eyed one?" 59.6

"I fell on this mountain which is very many yojanas broad and afterwards I have become very old and also greatly weakened." 59.7

"I am being looked after by my son who is named as Supārśva who is the best among birds and he feeds me at proper times." 59.8

"Gandharvas are greatly passionate, snakes are greatly angry, deer are greatly afraid and vultures are greatly hungry." 59.9

"One day when I was greatly hungry and was thirsting for some food, Supārśva arrived without any flesh after the sun has set." 59.10

"I reproved him because I was deprived of food and he who enhances my happiness narrated to me these sentences about what has happened." 59.11

"I who was desirous of collecting flesh flew in the sky at the proper time in search of it and going near the Mahendra mountain, I flew round it." 59.12

"There all by myself I was trying to block the way of thousands of underwater beings inside the sea by looking downwards." 59.13

"There I saw a lady who was having the lustre of the rising sun being taken away by one who was like heap of black mascara." 59.14

"Seeing them I decided to have them as our food but he begged me to leave him and go my way." 59.15

"In this world those who beg you should not be hurt by even base people, then what of beings like me." 59.16

"Then he with the lustre of his vigour went speedily away and then all those beings who populated the sky applauded me." 59.17

"Those great saints told me, "Sītā is now left alive and she would go back without any doubt with her consort." 59.18

"Those greatly lustrous and auspicious sages informed me that he is Rāvaṇa the king of Rākṣasas and also told me," see the wife of Daśaratha’s son and Janaka's daughter, without ornaments and with disorderly and vanquished silk apparel and hear her wail, "Oh Rāma, Oh Lakṣmaṇa."' 59.19- 59.20

"And that best among those, who converses, told me that the delay is due to this. And this is what in entirety what Supārśva told me." 59.21

"Even after I listened it to him, the thought of fighting with Rāvaṇa did not arise in my mind, for how can a wingless bird fight with such a one." 59.22

"But what I can do is the work with my word, brain and character and so please hear me and take action depending on your male vigour." 59.23

"I feel I have done all that I could do help you with my words and intelligence as I too am interested, without any doubt to help Rāma." 59.24

"You are all intelligent, strong and have also will power and that is why the monkey king has selected and sent you here." 59.25

"The painful arrows of Rāma and Lakṣmaṇa, attached with wings of eagles is enough to give pain to all the world and defend or offend it." 59.26

"The ten headed Rāvaṇa has lustre as well as strength but is engulfed in passion but since you are all very efficient, there is nothing that is impossible for you." 59.27

"Though a lapse of time has taken place, since you have mental determination, you would not back track on any job and finish it successfully." 59.28

This is the end of Fifty Ninth Sarga of Kiṣkindha Kanda which occurs in Holy Rāmāyaṇa composed by Vālmīki as the First Epic.