Rāmāyana |Kiṣkindha Kaṇḍa| Chapter 62

62. Sage's Advice to Sampathi

[The sage then narrates what would happen to Rāma when he comes to the forest. He tells Sampathi to inform about it to the monkeys. He assures him that he would get back his wings.]

"When I addressed the great sage this way, roaring with pain and sorrow, that God like sage meditated for a moment and replied." 62.1

"In future you will get back your wings as well as feathers and you will also get your life, your eyes, valour as well as strength." 62.2

"I have earlier heard that you would do a very great job and I have seen it also by the power of my penance." 62.3

"There will be a king called Dasaratha in the Ikshvāku clan and he will have a son Rāma who would be greatly lustrous." 62.4

"Rāma who is valorous in truth would go to the forest along with his brother Lakṣmaṇa, sent there by their own father." 62.5

"Rāvaṇa the king of Rākṣasas who cannot be killed by asuras and Dānavas would abduct the wife of Rāma from Janasṭhāna which is in the south-east." 62.6

"That Maithili in spite of being forced would not enjoy pleasures nor eat food and that famous one would be immersed in sorrow." 62.7

"That food which is difficult for even devas to get and which is like nectar would be offered to Vaidehī knowing well that she was not taking food." 62.8

"When that food reaches her, understanding that it has been provided by Indra, she would take a large portion of it and offer it to Rāma on this earth." 62.9

She would say, "If my husband is alive with Lord Lakṣmaṇa or if they have attained heaven, let this food be enjoyed by them." 62.10

"The monkey messengers of Rāma would come here in search of her, then you the bird should narrate to them about Sītā." 62.11

"Where can you go; you could be on the mountain always waiting for the time and place when your wings would grow again." 62.12

"I am not encouraging to get wings now itself, you please remain here itself for doing a great job for the benefit of the world." 62.13

"You would not only be doing a help to the sons of the king but also would be helping the Brahmins, devas, sages and all those who live here." 62.14

"I also would like to see Rāma and Lakṣmaṇa but I do not want to hold my soul in my body till then" thus told the great sage." 62.15

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