Rāmāyana |Kiṣkindha Kaṇḍa| Chapter 63

63. Sampathi Gets Back Wings

[Sampathi tells how he told his son that he should have saved Sītā. Then Sampathi gets back his wings and flies away.]

"That expert in conversation told me these and also several other things to encourage me and then went back to his own home." 63.1

"Moving like a snake, slowly and slowly I came down from that Vindhya mountain and I have been waiting for you." 63.2

"As of now, a little more than hundred years have elapsed and preserving the words of the sage, I have been waiting for the proper time and place." 63.3

'Sage Niśākara has undertaken the great journey and has reached the heaven and I am burning with sorrow, with mind thinking of various strategies." 63.4

"Whenever my mind thought of death, I used to think of the words of the sage and thinking about you, I have been protecting my life and I have been driving away my sorrow like a raging fire drives away darkness." 63.5

I abused my son using harsh words, "Knowing the valour of that evil minded Rāvaṇa, why did you not protect her?" 63.6

"Having heard the wailing of Sītā and knowing that Rāma and Lakṣmaṇa were not with her and also knowing my friendship, why did you not protect her." 63.7

While he was speaking this way with the monkeys, in front of those who lived in the forest, his wings started growing. 63.8

Then seeing that his wings and feathers of red colour has grown completely, he felt matchlessly happy and again told the monkeys. 63.9

"By the power of Niśākara who is the most revered soul, my wings which were burnt by the rays of Sun have grown back again." 63.10

"I am again the same valour that I had in youth and I understand that I have the strength and masculinity like earlier." 63.11

"Always keep on trying to put effort and then you will be able to see Sītā, for the growing of my wings indicates your success in future." 63.12

After saying like this to all the monkeys, the best among birds Sampathi flew from the top of the mountain intending to know the path of the birds. 63.13

That tiger among monkeys hearing these words became greatly happy and started to anticipate that their valour would lead them to success. 63.14

Then those great monkeys who were equal in valour to the wind god, having regained their courage started moving at the Abhijit auspicious time, with the intention of searching for the daughter of Janaka. 63.15

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