Rāmāyana | Kiṣkindha Kaṇḍa | Chapter 7

7. Sugrīva Consoles Rāma

[Sugrīva tells Rāma that he should not sink in sorrow and become something which is not useful. Rāma is happy at these words and promises to help Sugrīva.]

When Rāma who was grieving told like to this Sugrīva, that monkey replied with hands held in salutation with eye full of tears and words choked in sorrow. 7.1

"I do not know the place of residence of that sinner Rākṣasa, nor do I know his ability, valour or the heritage of that one born in a bad race." 7.2

"Oh destroyer of enemies, leave out your sorrow for I am telling you the truth that I will make necessary efforts and you will get back your Sītā." 7.3

"After killing Rāvaṇa with his people, I would satisfy my inner manly strength and I will do necessary deeds that you get back your Sītā." 7.4

"The time spent by you is sufficient, become courageous like you usually are because for men like you this type of disposition is not proper." 7.5

"I also have attained great sorrow due to being separated from my wife but I do not grieve and I have not lost my courage." 7.6

"Though I am born as an ordinary monkey, I m not grieving but you are a disciplined great soul with habit of steadfastness. Why are you grieving? 7.7

"You should stop the flowing tears with courage, for you being soft and good in nature should not deviate from your steadfast habit." 7.8

"Whether you are sorrowing or have lost your wealth or scared or have reached the end of your life, you should analyze within yourselves and become steadfast and give up despair." 7.9

"Only a childish man would adopt to grief daily for like a heavily loaded boat sinks in water, you would drown in your despair." 7.10

"On the basis of our friendship, with salutations I request you to resort to manliness, for you do not deserve to give in to sorrow." 7.11

"Anyone who is sorrowing would lose the pleasure and his glory would diminish and so you do not deserve to give yourself up to sorrow." 7.12

'Even life is doubtful for one who is overpowered with sorrow and so great king leave out this sorrow and depend yourself only on your courage." 7.13

"I am not advising you but telling all this as your friend and so honouring our friendship, you do not deserve to grieve." 7.14

"When Sugrīva told these with sweetness and peace to Rāghava, He wiped off his tears with the hem of his garment." 7.15

That son of Kākutstha clan became composed by hearing the words of Sugrīva and after hugging Sugrīva he spoke like this. 7.16

"Oh Sugrīva Whatever duty has to be done by a friend with affection has been done by you in a soothing, suitable and tactful way." 7.17

"Oh friend comforted and consoled by you, I have become normal and is difficult to find a friend to do that in such a time." 7.18

"You should make efforts in the matter of searching Maithili as well as that bad soul and fierce Rāvaṇa who is a Rākṣasa." 7.19

"Without any hesitations tell me as to what I should practice and it would yield good results like seeding in the rainy season." 7.20

"Oh tiger among monkeys, the words uttered by me now with self-respect, I assure you should be treated as a promise." 7.21

"I Have never told a lie at any time before and I am taking an oath that I would tell only truth in future." 7.22

Hearing the words of Rāghava made the monkey Sugrīva and his ministers happy, especially his oath. 7.23

Then that man and the monkey met in private and both in a fitting manner shared their joys and sorrow. 7.24

The king of monkeys after hearing the words of that great man who was a bull among men and that learned chief hero among the monkeys thought that his mission has been accomplished in his heart. 7.25

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