Rāmāyana | Sundara Kaṇḍa | Chapter 37

Chapter: 37
Hanuman’s Huge Form

[When Hanuman sees that Sītā is miserable, he offers to carry her on his back immediately to the presence of Rāma. Sītā refuses to believe him because he is too small and would not be capable of doing it. Hanuman then shows her very big form. She is wonder struck by his strength but tells him that as a woman she may not be able to undertake such a risky journey. She also tells him of her will that she would never touch any other male except Rāma. She concludes by saying that unless Rāma himself frees her, a bad name would come to him.]

That princess Sītā, who had a full moon face after hearing the news, told the following meaningful words containing essence of justice. 1

"The words told by you that "Rāma is not paying attention to any thing", is like nectar and the words that "He is drowned in sorrow", is like poison." 2

"Though full of complete riches or very horrible sorrow, man is tied and dragged by the effects of his previous birth, similar to be being tied and dragged by a rope." 3

"Hey chief of the monkeys, it is indeed true that the effects of fate cannot be prevented by all living beings. This is aptly illustrated by the example of the son of Sumitrā, myself and Rāma." 4

"When is Rāma going to swim to the other shore of sorrow, similar to the one who after breaking of the ship in the ocean, swims with difficulty to the other shore." 5

"When is my lord going to kill Rākṣasas, kill Rāvaṇa, destroy Lanka and see me? 6

"I can be alive only that number of days when the year of my captivity lasts, and so he has to be told that. He has to complete the job with care and speed." 7

"This is the tenth month in the period set for me to be alive by Rāvaṇa and the remaining period is only two months." 8

"Rāvaṇa has been told about returning me back to Rāma to the best of his ability, by his brother Vibhīṣaṇa in good and sweet words; but his brain does not accept it as proper." 9

"Rāvaṇa does not like to return me back because he is caught in the web of time and is being searched by death." 10

"Hey monkey, this has been told to me on great detail personally by Amalā, the eldest daughter of Vibhīṣaṇa, who was sent by her own mother here. 11

"Hey chief of monkeys, I am definitely sure that my lord would get me back soon, for my mind is pure and he has several good qualities." 12

"Hey monkey, in Rāma there is a great combination of enthusiasm, masculinity, strength, mercy, gratefulness, chivalry and fame." 13

"Which enemy will not shiver in fear of him, who alone, without the help of his brother, killed fourteen thousand Rākṣasas in Janasṭhāna?" 14

"That great man is one who cannot be shaken by sorrow and I know him like Indra's wife knows Indra well." 15

"Hey, monkey, Rāma who is the sun with net of arrows as his rays would soon dry the water which is full of Rākṣasas." 16

Seeing Sītā who was afflicted by sorrow because of Rāma and who was telling like this with eyes full of tears, Hanuman told the following words: 17

"Śrī Rāma is going to reach here along with the army of monkeys and bears as soon as he hears my words." 18

"Hey lady without any blemishes, if this is not agreeable, you climb on my back and I would definitely free you from the clutches of insufferable Rāvaṇa." 19

"I would safely cross the ocean along with you, if you climb on my back for I definitely have the strength to carry the entire Lanka along with Rāvaṇa." 20

"Hey princess of Mithilā, I would immediately present you to Rāghava, who is atop the Prasravaṇa mountains like the God of fire delivers the sacred offerings to Indra" 21

(God of fire acts as an agent to deliver offerings made by human beings to Devas and Pitris.)

"You would be able to immediately see Rāghava, who is similar to Vishnu in killing of Rākṣasa, who is similar to Indra, who sits on a seat called "Naga Rajam", who lives in a hermitage doing all possible efforts to see you soon, who is very strong and who is with Lakṣmaṇa." 22-23

"Hey Lady, who does only good, climb on my back. Do not hesitate. You would be able to attain and live with Rāma like Lady Rohiṇī with Moon God, Lady Suvarchala with Sun God. You sit firmly on my back and cross the ocean." 24-25

"No body, who lives in Lanka, have the strength to follow my speed, when I take you and travel fast. Oh holy lady." 26

"Hey Vaidehī, I would go high up in the sky carrying you without any difficulty similar to the fashion by which I came here, be pleased to see." 27

Maithili hearing these wonderful words of the monkey chief became extremely happy because of this and became wonderfully alert and told Hanuman the following words in a different way. 28

"Hey monkey, who is the army-commander in chief of the monkeys, the fact of your desire to carry me through this very long route makes me feel that it is your monkey like conduct." 29

"Hey Chief of monkeys, how do you propose to take me from here to the presence of my husband with the frail body of yours?" 30

That wonderful hero and son of wind God Hanuman, after knowing the opinion of Sītā thought about her apprehension as follows. 31

"This black eyed damsel Vaidehī does not know about my inborn strength or fame. Let her see that aspect of mine with which I can assume any form at will that will impress her." 32

After thinking thus that monkey Chief Hanuman, who has won over enemies like passion anger etc., assumed his natural aspect and made Vaidehī see it. 33

That great hero and monkey chief, to show Sītā his real form, jumped far away from the tree and assumed his mega form. 34

That monkey chief standing before Sītā became equal to Meru and Mandāra mountains and shined like the raging fire. 35

Then that monkey, who was having a red face, who was extremely strong, who had nails and teeth like Vajra and who was like a mountain told the following to Vaidehī: 36

"I have sufficient strength to carry this city of Lanka along with its mountains, forests, buildings, spires, towers and also its chief." 37

"So, Hey Vaidehī, make your brain stable, leave out all doubts. Hey lady, make Rāma along with Lakṣmaṇa devoid of all sorrows." 38

That daughter of Janaka, who was having broad eyes like the lotus leaf, looking at Hanuman, who was adopted son of God of Wind and who was like the mountain, spoke as follows: 39

"Hey great monkey, I am seeing your great qualities, strength of your body, your speed which is equal to that of Wind God and the power which is equal to that of Fire God." 40

"Hey chief of monkeys, how can an ordinary being have the strength to reach this unthinkable beach and this city?" 41

"I can visualize your great strength by which you can carry me back; but we have to also consider the certain and speedy completion of duty of the great one." 42

"Hey chief of monkeys, it is not possible for me to accompany you for I may faint by the great speed by which you go." 43

"I may perhaps fall down because of trembling induced by fear from your back when you are travelling in the sky far above the ocean." 44

"I would then perhaps fall and die in the ocean and become good food for beings like whales and crocodiles living in the sea." 45

"Hey destroyer of foes not only that it is not possible for me to go with you for danger may without doubt happen to you who is carrying me." 46

"For once the bad soul Rāvaṇa comes to know that I have escaped, those great valorous asuras ordered by him would catch up with us." 47

"Hey valorous one, you would be surrounded by those heroes armed with iron rods and spears and you carrying me, who has to be saved, would attain lot of danger." 48

"Those Rākṣasas would be too many and well-armed you would not be armed and how can you fight with them in the sky and that too how is it possible for you to save me?" 49

"Hey chief of monkeys, while you are fighting with those Rākṣasa, who are capable of cruel deeds, I may tremble because of fear and fall down." 50

"Hey chief of monkeys, there would be too many Rākṣasas who are all very powerful and they somehow will attain victory over you in war." 51

"Otherwise also when you are fighting with lot of difficulty, I may fall down and those sinner Rākṣasas would take me away." 52

"Perhaps they may snatch me from your hands or even perhaps kill me for in war victory or defeat is never certain." 53

"Or it is possible that insulted by those Rākṣasas I may give up my life and even that way, Hey monkey chief, all your efforts will culminate in getting no result." 54

"I realize that you are quite capable of killing all of them but in spite of that Rāma's fame will decrease when it is known that all Rākṣasas were killed by you." 55

(She implies that People will talk that Rāma was not able to kill his enemies without depending on others.)

"Otherwise also, once the Rākṣasas recover me they would hide me in a place from where no one can locate me and because of that monkeys will not be able to find me out nor would Rāma and Lakṣmaṇa be able to find me out. Even like this all the efforts put by you would be wasted." 56

"Would it not be better if Lord Rāma also comes with you?" 57

"Hey great hero, is it not true that the soul of Rāma, his brothers, you and all members of the princely dynasty lies in me." 58

"Those two, once they realize that I cannot be saved, would become weak with sorrow and would sacrifice their lives along with all monkeys and bears." 59

"Hey greatest of all monkeys, having observed chastity as my ideal, I never had at any time, any desire to even touch another male." 60

"But in case of the touch of Rāvaṇa, it was done in spite of my chastity because I was not free, I did not have any other go, I was completely enfeebled and was done by force because I fell in to his hands." 61

"It would be proper for Rāma, if he kills the ten headed Rākṣasa along with his relatives and takes me along with him." 62

"I have heard and seen the great valour of that great man in killing his enemies in war and I know that neither devas nor Rākṣasas nor Pannagas are equal to Rāma in war."63

"Who will think of fighting with that Rāghava who holds the great bow called Kodanda, who is very strong, who is equal to Indra in valour, who is like the fire kindled by wind in war and who is with Lakṣmaṇa, after knowing him." 64

"Hey chief of monkeys, who would think of opposing that Rāghava, who is like the elephants guarding the directions, who kills enemies in war, who is with Lakṣmaṇa and who stands unperturbed like the Sun at the time of deluge with arrows as his rays." 65

"Hey great monkey, please make my lord surrounded by Lakṣmaṇa and the several army chieftains arrive here. Hey valorous monkey, make me, who is drowned in sorrow because of thinking about Rāma, happy." 66

Thus ends the thirty seventh chapter of Sundara Kanda in the Rāmāyaṇa which is the first epic written by Vālmīki.