Rāmāyana | Yuddha Kaṇḍa | Chapter 10

10. Vibhīṣaṇa Advices Rāvaṇa Again

[Next day Vibhīṣaṇa approaches Rāvaṇa in his own house and again requests him to return back Sītā. Rāvaṇa gets angry and sends him away.]

Vibhīṣaṇa arrived at early dawn to settle matters of Dharma to the house of the king of Rākṣasas for doing an important job. 10.1

Rāvaṇa’s palace was looking like a chain of mountains and elevated like a mountain peak and well divided wide apartments where great people lived. 10.2

They were occupied by great ministers who were intelligent and loved by all. That house was guarded on all sides by Rākṣasas who were trustworthy and efficient. 10.3

The Wind in that place was filled by the smell of breath of elephants in rut, was tumultuous being filled by the sound of great conches and was echoing with the sound of musical instruments. !0.4

Being populated by multitude women, its principal passages were filled with the sound of their talk, and were with golden turrets which were excellently decorated. 10.5

"It was like the palace of Gandharvas and Maruts and was filled with collection of jewels and looked like a palace of passionate people." 10.6

Vibhīṣaṇa with great lustre entered the palace of his elder brother who was shining like a Sun entering in to a huge cloud. 10.7

He heard the sound of the holy chants of purification recited by experts in Vedas, which wished victory to his brother. 10.8

That Vibhīṣaṇa with great strength saw Brahmins who were experts in Vedic chants being worshipped and being given pots filled with curd, ghee and unbroken rice along with flowers. 10.9

Vibhīṣaṇa who was shining due to his own lustre and who was being worshipped by other Rākṣasas, saluted the very strong Rāvaṇa  the younger brother of Kubera who was sitting on the throne. 10.10

After he who was an expert in ritual formalities did the customary formalities, he occupied a golden throne as indicated by the eye of the king. 10.11

In the presence of ministers as well as in private audience, he spoke to the great soul Rāvaṇa , words which are beneficial, meaningful and reasonable. 10.12

Vibhīṣaṇa who could discriminate between good and bad things, sought the favour of his elder brother by telling soothing words and spoke in consonance with the place and time. 10.13

"Oh killer of enemies, from the time Sītā reached here, inauspicious omens are being seen buy us." 10.14

"Even if the sacrificial fire is fed with oblations after uttering a proper set of Mantras, the fire is not flaring up well, emitting sparks, its flames are enveloped in smoke and are coming forth, polluted with soot." 10.15

"Serpents are being found near the altar of the sacrificial fire as well as near places of Vedic rituals, ants are found in the Havya, which has to be offered in sacrificial fire." 10.16

"Cow's milk is getting curdled and great elephants are not going in rut and horses are neighing miserably and are not eating grasses." 10.17

"Donkeys, Mules and camels are shedding tears and are losing their hairs and are not getting cured despite being medically treated." 10.18

"Crows in groups are crying in a cruel manner from all directions and are seen at the top of towers and assembly of men." 10.19

"Vultures are flying over the city in circles and inauspiciously approach during both during dawn and dusk." 10.20

"Meat eating animals are found to cry loudly at the city gates with a voice like thunder." 10.21

"Oh valorous brother, when things are happening this way, atonement is appropriate and I feel that you have to return Vaidehī to Rāma." 10.22

"Oh king, if you think that I am talking all these because of my infatuation or greed, even then you should not find fault with me." 10.23

"These bad omens are being seen all over the city by Rākṣasas as well as Rākṣasīs and also by members of your private apartment." 10.24

"All your ministers are not giving this advice to you and I would certainly tell you whatever I have seen or heard and you should take appropriate action regarding all these." 10.25

Thus a brother Vibhīṣaṇa spoke to his brother Rāvaṇa  who is the greatest of Rākṣasas in between several ministers." 10.26

After having heard these beneficial, very meaningful, soft, reasonable and suitable for past, present and future words, with great anger in reply he uttered the following. 10.27

"I do not see fear from any one? Rāghava will never get back Maithili and even if the elder brother of Lakṣmaṇa comes along with Indra, for a war with me, he would not be able to stand before me." 10.28

The ten faced one who was greatly strong and very greatly valorous, who has previously destroyed the army of devas after saying this sent away his brother Vibhīṣaṇa who was telling suitable words.10.29

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