Rāmāyana | Yuddha Kaṇḍa | Chapter 115

115. Sītā In front of Rāma

[Rāma tells what all he has done to wipe of the blot of bad name on his clan. He feels that by sitting on the lap of Rāvaṇa and being stared at by him, she has been spoiled in virtue. He permits her to go wherever she likes. He even suggests her living with his other brothers or Sugrīva or Vibhīṣaṇa.]

Seeing Sītā who stood near him with head bent, Rāma started telling his innermost feelings hidden in his heart. 115.1

"Lady, I have won you back after winning the war with the enemy and whatever is possible by human effort has been done by me." 115.2

"I have come to the end of my anger and outrage and have completely given up all my contempt against the enemy who has been wiped out by me." 115.3

"All people have seen my manliness and my effort has borne fruit. Since I have fulfilled my oath, I am the master of myself." 115.4

"The wrong done to you by the fickle minded Rākṣasa by making you separate from me, which was brought about by fate has been corrected by me who is a mere human being." 115.5

"If one is not able to wipe out the insult that was heaped on him, what is the use of his masculinity as he is only a weak minded person who may be strong." 115.6

"The praise worthy act of Hanuman of crossing the sea and then destroying Lanka has borne its fruit today." 115.7

"The act of Sugrīva, who exhibited his strength on the battle-field with his army and tendered a good advice, is fruitful today." 115.8

"The act of Vibhīṣaṇa who deserted his characterless brother and personally reached me has borne its fruit today." 115.9

The eyes of Sītā who had a wide open eyes and was like a female deer when she heard these words of Rāma was filled with tears. 115.10

Rāma who saw her who was dear to his heart in this state was scared due to the fear of public scandal about him. 115.11

Addressing Sītā whose eyes resembled a fully open lotus flower and who has dark long curly hair and excellent hips, Rāma further spoke in the midst of monkeys and Rākṣasas. 115.12

"I have done my duty which any man is bound to do by killing Rāvaṇa and wiping out the insult which was heaped by him on me." 115.13

"You have been won by me in an act which was like that of sage Agasthya who is pure minded and ascetic and who conquered the southern direction which was difficult to be approached by ordinary mortals." 115.14

"Let it be known [you may be safe] this act of war which has been completed successfully, with the help of the strength of my friends was not done for your sake but for keeping up my good conduct and to wipe off the insults from all sides as well as insinuations on my very famous clan." 115.15-115.16

'With your virtue in a doubtful state, you who are standing in front me are extremely disagreeable to me like a light for the one with poor eye sight." 115.17

"Oh daughter of Janaka, because of that I am permitting you to go wherever you like among the ten directions as, oh dear lady, you are of no use to me." 115.18

"Which person born in a great family would take back a woman who has lived in another person's house with an eager mind." 115.19

"Considering my great clan, how can I accept you again, after you sat in the lap of Rāvaṇa and were stared at by his evil eyes." 115.20

"For that purpose only I won you back and my honour has been restored and I do not have any great attachment to you and so you may go wherever you like." 115.21

"Oh lady, I have spoken all this with a very determined mind. You may set your mind on Lakṣmaṇa or Bharata as per your liking." 115.22

"Oh Sītā, set your mind on Śatrughna or Sugrīva or the Rākṣasa Vibhīṣaṇa according to your comfort." 115.23

"After seeing your divine looks which is mind catching living in his own home, Rāvaṇa could not have endured your separation." 115.24

Maithili who merits being spoken words which are to her liking after hearing these unpalatable words from her beloved husband trembled for a long time like a creeper attacked by a king of elephants and shed tears. 115.25

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