Rāmāyana | Yuddha Kaṇḍa | Chapter 33

33. Saramā Consoles Sītā

[Saramā, a friend of Sītā, tells her that she had investigated in various ways and found out that Rāma's head was only an illusion. At that time the sound of marching of the army of Rāma and Rāvaṇa are heard.]

Seeing the very bewildered Sītā, an affectionate Rākṣasī called Saramā approached Sītā who was her beloved friend. 33.1

Saramā the soft spoken woman, consoled Sītā who was disillusioned by the king of Rākṣasas and who was greatly sorrowing. 33.2

Saramā who was assigned by Rāvaṇa to protect Sītā was a kind hearted woman who was firm in her austerities and was a good friend to Sītā and protected her. 33.3

She saw her friend Sītā had lost her consciousness and had just got up after rolling in the earth like a female horse. 33.4

That friend with good austerities consoled Sītā and told her, "Let your mind not be perturbed." 33.5

"Oh coward, Oh broad eyed one, by hiding under the sky, I heard all that Rāvaṇa told you as well as all that reply that you gave him, without fear because of my friendship with you." 33.6-33.7

"Oh Maithili, all the reasons for Rāvaṇa going out agitated from here is known to me as I had gone out from here to find out about that." 33.8

"It is not possible to attack Rāma while he is sleeping because that tiger among men is always aware of himself and so killing him at that time is impossible." 33.9

"It is also not possible to kill all the monkeys who live on the tree because they are being protected by Rāma, just like Indra protects other devas." 33.10

"O, Sītā! Rāma, who is endowed with long and well-rounded arms and an illustrious man, who has a large chest, who is a man of great energy, an archer well known in the world, a man endowed with muscularity, a righteous minded man, a person of celebrity on earth, a man of eternal strength and a protector for himself and for others has not been killed when he is with his brother Lakṣmaṇa, a man of high descent, a knower of doctrines of conduct and behaviour, the killer of a stream of enemy forces, a man of inconceivable strength and valour, a venerable man and an annihilator of adversaries." 33.11-33.13

"That Rāvaṇa, who is the enemy of all the world and one with a perverse mind, due to the anger against you has played a magical trick of illusion against you." 33.14

"Get rid of all your sorrow as great auspiciousness awaits you. The Goddess Lakshmi would bless you with all that is good due to her love for you, please listen." 33.15

"Rāma has crossed the ocean along with the monkey army and has arrived and encamped on the southern shore of the sea." 33.16

"I see full implication in Rāma along with Lakṣmaṇa settling down in the shore of the sea being well protected by the monkeys." 33.17

"Some swift moving Rākṣasas sent by Rāvaṇa had brought a news to him that Rāma has crossed the sea and has encamped on this shore." 33.18

"Oh broad eyed one, hearing about that Rāvaṇa the king of Rākṣasas is holding consultations with all his ministers." 33.19

When that Rākṣasī Saramā was talking like this to Sītā a fearful sound was heard from the army which was prepared for the war." 33.20

Hearing that terrific sound created by the stick on the huge drums which sounded like a great thunder, Saramā who talked sweetly told Sītā as follows. 33.21

"Oh scared one, the fearsome sound of this kettle drum is indicative, the preparation for a war and also hear the majestic sound of the drum which resembles the sound of thunder." 33.22

"Elephants in rut are being caparisoned for war. Chariot horses are being prepared for the battle. Thousands of horsemen carrying darts in their hands are also seen." 33.23

"Here and there soldiers ready for the battle are marching in thousands. The royal avenue is seen full of wonderful soldiers making one feel that they are like the swiftly moving ocean with the flood waters making great sound." 33.24

"See hurriedly, the sheen of polished weapons, shields and coats of mail sending forth lustre of many hues like the splendour of fire consuming the forest in summer. The flurry of chariots, horses and elephants following the lead of Rāvaṇa as well as of energetic Rākṣasas thrilled with joy is also seen." 33.25-33.27

"Please hear the sound of bells of elephants, the ratting of chariots, and the cry of neighing horses, resembling the flourish of trumpets. Here are the bustle of Rākṣasas, carrying uplifted weapons in their hands; following under the leadership of Rāvaṇa. This bustling activity is causing hair to stand erect through great fear." 33.28-33.29

"Good luck which would destroy all your sorrows is arriving to you and a sense of fear has come to the Rākṣasas. Like the Lord Indra, the lotus eyed Rāma who has unimaginable valour would kill Rāvaṇa in war and your husband will take you back." 33.30-33.31

Your husband along with Lakṣmaṇa would exhibit their valour and like Lord Vishnu who is the killer of enemies along with Lord Indra exhibits his power against his enemies." 33.32

"As soon as Rāma comes, I will see you who are his virtuous wife would be sitting on his lap thus fulfilling your desire after killing all your enemies." 33.33

"Oh pretty one, you would shed tears of joy and make the chest of Rāma wet and when you are joined with him, I will see him holding you tightly to his breast." 33.34

"Before long oh divine Sītā, the very strong Rāma will loosen your one braid which has reached has grown past your hips and which you were wearing all these months." 33.35

"Oh honoured lady after seeing his face which is like the just risen full moon, you would get rid of all your sorrow, like a female snake casts off its skin." 33.36

"Oh Maithili after killing Rāvaṇa in great speed, Rāma who deserves pleasure would find happiness in the company of his darling." 33.37

"After you join back with Rāma with a great soul, you would like the earth with healthy crops after a rain." 33.38

"Oh lady, seek refuge in Rāma who is your lord like the Sun God approaching mount Meru and like the horse going round and definitely Sun is the source of all beings." 33.9

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