Rāmāyana | Yuddha Kaṇḍa | Chapter 64

64. Mahodhara's Advice to Rāvaṇa

[Mahodhara tells Kumbhakarṇa that what he told Rāvaṇa was impolite. He also tells him that he should not go to the nettle alone. He then tells a plan to deceive Sītā and make her believe that Rāma has been killed.]

Hearing those words of the very strong Kumbhakarṇa with a huge body, Mahodhara told. 64.1

"Though you are born in a great clan you look like one who is a rustic, Being arrogant you do not seem to know what is the right thing to do." 64.2

"It is not correct to say that our king does not know what is prudent and not prudent but you like a child wants to simply talk." 64.3

"That great Rākṣasa knows about time and place to do things, knows when to support and when to attack and knows about him as well as others." 64.4

"A wise man would not attempt to disobey and not to serve the elders like one who has rustic brain." 64.5

"You are talking as if Dharma, Artha and Kama have a separate existence but there are no properties known about them to define them." 64.6

"Action is the reason and cause for attaining anything and fruit of prosperity is also obtained by sinful acts." 64.7

"Apart from Dharma and Artha other acts which are unjust but aimed at prosperity also leads one to prosperity." 64.8

"All beings get fruit of good actions in this world and in other worlds but he constantly does actions aimed at carnal pleasures also gets joy in this world." 64.9

"Because of that, the king liked to do such acts aimed at pleasure and it has been approved by us also and what is wrong in doing such acts against the enemy?" 64.10

"As regards your reason for marching alone, it appears to me to be irrelevant and not so good." 64.11

"How will you conquer that Rāma single-handed, who all alone killed several Rākṣasas in Janasṭhāna." 64.12

"Are you not seeing very many frightened powerful Rākṣasas who were conquered by him in Janasṭhāna living in the city." 64.13

"That Rāma the son of Dasaratha is like a very angry lion and you wish to awaken that serpent who is now sleeping." 64.14

"Who would be able to approach that Rāma, who is forever shining with a splendour, dangerous to catch-up and as unbearable as death?" 64.15

"To me it is doubtful whether you would be able to stand facing him and I do like the idea of your going alone there." 64.16

"When one loses advantage to an enemy, one will not feel like to surrender to the enemy, but when you have an advantage, why should you lay down your life like an uncivilized person?" 64.17

"Oh great Rākṣasa how are you proposing to fight with Rāma who is greater than all other human beings and who is equal to Indra and the Sun God." 64.18

After speaking like this to the very angry Kumbhakarṇa, Mahodhara in the middle of Rākṣasas told Rāvaṇa who makes other people cry. 64.19

"Having already captured the daughter of Videha, why this delay on your part, because if you desire her, she would be submissive to you." 64.20

"I have found out a trick by using which would make Sītā obey you and if it is agreeable to your intellect, then please listen to it." 64.21

"Make a public announcement with best of drums that myself, Dvijihva, Samhraadi, Kumbhakarṇa and Vitardana are the five Rākṣasas are setting out for the battle to kill Rāma." 64.22

"Then we all would go to the battle-field with effort and offer fight to the enemy and if we conquer the enemies then there is no need for any strategy." 64.23

"But if the enemy is able to survive, we who have fought shall implement the strategy we thought of in our mind." 64.24

"Moistened with blood on having our bodies torn with arrows marked with the name of Rāma engraved on them, we shall come back here from the battle." 64.25

We will come and clasp your feet saying "We have already eaten Rāma and Lakṣmaṇa" and you will fulfil our request. 64.26

"Oh king, then as per our request beating trumpets kept on the back of the elephant, you will get announced that Rāma, Lakṣmaṇa and their army has been killed." 64.27

"Then being pleased with all of us you arrange to give us who are your servants objects of enjoyment, other objects of desire, slaves and gold." 64.28

"Then, you will present garlands, garments and cosmetics to the great heroes as well as abundant gifts to other warriors and enjoy yourself by drinking." 64.29

"When this thick rumour spreads everywhere that Rāma along with his friends have been eaten by the Rākṣasas, you approach Sītā in private and after restoring her confidence and even conciliating her, tempt her with gold and grain, as well as luxuries and precious stones." 64.30-64.31

"Because of this false news, the fear and sorrow will increase and when she realizes that she has lost her husband, without willingness she will become yours." 64.32

"Convinced that her pretty husband has been lost, due to hopelessness and due to flexible feminineness, she will come under your control." 64.33

"She who has brought up with lot of comforts, who deserves happiness but is sorrowing realizing pleasure depends on you will come under your control." 64.34

"After deep thought, I have conveyed this to you. As soon as you see Rāma, a calamity will happen to you. While you stay here itself without fighting, you will obtain a great benefit of happiness. Do not become restless." 64.35

"Oh king, An emperor who conquers his enemies without losing his army, without meeting with danger and without a combat will obtain for long, a great fame, merit, prosperity and glory." 64.36

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