Rāmāyana | Yuddha Kaṇḍa | Chapter 7

7. Ministers Flatter Rāvaṇa

[Those foolish ministers point out the great incidents in Rāvaṇa’s life and the conquest of Indra by Indrajit and tell him, there is no need to worry as Indrajit alone can solve this problem.]

When the Rākṣasas who were very strong, outside the path of justice and also foolish, heard these words of the king of Rākṣasas they joined their palms and lifted them up, ignorant of the relative strength of the enemy army. 7.1

"Oh king, the strength of our army equipped with iron bars, tridents and double edged swords is really very great. Where is the need to worry?" 7.2

"You went to the city of Bhogavatī and defeated the serpents there and Kubera surrounded by many Yakṣas living on the Kailāśa mountain was defeated in battle by you." 7.3-7.4

"He who was appreciating himself due to the treaty with Lord Shiva and who was considered as the protector of the world and very strong, was defeated by you in battle." 7.5

"After putting down those Yakṣas and putting them in to prison, You brought this Pushpaka Vimāna from the top of Kailāśa mountain." 7.6

"Due to fear, Maya the lord of Rākṣasas desired friendship with you and that great Rākṣasa offered his daughter in marriage to you." 7.7

"Another great Rākṣasa king called Madhu Khumbinasa, who was the husband of your sister and who is difficult to defeat and proud of his valour was subjugated by you in war." 7.8

"Oh mighty armed one, you after going to Rasātala, took in to custody the great serpents like Vāsuki, Takṣaka, Sankha and Jāti." 7.9

"Oh killer of enemies, king of Rākṣasas. Oh Lord, after fighting for one full year, with strong Dānavas who were valiant and beyond destruction and who obtained great boons, taking only your strength in to consideration, you took them under your custody and you also learnt several tricks of illusion from them. 7.10-7.11

"Oh great one, You also defeated the sons of Varuṇa, who were strong and valorous and who had army of four divisions." 7.12

"Oh king after entering the great sea of the world of death which was full of great alligators who gave death as punishment and which had thorny rods of the silk cotton tree, which was turbulent with waves which were the noose of death, which was full of servants of the God of death Yama in the form of serpents and which was difficult to be conquered due to very high heat, you churned that sea in the form of army of Yama and won a victory and you warded off death and all the world was happy to see this great battle." 7.13-7.15

"The world was filled like big trees with royal warriors with great valour equal to the courage king Indra." 7.16

"Rāma never matches them in properties of valour or enthusiasm and you defeated all of them who were difficult to defeat." 7.17

"Why is there a need for exertion on your part. Please stay here. Oh king, Indrajit fighting alone can destroy all those monkeys." 7.18

"Oh king after performing a matchless Yagna to please Lord Shiva, he [Indrajit] had obtained, a rare boon from him." 7.19

"Approaching that huge ocean of army of devas, whose fish are lanes and spheres, whose guts thrown asunder are duck-weeds, whose turtles are the elephants, whose frogs are the teeming horses, infested with alligators in the form of [eleven] Rudras [gods of destruction] and [twelve] Ādityas [sons of Aditi], with huge serpents in the form of [forty nine] Maruts [wind gods] and [eight] Vasus, having chariots horses and elephants for its volume of waters and the sandy elephants for its volume of waters and the sandy banks its infantry, Indra was captured by him and was impelled to come to Lanka [as a prisoner]." 7.20-7.22

"That Indra who was the killer of Śambara and Vritra was released and went to heaven when your grandfather Brahma interceded on his behalf." 7.23

"Oh king you send your son Indrajit alone and he would bring to an end all the monkey armies including Rāma and come back." 7.24

"Oh king, this unsuitable danger has only come from a very ordinary man and you should not take seriously, for you will easily kill Rāma." 7.25

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