Thursday, 19 March 2015

244.Hanuman was wonderstruck seeing Ravana.

        Then, Hanuma turned and looked at Ravana with his red hot eyes. He had seen Ravana earlier, too while he was sleeping and in the Ashoka Vana where Ravana was looking drowsy and sluggish due to heavy sex and drink during the previous night.  But now - WOW! Hanuman never imagined, even in his dreams, Ravana would be endowed with such a great splendor and shine which was enhanced by the glittering and precious diadems of gold encircled with strings of pearls.
        Hanuman noticed with awe that Ravana was adorned with bright-coloured gold ornaments, inlaid with diamonds and decorated with worthy gems. Ravana was attired in a most lovely silk and his body was smeared with red-sandal paste and well painted with various brightly coloured designs. Ravana looked strange with his ten heads having terrible-looking yet good-looking pair of red eyes in each, with brilliant, sharp and enormous teeth and protruding lips, looking highly eminent and endowed with extra ordinary vigour, shining brightly as Mount Mandara with its peaks infested with snakes of different varieties.
         Ravana was having a pearl necklace casting its splendor on his bosom. He was looking like a mass of blue antimony, but with his countenance shining like the full moon and appearing like a cloud illumined by the rising sun. He was distinguished by twenty arms, adorned with bracelets, smeared with excellent sandal-paste and decked with shining Angadas (a variety of bracelets) and looking like large five-hooded serpents.
        He was comfortably seated on a big excellent throne of crystal, rendered picturesque by being embedded with jewels and overspread with an exquisite covering. He was duly waited upon at close quarters on all sides by young ladies, well-adorned and with fans in their hands. He was looking very proud of his might and had four counselors  viz. Durdhara, Prahasta, Mahaparshva  and  Nikumbha (obviously all of them were rakshashas and who knew everything about good counsel) and looked like the entire terrestrial globe enclosed by four oceans sitting nearby.
         He was being reassured by counselors knowing the secret of good counsel and other rakshashas with auspicious minds, as Indra the lord of celestials is reassured by celestials. Hanuma saw Ravana with a great splendor, sitting on the throne, looking like a rainy cloud on the peak of Mount Meru. Despite being tortured by the rakshashas Hanuman was experiencing a great surprise, looked attentively at Ravana.
        Seeing the glittering Ravana, the king of rakshashas, Hanuman was bewildered by his splendor and thought in his mind  “What a figure, what courage, what strength, what splendor and what an amalgam of auspicious marks! If this lord of rakshashas is a follower of righteousness, he would have been a protector of even the world of celestials together with Indra, the lord of celestials. By his cruel and violent acts despised by the world, all people including gods remain frightened of him. If enraged he seems to be capable of turning the entire world into a single ocean.”
       Seeing the power of Ravana, the king of rakshashas, who possessed an unlimited vigour, the intelligent Hanuman was staring at him agape.

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