Wednesday, 27 May 2015

270. Vibhishana advised Ravana to make peace with Rama.

          Then, Nikumbha, Rabhasa, the very strong Suryasatru, Suptaghna, Yagnakopa, Mahaparsva, Mahodara, the unconquerable rakshasas Agniketu and Rasmiketu,  the powerful son of Ravana Indrajit endowed with great power and energy, Prahasta and Virupaksha, Vajradamstra who was extraordinarily strong, Dhumarksha and Atikaya and the rakshash by name Durmukha, all carrying iron clubs, sharp-edged spears, spikes, darts, javelins and axes, bows with exceedingly fearsome arrows and swords shining like a vast expanse of water, and who were all extremely enraged, and flaming as it were with glory, rose up and asserted  "Now itself we may be sent to kill Rama along with Lakshmana and Sugreeva as well as the pitiable Hanuman by whom Lanka was attacked."
          Vibhishana the youngest brother of Ravana, told "Dear brother! You know very well that we should try prowess only when we cannot accomplish the task by the three well-known strategies viz. conciliation, gift and sowing dissention. The gallantries performed according to the prescribed precept, after well tested, will only succeed against those who are indifferent, who have been already attacked by an enemy or who stand struck down by fate. How do you wish to attack that Rama, who has become famous for his perpetual attentiveness,  will to conquer, established strength,  subdued anger and unconquerable might? Who can conceive or even imagine in this world Hanuman's ability in crossing the formidable ocean? The strength and the abilities of these enemies are difficult to be measured. They cannot be treated with contempt peremptorily or hastily by any means. What offence was done to the king of rakshasas by the illustrious Rama, whose wife was stealthily taken away? Khara, who had gone beyond limits, was of course killed by Rama in an encounter. Lives are certainly to be protected, according to one's own strength, by living beings. For this reason, a very great danger because of Seetha looms over us. She, who was brought here unjustly and wrongly, is to be given away without any further delay. What is the use in doing anything, with an animosity as an end? It is not appropriate to make enmity unnecessarily with Rama, who is valiant and who follows righteousness. Let Seetha be returned to him.
        "Before the City of Lanka with its elephants, horses and many riches are shattered, let Seetha be restored to him. Before the huge army of vanaras which is very dangerous and unconquerable attacks our Lanka, let Seetha be returned. If the beloved wife of Rama is not given away of your own accord, the city of Lanka will  perish. All our valiant rakshasas too will perish. I am propitiating you because of my very close relationship with you. Act on my words. I am telling you the most beneficial as well as truthful proposition . Let Seetha be given away to him. Before Rama, the prince discharges for your destruction, very strong, unfailing, formidable, alarming, frightening and awful  arrows equal to the rays of autumnal sun and provided with new heads and shafts, let Seetha be given back to Rama. Abandon soon your anger, which destroys happiness and piety. Resort to righteousness, which augments joy and fame. Become placid so that we may live with our sons and relatives peacefully and happily. Let Seetha be returned to Rama."
      After hearing Vibhishana's words, Ravana the king of rakshasas suddenly left all of them and went to his own palace. I think on hearing the lecture of Vibhishana, he, I mean Ravana got  terrible heads-ache and probably liked to have a few cups of Starbucks coffee or something like that. 

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