BOOK 6: YUDDA KANDA
While Lakshmana, who was so fond of his brother, was consoling Rama, Vibhishana, keeping the troops of simian army in their respective positions, arrived there. That Vibhishana, surrounded by four warriors, wielding many types of weapons, and who were chiefs of troops, looking like heaps of black collyrium and who were appearing like Elephants, approached Lakshmana who was totally engrossed in sorrow and saw the Vanaras also, whose eyes were filled with tears. Vibhishana also saw the great souled Rama, the delight of Ikshvaku dynasty fallen into a swoon and resting on the lap of Lakshmana. On seeing the embarrassed Rama, tormented with grief, that Vibhishana, distressed as he was in spirits, with agony inside, asked him, What is this?
Fixing his gaze on Vibhishanas face and looking at Sugreeva and those Vanaras, Lakshmana with tears pouring down, spoke the following words, with a splendid meaning: O gentle Sir! Just on hearing through the words of Hanuma, saying that Seetha was killed by Indrajit, Rama entered into a swoon. Intercepting the narrating Lakshmana in the middle, Vibhishana spoke the following amply meaningful words to Rama, who was in an unconscious state.
I hold that which you have been told by Hanuma with a sorrowful temper, O ruler of men, to be absurd as the drying up of the sea. O the long armed! I know the design of the evil minded Ravana towards Seetha. He would never do the killing of Seetha. Eventhough begged by me, the well wisher, several times to give up Seetha, he did not heed that advice.
It is neither possible even to see her by recourse to conciliation nor by bestowing gifts nor by sowing dissention. How is it possible then by a war? By any other strategy, it is impossible. That Indrajit for his part retracted, by hoodwinking the Vanaras. O the long armed! Know that Seetha (who was seemingly killed by him) as illusory. After reaching a sanctuary by name Nikumbhila, this Indrajit will pour oblations into the sacred fire. On returning after pouring oblations into the sacred fire, Indrajit will prove difficult to be overcome in battle, even by Devas including Indra. Certainly, this conjuring trick (in the form of killing an illusory living effigy of Seetha) was exhibited by him, who was employing his magical art, expecting interruption by the prowess of the Vanaras there.
While the sacrificial performance is not ended, we shall proceed to that place, along with an army. O the foremost of men! Give up this improper grief, which has come upon you. Seeing you tormented with grief, the entire army is sinking into despondency. Very exalted as you are in courage, stay you here, confident at heart, and send Lakshmana with us, who are taking an army along with us. This Lakshmana, the eminent prince, can make Indrajit abandon that act of sacrifice, by employing his sharp arrows. Then, he will be susceptible of being killed.
Lakshmanas arrows, which are sharp and fiery, with a speed equal to the wings of a bird, can drink his blood like cruel Birds. O the long armed one! Therefore, dispatch Lakshmana having auspicious body marks even as Indra employed the thunderbolt to kill Indrajit. O the best of men! It is not appropriate to delay the killing of the enemy any further now. Therefore, grant permission to Lakshmana to destroy the enemy, as Indra would hurl his thunderbolt to destroy the enemies of Devas.
If that Indrajit, the foremost of Rakshasas completes the sacrifice, he would not be visible even to the Suras and Asuras in battle. If he come with a desire to fight, after ending that sacrifice, the Devas also will feel a great suspicion on their own lives.