In the previous episode we witnessed a sensational move wherein Sita suddenly has a thought that she should go ahead in committing a suicide. She is losing faith on Rama very quickly, owing to the repeated torturous words from Ravana and the demonesses sitting around her! Accordingly she even gets ready with her saree tied to the branch of the “Simshupa-Vriksha” tree.
It is at this time, Hanuman (who is hiding amidst one of the main branches of that tree and watching all this closely) realizes that something needs to be done quickly to stop Sita from proceeding further! What can be done now? It is at this point that Hanuman decides to strike a conversation with Sita. But how can he do that? Lot of questions come to Hanuman’s mind – How does he begin the conversation? How can he convince Sita that he has come from Rama? How would he able to convince Sita that he is not Ravana who is trying to tempt her in a different way? If she sees a monkey talking in front of her, won’t Sita get afraid and shout aloud crying for help? If she does, won’t I get caught? Or, should he change his form and go in a human form in front of her? Moreover, if Hanuman has to talk with Sita, in what language does he talk? If a monkey talks in its own language, perhaps she might believe! But, she cannot understand what Hanuman will talk. Else, Hanuman can talk in Sanskrit, but Sita would immediately doubt, how come a monkey can talk Sanskrit, which human beings talk!
As Hanuman thinks of all these questions, Hanuman is utterly confused how to proceed further! Hanuman further thinks, “If I go and talk with Sita in Sanskrit that human beings talk, she is going to think that I’m Ravana standing in front of her!” Thus Hanuman decides that he shouldn’t go in front of her at the moment, but he should talk in Sanskrit. Moreover, he decides that he should talk from the very place that he is sitting right now!
We might think that this is a fairly easy decision for Hanuman to make – But the point here is that, this decision came to his mind “On the spot”, which might be tough to arrive at! All Hanuman has now is just two more minutes – If he doesn’t start talking now, Sita is going to finish herself! Thus Hanuman decides that he is going to sit in the same place where he is sitting currently, and start taking from here only, in Sanskrit.
“Hanumaanapi vikraanthaha sarvam sushraava tathvathaa!
Yaan kapeenaam sahasraani subahoon yavithaanvisha!!
Aham athi manushchaiva vaanaraischa visheshathaha!
Vaacham cha udhaa harishyaami maanusheem miha samskruthaam!!”
Here Valmiki Maharishi places an interesting point – Hanuman is contemplating if he should talk Sanskrit that human beings talk! We might wonder if there is a version of Sanskrit that animals talk too! 🙂 Yes! There were other versions of Sanskrit too – Praakrutha Bhaasha, Dingili Bhaasha, amongst the others! Similarly, there is a separate version of Sanskrit, which is employed by women while talking – In this version we would be able to see that there would not be many words that are hard to pronounce and spell.
As Hanuman is thinking all this within his mind, he gets frustrated with himself a little bit – “Why am I getting so confused like this so often? What’s happening to me? Why can’t I take a quick decision?” Thinking thus, he gets ready to commence the conversation with Sita.
Hanuman plans the sequence of the content, which he is going to present as an introductory note to Sita. He now starts the talk from where he is hiding. What did he talk? Did Sita hear it? What was Sita’s reaction when she heard something about her beloved Rama, all of a sudden from nowhere? Let’s wait to answer all these questions in the next episode! 🙂