In the previous episode we had witnessed one of the most important and emotional moments in the entire Ramayana, wherein Hanuman narrates the “Raama-Charithra” (Story of Rama) to Sita, who is longing to see him. Upon hearing some words spoken about Rama, Sita gets baffled and looks here and there to find out the direction from which these words are coming from. Finally she spots Hanuman, who is sitting amidst the branches of the tree and talking all these.
As Sita spots Hanuman, he uses this opportunity to make an impact on her, by stopping her proceeding forward in committing a suicide. Hanuman thus makes Sita think and re-think of proceeding forward. Sita starts thinking within herself. Innumerable questions prop up in her mind: “Oh my goodness! If a person is alive in this world, we can get to know that through some source or the other! What a miracle! What is going on here? How can someone in Lanka city, talk about Rama? Is it a dream that I’m experiencing? Or is it reality? Who is this monkey? From where has he come from? What is he doing here? For what purpose did he come here? How did he manage to escape all of Ravana’s security and still come and talk with me about Rama? If such is the case, he must be an extremely intelligent and a smart person! Since he has saved my life, I’m sure, Rama should also be well and alive! If this is the case, he must be somewhere related to ‘Vaayu Bhagawan’ (Lord of the Wind)!”
As Sita is thinking upon all these questions, Hanuman uses this opportunity to come in front of Sita. He stands in front of her with his head bowed down and folded arms. His respect for Mother Sita is completely reflected in the way he is standing in front of her. At that moment when Hanuman gets down from the tree, Sita looks at him with all her merciful and beautiful, tear-filled eyes. She internally blesses Hanuman as he comes near her and stands.
However at the same time, Sita couldn’t believe what is happening! “Is it all a dream?” This is the first question that comes to her mind! “Or, is it Ravana who has come in this form to tempt me by talking about Rama? Is he trying to fool me again? He has already done this at Panchavati, by taking the form of a saint, isn’t it? Hence it is not new for him to do all this! But wait…. Whoever it might me – Even if it is Ravana – Whoever narrates the story of my beloved husband Rama, let him get all the comforts in this world! Whoever chants the name of Rama, let him get the infinite blessings of Lord Rama, although he is an enemy!”
Thus, Sita is utterly confused at this stage – At one moment she is happy to hear the story of Rama from this monkey. At another moment she is scared if Ravana is trying to lay a trap to corner her! It is at this point when Sita started to think, Hanuman uses this opportunity to talk further – An important lesson for modern day leaders – We should be smart enough to grab opportunities to attain success, rather than waiting for the opportunity to knock our doors!
Now Hanuman talks to Sita, “Oh mother! Who are you? Why are you so lean and full of sadness written all over your face?”
“Dhrumasya chaakaam aalambhya thishtasi!
Kimarthanthvama nethraabhyaam vaarif pravathi shokha cha!!”
Hanuman continues further, “Why are your eyes full of tears? Don’t you think that the sorrow that your eyes show is too much for anybody to handle? From seeing you, I feel that the world would not tolerate if your eyes are filled with tears! But mother! Why are tears rolling down your eyes like this? Please let me know the reason for your tears? If I’m lucky enough and blessed, are you Mother Sita, who is the beloved wife of Rama, the prince of Ayodhya? Please tell me! I’m eager to know about you!”
Upon these appealing and caring words of Hanuman, Sita makes up her mind to answer his questions. What does Sita reply? Let’s wait till the next episode to find out!