In the previous episode we had witnessed that all the Vaanaras who had gone to search for Mother Sita towards the southern direction, come back victoriously to Kishkinta. As they enter into the place where Sugriva, Rama and Lakshmana are sitting, each of the monkeys is so eager to tell Rama that Sita has been located finally. Each monkey comes forward to say “I’ve seen Mother Sita!” As Lord Rama sees this, he becomes surprised and anxious. Lord Rama bends down with love and affection towards each of the monkeys that comes forward, “Have you really seen Sita?” As Rama asks them, they did not know how to reply him directly.
Now as Lord Rama doesn’t get a proper reply from the other monkeys, tears start enveloping Rama’s eyes! His anxiety knows no bounds. His face is full of worry and sadness written all over! It is at this apt time that Hanuman comes forward, bows before him and also towards the direction where Mother Sita resides and utters the important words,
“Drishtaa Sita!!” (or, in Tamil) “Kanden Seethaiyai!!!”
Thus Hanuman says, “Swami! I’ve seen Mother Sita!!!”
It would be very interesting to note that it is mentioned as “Drishtaa Sita” in Sanskrit and “Kanden Seethaiyai” in Tamil. It is not mentioned as “Sita Dristhaa!” or “Seethaiyai Kanden”! Why is it so? It is because, Hanuman judges the amount of anxiety Rama has in his face. If perhaps Hanuman would have told “Sita” before “Drishtaa”, it might take a second more – And in this split of a second, Rama would be extremely worried about what has happened to Sita! This is why Hanuman says, “Drishtaa Sita!!!”
Thus from here, we can learn another important role of a messenger – A true messenger or a “Daasa” is a person who is able to understand each and every minute feeling and emotion of his master and act accordingly to satisfy them. As “Bhagawat Daasaas” (Devotees of the Lord), what is our role today? Every action of ours and every word that we speak should create and instil happiness in Bhagawan’s heart! Only then we can call ourselves as true devotees of Bhagawan!
Upon hearing the important golden words of Hanuman, Rama asks him back, “Oh Hanuman! Please don’t stop by saying that you’ve seen Sita! Where is she? What is she undergoing? How is she managing the separation from me? What is the message that she has given to all of us? Please tell me everything in detail!”
“Vyavasaayascha souryancha sruthanchaapi prathishtitham!
Jaambhavaan yathra nethaa saa angadascha hareeshwaraha!!
Raavanaanthafpureh lodham raakshaseebhischa tharjanam!
Kva seethaa varthathe devi kathancha mayi varthathe!!
Yetham me sarva vaakhyantham vaideheem prathi vaanaraha!”
These are extremely beautiful and emotional slokas in the Vaalmiki Ramayana that explains the current situation. Rama asks Hanuman further, “Oh Hanuman! Did Sita enquire about me? How is she? Is she in sorrow? Is she suffering? Has she become lean and thin? Please narrate it to me immediately!”
As Rama asks question after question, Hanuman was taken aback for a minute! He immediately replies back, “Oh Lord! I did not look at Mother Sita!” This answer from Hanuman shocked Lord Rama! He asks again, “Oh Hanuman! Just now you told me that you had seen Sita! Why are you backing away?”
Upon which, Hanuman gives a very important answer: “Oh Rama! I did not see one Sita! I saw three divine characteristics together as one Sita – The highest status of birth, “Kshamaa” (Patience) and “Paathivrathyam” (Devotion towards husband) – All these three divine characteristics are embodied inside one Mother Sita Devi! How on earth would I describe Her greatness?”
Thus, Hanuman continues to describe the entire story of his journey to Lanka, how he searched meticulously all throughout Lanka and how finally he found her at Ravana’s Ashoka Vana. Then he narrates how did he manage to strike a conversation with Mother Sita and all the messages she had conveyed to him. After all this, one final message that Hanuman conveys to Rama is,
“Jeevitham dhaarayishyaami maasam dasharaathmaja!
Oordhvam maasaanna jeeveyam rakshasaam vashamaangathaa!!”
From the above sloka, Hanuman conveys to Rama, “Oh Rama! Sita told one thing very firmly! She would be alive maximum for thirty more days! If we do not make our way to Lanka within thirty days from now, we cannot see Mother Sita alive! Hence, we need to start immediately! Already three days has gone, since we had to come back from Lanka all the way to Kishkinta! Now we’ve got just 26 more days with us! We do not have any more time to waste. Let us start now itself!”
As Rama and Lakshmana are listening to all this, Hanuman pauses for a moment. At this point, he wants to do something special that Rama would like! What is that? What is Rama’s reply and his next course of action? Let’s wait till the next episode to find out! 🙂