Doha - 31A-B
"Finding him devoid of merit and self-esteem, his father sent him into exile. Apart from that sorrow the separation from his wife is telling on him and above all he is constantly obsessed with terror of me. The demos devour day and night many such men as he whose might, you are proud; realize this, O fool, and cease to be perverse."

When he thus inveighed against Sri Rama, the monkey chief grew furious with rage. For the who opens his ears to vituperation against Hari(Bhagavan Visnu) or Hara (Lord Siva) incurs as great a sin as he who kills a cow. Angada(the great monkey gave a lound yell and furiously struck both his mighty arms against the ground. The earth shook and members of the assembly were thrown off their seats and took to fight, prossessed as they were by the hobgoblin of fear. The ten-headed monster (Ravana) too was about to topple down but recovered himself and stood up Yet his most beautiful crowns fell to the  ground; some of them monkeys fled when they saw the crowns coming. "Good heavens, how is it that meteors have begun to fall even during the daytime? Or is it that Ravana in his fury has hurled four thunderbolts, which are coming with great speed?" The Lord smiled and said, "Be not afraid at heart. They are neither meteors nor thunderbolts, not even the planets Raghu and Ketu. they are crowns of the ten-headed Ravana despatched by Vali's son (Angada) that are coming this side."

Doha - 32A-B
The son the wind-god sprang forward and caught them in his own hands; he then took them to the Lord and placed them before Him. The bears and monkeys gazed on them with wonder; for they were dazzling like the sun. At the other end the ten-headed monster(Ravana) in his fury indiganantly cried to all about him, "Seize the monkey, and seizing him forthwith slay him" Angada smiled to hear this.

"After killing him sally forth at once, all you mighty warriors, and devour every bear and monkey wherever you find one. Go and clear earth monkeys and capture the two ascetic brothers (Rama and Laksmana) alive." The monkey prince(Angada) got enraged and exclaimed again: "Are you not ashamed to wag your tongue like this? Cut your throat and die, you shameless destroyer of your race. Your heart does not crack even on witnessing my strength! O vicious stealer of women, storehouse of impurities, O sense-bound dull-witted wretch, you habble abuse in a state of delirium, which show that death has overtaken you, O wretched demon. You will reap its consequences later on when the monkeys and bears belabour you. Even as you utter the words that Sri Rama is a mortal, it is strange that your tongues, O proud demon, do not drop off. It is, however, certain that your tongues will drop off along with your heads on the battle-field."

Doha - 33A-B
"How can He be a mortal. O ten-headed monster, who killed Vali with a single shaft? You are blind with all your twenty eyes; fie upon your birth, O dullard of ignoble womb. Sri Rama's arrow are all thirsting for your blood and I spare you only for fear of displeasing Him, O vile demon of biting tongue."

"I am capable of smashing your jaws; but I have no command from the Lord of the Raghus to do so. Otherwise. I feel so enraged that I would break all your ten heads and lifting up Lanka drop it into the ocean. Your Lanka is like a fruit of the Udumbara tree; while you are like so many unsuspecting insects that reside in it. A monkey as I am, I would lose no time in eating it; but the gracious Rama has not given me the order." Ravana smiled to hear this witty remark. "Fool, where did you learn to tell such big lies? Vali never boased like this; it seems association with the hermits has made you such a vaunting liar." I am a blustering liar indeed. O monster with twenty arms. if I do not tear out your ten tongues." recalling Sri Rama's might Angada grew indignant and firmly planted his foot Sri Rama will return forthwith and I shall forgo Sita as a lost wager." Listern, champions all:" exclaimed the ten-headed monster, "seize the monkey by the leg and dash him to the ground." Meghanada(the vanquisher of Indra) and many other stout warriors rose with delight from their respective seats and rushed with all their might, employing numerous devices; but Angada's foot refushed to stir. The compertitors, theresfore, resummed their seats with their heads bent low. The enemies of heaven rose again and dashed forward; but the monkey's foot moved no more than a sensully-minded striver, O Garuda (the enemy of serpents), is able to uproot the tree of error implanted in his heart (continues Kakabhusundi).

Doha - 34A-B
Myriad of great warrirs of Meghanada's might arose with joy and swooped down; but the monkeys's foot did hudge, and they hung their heads and sat down again. The monkey's foot would no more leave the ground than the soul of a saint would give up moral uprightness even though confronted with numberless obstacles. The enemy's pride left him when he witnessed this.

Everyone who saw the monkey's strength was discomfited at heart. Challenged by the monkey Ravana himself now rose. Even as Ravana proceeded to grasp his foot, Vali's son (Angada) broke out, "You cannot be saved by clinging to my feet. Fool, why do you not go and clasp Sri Rama's feet?" He turned back much abashed at heart to heart away at midday. With drooping heads he resumed his seat on the throne as if despoiled of all his riches. Sri Rama is the soul of the universe and the lord of life: how can be who is hostile to Him find any rest? The universe, Uma (Parvati) springs into exstence and is again dissoleved with a mere play of Sri Rama's eyebrows. When He is capable of grass, how, then, can a vow of His ambassador prove false? Angada admonished him in various ways; but as his end had drawn near he would not listen, Having squashed the enemy's pride the son of King Vali glorified his lord to his very face and departed, saying:"If I do not slay you after I have sported with you on the battlefild for some time, it will be no use my indulging in self-praise just now." Angada had killed Ravana's son even before he arrived in the latter's presence and Ravana felt very sad at the news. The demons too grew particularly nervous with fear when they witnessed the effectiveness of Angada challenge.

Doha - 35A-B
Setting at naught Ravana's power, the mighty monkey, Vali's son, his body thrilling over with emotion and eyes full of tears, clasped in delight Sri Rama's lotus-feet. Perceiving that it was evening, the ten-headed monster returned disconsolately to his palace, where Mandodary again spoke and advised him:-

"Ponder in your mind, my beloved lord, and abandon perversity; your conflict with the Lord of the Raghus is quite out of place. Sri Rama's younger brother (Laksmana) had traced a thin line; that too you could not cross. Such is your valour! My beloved, do you expect to conquer Him in battle, whole messenger performed such feats? Leaping across the ocean in mere sport, that lion among monkeys fearlessly entered your Lanka, killed your guards and laid waste your garden. Nay, he killed Prince Aksa under you very nose, and setting fire to the whole capital, reduced it to ashes. Where did your very nose, and setting fire to the whole capital reduced it to ashes. Where did your pride of power remain lurking at that time ? Indulge no more in idle boasts, my spouse, and lay my words a little to heart. The might of His arrows is known to Marica; but you did not heed his words, taking him to be a mean fellow. In Janaka's court were assembled numberless kings; you too were present there with your incomparable and enormous strength There Sri Rma broke Siva's bow and won the hand of Janaka's Daughter; why did you not conquer Him in in battle then? The son of Indra (the lord of celestials) tasted of His strength when He caught hold of him and spared his life after destroying one of his eyes. You also witnessed Surpanakha's condition, yet you did not feel much abashed in your heart."

Doha - 36
"My ten-headed lord, try to recognize Him, who having slain Viradha as well as Khara and Dusana, killed Kabandha in mere sport and disposed of Vali with a single arrow."

"He who had the ocean bridged as a mere pastime and has encamped with His host on Mount Suvela, the same merciful Lord, the glory  of the solar race, sent to you in your own interest an ambassador who, like a lion in the midst of a herd of elephants trampled on your might in open court. Nay, He has for His servants most formidable warriors like Angada and Hanuman, who are so dautless in battle; and still, my beloved lord, you speak of Him again and again as a mortal! In vain do you carry on your head the burden of pride, attachment and arrogance. Ah, my lord, you have turned hostile to Sri Rama and overtaken as you are by death, the light of wisdom does not dawn on your mind. Death does not simte anyone with uplifted rod; he simply robs the victim of his piety, strength, reason and judment. He alone whom death has approached very near falls a prey to delusion like you."

Doha - 37
"Two of your sons have been slain and your capital has been burnt down; retrace your step even now, my beloved. Adore the All-merciful Lord of the Raghus, my husband, and win unsullied fame thereby."

Hearing the words of his consort (Mandodari), which were piercing like a shaft, he rose and left for his council-chamber as soon as the day broke. Forgetting all his fears he went and occupied his throne bloated with excess of pride. At this end Sri Rama summoned Angada, who came and bowed his head at the Lord's lotus-feet. The gracious Rama (the slayer of Khara) most politely seated him by His side and smilingly said, "O son of Vali, I have great curiosity in my mind; therefore, I ask you a question. Tell me the truth, dear child Ravana is the heaed of the demon race; he is celecrated throughout the world for his incomparable might. It is rather strange that you tossed no less than four of his crowns to me; tell me, my son, by what divice you were able to lay your on them?" Listen, O omniscient lord, the delighter of the suppliant : they were no crowns but the four victues (resources) of a king, viz.,Sama (conciliation), Dana (gift), Danda (physical force or coercion) and Bheda (devision), which abide in the heart of a king--so declare the Vedas, my lord. They are the beautiful pedestals of statemanship: remembering this, they themselves came to my lord (who is a true repository of all statemanlike virtues)."

Doha - 38A-B
"Liste3n, O Lord Kosala : Ravana (the ten-headed monster) is lacking in piety, bears a settled aversion to my lord's feet and has fallen into the clutches of death Hence the aforementioned virtues have forsaken him and sought refuge in You. " The noble-minded Rama smiled to hear his most ingenious reply. The son of Vali then gave Him a report about the fort of Lanka.

When Sri Rama received the news about the enemy. He summoned all His counsellors by His side. "Lanka has four massive gates; take cousel as to how we should assail them." Thereupon the monkey lord(Sugriyva), Jambavan (the king of bears) and Vibhisana (Ravana's brother) invoked in thier heart the Ornament of the solar race; and putting their heads together they resolved upon a definite plan. They divided the monkey host into four brigdes and appointed efficient generals to each. They then summorned all the company commanders and bringing the Lord's might home to them issued instructions hearing which the monkeys rushed forward roaring like lions. They gladly bowed their head at Sri Rama's feet, and with mountain-peaks in their hands all the heroes sallied forth. Shouting "Glory to the Hero of Raghu's line, the Lord of Kosala!" the bears and monkey chiefs roared and assumed a threatening attitude. Even though they knew that Lanka was a most impregnable fortress, the monkeys marched forward undaunted depending on the might of their lord. Encompassing all the four quarters like a mass of clouds spreading over the horizon on all sides, they imitated the sound of drums and kettle-drums with their mouth.

Doha - 39
"Glory to Rama, glory to Laksamana and glory to Sugriva, the lord of the monkeys!" thus roared the monkeys and bears, unsurpassed in thier great might, like so many lions.

Lanka became a scence of great uproar. When the highly conceited Ravana heard it, he with a sile said, "Look at the insolence of these monkeys!" and summoned the demon host. "The monkeys have crossed over here driven by fate, and my demons are all hungry. God has provided them with a meal even at their home." So saying the idiot burst into a horselaugh. "Sally forth in every direction, champions all; and wherever you find the bears and monkeys seize and divour them all." Uma, Ravana's conceit was as great as that of the sandpiper, which goes to sleep with its legs in the air (and thinks that it will support the heavens in case they fall). Taking his orders, the demons sallied forth, armed with excellent slings, javelins, iron clubds. As foolish carnivorous birds swoop down upon a heap of rubies the moment they see it, and have no idea of the pain they would have on breaking their beaks against it, so did the man-eating monsters rush forth in their folly.

Doha - 40
Armed with bows and arrows as well as with other weapons of various kinds, a vast clound of mighty and valiant demons, staunch in battle, climbed up the battlements of the fort.

On the gold batlements they looked like dark clouds hanging on the heights of Mount Meru. Maritial drums and tabors sounded; the soul of the warriors was stirred by their crash. Numberless kettle-drums and clarinets. were alwo playing; their music cracked the heart of cowards. Advancing further the demons saw the hosts of monkey and bear champions, exceptionally huge in size, who in their onrush would make no account of rugged valleys and catching holod of mountains would cleave them asunder and make pasaage through them. Gnashing their teeth and biting their lips. myriads of warriors on both sides roared and bullied, calling here on Rama and there on Ravana. With shouts of  victory on both sides the fight actually commenced. The demons cast down volleys of mountain-peaks, which the monkey would seize with a bound and hurl them back.

The fierce monkeys and bears would lay hold of masses of rock and huld them against the fort. Darting against their adversary they would seize him by the leg and dash him to the ground;and in the event of his taking of flight they would callenge him to a duel again. The most agile and redoubtable monkeys and bears lightly sprang and climbed up the fort and penetrating the palaces sang Sri Rama's praises wherever they pleased.


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