Guha requests Lakshmana to take rest, duly expressing his readiness to guard Rama and his consort by keeping awake the whole night. Lakshmana expressed his unwillingness to lie down in the presence of his elder brother and sister- in -law and preferred to remain awake. He spends night talking with Guha, voicing grief for his royal father as well as his affectionate mothers.
Distressed with anguish to see Rama and Seetha lying on the ground, Guha said to Lakshmana, the scion of Raghu, who kept awake, through sincere love, for the protection of his brother Rama. “Here is a comfortable bed made for you, my friend! Relax well comfortably on it, Oh, prince! All of us are habituated to hardships. You are habituated to comforts. We shall keep awake this night, for the protection of Rama. For, none is dearer to me than Rama in this world. I speak the truth and swear to you by truth. I hope to acquire abundant acclaim and supreme merit in this world as also full reward of wealth, by the sole grace of Rama. As such, I along with my kindred shall protect my dear friend Rama who is reposing with Seetha in every way, with bow in hand. Nothing is indeed unknown in this forest to me, where I wander continually. We can able to withstand even a vast army too, comprising of four parts elephants, chariots, cavalry, and infantry.”
Then, Lakshmana replied to Guha as follows: “Oh, sinless Guha!
Being protected by you, who keep your duty alone in view, all of us are
fearless in this land. When Rama, the son of Dasaratha is lying on the ground
with Seetha, how is it possible for me to sleep or to enjoy the pleasures of
life? See that Rama, who cannot be vanquished in combat even by the gods and
demons combined, now sleeping profoundly on the grass along with Seetha. When
Rama-who is endowed with similar characteristics as Dasaratha, uniquely
beloved, the son obtained by Dasaratha by virtue of his chanting of several
sacred texts and austerities and by various undertakings in the form of
sacrificial performances has gone to exile, the king will not live long and the earth will become surely widowed
forthwith. Having cried out in a high-pitched tone, the women having exhausted,
will have fallen silent and I am sure that a profound stillness reigns in the
palace. I do not expect Kausalya, Dasaratha and my mother all of them to remain
alive for this night. By looking forward to meet Satrughna, my mother might
even stay alive. But it will be painful if Kausalya
who has given birth to a heroic son, dies. That city of
While Lakshmana son of Dasaratha, who was concerned with the welfare of the people; was thus speaking the truth out of his affection for his elder brother Rama, Guha, overcome with agony and oppressed with adversity shed tears like an elephant tormented with fever.
Thus completes 51st chapter in the AyodhyaKanda of the glorious Ramayana of Valmiki, the work of a sage and the oldest epic.
© Oct 2002, K. M. K. Murthy