Lakshmana enters the interior of Sugreeva's chamber. Sugreeva finding him there is alarmed and approaches him in all his humbleness. Then Lakshmana chastens Sugreeva with harsh words and cautions him to face the wrath of the arrows of Rama.
tam apratihatam kruddham praviṣṭam puruṣarṣabham |
sugrīvo lakṣmaṇam dṛṣṭvā babhūva vyathita indriyaḥ || 4-34-1
1. sugriivaH = Sugreeva; a prati hatam = unimpededly; praviSTam = he who entered; kruddham = infuriated one; puruSar Sabham = illustrious one; tam lakSmaNam dR^iSTvaa = him, Lakshmana, on seeing; vyathita indriyaH = with agitated, senses; babhuuva = became.
On seeing the illustrious Lakshmana who entered unimpededly and infuriately, Sugreeva became one with agitated senses. [4-34-1]
kruddham niḥśvasamānam tam pradīptam iva tejasā |
bhrātur vyasana saṃtaptam dṛṣṭvā daśaratha ātmajam || 4-34-2
utpapāta hariśreṣṭho hitvā sauvarṇam āsanam |
mahān mahendrasya yathā svalaṃkṛta iva dhvajaḥ || 4-34-3
2. kruddham niHshvasamaanam = one who is - exasperated, exhaling [heavily]; tejasaa pra diiptam iva = by flare, verily, fiery [firestorm,] as with; bhraatuH vyasana santaptam = in brother's [Rama's,] anguish, searing with; tam dasharatha aatmajam = at him, Dasharatha's, son; dR^iSTvaa = having seen; harishreSThaH = monkey, the best - Sugreeva; sauvarNam aasanam hitvaa = golden, seat, discarding; mahendrasya = Mahendra's; svalankR^ita mahaan dhvajaH iva = highly decorated, lofty, flagstaff, like; ut papaata = hopped up, got down - tottered.
On seeing Lakshmana, the son of Dasharatha, who is exasperated and exhaling heavily, and who searing in the anguish of his brother is flaring up like a firestorm, Sugreeva hopped up from his golden seat and tottered like the highly decorated flagstaff of Indra, which will be wobbly before it is thrown to ground after the ritual. [4-34-2, 3]
utpataṃtam anūtpetū rumā prabhṛtayaḥ striyaḥ |
sugrīvam gagane pūrṇam caṃdram tārā gaṇā iva || 4-34-4
4. rumaa prabhR^itayaH striyaH = Ruma, et al, females; ut patantam = up, falling - jumping up; sugriivam = with Sugreeva; gagane puurNam candram = = in sky, with full, moon; taaraa gaNaa iva = stars, cluster, as with; anu utpetuu = following, jumped up.
While Sugreeva is jumping up stumblingly, stumbled with him are Ruma and the other females in tow, who are so far clinging to him, like the clusters of stars that spring up on the emergence of full moon in sky. [4-34-4]
saṃrakta nayanaḥ śrīmān saṃcacāra kṛtāṃjaliḥ |
babhūva avasthitaḥ tatra kalpa vṛkṣo mahān iva || 4-34-5
5. sam rakta nayanaH shriimaan = bloodshot, eyed, fortunate [Sugreeva]; kR^ita anjaliH = making, palms-adjoined; samcacaara [sam ca caara] = verily, flurried towards [Lakshmana]; mahaan kalpa vR^ikSaH iva = lofty, wish-fulfilling, tree, as with; tatra avasthitaH babhuuva = there, remained standing, he became.
That fortunate Sugreeva whose eyes are bloodshot with drinking flurried towards Lakshmana adjoining palms in supplication, and became standstill at his nearby, like a lofty kalpa vriksha wish-fulfilling tree. [4-34-5]
This kalpa vR^iksha is a mythological tree that fulfils any expectation of its devotee and it fetches from pin to elephant, if sought in earnest. There is another of this kind called kaama dhenu 'wish-fulfilling cow' which does the same function for which many mythological wars were waged. This attribute, all-endower, is sometimes given to Lakshmana in this verse, but here Sugreeva is the giver and Lakshmana is the taker, so this belongs to Sugreeva now.
rumā dvitīyam sugrīvam nārī madhya gatam sthitam |
abravīt lakṣmaṇaḥ kruddhaḥ sa tāram śaśinam yathā || 4-34-6
6. sa taaram = with, stars; shashinam yathaa = moon, as with; rumaa dvitiiyam = Ruma, as second one - at side; naarii madhya gatam = females, amid, one who is; sthitam = staying; sugriivam = to Sugreeva; kruddhaH lakSmaNaH abraviit = infuriated, Lakshmana, spoke.
Infuriate Lakshmana spoke to Sugreeva who like the star clustered moon is standing with his wife Ruma at his side amid other vanara females. [4-34-6]
sattva abhijana saṃpannaḥ sa anukrośo jitendriyaḥ |
kṛtajñaḥ satya vādī ca rājā loke mahīyate || 4-34-7
7. sattva = having force dynamic; abhi jana sampannaH = having close, people [best troopers, or best lineage,] abounding with; sa anukroshaH = with, sympathy; jita indriyaH = with conquered, senses; kR^ita j~naH = faithful one; satya vaadii ca = truth, advocate of, also; such a; raajaa = king; loke mahiiyate = in world, thrives.
"One who is dynamic, abounding with best troopers, sympathetic, senses conquered, a faithful one and an advocate of truth, he alone thrives as a king in the world. [4-34-7]
yastu rājā sthito adharme mitrāṇām upakāriṇām |
mithyā pratijñām kurute ko nṛśaṃsa taraḥ tataḥ || 4-34-8
8. yaH raajaa tu = which, king, but; a dharme sthitaH = in dishonesty, abiding; [yaH sthitaH raajaa tu a dharme sthitaH = he who, is enthroned, as king, but, anchored himself, to dishonesty]; upakaariNaam mitraaNaam = to helpful, friends; mithyaa pratij~naam kurute = fake, assurance, makes; tataH = than him; nR^ishamsa taraH = ruthless, higher in degree - more than; kaH = who is there.
"He who is enthroned as a king but anchored himself to dishonesty and makes fake assurances to helpful friends, who can be more ruthless than him? [4-34-8]
śatam aśva anṛte hanti sahasram tu gava anṛte |
ātmānam sva janam hanti puruṣaḥ puruṣa anṛte || 4-34-9
9. puruSaH = a person; ashva a nR^ite = horse, un, truth - becomes untruthful in respect of a horse, and its donation; shatam hanti = hundred, killing; gava anR^ite = cows, in belying; sahasram = a thousand - in the case of belied hope of donating a cow he is killing a thousand; puruSa anR^ite = a man, in belying - in the case of belying to a man to help; aatmaanam sva janam hanti = himself, own, people [kith and kin,] he kills.
"A person gets attached to the sin of killing of a hundred of his manes, deified souls of his own ancestors, if he promises to gift one horse but fails to do so, and in promising to gift one cow but failing in it he gets the sin of killing a thousand manes, and if he promises to a person to do the needful help and fails in rendering that help, then he gets the sin of suicide along with the sin of killing his own kith and kin. [4-34-9]
The above verse will be generally translated as 'A person gets attached to the sin of killing of a hundred horses if he promises to gift one horse but fails to do so, and in promising to gift one cow but failing in it he gets the sin of killing a thousand cows, and if he belies to a person to do the needful help, he then gets the sin of killing himself along with his own kith and kin...' But, it is not the sin of killing hundred horses or thousand cows, but it the sin of killing those many numbers of killer's manes, the deified souls of one's own dead ancestors. This is as per Manu dharma and it is detailed in Dharmaakuutam as:
atra ashva viShaye anR^itam vaktaa sva puurva puruShaaNaam shatam hanti - svargaat pracyavya narakam tiryak yonim vaa praapayati - gava anR^ite sahasram sva puurva puruShaam tathaa karoti - puruSha viShaye anR^ite sa baandhavaH svayam eva narakam tiryak yoni vaa praapnoti iti uktam - - maanave - - yaavato baandhavaan asmin hanti saakShe anR^itam vadan - - panca pashva anR^itam hanti dasha hanti gava anR^ite - - dk & and he goes on quoting Prahlaada and Dudhanva discussion in Maha Bharata, Udyoga parva. Killing the already dead souls is lesser sin than the killing of living beings and committing suicide.
pūrvam kṛtārtho mitrāṇām na tat prati karoti yaḥ |
kṛtaghnaḥ sarva bhūtānām sa vadhyaḥ plavageśvara || 4-34-10
10. plavageshvara = oh, monkey's, king; puurvam = earlier; kR^ita arthaH = fulfilled, purposes - whose purposes are fulfilled; yaH = he who is; mitraaNaam = to friends; tat = for that - for that helpful deed; na prati karoti = not, in return, does - will not requite; kR^itaghnaH = such a - unfaithful - treacherous one; saH = he is; sarva bhuutaanaam = for all, beings; vadhyaH = killable.
"He who gets his means fulfilled earlier through his friends but does not requite them, oh, king of monkeys, such a treacherous one is eliminable for all beings. [4-34-10]
gīto ayam brahmaṇā ślokaḥ sarva loka namaskṛtaḥ |
dṛṣṭvā kṛtaghnam kruddhena tam nibodha plavamgama || 4-34-11
11. plavamgama = oh, fly-jumper; kR^itaghnam dR^iSTvaa = perfidious one, on observing; sarva loka namaskR^itaH = by all, worlds, reverenced; kruddhena brahmaNaa = ireful, by Brahma; ayam shlokaH = this, verse; giitaH = sung - declared; tam nibodha = that, you be informed.
"On seeing such perfidious soul, oh, fly-jumper, Brahma irefully declared this verse which is reverenced by all the worlds, you too may know it. [4-34-11]
Here Brahma may either be the Four-faced creator of worlds or His brainchild Svayambhu Manu who constructed the manu dharma shaastra 'the moral and social code for humans.'
go ghne ca eva surāpe ca caure bhagna vrate tathā |
niṣkṛtir vihitā sadbhiḥ kṛtaghne na asti niṣkṛtiḥ || 4-34-12
12. go ghne = in respect of - cow, slayers; suraape ca eva = liquor-drinkers, also, thus; caure = for thieves; tathaa = likewise; bhagna vrate = infringers, of solemnity; sadbhiH niSkR^itiH vihitaa = by savants, atonement, ordained; kR^ita ghne niSkR^itiH na asti = for treacherous one, atonement, not, available.
" 'The savants have ordained atonement for slayers of cows, for drinkers of liquors, thus for thieves and infringers of solemnity, but no atonement is available to a treacherous person. [4-34-12]
anārya tvam kṛtaghnaḥ ca mithyā vādī ca vānara |
pūrvam kṛtārtho rāmasya na tat pratikaroṣi yat || 4-34-13
13. vaanara = oh, vanara; puurvam kR^ita arthaH = firstly, fulfilled are, your means; tvam = you; yat = by which reason; raamasya na pratikaroSi = for Rama, not, reciprocating; tat = thereby; an aarya = you are - un, cultured; kR^itaghnaH ca = unfriendly; mithyaa vaadii ca = illusive, of you word, also.
"Oh, Vanara, firstly you have got your purpose fulfilled and by that reason you are not reciprocating help to Rama, thereby you are an uncultured and unfriendly one, and illusive is your word of honour. [4-34-13]
nanu nāma kṛtārthena tvayā rāmasya vānara |
sītāyā mārgaṇe yatnaḥ kartavyaḥ kṛtam icchatā || 4-34-14
14. vaanara = oh, Vanara; kR^itaarthena [tvayaa] achieved means, [by you]; raamasya kR^itam = by Rama, done [kaaryam = favour]; icChataa = wishing [to fulfil]; tvayaa = such as you are, by you; siitaayaaH maargaNe = Seetha, in quest of; yatnaH = endeavour; nanu naama kartavyaH = is it not, I wonder, doable - duty.
"Oh, Vanara, you achieved your means through Rama, and Rama is wishing for his endeavour through you, and I wonder whether the search for Seetha is not your duty? [4-34-14]
sa tvam grāmyeṣu bhogeṣu sakto mithyā pratiśravaḥ |
na tvām rāmo vijānīte sarpam maṇḍūka rāviṇam || 4-34-15
15. mithyaa pratishravaH = one who made - illusive, promise; saH tvam = such as you are; graamyeSu bhogeSu saktaH = in churlish, pleasures, conjugated - basking in; raamaH = Rama; tvaam = you; maNDuuka raaviNam sarpam = with frog's, sounding - croaking, as a serpent; na vijaaniite = not, realized.
"An illusive promisor basking in churlish pleasures, such as you are, Rama has not realised that you are a serpent with the croaking of a frog. [4-34-15]
mahābhāgena rāmeṇa pāpaḥ karuṇa vedinā |
harīṇām prāpito rājyam tvam durātmā mahātmanā || 4-34-16
16. mahaa bhaagena = highly, prudent; maha aatmanaa = from noble-souled one; karuNa vedinaa = compassion, knower of [compassionate Rama]; raameNa = by Rama; paapaH = sinner [Sugreeva]; dur aatmaa = evil-souled one; such a your are; tvam = you; hariiNaam raajyam praapitaH = monkey's, kingdom, made as gained - you got kingdom indirectly.
"By the highly prudent and compassionate Rama, you the sinner got the kingdom of monkeys, and it is a gain of an evil-soul from a noble-soul. [4-34-16]
kṛtam cet na abhijānīṣe rāghavasya mahātmanaḥ |
sadyaḥ tvam niśitair bāṇair hato drakṣyasi vālinam || 4-34-17
17. tvam = you; mahaatmanaH raaghavasya kR^itam = by the noble-souled one, by Raghava, what is done; na abhijaaniiSe yadi cet = not, you recognise, if; sadyaH = = instantly; nishitaiH baaNaiH hataH = with incisive, arrows, when killed; vaalinam drakSyasi = Vali, you will see.
"If you do not recognise what the noble-souled Raghava has done to you, you will be instantly killed with incisive arrows enabling you to see Vali. [4-34-17]
na ca saṃkucitaḥ panthā yena vālī hato gataḥ |
samaye tiṣṭha sugrīva mā vāli patham anvagāḥ || 4-34-18
18. sugriiva = oh, Sugreeva; samaye tiSTha = by commitment, you abide; hataH vaalii = killed, Vali; yena = by which - path; gataH = has gone; that; pamthaaH = that path; na sa samkucitaH = not, that path, tapered off; vaali patham maa anvagaaH = Vali's, path, do not, follow.
"Oh, Sugreeva, abide by your commitment. The path by which slain Vali has gone that path is not tapered off, as such do not tread Vali's path. [4-34-18]
This verse is the same as the one at 4-30-81 in Rama's words and Lakshmana is reproducing the same.
na nūnam ikṣvāku varasya kārmukāt
śarān ca tān paśyasi vajra saṃnibhān |
tataḥ sukham nāma viṣevase sukhī
na rāma kāryam manasā api avekṣase || 4-34-19
19. nuunam = definitely; ikSvaaku varasya = Ikshvaku dynasty, best one from; kaarmukaat = from bow; vajra sannibhaan = Thunderbolt, similar; taan sharaan ca = them, arrows, even; na pashyasi = not, you see; tataH = thereby; sukhii = joyously; sukham vi Sevase [ni Sevase] naama = luxuries, you are enjoying, probably; manasaa api = at heart, even; raama kaaryam = about Rama's, mission; na avekSase = not, envisaging - giving a thought to it.
"Definitely you are not envisaging the Thunderbolt similar arrows from the bow of the best one from Ikshvaku dynasty, Rama, thereby you are enjoying luxuries joyously without giving a thought to Rama's mission even at your heart. [4-34-19]
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