Seetha asks Hanuma to remind Rama of how he threw a blade of grass at the crow and destroyed its right eye thereby, as a token of remembrance. She also asks to remind Rama of his having once marked on her cheek with realgar, when a mark on her forehead was defaced, as a further token of Hanuma having met her. Seetha also requests Hanuma to appraise Rama of her wretched plight and finally greets him to have a happy journey ahead.
śrutvā tu vacanam tasya vāyu sūnoḥ mahātmanaḥ |
uvāca ātma hitam vākyam sītā sura suta upamā || 5-40-1
1. shrutvaa = hearing; vachanam = the words; tasya = of that; mahaatmanaH = high-souled; vaayusuunoH = Hanuma; Siita = Seetha; surasutopamaa = similar to the daughter of god; uvaacha = spoke; vaakyam = (the following) words; aatmahitam = beneficial to herself.
Hearing the words of that high-souled Hanuma, Seetha who resembled the daughter of god, spoke the following words beneficial to herself.
tvām dṛṣṭvā priya vaktāram samprahṛṣyāmi vānara |
ardha samjāta sasya iva vṛṣṭim prāpya vasum dharā || 5-40-2
2. vaanara = O Hanuma!; dR^iSTvaa = seeing; tvaam = you; priyavaktaaram = speaking pleasant words; samprahR^iSyaami = I am over-joyed; vasumdharaa iva = as a field; artham samjaatasasyaa = with half-sprouted crop of grain; (is over-joyed); praapyeva = by receiving; vR^iSTim = a rain.
"O Hanuma! Seeing you speaking pleasant words, I am as overjoyed, as a field with half-sprouted crop of grain is thrilled by receiving a rain."
yathā tam puruṣa vyāghram gātraiḥ śoka abhikarśitaiḥ |
saṃspṛśeyam sakāmā aham tathā kuru dayām mayi || 5-40-3
3. aham = I; gatriH = with my limbs; shokaabhikarshitaiH = emaciated; sakaamaa = having a desire; yathaa = how; samspR^isheyam = to touch; puruSavyaaghram = that Rama the tiger among men; tathaa = in that manner; kuru = oblige; dayaam = your kindness; mayi = in me.
"With my limbs emaciated with grief, I have a desire to touch that Rama the tiger among men. Show mercy on me and fulfill my desire."
abhijñānam ca rāmasya dattam hari gaṇa uttama |
kṣiptām īṣikām kākasya kopāt eka akṣi śātanīm || 5-40-4
4. harigaNottama = O Hanuma; the excellent one among the troops of monkeys!; dadyaaH = Present (the story of); iSiikaam = a blade of grass; called Ishika; abhiJNaanam = as a signet; kSiptaam = hurled; kopaat = with anger; kaakasya ekaakSishaataniim = and the one eye of a crow destroyed; raamasya = by Rama.
"O Hanuma the excellent one among the troops of monkeys! Present the story of the blade of grass called Ishika hurled with anger and thereby one eye of the crow destroyed by Rama (as a signal remembrance)."
manaḥ śilāyāḥ tikalo gaṇḍa pārśve niveśitaḥ |
tvayā pranaṣṭe tilake tam kila smartum arhasi || 5-40-5
5. (O Rama!); tilake = While a mark on my forehead; praNSTe = had got effaced; manashishilaayaaH tilakaH = a mark on my forehead with realgar; niveshitaH kila = was indeed painted; tvayaa = by you; gaNDa paarshve = on the side of my cheek; arhasi = you ought surely; smartum = to recollect; tam = it.
"O Rama! You ought surely to recollect that while a mark on my forehead had got effaced once, another mark with realgar was indeed painted by you on the side of my cheek."
sa vīryavān katham sītām hṛtām samanumanyase |
vasantīm rakṣasām madhye mahāindra varuṇa upama || 5-40-6
6. katham = How; sah = are you as such; viiryavaan = the valiant one; mahendra varuNopamaH = equal to Indra the Lord of celestials and Varuna the king of Universe; samanumanyase = give consent to; siitaam = Seetha; hR^itaam = having been taken away; vasantiim = and staying; madhye = in the middle; rakSasaam = of the demons.
"How are you, the valiant man equal to Indra the Lord of celestials and Varuna the King of Universe, ignore Seetha who was taken away and now staying in the midst of these demons?"
eṣa cūḍā maṇiḥ divyo mayā suparirakṣitaḥ |
etam dṛṣṭvā prahṛṣyāmi vyasane tvām iva anagha || 5-40-7
7. anagha = O faultless Rama!; eSaH = this; divyaH = wonderful; chuuDaamaNiH = jewel for the head; suparirakSitaH = has been protected well; mayaa = by me; dR^iSTvaa = seeing this; vyasane = in my distress; prahR^iSyaami = I have been getting delighted; tvaamiva = as though I have seen you.
"O faultless Rama! This wonderful jewel for the head head has been protected well by me. Seeing this in my distress, I have been getting delighted, as though I have seen you."
eṣa niryātitaḥ śrīmān mayā te vāri sambhavaḥ |
ataḥ param na śakṣyāmi jīvitum śoka lālasā || 5-40-8
8. eSaH = this jewel; shriimaan = which is splendid; vaarisambhavaH = and produced in water; niryaatitaH = has been sent; te = to you; shoka laalasaa = absorbed in grief; na shakSyaami = I shall not be able; jiivitum = to survive; ataH param = hence forth.
"This splendid jewel, produced in water, has been sent to you. Absorbed in grief, I shall not be able to survive henceforth."
asahyāni ca duhkhāni vācaḥ ca hṛdayac cidaḥ |
rākṣasīnām sughorāṇām tvat kṛte marṣayāmi aham || 5-40-9
9. tvatkR^ite = for your sake; aham = I; marSayaami = am enduring; asahyaani = (these) unbearable; duHkhaani = troubles; vaachashcha = and the words; raakSasiinaam = of female-demons; sughoraaNaam = which are very horrible; hR^idayachchhidaH = which pierce my heart.
"With a hope of your coming here at any time, I am enduring these unbearable hardships and also the words of horrible female demons; which pierce my heart."
dhārayiṣyāmi māsam tu jīvitam śatru sūdana |
māsāt ūrdhvam na jīviṣye tvayā hīnā nṛpa ātmaja || 5-40-10
10. shatrusuudana = O annihilator of enemies; nR^ipaatmaja = O Rama the prince!; dhaarayiSyaami = I shall hold; jiivitam = my life; maasamtu = only for a month; na jiiviSye = I will not survive; uurdhvam maasaat = after a month; hiinaa = left out; tvayaa = by you.
"O Rama the prince, the annihilator of enemies! I shall hold my life only for a month. I will not survive without you, after a month."
ghoro rākṣasa rājo ayam dṛṣṭiḥ ca na sukhā mayi |
tvām ca śrutvā vipadyantam na jīveyam aham kṣaṇam || 5-40-11
11. ayam = this; raakSasaraajaH = Ravana; the king of demons; ghoraH = is terrible; mayi = in my instance; dR^iSTiH = his glance; na sukhaa = is not pleasant; shrutvaa = hearing; tvaam = (that) you; viSajjantam = are causing a delay; aham = I; na jiiveyam = will not live; kSaNam = even for a moment.
"This Ravana, the king of demons, is terrible. In my instance, his glance is not pleasant. Hearing that you are causing a delay, I will not survive even for a moment."
vaidehyā vacanam śrutvā karuṇam sa aśru bhāṣitam |
atha abravīn mahātejā hanumān māruta ātmajaḥ || 5-40-12
12. shrutvaa = hearing; vachanam = the words; vaidehyaaH = of Seetha; bhaaSitam = spoken; karuNam = pitiably; saashru = with tears; hanumaan = Hanuma; maarutaatmajaH = the son of wind-god; mahaatejaaH = having great splendour; atha = thereafter; abraviit = spoke (as follows):
Hearing the words of Seetha, spoken pitiably with tears, Hanuma the son of wind-god, with a great splendour, spoke (as follows):
tvat śoka vimukho rāmo devi satyena te śape |
rāme śoka abhibhūte tu lakṣmaṇaḥ paritapyate || 5-40-13
kathaṃcit bhavatī dṛṣṭā na kālaḥ pariśocitum |
imam muhūrtam duhkhānām antam drakṣyasi bhāmini || 5-40-14
tāv ubhau puruṣa vyāghrau rāja putrāv aninditau |
tvat darśana kṛta utsāhau lankām bhasmī kariṣyataḥ || 5-40-15
hatvā tu samare krūram rāvaṇam saha bāndhavam |
rāghavau tvām viśāla akṣi svām purīm prāpayiṣyataḥ || 5-40-16
13; 14; 15; 16. devi = O Seetha; the princess!; raamaH = Rama; tva chchoka vimukhaH = has grown averse the everything else caused by grief towards you; shape = I swear; te = to you; satyena = truly; raame = (When) Rama; duHkhaabhipanna = is overpowered by grief; lakSmaNaH cha = Lakshmana too; paritapyate = is tormented; bhaamini = O lady!; kathamchit = somehow or other; bhavati = you; dR^iSTaa = appeared (have been discovered); na kaalaH = this is not the time; paridevitum = to lament; drakSyasi = you will see; antam = the end; duHkhaanaam = of your sorrows; imammuhurtam = within this moment; tau ubhau raajaputrau = those two princes; puruSa vyaaghrau = the excellent among men; arindamau = and annihilator of enemies; tvaddarshanakR^itotsahau = and who are eager to see you; laNkaam bhasmii kariSyataH = will reduce Lanka to ashes; vishaalaakSi = O large-eyed Seetha!; hatvaa = killing kruuram = the cruel; raavaNam = Ravana; saha baandhavam = along with his realtives; raaghava = Rama and Lakshmana; praapayiSyataH = will take; tvaam = you; svaam puriim = to their own city.
"O Seetha the princess! Rama has grown averse to everything else, caused by grief towards you. I sear it to you truly. when Rama is overpowered by grief, Lakshmana too gets tormented with grief." "O lady! Somehow or other, you have been discovered by me. This is not the time to lament. You will see the end of your sorrow shortly." "Those two princes, the excellent among men, the annihilator of enemies and who are eager to see you, will surely reduce Lanka to ashes. "O large-eyed Seetha! Killing the cruel Ravana along with his relatives, Rama and Lakshmana will take you to their own city."
yat tu rāmo vijānīyāt abhijñānam anindite |
prīti samjananam tasya bhūyaḥ tvam dātum arhasi || 5-40-17
17. anindite = O faultless Seetha!; tvam = you; arhasi = be pleased; daatum = to give; bhuuyaH = again; yat = whichever; abhijJNaanam = token of remembrance; vijaaniiyaat = (Rama) will recognise; priiti samjanam = and which creates will pleasure; tasya = to Rama.
"O faultless Seetha! Be pleased to give another token of remembrance, which Rama will recognise and which creates pleasure to him."
sā abravīt dattam eva iha mayā abhijñānam uttamam |
etat eva hi rāmasya dṛṣṭvā mat keśa bhūṣaṇam || 5-40-18
śraddheyam hanuman vākyam tava vīra bhaviṣyati |
18. saa = Seetha; abraviit = spoke; iti = thus; uttamam = an excellent; abhijJNaanam = token to remembrance; dattameva = was indeed given; maaa = by me; dR^iSTvaa = etat = this; matkeshabhuuSaNam = jewel; shraadheyam bhaviSyati = will become trust-worthy; raamasya = to Rama.
Seetha said, " An excellent token of remembrance was indeed given by me. Seeing this jewel for my hair, Rama will trust your words."
sa tam maṇi varam gṛhya śrīmān plavaga sattamaḥ || 5-40-19
praṇamya śirasā devīm gamanāya upacakrame |
19. gR^ihya = taking; tam maNivaram = that excellent jewel; saH = that; shriimaan = illustrious; plavagasattama = Hanuma; the best among monkeys; praNamya = offering salutation; shirasaa = by bowing his head; deviim = to Seetha; upachakrame = has set off; gamanaaya = to go.
Taking that excellent jewel, the illustrious Hanuma, the best among monkeys, offered salutation to Seetha by bowing his head and has set off to go.
tam utpāta kṛta utsāham avekṣya hari pumgavam || 5-40-20
vardhamānam mahāvegam uvāca janaka ātmajā |
aśru pūrṇa mukhī dīnā bāṣpa gadgadayā girā || 5-40-21
20; 21. avekSya = seeing; tam haripuNgavam = that Hanuma; the best among monkeys; utpaatakR^itatsaaham = possessed of energy to jum up; mahaavegam = with great speed; vardhamaanam = and expanding; janakaatmajaa = Seetha; uvaacha = spoke (as follows); giraa = in a voice; baaSpagadgadayaa = choked with tears diinaa = looking miserable; ashrupuurNa mukhii = in her face filled with tears.
Seeing that Hanuma, the best among monkeys, possessed of energy to jump up with great speed and expanding, Seetha spoke (as follows) in her voice choked with tears and looking miserable in her face filled with tears.
hanūman simha samkāśau bhrātarau rāma lakṣmaṇau |
sugrīvam ca saha amātyam sarvān brūyā anāmayam || 5-40-22
22. hanuman = O Hanuma!; bruuyaaH = enquire; anaamayam = about the health; raamalakSmaNau = of Rama and Lakshmana; bhraatarau = the brothers; simhasamkaashau = bearing a resemblance to lions; sugriivamcha = and of Sugreeva; sahaamaatyam = together with his ministers; sarvaan = and all others.
"O Hanuma! Enquire about the welfare of Rama and Lakshmana, the brothers looking like lions, of Sugreeva together with his ministers and of all other."
yathā ca sa mahābāhuḥ mām tārayati rāghavaḥ |
asmāt duhkha ambu samrodhāt tat samādhātum arhasi || 5-40-23
23. tvam arhasi = you be pleased; samadhaatum = to make; saH raaghavaH = that Rama; mahaabaahuH = deliver (me) in whatever manner; asmaat duHkhaambusamrodhaat = from this ocean of sorrow.
"Be pleased to make that long-armed Rama deliver me from this ocean of sorrow."
imam ca tīvram mama śoka vegam |
rakṣobhiḥ ebhiḥ paribhartsanam ca |
brūyāḥ tu rāmasya gataḥ samīpam |
śivaḥ ca te adhvā astu hari pravīra || 5-40-24
24. hari praviira = O valiant monkey; gataH = having gone; raamasya samiipam = to Rama's vicinity; bruuyaaH = appraise (him); mama imam tiivram shokavegam = about this terrific gush of my sorrow; paribhartsanamcha = and about the threatening attitude; ebhiH rakSobhiH = of those female-demons; te adhvaa = (Let) Your journey; astu = be; shivaH = happy.
"O valiant monkey! After approaching Rama, appraise him of this terrific gush of my grief and also about the threatening attitude of these female-demons. Have a happy journey!"
sa rāja putryā prativedita arthaḥ |
kapiḥ kṛta arthaḥ parihṛṣṭa cetāḥ |
tat alpa śeṣam prasamīkṣya kāryam |
diśam hi udīcīm manasā jagāma || 5-40-25
25. prativeditaarthaH = having been acquainted with the matter; raajaputryaa = by Seetha the princess; kR^itaarthaH = having accomplished his object; prihR^iSTa chetaaH = and with his mind filled with joy; prasamiikSya = and seeing; alpaavasheSam kaaryam = that only a little remains to be done; kapiH = Hanuma; jagaama manasaa = went intellectually; udiichiim disham = towards the northern direction.
Having been appraised of the matter by Seetha the princess, having accomplished his object, having his mind filled with joy and having perceived that only a little remained to be done, Hanuma intellectually sought the northern direction.
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