Ravana – that decent guy. really ?

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Gems from Ramayana

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The real reason why Ravana did not use force on Sita devi. Taken from conversation between Ravana and his step brother Mahaparshva –

महापार्श्व निबोध त्वम् रहस्यम् किंचिदात्मनः |
चिरवृत्तम् तदाख्यास्ये यदवाप्तम् पुरा मया ||

“O, Mahaparsva! Know a little secret about me. I shall tell you an incident, which occurred to me long ago.”

पितामहस्य भवनम् गच्चन्तीम् पुञ्जिकस्थलाम् |
चञ्चूर्यमाणामद्राक्षमाकाशेऽग्निशिखामिव ||

“Once I saw a celestial nymph, Punjikasthala(by name) flashing like a flame, concealing herself in the sky and proceeding towards the abode of Brahma.”

सा प्रसह्य मया भुक्ता कृता विवसना ततः |
स्वयम्भूभवनम् प्राप्ता लोलिता नलिनी यथा ||

“She was unclothed by me and was enjoyed forcibly. Thereafter, appearing like a crumpled lotus, she went to the abode of Brahma.”

तच्च तस्य तदा मन्ये ज्ञातमासीन्महात्मनः |
अथ सम्कुपितो वेधा मामिदम् वाक्यमब्रवी ||

“I think that the matter was made known to the high souled Brahma and then the enraged Brahma spoke to me the following words:

अद्यप्रभृति यामन्याम् बलान्नारीम् गमिष्यसि |
तदा ते शतधा मुर्धा फलिष्यति न संशयः ||

“From today, if you revel with any woman forcibly, your head then undoubtedly will break asunder into a hundred pieces.”

 

( Refer : Valmiki Ramayanam, Yuddha Kandam 13:10 to 13:15)

 

 

 

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