Month: April 2014

Ranging In Darkness

“It is not proper to speak with her while visible to the night-rangers. So now how am I supposed to proceed? I am indeed in great difficulty.” (Hanuman, Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 30.11) niśā carīṇām pratyakṣam akṣamam ca abhibhāṣaṇam |… Read More ›


“And it is proper for me to console the mighty-armed Rama, whose face resembles a full moon, and who is desirous of the vision of Sita.” (Hanuman, Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 30.10) mayā ca sa mahābāhuḥ pūrṇa candra nibha ānanaḥ… Read More ›


“By my returning there, this famous princess, Janaki, not seeing any rescue might indeed give up her life.” (Hanuman, Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 30.9) gate hi mayi tatra iyam rāja putrī yaśasvinī | paritrāṇam avindantī jānakī jīvitam tyajet || Download… Read More ›

Using Common Sense

“Indeed, if I shall go without consoling this lady, whose mind is overpowered by grief, then my setting out becomes offensive.” (Hanuman, Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 30.8) yadi hi aham imām devīm śoka upahata cetanām | anāśvāsya gamiṣyāmi doṣavat gamanam… Read More ›

Consoling the Moon

“Indeed, I will console this woman, whose face resembles a full moon, for she never before has experienced distress and currently cannot see the end of her distress.” (Hanuman, Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 30.7) aham āśvāsayāmi enām pūrṇa candra nibha… Read More ›

God Is Good

“It is proper for me to console the wife of He who is of immeasurable potency and kind to all beings, for she is hankering to see her husband.” (Hanuman, Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 30.6) yuktam tasya aprameyasya sarva sattva… Read More ›

Characteristics of the Enemy

“The characteristics of the Rakshasas and the city, as well as the power of the king of these Rakshasas, Ravana, has been ascertained.” (Hanuman, Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 30.5) rākṣasānām viśeṣaḥ ca purī ca iyam avekṣitā | rākṣasa adhipateḥ asya… Read More ›

Checking Your Work

“By me, who has been secretly moving about as a well-equipped spy tasked with ascertaining the strength of the enemy, this has been seen.” (Hanuman, Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 30.4) cāreṇa tu suyuktena śatroḥ śaktim avekṣitā | gūḍhena caratā tāvat… Read More ›