hanuman spotting sita

Beautifying Ornaments

“Whatever ornaments Rama previously spoke of Hanuman saw on Vaidehi’s body, beautifying her limbs.” (Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 15.41) vaidehyā yāni ca angeṣu tadā rāmo anvakīrtayat | tāni ābharaṇa jālāni gātra śobhīni alakṣayat || The innocent princess of Videha did… Read More ›

The Telltale Signs

“After seeing that wide-eyed, irreproachable daughter of the king, he understood her to be Sita based on the various indications.” (Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 15.40) tām samīkṣya viśāla akṣīm rāja putrīm aninditām | tarkayām āsa sītā iti kāraṇaiḥ upapādayan ||… Read More ›

The Life of a Text

“As Sita was not decorated, with difficulty Hanuman could recognize her, like understanding a text which has gotten a different meaning due to a lack of purity.” (Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 15.39) duhkhena bubudhe sītām hanumān analamkṛtām | samskāreṇa yathā… Read More ›

A Discerning Eye

“As Sita was not decorated, with difficulty Hanuman could recognize her, like understanding a text which has gotten a different meaning due to a lack of purity.” (Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 15.39) duhkhena bubudhe sītām hanumān analamkṛtām | samskāreṇa yathā… Read More ›

Block That Vibe

“She was beloved of the whole world like the radiance of the full moon. That lovely woman was seated on the ground like a female ascetic practicing restraint.” (Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 15.30-31) iṣṭām sarvasya jagataḥ pūrṇa candra prabhām iva… Read More ›

Form Matching

“The form of this woman looks just like the form of that woman who was seen previously being carried away by that Rakshasa, who could take any form he likes.” (Hanuman, Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 15.27) hriyamāṇā tadā tena rakṣasā… Read More ›

You Think You’ve Got It Bad

“…deserving only of happiness and unaccustomed to misfortune, (She was) tormented by grief.” (Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 15.25) sukha arhām duhkha samtaptām vyasanānām akodivām | tām samīkṣya viśāla akṣīm adhikam malinām kṛśām || You think you have it bad. The… Read More ›

Separated From The Herd

“Not seeing the people dear to her and looking at the many Rakshasis, she looked like a deer separated from her flock and then surrounded by a group of hounds.” (Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 15.42) priyam janam apaśyantīm paśyantīm rākṣasī… Read More ›