lakshmi

Just As Fortunate

“O most fortunate one, I am a Vanara, messenger of the intelligent Rama. And behold this ring, O Devi, marked with Rama’s name.” (Hanuman speaking to Sita Devi, Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 36.2) vānaro aham mahābhāge dūto rāmasya dhīmataḥ |… Read More ›

Combing The Earth

“I have searched all this earth: pools, ponds, lakes, streams, rivers, marshes, woods and difficult to access mountains – but still I do not see Sita. Sampati, the king of vultures, said that Sita was here in Ravana’s abode, but… Read More ›

Every Kind of Happiness

“Supremely famous is that city of Janakpur, where Sita Devi, the goddess of fortune herself appeared, making it like an ocean full of every type of happiness.” (Janaki Mangala, Svayamvara Ki Taiyari, 5) taham̐ basa nagara janakapura parama ujāgara| sīya… Read More ›

Seeing Vishnu Everywhere

“That great hero among monkeys saw the rising moon, which had a color as white as milk or a lotus fiber, the luster of a conchshell, and resembled a swan swimming in a lake.” (Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 2.58) śaṅkhaprabhaṃ… Read More ›

The Secret Weapon

“With Vaidehi [Sita] being thus insulted, all the moving and nonmoving beings of the world were put into a chaotic condition and were surrounded by a dense blinding darkness. The wind did not blow and the sun did not shine…. Read More ›

Padmini

“How can that female swan who is accustomed to sporting with the king of swans amidst lotus flowers ever cast her eyes on a water-crow that stays amidst bunches of grass?” (Sita Devi speaking to Ravana, Valmiki Ramayana, Aranya Kand,… Read More ›

Fortune Fame

“Gone is the duration of your life. Gone is your prosperity. Gone is your strength, and gone are your senses. The city of Lanka will become widowed due to your horrible deeds.” (Sita Devi speaking to Ravana, Valmiki Ramayana, Aranya… Read More ›

Finding Gold

“Then a voice, sounding like a human being, was heard from the sky which said, ‘O king, this child is rightfully your daughter.’ Thereupon my father, the righteous King of Mithila, was greatly pleased. Obtaining me as his daughter, that… Read More ›