Ramayan: Sugriv Forgets His Duty

When Tara learned that Vali had been fatally wounded, she and her son Angada hastened to his side. As Rama had killed Vali with with one arrow, she discovered the Vanara army running away in all directions. They persuaded Tara to do the same when she questioned them about how they could betray their lord and flee like cowards after Vali had been killed by death in the shape of Rama. Tara, who was inconsolable, informed her counsellors that after losing Vali, the kingdom was no longer useful to her. She suddenly caught sight of Vali’s lone figure! He was lying dead in the dust after having defeated armies of Rakshasas by himself and with legendary glory and might. Tara saw Rama, Lakshmana, and Sugriva but had no grudge towards them since she knew Vali was to blame. Sugriva also sobbed as she saw Tara and Angada cry.

When Tara, the stunning ruler of Kishkinda, saw the strongest Vanara laying on the ground, she broke down in tears. She cried out in agony, “My Lord, what do you want to tell me? You should not be lying on this sand! Do you value this world more than I do if you choose to reject me and embrace it? You banished Sugriva despite my advise, you took his wife, and you reprimanded me when I tried to help! And now you are paying the price! Tara was unable to muster the will to return to the palace. She made the decision to burn herself alive on the funeral pyre as she sat dejectedly beside Vali’s body.

Tara shone like a dying light on the huge Kishkinda battlefield. Tara heard a soft voice from Hanuman say, “Tara, for whom do you weep? Everyone is only a temporary bubble. Depending on their good or evil deeds, creatures receive what they deserve. The merit or demerit cannot be traded or transferred! Being inconsolable over someone’s passing is insane because even their body is temporary. Hanuman emphasised that only women who had no sons perished after their husbands perished in an effort to stop Tara from jumping into the flames of the funeral pyre. She was alive because of Angada. The king who had kept watch over innumerable monkeys, he declared, “No longer exists. It is inappropriate to be sad for someone who has advanced due to their excellent acts! Vali was a learned man who consoled the grieving and pardoned the rebellious. As the lone haven for the Vanaras, Tara, you are without fault. With your assistance, let Angada dominate. Let’s now bury Vali and enthrone Angada. Even if Tara had a hundred sons like Angada, she declared that she would still follow her late husband. The next person to assume responsibility after the father is his sibling. Sugriva! Tara emphasised, “You must now complete the necessary tasks, and I shall rest where Vali does.

As it fought for its last chance to escape, Vali’s breathing became laborious. When he turned to face Sugriva, he stated in a voice filled with love, “Driven by fate I banished you. Brotherly love and kingship were not intended for us to share. Take control of Kishkinda’s throne. I am travelling to the hereafter while leaving behind my kingdom, my notoriety, my fortune, and even my life. Love and guard Angada as if he were your own son. As his strength equals yours, he will be a valuable ally. Tara is intelligent and wise, so pay attention to her advice as well. Especially, grant Rama’s request. Take this gold chain that Mahendra gave me right away since it will get dull the minute I pass away. Sugriva took the gift in silence, her heart wounded and woebegone. Sugriva took the gift in silence, her heart wounded and woebegone. Vali assured Angada that Sugriva would treat him with the same kindness he had always received going forward. He instructed Angada to hold Sugriva in the same esteem that he had always had for him. Never be kind to a kingdom foe. Be mindful of your obligations to your king and lord. You shouldn’t be too or underly friendly. Treat your subjects well. Even while he was speaking, Vali’s suffering intensified; unable to handle it, he rolled his eyes and bared his fangs as his lifeless body lost its last breath.

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For her spouse, who was no longer conscious of his surroundings, Tara sobbed. How, my lord, could our raucous mourning fail to awaken you? How could you abandon us? In the spot where you have slain many of your enemies, you lie there so still. Because a warrior’s life is so uncertain, a prudent father should never offer his daughter in marriage to one. Look at me; my joy has been extinguished, and I am adrift in a sea of grief. Perhaps because it doesn’t crumble even in the face of tragedy, my heart is formed of stone. Men will continue to label a woman without a spouse as a widow regardless of their sons, riches, or grain bins. You have passed away, and Sugriva has fulfilled his goal! I can’t even hug you because of the arrow in your heart,” Tara sobbed. While Tara’s tears dropped on Vali’s dust-covered corpse and blood gushed out of him, soaking the ground, Nila withdrew the arrow. She said, “Look at your father’s anguish of death, the hostility that had started with his purposeful crimes has finally finished,” while sobbing as she spoke to her son. This calamity would not have befallen Kishkinda if only he had followed my advice. Tara kept weeping because her sorrow was great and her agony was unbearable.

Sugriva couldn’t help but admit to Rama his anguish after witnessing Tara’s devastation. “I murdered Vali because my wrath required it at the time, but today my conscience forbids that deed, and my guilt stokes a fire inside of me. Kishkinda is so full of sorrow that I do not even want to be its ruler. Even though Tara suffers, Angada laments, the Vanaras weep, and Vali lies dead, how can I crown myself? He who has slain a brother is the worst offender of all! When he had the opportunity to simply kill me, the kind and honourable Vali chose to spare my life. I am not only guilty of massacre but also unworthy to be king because of my self-centeredness and avarice! Sugriva begged Rama’s approval before setting himself on fire, telling him that his death would not deter the Vanaras from looking for Sita. Rama noticed Tara staring at him as he remained still and perplexed by the unexpected change of events. His eyes also welled up with tears as he approached her and saw how miserable she was. “Rama, renowned for your grandeur, tolerance, and compassion you are heavenly and the most righteous among men,” the lovely queen of Kishkinda exclaimed as she turned to face him. Please use the same arrow you used to kill Vali to kill me as well. You will not be affected by the sin of killing a woman since I am only Vali’s soul. Vali would miss me in paradise just as you missed Sita in the most beautiful Rishyamuka. He will reject the Apsaras out of his desire for me! You will be exonerated of the crime of killing Vali by giving me to him. Rama made an effort to persuade Tara that everyone in the world experiences both joy and grief to some extent, and that everything happens for a reason. “Nothing in the three realms can oppose or surpass Tara’s destiny! You should not be grieving in this way as the wife of a brave warrior. Let Angada succeed to Kishkinda’s kingdom as the apparent successor.

Rama advised Tara, Sugriva, and Angada that their mourning would not help them or the fallen hero in any way, in an effort to ease their pain. “Neither friendship nor hostility can restrain the deity who administers justice. Every man’s destiny is determined by Karma. The wise understand this and accept whatever comes their way with grace since destiny is unavoidable and unstoppable. Vali has reached the country of the gods that such souls earn after being killed by me and realising and repenting of his mistakes. It is unnecessary to grieve him because he has attained the ultimate condition. As Angada kindled the funeral pyre and everyone gathered paid their respects to the honourable king of Kishkinda, Vali was incinerated as the wails of his numerous wives resounded across the mountains.

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Hanuman asked Rama for permission to enter Kishkinda with his entourage following the cremation. Rama denied the offer to enter the city since it went against his vow of exile, even though he wanted him to join them. He encouraged Sugriva to declare Angada as his successor and requested Hanuman to crown Sugriva. Sugriva entered the city to the joyous greeting of many monkeys. The Vanara chiefs bowed before him, and Kishkinda seemed joyous as flags and banners floated. Sugriva was crowned king after being anointed with the most priceless ointments, jewelled, and dressed in finery. Shortly after, Angada was appointed as Sugriva’s apparent heir.

Rama passed the time in a cave on the lovely mountain Prasravana while Sugriva began to govern Kishkinda. The waters of lakes and streams gleamed beneath the green canopy of luxuriant woods while the roar of the lion competed with the soft murmur of the deer. Nature was in all of its glory, like a lovely belle, with fragrant forests, flowering trees, and chattering birds. The princes were glad that everything was OK with Sugriva when they heard Kishkinda’s joyful sounds from their underground residence. Rama’s evenings were a never-ending torture, despite the fact that he spent his days soaking up the beauty all around him. The calm that followed dusk was filled with Sita-related thoughts. Lakshmana was devastated to see Rama thus overcome with grief. Rama, you know all is lost when bravery is lost, he remarked in a tender voice. How can you experience sorrow when you believe in God, destiny, and human effort? To combat a powerful opponent using unfair warfare techniques, you must be tough and vigilant. Rama sought to control his sadness after hearing Lakshmana’s words of consolation and looked forward to the conclusion of the rainy season when Sugriva would begin to organise the Sita-related search.

Rama attempted to communicate to Lakshmana the beauty of the verdant landscape seen from the cave’s opening as he looked out at it. According to him, the pregnant clouds were sailing over the heavens, nourished by the Sun’s rays and fed by the ocean’s spray. They radiated the murmur of Vedic chants, which were nothing more than the echo of rushing winds and tumbling streams, shrouding mountain tops and cloaking forests. The clouds move forward, obscuring the moon and the stars while being splattered with lightning and echoing with thunder. I’m reminded of Sita’s tears, which stream down her cheek after being seared by the fire of her sorrow, like the deluge that drops on the parched land quenches its thirst. I’m reminded of Sita as I watch the lightning tremble in the murky skies, maybe trying to flee Ravana. The world appeared at peace once its heat and dust were gone. Men did not dare go to far-off regions until the hazy sky cleared, the winds blew cool, and rulers postponed their conquest campaigns. While water rushing down thundered, rippled, and foamed, water imprisoned between mountains lay calm, like oceans without waves. The earth was covered in a rainbow of hues created by crawling insects, dropping fruit, and flower petals. Rama never seems to tyre of marvelling at the beautiful sights of nature! He witnessed the rapids of the rivers, the delight of trumpeting elephants, the radiance of the woodlands, and the dance of peacocks. Peacocks transformed wet glades into dance and music theatres as some strutted, some people observed, and others sung! The stars at night and the Sun during the day were hidden by rain-drenched clouds as torrents of water overwhelmed the ground. Only the closure of the lotus and the flowering of the jasmine signalled the approach of night since the darkness that covers the ground confounded directions. Rama instantly thought aloud, “In Ayodhya Bharata must have obtained all that was needed, by now,” as his eyes darted all about. Having won his queen and his country, Sugriva must be ecstatic. However, I am alone in this desert and have not yet conquered my foe. I can’t bear how sad I am. The rains seem never-ending, and Ravana is a difficult foe. Sugriva, who is enjoying himself after years of misery, does not need me to rush him. The work that lies ahead is not simple. When the rains stop, Sugriva will visit us, so I’ll wait till then.

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Hanuman observed that the final strands of white and grey had floated away from Kishkinda, exposing the beauty of the blue heavens. He also met Sugriva, a king who had succeeded with Rama’s assistance and had vowed to repay the favour, but who appeared unaware of his duties. He was constantly enjoying himself with Tara and the woman of Kishkinda, whom he had long wanted, while neglecting his nation and his obligations and becoming fixated on the pleasures of his senses. Hanuman decided to remind the Vanara king of his obligation after becoming frustrated with Sugriva’s lack of interest in fulfilling his promise to Rama. He stated to him, “It is not only essential to assist a friend in need, but the time you had set to provide that assistance is long overdue. The noble prince is patiently waiting for your summons even though no one in the three realms can resist and avoid his arrows. He feels restless, longs for Sita, and is plagued by thoughts of her situation! He won’t, however, bring up your pledges. Sugriva! Should you not assist Rama, who has returned your wealth and your kingdom while putting his own life in danger, since you frequently do unasked-for favours? Numerous valiant Vanaras who are dedicated to you assign their part in Sita’s hunt to them. Sugriva made his choice right then. He sent for Nila and instructed him to summon in his troops, from all the directions. “Collect those who protect the kingdom’s borders who are the fastest and bravest. Inform them that any monkey that does not arrive in Kishkinda within the next fifteen days will be executed! Additionally, my decisions are final. Sugriva issued the directive, “Inform Angada, Jambavan, and all revered Vanaras of my decision.

Complete Ramayan is Listed Below (Major Incidents)

Ramayan Part 1 Ramayan Part 14
Ramayan Part 2 Ramayan Part 15
Ramayan Part 3 Ramayan Part 16
Ramayan Part 4 Ramayan Part 17
Ramayan Part 5 Ramayan Part 18
Ramayan Part 6 Ramayan Part 19
Ramayan Part 7 Ramayan Part 20
Ramayan Part 8 Ramayan Part 21
Ramayan Part 9 Ramayan Part 22
Ramayan Part 10 Ramayan Part 23
Ramayan Part 11 Ramayan Part 24
Ramayan Part 12 Ramayan Part 25
Ramayan Part 13

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