The dream of Trijata

Twenty seventh Chapter

The dream of Trijata

(This chapter is about the dream of Trijata-one of the guards of Sita, who is the daughter of Vibhishana, which foretells good tidings for Sita and Rama and very bad happenings to Ravana and other Rakshasas.)

Having been told like this the horrible Rakshasis became livid with anger and some of them went to tell it to the bad soul Ravana. 1

Then the terrible looking Rakshasis surrounded Sita and told the following words, which lead to the same result and which are hurting to the ears. 2

Hey ignorant Sita who has decided upon to do sinful act , today and now itself we the Rakshasis are going to eat your flesh. 3

Seeing the methods of bullying used by them which are not lady like, a very elderly and wise Rakshasi called Trijata spoke the following words: 4

Hey sinners, you can eat me and please do not kill Sita who is the daughter of Janaka, who is the daughter in law of Dasaratha and who respects all others. 5

Just now I saw a dream and truly I saw it. When thinking about it I am upset , my hairs stand upright for the dream is about the fall of Rakshasas and the victory of her husband. 6

Thus informed by Trijata, those Rakshasis who had lost their senses due to anger were suddenly full of fear and asked Trijata, What is the type of dream that you have seen at night? Please explain it in detail. 7

Once she heard the words emanating from the mouth of Rakshasis ,Trijata started talking to them about her dream. 8

Raghava clothed in white silk and wearing white flower garland arrived happily along with Lakshmana in a palanquin made of ivory and carried by thousand swans and traveling in the sky. 9

 I saw in my dream Sita also clothed in white silk who had reached the White Mountain surrounded by the sea and being happy with Sri Rama like the sun light with the sun. 10

(please note that dressing in white was considered as auspicious during the time of Ramayana)

I Saw Rama along with Lakshmana arriving ,riding on a mountain like , four tusked great elephant. 11

 Then those two human heroes clothed in white silk and wearing white flower garland , shining in their own luster approached the daughter of Janaka. 12

Then Janaki from that mountain itself climbed on to the neck of the elephant which was looked after by her husband. 13

Then she rose from the lap of her lotus eyed husband and stated patting the moon and the sun 14

 Then the elephant ridden by those two princes and the broad eyed Sita came and stood on the sky just above Lanka. 15

 Then accompanied by Sita and Lakshmana, Rama climbed on a chariot drawn by eight pairs of bulls and reached here on his own . 16

I saw Sri Rama, who is capable of exterminating problems swallowing all the three worlds along with several globes and its moving and not moving inhabitants. 17

 From the middle of the waters of the ocean of milk, one white mountain rose up. On the top of the mountain was a very big white elephant with four tusks. And on the top of it the lotus eyed Sri Rama, his brother Lakshmana and his wife Sita were seated. 18-20

 Sita arose from there and embraced the pretty, full moon with both her hands and was there as a part of her husband.  21

After that in another place, the lotus eyed Rama who was born in the Kakustha clan and who was a gentleman, sat on a wonderful seat facing east and was anointed by all the holy waters by the group of great sages ,I also saw him being worshipped by all devas.  22-23

 There she who is the daughter of Janaka, who was having a very pretty middle part, clothed in white silk, wearing white flower garlands and also anointed by scents from several holy flowers shined greatly. 24

 After this Devas accompanied by Gandarwas, sages and Sidhas keeping Lord Brahma in their front saluted Sri Rama. 25

 The great Sri Rama who was expert in pleasing every one became himself Lord Vishnu and sat on a holy seat. I also saw him like this. 26

 The red eyed gentleman Sri Rama who was the lord of all worlds and who was a descendent of Raghu, shined there as the ultimate truth, as the ultimate essence, as the personification of ultimate knowledge, as the ultimate mediation, as the ultimate cause, as the  ultimate place, as the ultimate cause of everything, holding conch, holy wheel and mace in his hands , with very long eyes, with Sri Vatsa on his chest, as the kingdom leading to ultimate deliverance , as somebody who can never be defeated, as some body who is permanent, as somebody who is perennial, as Vishnu the abode of peace and as some one who was glowing greatly. 27-29

Then the king of devas, manes, great sages, gandarwas, Vidhyadaras, the chief of Pannagas surrounded Rama , who was crowned and with folded hands sang his praise. 30

Then all the Apsaras (Deva dancers) joined together sang with happiness and danced accompanied by necessary musical instruments. Along with them instruments like Veena, Muraja, drums and conches together made pleasant royal music. 31

After this I also saw the real hero Rama ,in another place. That prince among men with Lakshmana ,his brother and his wife Sita was riding the sun like holy Puspaka Vimana and was traveling towards the north. 32-33

(In the Northern side of India,  Gods used to reside and was considered holy)

I saw like this in my dream the valorous Sri Rama who was very similar to Lord Vishnu along with his brother Lakshmana and with Sita. 34

That resplendent Sri Rama who cannot be won over either by Devas or asuras or rakshasas or any body else is similar to the fact that heaven cannot be won over by sinners. 35

Not only this, I saw the head shaved Ravana who had applied oil all over , clothed in red cloths, tipsy being drunk and wearing KaraVira flowers. 36

(Here red colour is indicative of bad. This stanza also indicated shaving of head indicates miserable state.)

At another time, I saw the  head shaved Ravana who has fallen to the earth from Pushpaka Vimana being forcibly dragged by a lady wearing a black dress. 37

He wore a red garland and red Thilaka and was traveling to the south riding a chariot dragged by donkey and was drowned in a hole in the mud. 38

I saw a black lady laden with mud all over her body wearing a cloth smelling of blood dragging the ten headed one holding him tightly on the neck towards the south. 39

He was riding fast towards the south on a donkey having lost his senses by drinking oil, laughing, tottering, with dulled senses and with weak body 40

(God of death and hell were supposed to be in the Southern direction)

I also saw the king Ravana falling from the donkey with head down wards and stunned by fear and ultimately falling on earth. 41

That Ravana suddenly got up, was caught by fear, started trembling, was shaking because he was drunk, was shouting many meaningless words like a mad man and fell in a intolerable, very dark, hell like a shit pit and went down in to that. 42-43

I also the very strong Kumbhakarna in there. I also saw all the sons of Ravana applied with oil and head shaved in side  there. 44

Ravana riding on a pig, Indrajit riding on a crocodile and Kumbhakarna riding on a camel went towards the south. 45

But I saw in my dream only Vibishana carrying a white umbrella clothed in white silk, wearing a white garland , anointed with white sandal paste and accompanied by the music of Dndhubhi and honoured by dance and music. 46

There I saw Vibishana along with four ministers riding on a holy four tusked elephant which was equal to a cloud and which was roaring like a cloud reaching Sri Rama.â 47

I also saw huge crowds of drunk Rakshasas in blood drenched cloth , wearing blood red garlands along with the sound of drums and music. 48

I saw the pretty city of Lanka which has horses, chariots and elephants drowning in the sea with its towers and decorations broken down. 49

I saw in my dream, the city of Lanka which is well protected by Ravana being burnt down by a monkey who was the emissary of Rama. 50

All the Rakshasis were loudly crying and dancing after drinking oil and in the city of Lanka which had turned in to ashes, all Rakshasa chieftains like Kumbhakarna , all dressed in red ,were getting drowned in a pit of cow dung. 51-52

Raghava who cannot tolerate crimes is going to kill Ravana along with all his people and is going take back Sita. You will see this and you better run and hide yourself. 53

Raghava will not forgive you all for terrorizing and bullying his wife who is his darling, who is honoured by him and who accompanied him to live in the forest. 54

So let your cruel words stop, talk to her and console her .Let us all beg the daughter of Videha and I feel that is only the good decision. 55-56

This very sad lady about whom this dream was seen is going to get out of the different kinds of sorrow and is going to join back her very great husband. 57

Hey, Rakshasis, what is the use of hesitating, go and beg the forgiveness of her who has been terrorized. 58

All the Rakshasas are going to suffer grave danger from Raghava. 59

Hey, Rakshasis, there is no doubt that the princess of Mithila who is the daughter of Janaka would get quickly pleased with you as soon as you bow to her. She alone is sufficient to save us all from this grave danger. 60

Not only that, I do not see even a bit of anything which is not a  good  omen in all parts of her body.  61

The only sorrowful state which had happened to her, who attained the Vimana in my dream and who should not have got all this sorrow is her being dulled by the dirt 62

I am seeing that, the downfall of the king of Rakshasas, victory of Rama and the fulfillment of desires of the daughter of Videha has come very near. 63

Good omens are happening to her who is going to hear pleasant news. I am seeing that her long left eye, which is like a lotus petal, is beating about. Apart from that only the left arm of Vaidehi is throbbing because of pleasure. Also her left thigh, which is like the trunk of an elephant, is throbbing. All this indicates that Raghava is standing in front of her eye. 64-66

Not only that, the bird living on the branches with great zest and happiness is making lovely soft sound  indicating the safe arrival of someone again and again and appears as if it is helping her by its song. 67

Thus ends the twenty seventh chapter of Sundara Kanda which is in the Ramayana which is the first epic written by Valmiki.

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