THE boldest and most strong-minded woman may, if kept in captivity for a long
period, lose heart and become depressed.
Seeta hoped month after month that her lord
would discover her whereabouts and come to her rescue. Sick with disappointed hope, alone
in the midst of enemies, she clung to life only from an abiding faith in the love of Raama
which made her feel that he would surely come.
The raakshasis plied her with what from
their point of view was well-meant counsel. "Won't you listen to our advice? You are
a human and so lack sense. You still hold on to this wretched man-husband of yours.
"Your proper place is our King's
bed-chamber. That is the place for every kind of pleasure. But spurning his offer, you are
forever thinking of your worthless husband. Why are you still fond of this luck-less
wretch driven out of his kingdom? You will never see him again. Yield to Raavana and be