All Lakshmana's efforts to console him were in vain. He was convinced that the
Raakshasas had carried away Seeta and torn her to pieces and eaten her up. He pictured to
himself in detail the horror of her suffering and cried in his grief: "I must have
committed terrible sins. How else could such suffering come to me?
Seeta who accompanied me, thinking I could
protect her, has been eaten by the Raakshasas and I can do nothing about it. Is there
another sinner like me in the world?"
Lakshmana said: "Do not lose heart.
You must be bold and energetic. A resolute mind can conquer fate. But you must first
conquer your weakness. Let us make a more thorough search of the forest. Instead of
yielding to unavailing sorrow, let us be manly and active." But Raama would not