|AS soon as the
day dawned, Vibheeshana went to the king. He had thought deeply over the matter and had
come to a decision. His brother's welfare demanded that he should seek somehow to
convert and save him.
Vibheeshana entered the royal palace and stood with folded hands before the king. Raavana
sent away all but the principal
Ministers and asked his brother to speak.
"My brother and my lord," began Vibheeshana, "forgive me if what I say is
not pleasing to your cars. My desire is not to flatter but to save you from a great danger
while there is yet time. I beg of you to listen to me, consider well what I say and then
decide on your course of action.
"Ever since you
brought Seeta to Lanka we see only evil omens. Even when the libation is poured with the
correct mantra, the flame does not spring to receive it.