SUKA, the Raakshasa scout, went and reported to Raavana: "I did my job
according to your instructions. But my efforts were fruitless. They were rough with me and
made me feel thankful to be allowed to come back. Raama, to whom it was sport to slay
Viraadha, Kabandha, Khara and others, has arrived with the army of Sugreeva. 'They have
somehow come to know of the place where Seeta is held captive.
The bears and monkeys have crossed the sea
and are standing ready for battle before Lanka. The visible earth is covered with this
army. There is nothing to be gained by discussions and debates. Their bate can only be
quenched with our blood, Oh King! Consider well what needs to be done, and do it."
And then he added with fear, in a
suppressed voice: "We may yet escape if seeta is restored."
Raavana was enraged. "What did you
say?" be cried. "Let no one talk to me of Seeta being restored. They do not know
my strength who talk like this. I can slay the gods, the Vaanaras, the Gandharvas and the
Yakshas. My darts can burn up Indra him self and Yama too. Wait and see how this wretched
fellow Raama and his army will be destroyed."