"ALAS, alas! Ah Seeta! Ah Lakshmana!" So cried Maareecha simulating
Raama's voice. And Seeta was deceived. Trembling like a plantain tree in a storm, she
cried, "There, Lakshmana, do you not hear your brother's voice? Run, run at once to
Overwhelmed by fear and seeing Lakshmana
unwilling to move, she appealed to Lakshmana again and again in an agony of anxiety,
"I hear my Lord's voice in distress. Go, go at once! Do not delay!" she cried.
"He is in some great danger, Did you not hear his cry for help? Why do you still
stand here? Your brother is no doubt surrounded by Raakshasas and cries for help. Instead
of rushing to his rescue, you stand still here!"
Lakshmana knew the wiles of the Raakshasas
and remembered his brother's command. He would not move.