KUMBHAKARNA, the younger brother of Raavana, spoke in the assembly:
"Great King! Ignoring the principles
of state-craft, you have run into a great danger. If you had any grievance against Raama
and Lakshmana, you should have met them face to face and defeated and slain them before
carrying off Seeta.
If you had acted thus, even Seeta would
have admired you and there would then have been a possibility of her accepting you. As
waters flow down a mountain, she would have followed a victorious warrior.
"You did not consult us before
committing the offence and incurred the enmity of Raama, but now, when it is too late, you
seek our counsel. This is not the right way of doing things that a king should
Having spoken thus harshly, Kumbhakarna
looked at the king and saw he was pained. Affectionate as he was brave, he could not
endure the sadness in his brother's face.