Prahasta was Raavana's chief counsellor. He spoke of the King's invincible
strength and cheered him up.
Raavana now grew enthusiastic and said:
"Didn't I vanquish Kubera? Didn't I drive him out and make Lanka my own? Who dare
come here and oppose me? Let us see!"
The assembly applauded these words.
Vibheeshana alone did not join in the
applause. He did not mind the wrath of his royal brother. He felt it was his duty to warn
him of the danger and the error of his ways.
He felt bound to make his utmost effort to
save him and the Raakshasa face from doom. He stood up and spoke:
"You have brought Seeta and with her,
death for yourself and your race. Your first duty to yourself and your people is to
restore her to Raama. If you fail in this, we shall all assuredly perish. This is
He went on describing Raama's strength and
skill and his mastery of weapons. He spoke frankly and without fear.