TO SEETA, plunged in a sea of sorrow and clinging to dharma and to the
thought of her lord, Raavana spoke these words:
"O beautiful one! Why do you shrink
from me? Do you not see how much I care for you? Though it is lawful for a Raakshasa to
take another's wife and possess her by force, I am a beggar for your love. There is no
need to fear me. I shall never touch you till your heart turns towards me. Do not be
afraid. My one wish is that you should care for me as I do for you. You must accept me
with affection. Why do you make your body a prey to unavailing sorrow?
"O beautiful one! There is none like
you in loveliness, none in all the world. It is not right for you to reject beautiful
jewels, and clothes, to sleep on the ground and leave your hair unkempt. O gem among
women, do not thus waste your youth and beauty. Now you have come under my protection, you
should lack nothing. All pleasures are suitors for your selection.