"LOOK, Raama, at this Vaanara army," said Sugreeva. "All these
myriads, of wondrous strength, are yours to command. They are willing and able to do you
all the service you demand. Consider this huge army as your own and bid them to do
whatever you wish."
Raama, beside himself with joy; embraced
Sugreeva. He said: "First we should find out whether Seeta is alive, and if so where
she is. Next we should know Raavana's whereabouts. Then we shall do what needs to be done.
But it is for you, not for me or Lakshmana, to command this army. You are their King. Be
sides, you know best what needs to be done and how to do it. Blessed am I to have a friend
like you and a brother like Lakshmana!"
Then Sugreeva issued stringent orders to
his commanders at once to send divisions of the army to the four quarters of the earth to
make a thorough search for Seeta.