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Ramayana
Index of Ramayana Author -C.RajaGopalachari
Kulapati's Preface Preface
The Conception Sage Viswamitra
Trisanku Raama Leaves Home
Raama Slays The Monsters Seetha
Bhageeratha And The Story Of Ganga Ahalya
Raama Wins Seeta's Hand Parasuraama's Discomfiture
Festive Preparations Manthara's Evil Counsel
Kaikeyi Succumbs Wife Or Demon?
Behold A Wonder! Storm And Calm
Seeta's Resolve To The Forest
Alone By Themselves Chitrakoota
A Mother's Grief Idle Sport And Terrible Result
Last Moments Bharata Arrives
Intrigue wasted Bharata Suspected
The Brothers Meet Bharata Becomes Raama's Deputy
Viraadha's End Ten Years Pass
The Soorpanakha Episode Kamban's Soorpanakha
Khara And His Army Liquidated The Path Of Ruin
The Golden Stag The Good Bird Jataayu
Closely Guarded Raama Disconsolate
A Second Father Dies Left Eyelids Throb
He Sees Her Jewels Sugreeva's Doubts Cleared
The Slaying Of Vaali Taara's Grief
Anger And Reconciliation The Search Begins
Son Of Vaayu The Search In Lanka
Seeta In The Asoka Park Raavana's Solicitation
First Among The Astute Seeta Comforted
Seeta And Hanumaan Inviting Battle
The Terrible Envoy Hanumaan Bound
Lanka In Flames A Carnival
The Tidings Conveyed The Army Moves Forward
Anxiety In Lanka Raavana Calls A Council Again
Vibheeshana The Vaanara's Doubt
The Doctrine Of Surrender And Grace The Great Causeway
The Battle Begins Seeta's Joy
Serpent Darts Raavana's Defeat
The Giant Is Roused Is This Naaraayana Himself?
The Death Of Indrajit End Of Raavana
The End Epilogue
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THE VAANARA'S DOUBT

HAVING committed a sin and run into danger, Raavana did not see how to extricate himself. Like other kings in a quandary, he called a council for consultation. Many spoke flattering words. Only two spoke harshly.

One said: "You have committed a fault. But I will give up my life for you." This was Kumbhakarna.

The other, Vibheeshana, said: "You have committed a sin, but there is still time for repentance and escape from consequences. If you take this right and wise course, we shall all escape destruction and live happily. Restore Seeta and seek pardon of Raama."

"Never," said Raavana.

"Then our ways part and I leave you," said Vibheeshana.

In a conflict of duties, each one follows his own nature. All cannot follow one and the same path.

Raavana's self-indulgent vanity would not let him admit his error or retrace his steps. Very rarely does one who has committed, a sin confess defeat. It requires some courage of a bad sort to commit a sin; but it requires much greater courage of a noble kind to confess it.

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