is extracted from the golden leaves of the Ramayana, the immortal epic of
mankind. And of all times too. This episode illustrating the purity of king's
personal life is cast into the form of Dramatic monologue. Releasing Sita from
captivity after the death of Ravana, the ten-headed demon abductor, Vibhishana
implores Rama to take her back. Complimenting his integrity, Rama insists on
'Fire Ordeal' for Sita, as a pre condition for reinstatement, though personally
satisfied with her impeccable chastity. Setting ethical standards is of
paramount importance to rulers. And he did what he said. Neither history has
produced so far a parallel to this ideal ruler, nor could the mother Earth ever
produce a like of him, for he argues. . . Listen to the line of his argument
2Vibhishan, I can read thy mind
And divine the depth of thy emotions kind
Discern the truth of thy statement,
And grasp all its import and intent.
even endorse thy supplication,
without the least idea of any modification,
Reflects it the spirit of 3Dharma thou imbided,
Worthy to be on huge boulders inscribed.
1. My lord
is the personification of righteousness ...
2. the younger brother of Ravana, who joined Rama before war.