Minister - Rama's Messenger
Rama and Sugreeva became friends very soon. When Sugreeva challenged Vali to a fight, Rama
helped his friend by killing Vali with an arrow.
When she heard this sad news, Vali's wife, Thara was full of grief. She fell on his body,
weeping. Hanumantha prostrated before her and said, "Revered lady, Vali came to this
condition because of his evil
deeds, his own actions. Sugreeva was only the means. Please do not think that Sugreeva
killed Vali. No one can live for all times in this world. Look at your son Angada and
Sugreeva then became king. All his troubles were over. The kingdom was his. He forgot his
promise to Rama - that he would immediately send servants tosearch for Seetha and find
her. He left the responsibilities of the state to his ministers ; he forgot everything in
Hanumantha warned him. He did his
duty as a minister, saying the right thing at the right time. He said to Sugreeva, "O
King, the kingdom and the fame which you desired are now yours. If you do not help your
friends at the right time, even the greatest help you offer later will be totally useless.
Though Rama is very anxious to find Seethadevi, he is waiting for you. It Is already late,
but he is a patient man.Please send your army at once to search for Seetha."
Sugreeva sent Neela, one of his commanders, to find out where
Seetha was. And he returned to his pleasures.
The rainy season was over. It was now autumn. Rama's mind was
always filled with thoughts of Seetha's sufferings and sorrows, and he was miserable. He
revealed his misery to Lakshmana. Hot blooded Lakshmana was very angry with Sugreeva. He
went to see Sugreeva. His anger made Sugreeva's subjects shiver with fear. Sugreeva
himself was so terrified he did not know what to do.
Again it was Hanumantha who gave wise counsel. He said to Sugreeva, "Shri Rama may
not really be angry with you. Perhaps he was sent Lakshmana to you as his work has been
delayed. When those who are more powerful than we are enraged, it is not wise for us to
become angry. Our anger will only heighten their rage. At such times we should seek to
pacify the mighty. Besides, Shri Rama has helped you and therefore you should behave
respectfully towards him."
This time advice was effective. Sugreeva pacified Lakshmana, and with his entire army went
to Rama. He sent the army in all the four directions to find out where Seetha was. Vast as
the ocean, the army
set off with shouts of enthusiasm. The deafening noise seemed to make the earth shiver.
Shri Rama removed a ring from his finger and giving it to Hanumantha , said: "When
Seetha sees you, she may be afraid of you, or may not believe your words. If that happens,
show her this ring. We depend entirely on your strength." Hanumantha prostrated
before Rama and set off.