Text 26

SB 9.10.26


hā hatāḥ sma vayaṁ nātha
loka-rāvaṇa rāvaṇa
kaṁ yāyāc charaṇaṁ laṅkā
tvad-vihīnā parārditā


ha—alas; hatah—killed; sma—in the past; vayam—all of us; nātha—O protector; loka-rāvaṇa—O husband, who created the crying of so many other people; rāvaṇa—O Rāvaṇa, one who can cause crying of others; kam—unto whom; yāyāt—will go; saranam—shelter; laṅkā—the state of Laṅkā; tvat-vihina—being bereft of your good self; para-ardita—being defeated by the enemies. 


O my lord, O master! You epitomized trouble for others, and therefore you were called Rāvaṇa. But now that you have been defeated, we also are defeated, for without you the state of Laṅkā has been conquered by the enemy. To whom will it go for shelter? 


Rāvaṇa’s wife Mandodarī and the other wives knew very well how cruel a person Rāvaṇa was. The very word “Rāvaṇa” means “one who causes crying for others.” Rāvaṇa continuously caused trouble for others, but when his sinful activities culminated in giving trouble to Sītādevī, he was killed by Lord Rāmacandra. 

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