|"I am the
most unhappy man alive, Lakshmana," said Raama. "Giving up the kingdom, I came
to the forest, and here I have lost my Seeta. This Jataayu, who was a second father to us,
has, laid down his life for my sake.
if I fell into the fire, I fear my bad luck will put even the fire out. If I fell into the
sea, I fear it would dry up. What a terrible sinner I am, Lakshmana! Who knows, one day I
might lose you too, Lakshmana."
Embracing Jataayu, he said: "O, my
father! Really, did you see Seeta?" But Jataayu lay speechless on the ground.
After a few moments Jataayu spoke again in
a low voice: "Be not afraid, Raama. You will surely find Seeta. No harm will come to
her. Regaining the treasure you have lost, you will greatly rejoice." With these
words, he spat out blood and gave up life.