This alone would bring success to Raama as well as himself. But realising Raama's
state of mind, he resolved to act with circumspection.
He said: "I do not know the strength
or the dwelling place of this wicked Raakshasa. We do not know where he has taken Seeta
and where he keeps her hidden. Still, I promise you solemnly, wherever Seeta may be, I
shall find her and her captor and find ways of destroying him and recovering her. You will
kill the wicked Raakshasa and win glory. Do not despair or yield to grief that weakens the
spirit. Look at me.
Like you, I have lost my wife; I have been
turned out of my kingdom and disgraced. And yet I control my sorrow and keep my courage
up. If I a Vaanara, can do this, it should be far easier for you. If sorrow overwhelms,
one becomes helpless and can do nothing. Therefore, friend, I beg of you to control your