There is a strength in supreme love which defies reason and laughs at death
itself, and Raama suffered himself to be persuaded -partly because his love was great as
hers and every passionate word she spoke found ready lodgment in his heart, and partly
because he was confident of his ability to protect her. It was settled that Seeta should
accompany Raama to the forest.
She sent for the poor and gave away all her
belongings and prepared herself for life in the forest. Lakshmana also decided to go with
his brother and be of service to him in the forest, and Raama bad to agree. The three went
to take leave of the aged King.
In the streets and on the balconies were
crowds of people looking on. Through the windows and from the terraces of mansions,
men and women saw Raama and Lakshmana and the princess proceeding on foot, like the
poorest in the land.