SUGREEVA was keen on regaining his kingdom and family, but he could not see how
this was to be. Vaali's strength stood as an impossible barrier between him and the
fulfilment of his desire.
Hanumaan, his minister, tried to convince
him that is would succeed with Raama's help, but Sugreeva's doubts persisted. Could
Raama's strength overcome Vaali's? It all looked hopelessly impossible. Vaali's body was
like steel. How was Raama going to kill him?
Sugreeva had these doubts about Raama. But
he had none else to help him. And he was not prepared to give up his desire. He
decided to test Raama's strength.
But how is one to subject a friend to a
test without discourteously betraying one's suspicion? Raama had promised to get the thing
done. How was an occasion to be created to measure his ability? Sugreeva thought long and
formed a plan.