Then you can escape with life. What ever happens, you are fit to be king no
longer. The kingdom of Lanka now belongs to Vibheeshana. He is worthy to rule and protect
his people. If you are not willing to surrender and seek safety, then have your obsequies
performed in advance. Bid final farewell to all your dear possessions in Lanka. Prepare
for death. Come out and meet Raama in battle.' Go, Angada, deliver this message to
As instructed by Raama, bold Angada
delivered his message: "Listen, Raavana. I am the son of Vaali whom you no doubt
remember. I have come as Raama's messenger. The time for your liberation from sin has
come. You may, if you choose, die in battle and attain the swarga of brave men, cleansed
of your foul sins. But if life is dear to you, you may beg it of Raama after humble
surrender, and he never refuses mercy to a sup pliant.
If what I have heard about you is true, you
will elect to fight, which means you choose to die. I would advise you to take last leave
of your kinsfolk and complete your obsequies your self, for none of your race will be left
to perform them. Look your last on lovely Lanka!"
Raavana's rage flared up like a flame.
"Seize him, kill him, the villain!" he shouted.