"What can I do for you, brother?" asked Kumbhakarna. "Why did you
get my sleep broken? What makes you afraid? Tell me who is tired of life and wants
to be turned into a corpse!"
"Brother! You do not know what has
happened," said Raavana. "You were lost in sleep. The man Raama has become a
real menace to me. He has built a dam across the sea we considered inviolate and now the
Vaanara army surrounds Lanka like another sea. Our warriors who sortied out and met them
have been defeated and almost annihilated.
It is for you now to save us from
destruction and I know you can do it. You have put the gods to rout. I know 1, our love
for me. I know your keenness and your courage in battle. Go at once and annihilate these
enemies and help us in our need and save Lanka."