As I sprang and
came here, so shall I spring and reach the other shore with you."
Thus Hanumaan went on speaking out of his affection and enthusiasm. And Seeta wondered how
the little monkey before her
could hope to carry her across the ocean.
Hanumaan saw her doubt and so, to demonstrate his powers, he jumped off from the platform
and began to grow big in size. Seeta was pleased.
But she said: "O Son of Vaayu! I realise your strength and yet it is not right that
you should carry me. On the way the Raakshasas are sure to intercept and challenge you.
They will burl their weapons at you. Your care will be to guard me. You will not be able
to fix all your mind on the battle and that may be a serious set-back to the strongest
In a battle, one cannot be certain of
victory and what would be my fate if you should fall? And besides, in the violent
convulsions of a heady' fight, how could I be sure of maintaining my position on your
back? I may slip and fall into the sea.