He spread on the ground the kusa grass in the manner prescribed for the vow of
death, bowed to the gods and the dead and sat facing east, determined to die.
When Angada the Yuvaraaja took this vow and
sat in the posture of a fast unto death, the other Vaanaras cried in grief and, resolving
also to fast with him-and die, sat facing east.
From a neighbouring hill, Sampaati, the
vulture King, saw this crowd of Vaanaras, resigning *themselves to fate. Having lost his
wings and being unable to move, Sampaati had been famishing for a long time. He now
rejoiced, saying to himself, "So many monkeys are going to die here together. I shall
have enough food for a long while without effort."