RamaayaN by Valmiki 30
‘O mother earth! Give me some place’
Kush and lava presented Ramaayan for many days in their melodious voice.
Ram finally came to know from the story of RamaayaN that these two boys are none other than sons of Sita.
He disused his heart with his brothers and told them ‘if Sita comes back here and declares her chastity in the presence of all, I will accept her back.’
He sent his messenger to Valmiki with the same proposal.
Valmiki assured his messenger that Sita will do the same in the presence of all.
Messenger conveyed word –by- word to Ram what Valmiki had said...
Ram requested all his invitees to be present when Sita takes oath and declares her purity.
The next day was fixed for the same.
Night passed and the morning arrived.
Ram came to his ygyashaalaa and called all invitees there to assemble.
Great rishis like Vashistha, Vaamdeo, Javaali, Vishwamitra, Deerghatama, Durvasa, Pulastya, Bhargava, Chyavan, Bharadwas, Narad ,Gautam,Agastya and many other assembled there. Apart from them great monkeys, members from Rakshasas all attended the gathering with great curiosity.
After a while Sita came there following Valmiki.
Her head was down and her eyes were shedding tears continuously.
Her presence turned all sitting or standing there into the images of stone, their eyes fixed on the stage where Sita was standing. Their eyelids forgot movement.
Valmiki came forward and announced –
‘Sita is spotless. No sin can dare to touch her.’
Sita went at the core of the stage, looked at the earth, folded her palms and prayed –
‘O mother earth! Give me place in your laps, if I am pure.’
These words of Sita created an unbelievable scene there. The earth cracked with thunderous sound. Sita moved step- by -step and entered into the crack as someone enters into her house comfortably. As she went inside the crack, the earth became as normal as it was ever before. It appeared as if nothing has happened there. Now there was no Sita seen anywhere! She remained only as a part of memory of those who had seen her present before a few minutes earlier there. They could not believe that such an unbelievable thing has taken place there. They could not convince themselves that Sita ever came to this place and entered into the earth!
Ram was standing alone among the people, shocked…
It was only dead silence which prevailed everywhere …nothing else…
(Inspired by Valmiki)