Please hear my words, O Ravana

Story Play (Attakkatha): 

Please hear my words, O Ravana,

whose sound make enemies tremble

do not proceed against Rama

it is my considered opinion


Once when I went to disrupt

Viswamitra’s yaga

that great king unleashed

a divine arrow


He drove me to the ocean

where I had to spend many years

Rama then killed Subahu

and countless other demons


Rama is not a mere mortal

he is Narayana for sure

to earn his enmity

will certainly do you no good