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    ततो नारायणो विष्णुः नियुक्तः सुरसत्तमैः | जानन्नपि सुरानेवं श्लक्ष्णं वचनमब्रवीत् || १-१६-१

    Although Omniscient God Narayana knew the means to be employed, when he was requested by the best of devatas he spoke to them softly:.....- [1-16-1]

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    उपायः को वधे तस्य राक्षसाधिपतेः सुराः | यमहं तं समास्थाय निहन्यामृषिकण्टकम् || १-१६-२

    "What strategies should be adopted in the matter of destruction of that evilminded Ravana who is a thorn to the sages?". [1-16-2]

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    एवमुक्ताः सुराः सर्वे प्रत्यूचुर्विष्णुमव्ययम् | मानुषं रूपमास्थाय रावणं जहि संयुगे || १-१६-३

    Asked thus all the gods said to that sempiternal Vishnu, "on assuming a human form, eliminate Ravana in a war." [1-16-3]

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    स हि तेपे तपस्तीव्रं दीर्घकालमरिंदम | येन तुष्टोऽभवद्ब्रह्मा लोककृल्लोकपूर्वजः || १-१६-४

    "O destroyer of foes Lord Brahma was very pleased with Ravana's intense penance over a long time.....- [1-16-4]

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    सन्तुष्टः प्रददौ तस्मै राक्षसाय वरं प्रभुः | नानाविधेभ्यो भूतेभ्यो भयं नान्यत्र मानुषात् || १-१६-५

    - Satisfied with his ascesis Brahma gave boon to that demon that he shall have no fear for his life from many kinds of beings, excepting humans,.....- [1-16-5]