Kishkinda Kanda 28…The Fourth Sopan Ends

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Kahayi reechpati sunu Hanumana/ Ka chup saadhi rahehu balvana//

Pavan tanay bal pavan samana/ Buddhi bibek bigyan nidhana//

The king of bears Jambavan then spoke thus: ‘Listen, Hanuman! Why are you so silent?’

‘You are the son of the Wind God and equal to him in strength! You are the epitome of intelligence, wisdom and knowledge!’

Note: Due to a curse in his childhood (when he annoyed sages due to his great powers and naughtiness) Hanuman was supposed to be forgetful of his immense powers until he was reminded by somebody.

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Kavan so kaaj kadin jag maahim/ Jo nahim hoyi taat tumh paahim//

Ram kaaj lagi tav avatara/ Sunatahim bhayavu parbatakara//

‘Is there any insurmountable task in this world,  that you cannot accomplish with ease?’

‘In fact your birth purpose is to carry out the assignment of Lord Ram!’ Hearing these words, Hanuman grew into the size of a mountain!

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Kanak baran tan tej biraaja/ Manahu apar girinh kar raja//

Simhanaad kari barahim baara/ Leelahim naghavu jalanidhi khaara//

His hue was golden; his body’s radiance was mind boggling; he looked like another Sumeru-the king of mountains!

Hanuman let out a series of lion- like roars! He said, ‘Even as child’s play, I can cross this ocean easily!’

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Sahit sahay Ravanahi maari/ Aanavu iham trikut upaari//

Jambavant mai poochavu tohi/Uchit sikhavanu deejahu mohi//

‘I can kill Ravan and all his followers, uproot Trikuta Mountain and bring it back here!’

‘Hey Jambavan! Tell me what I am supposed to do!’ (Please guide me!)

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Etana karahu taat tumh jaayi/ Sitahi dekhi kahahu sudhi aayi//

Tab nij bhuj bal Rajeevanaina//Kautuk laagi sangh kapi sena//

(Jambavan said) ‘Hey son! Just go and see Sitaji, and return with her news.’

The lotus eyed Lord shall kill Ravan with his own hands and reclaim Janakiji. He is taking the monkey army with him as a part of his Leela.

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Kapi sen sangh sanghari nisichar Ramu seetahi aanihaim/

Trailok paavan sujasu sur muni naradaadi Bakhanihaim//

Jo sunat gaavat kahat samuchat param pad nar paavai/

Raghubeer pad padhoj madhukar das tulsi gaavai//

With his monkey army, Ram shall kill the asuras and bring back Sitaji. Then all the sages like Narad and the Gods shall glorify the Lord; an act  which shall purify the three worlds. Hearing of which, singing of which, speaking of which, understanding of which, human kind shall attain the Lord’s abode. The honey bee buzzing around the lotus feet of Lord Ram, Tulsi Das sings the Lord’s praises.

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Doha

Bhav bheshaj Raghunadh jasu sunahim je nar aru naari/

Tinh kar sakal manoradh siddh karahim Trisaraari//

Sri Ramji’s story is the single antidote to the disease of constant births and deaths.

Any man or woman hearing His story, shall have all their dreams fruitful by the blessings of the enemy of Khar (Lord Ram)

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Nilolpal tan syam kam koti sobha adhik/

Suniya taasu gun gram jaasu naam agh khag badhik//

The divine Lord whose bluish hued body is as beautiful as a blue lotus, whose radiance is more than that of a thousand Kam Devas (The handsome God of Desire),

Whose Name is the predator of all the birds called mortal sins; one should hear about His glorious qualities.

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Iti Sreemadramcharitmanase sakalkalikalushvidhwamsane chaturthah sopanah samaptah/

The Fourth Sopan of Sree Ramcharit Manas- which ends all the sins accrued in Kaliyug- ends here.

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Kishkinda Kanda 26…Jambavan became thoughtful

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Ehi bidhi kadha kahahim bahu bhaanti/ Giri kandaram suni Sampati//

Baher hoyi dekhi bahu keesa/ Mohi ahaar deenh Jagdeesa//

Jambavan went on with his stories and anecdotes about the Lord. Sampati, who was residing in the mountain cavern, heard the tales.

He came out and saw the troupe of monkeys. He said: ‘The Lord has been kind to send food right to my nest!’

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Aaj sabahi kah bhacchan karavu/ Din bahu chale ahaar binu maravu//

Kabahu na mil bhari udar ahaara// Aaju deenh bidhi ekahim baara//

Today I will repast on these monkeys. I have been starving for many days without food.

I could never eat to my fill. Today, God has sent me a bounty at one go!

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Darpe geedh bachan suni kaana/ Ab bha maran satya hum jaana//

Kapi sab ude geedh kah dekhi/ Jamavant man soch biseshi//

Hearing the majestic old vulture’s mutterings all the monkeys became mortally afraid.  They were sure of their deaths. Jambavan (who knew about Sampati and Jatayu) became thoughtful.

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Kah Angad bichaari man mahim/ Dhanya Jatayu sam kovu naahim//

Ram kaaj kaaran tanu tyaagi/ Hari pur gayavu param badbhaagi//

Angad spoke measured words: ‘Who is more blessed than Jatayu? He sacrificed his physical form for the Lord’s task and went to the Lord’s abode.’

Note: We can confidently surmise that Jambavan must have prompted Angad to speak thus.  Valorous Jatayu, Sampati’s younger brother, had fought with Ravan trying to save Sitaji. Ravan cut off his wings and Jatayu fell uttering ‘Ram, Ram!’

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Suni khag harash sok jut baani/ Aava nikat kapinh bhay maani//

Tinhahi abhay kari puchesi jaayi/ Kadha sakal tinh taahi sunaayi//

Listening to the words replete with sadness and joy, the venerable bird king came near the monkeys. They got terrified.

Assuring them of no harm, Sampati enquired about his brother Jatayu’s story. Then the story of Jatayu’s martyrdom was narrated to him reverently.

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Suni Sampati bandhu kai karni/ Raghupathy mahima bahubidhi barni//

Hearing about his brother’s sacrifice, Sampati rhapsodized about the greatness of Lord Ram.

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Doha

Mohi lai jaahu sindhu tat devu tilanjali taahi/

Bachan sahayi karabi mai paihahu khojahu jaahi//

Sampati said: ‘Take me the ocean shore. Let me do the Tilanjali (customary rites of death) of my departed brother.’

‘And as a repayment for that help, let me help you with my words. The one you are searching for, you shall find.’

Note:  Help you with my words aka ‘I shall tell you where Janakiji is at present.’

Anuj kriya kari sagar teera/ Kahi nij kadha sunahu kapi beera//

Hum dwau bandhu pradham tarunayi/ Gagan gaye rabi nikat udayi//

After conducting the rites for his younger brother at the shore, Sampati told them his story.

‘In our arrogant youth, both Jatayu and I went flying near the sun!’

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Tej na sahi sak so phiri aava/ Mai abhimaani rabi niaraava//

Jare pankh athi tej apaara/ Parevu bhoomi kari ghor chikaara//

Jatayu couldn’t stand the blazing heat and he returned. But I was vain and went near the sun.

My wings were burnt due to the intense heat. With a huge shriek I dropped all the way down to the earth.

Note: The story of Daedalus and Icarus is worth remembering here!

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Muni ek naam Chandrama ohi/ Laagi daya dekhi kari mohi//

Bahu prakar tehim gyan sunaava/ Dehjanith abhinath chadaava//

There, where I fell, resided a sage named Chandrama. He felt deeply compassionate at my sight.

He gave me lessons on wisdom and freed me from my vanity and egoism.

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Tretam Brahma manuj tanu dharihi/ Taasu naari nisichar pati harihi//

Taasu khoj padihi prabhu doota/ Tinhahi milem taim hob puneeta//

(He said) ‘ In the Treta Yug, Prabrahma shall take the avatar of a human being. His wife shall be kidnapped by the King of Asuras.

The Lord shall send forth his messengers in search of her. When you meet them Sampati, you shall gain divine grace.

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Jamihahim pankh karasi jani chintha/ Tinhahi dekhayi dehesu taim Sita//

Muni kayi gira bhayi aaju/ Sun imam bachan karahu prabhu kaaju//

‘And your wings shall sprout anew, do not worry! You should guide them to Sitaji.

The sage’s words have come true. Now listen to me and fulfill the Lord’s task!’

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Giri trikut upar bas Lanka/ Tah rah Raavan sahaj asanka//

Tah asok upban jah rahayi/ Sita baidi soch rath ahayi//

The city of Lanka is situated on the mountain Trikuta. The fearless Ravan resides there.

There, in the Asoka Upavan (garden) Sita resides. Now she sits, thoughtful and sad.

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Doha

Mai dekhavu tumh naahim geedhahim drishti apaar/

Boodh bhayavu na ta kartevu kachuk sahay tumhar//

I can see her, you cannot. A vulture can see long distances.

If I hadn’t been so old, I would definitely have helped you.

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Kishkinda Kanda…Hearing about a furious Laxman…22

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Charan nayi siru binate keenhi/Lacchiman abhay baah tehi deenhi//

Krodhvanth Lacchiman suni kaana/ Kah kapees ati bhay akulaana//

Angad paid obeisance at the feet of Laxman. Then Laxman pulled him up warmly and reassured him. (Do not fear!)

Sugreeva, meanwhile, heard about the anger of Laxman and became petrified.

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Sunu Hanumant sangh lai Tara/ Kari binate samuchayi kumara//

Tara sahit jaayi Hanumana/ Charan bandi prabhu sujas bakhana//

(Sugreeva said ) ‘Listen Hanuman, take Queen Tara with you! Apologise to the Lord and appease him!

Hanumanji and Tara went to Laxman and bowing before him,  sincerely praised the greatness of Lord Ram.

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Kari binate mandir lai aaye/ Charan pakhari palank baidaye//

Tab kapees charananhi naava/ Gahi bhuj Lacchiman kand lagaava//

They ushered him to the palace politely. After washing Laxmanji’s feet (welcoming ritual) they offered him a seat.

Sugreeva came in and lay prostrate at Laxman’s feet. Laxmanji got up and embraced him.

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Nadh bishay sam mad kachu nahim/ Muni mann moh karayi chan mahim//

Sunat bineet bachan such paava/ Lacchiman tehi bahu bidhi samuchaava//

(Sugreeva said) ‘Lord, there is nothing as addictive as sensual pleasures. Flesh and its pleasures can provoke even the greatest of saints in a moment!’ (And I am such a worldly creature who got caught by these entanglements and foolishly forgot my assigned task!)

Laxmanji was calmed by the sincerity and politeness of those words. He consoled Sugreeva.

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Pavan tanay sab kadha sunaayi/ Jehi bidhi gaye doot samudaayi//

Then Hanuman appraised Prince Laxman about how groups of messengers had been dispatched to various directions to search for allies.

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Doha

Harashi chale Sugreev tab Angadadi kapi sath/

Ramanuj aagem kari aaye jeah Raghunath//

Laxman led the way and following him, Sugreev, Angad and others went to meet Lord Ram.

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Nayi charan siru kah kar jori/ Nadh mohi kachu naahin khori//

Atisay prabal dev tav maya/ Chutayi Ram karahu jaum daaya//

Bowing before Lord Ram’s feet and folding his hands Sugreev said as follows…

‘ Lord, I am not to be blamed for my stupidity! Your worldly maya (illusion) is so strong; and one can escape from its clutches only when you take compassion on your devotee!’

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Bishay basya sur nar muni swami/ Mai paavar pasu kapi ati kaami//

Naari nayan sar jaahi na laaga/ Ghor krodh tam nisi jo jaaga//

‘Hey Lord! The Devas, the humans and the sages are enraptured by maya! And I am nothing but an inferior animal and that too a lowly monkey!’

‘Only the one who cannot be conquered by the arrow tip of a woman’s glance can remain untouched by blind fury.’ (He will stay awake even in the dark night of anger.)

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Kishkinda Kanda…Using the same arrow…21

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Jehi sayak maara mai Baali/ Tehi sar hatau mood kah kaali//

Jaasu kripa chutahi mad moha/ Ta kahu Uma ki sapnehu koha//

‘Using the same arrow  with which I killed Bali, shall I finish off that foolish Sugreeva too?’

(Lord Shiv says) ‘Hey Uma! The One with whose grace, the mind evades the clutch of   ego and desires, can He ever become angry even in his dreams?’ (This is mere Lila or the Divine Game)

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Jaanahim yeh charitra muni gyaani/ Jinh Raghubeer charan rati maani//

Lacchiman krodhvanth Prabhu jaana/ Dhanush chadayi gahe kar baana//

Only learned sages whose hearts are surrendered at the Lord’s feet have fathomed the secrets of the divine Lila.

On seeing his furious brother, Laxman sprang up, battle ready with his bow and quiver of arrows.

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Doha

Tan anujahi samuchava Raghupati karuna seenv/

Bhay dekhayi lai avahu tat sakha Sugreev//

The Lord of Compassion then made Laxman understand that to kill Sugreev was not his aim.

‘Bring Sugreev to me, after showing him the meaning of fear!’

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Iham pavansut hridayam bichara/ Ram kaju Sugreevah bisara//

Nikat jaayi charanahi siru naava/ Chaarahi bidhi tehi kahi samuchaava//

In Kishkinda, Hanumanji was getting worried that Sugreeva had forgotten about the task assigned by Lord Ram.

He went to the King and bowed at his feet. By elaborating on the four ways of justice (Sam, daan, bhed, danda) he tried to bring Sugreev to his senses.

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Suni Sugreev param bhay maana/ Bishaya mor hari leenhevu gyaana//

Ab marutsut doot samooha/ Padavahu jah tah banar jooha//

Hearing Hanumanji’s words, Sugreeva became terrified. (He said) ‘Sensual pleasures made me blind! (I forgot my duty). Please send our messengers to wherever our monkey allies reside!’

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Kahahu paakh mahu aav na joyi/ Morem kar ta kar badh hoyi//

Tab Hanumant bolaye doota/ Sab kar kari sanman bahoota//

(Sugreeva said) ‘Warn the messengers that those who do not return within fifteen days shall meet their ends at my hands.’

Hanuman called the messengers to his side. He showed them a great deal of respect.

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Bhay aru preeti neeti dekharayi/ Chale sakal charanahi sar nayi//

Ehi avasar Lacchiman pur aaye/ Krodh dekhi jah tah kapi dhaaye//

Hanuman ji told them about their task with a proper mix of the fearful consequences, with due benevolence and elucidated on the ways of duty!

Meanwhile Laxman had reached the city gates. Seeing his fury, the monkeys scattered hither and thither.

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Doha

Dhanush chadayi kaha tab jaari karau pur tchar/

Byakul nagar dekhi tab aayavu Balikumar//

Laxman armed with his bow and arrow, spoke with belligerence: ” I will burn down the city into ashes!”

Then Prince Angad, son of Bali, came to his side, getting news of the panic stricken denizens.

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Kishkinda Kanda…20 The fishes in the depths…

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Sukhi meen je neer agadha/ Jimi Hari saran na ekavu badha//

Phoolem kamal soh sar kaisa/ Nirgun Brahma sagun bhaiye jaisa//

Those fishes which are swimming in the depths of the waters are safe; like the devotees of Sri Hari who are hindered by nothing.

The blooming lotus makes the lake glorious; the Nirgun Brahma ( neither good or bad qualities) becomes magnificent on attaining Saguna ( good qualities)

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Gunjat madhukar mukhar anoopa/ Sundar khag rav nana roopa//

Chakrabak man dukh nisi pekhi/ Jimi durjan par sampati dekhi//

The honey bees are buzzing around making unique sounds. The beautiful birds can be heard making multitude of cooing sounds.

On seeing the night the Chakravaka bird (Brahmini Goose) is so unhappy; like the envious person is filled with misery on seeing another’s prosperity!

Note: The Chakravaka bird pair is supposed to fly together during the day and separate at night owing to a curse.

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Chatak ratath trisha athi ohi/ Jimi sukhi lahai na sankardrohi//

Sardatap nisi sasi apaharayi/ Sant daras jimi patak tarayi//

The Chatak bird is calling out as if in throes of thirst.  It is akin to those foes of  Lord Shiv shrieking helplessly for peace.

The fierce heat of the Sarad is conquered by the cool moon at night. It is similar to sins disappearing at the sight of saints.

Note: Papiha or Chatak bird is the common hawk-cuckoo also known as the brain-fever bird for its incessant piping notes.

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Dekhi indu chakor samudai/ Chitavahi jimi harijan hari paayi//

Masak dams beete him traasa/ Jimi dwij droh kiyem kul naasa//

The group of Chakor birds is gazing at the moon with such intensity which brings to mind the devotees of Hari getting a darsan of Lord Vishnu himself!

The mosquitoes and night bugs have fled in terror of the impending cold. If one troubles an evolved being, the whole clan can come to nought.

Note: Chakor bird or Chukar patridge is famed to be in love with the moon. Poets sing about its unrequited love and how it drinks the moon beams!

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Doha:

Bhumi jeev sankul rahe gaye sarad ritu paayi/

Sadgur mile jaahi jimi samsay bhram samudayi//

The flurry   of living organisms which thrived in the rainy season has disappeared at the onset of the autumn.

It is akin to the clutter of doubts and queries disappearing  when one gains a true Guru.

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Barsha gat nirmal ritu aayi/ Sudhi na tat sita kai paayi//

Ek baar kaisehu sudhi janau/ Kalahu jeeti nimish mahu aanau//

(Lord Ram says) ‘The monsoons have gone; the serene autumn has set in. Yet there is no news about the whereabouts of Sitaji.

If one gets any clue about the location, I will fight the Lord of Death, Kaal himself and bring Janakiji back in a moment!’

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Katahu rahau jaum jeevit hoyi/ Tat jatan kari aanau soyi//

Sugreevahu sudhi mori bisaari/ Paava raj kos pur naari//

‘If she is alive and living on any part of the world, I shall endeavour to bring her back, brother!

Sugreev has forgotten my request for his assistance since obtaining his kingship,  the treasury, the city and the woman.’

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Those Lotus Feet…

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One year later, they were kind enough to tweet it once more. Thank you again Gaon Connection!

My little girl is appalled at her mom’s atrocious (spoken) Hindi but grumpily agrees that one still managed to bring out a decent transliteration.

(She snorts: Amma, did you actually say, ‘Padi?’ Gawwwd! That word does not exist in Hindi language…Puhleese!)

(Amma sighs poignantly and desperately.)

My elder daughter, for whom I started it, is appreciative of the Book. She has a copy with her. And she loves Hanumanji like I do!

And as for me, this is like a gentle reminder from the Lord to work harder, to attempt more translations and keep holding onto his lotus feet for dear life!

Oh, yes! Considering the challenges one has to face day to day, dearest Hanumanji, never let go of this dust clinging at your feet.

Bhoot Pisach Nikat Nahi Aave

Mahaveer Jab Naam Sunave!

“Neither vampire nor ghoul shall dare to come near

When you chant the name of the greatest warrior!”

(I feel protected by Him every second of my life….)

Jai Hanumanji:)

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Listening to The Way

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I was listening to the great Wayne Dyer recently. He was espousing the beauty of Tao Te Ching by Laozi. ‘The Way’, as he explained, seemed so beautiful.

Then it struck me. Who better epitomises all that than my own beloved Hanumanji?

Bhoot Pisach Nikat Nahi Aave

Mahaveer Jab Naam Sunaave

1. To live with integrity, joy, peace and balance…I can think of none but Hanumanji.

2. Learn to die when you live… Live without fear of death…I think of Hanuman offering himself as food to Sursa, telling her that he would accomplish SriRamji’s task first!

3. Have your own sacred space…Trust in your own nature… If you knew who walked by your side, you will never know fear!

Haanumanji always carried his Lord in his heart and offered every action as an offering at Sriramji’s feet.

4. Be radically humble…

I think of Hanumanji telling SreeRamji….I am just a monkey….jumping from one branch to another itself is an achievement! Whatever I do, Lord, is because you make me do it! How can I take credit for my actions?

5. Non resistance and detachment….flow like the water and accept uncertainty

Tough but so true! Hanumanji’s journey to Lanka is a perfect example of that. He met enemies and friends in that journey. He stayed calm and cool. He was so accepting of every situation and never lost his sense of humour! When Ravan ordered his tail to be set on fire, Hanumanji grinned to himself that the Goddess Sarada has helped in the nick of time: by  making him order such a strange punishment!

6.Be soft and pliable and do not be hard  and brittle….Flexibility in approach

Ah, who better to teach that than Hanumanji? He changes from humble follower to ferocious warrior to loving colleague to respectful family member….so calmly. He is unforgiving to the wicked ( the killing of the water demoness) and playful with the good hearted ( the tricking of Sursa), fair to the kind ( respecting Vibheeshan) and ruthless with the foes ( killing of the rakshasas)… He counsels Ravan and is so humble in his approach…

7. Living by not interefering…. Never trying to control anything….

Hanumanji could have easily taken Sitaji back with him from Asokavan.. But he never tries to control the situation. He is aware of the bigger design of the Master Planner at all times.

8.  Be generous, be strong by bending, living Oneness…

Jai Hanuman gyangunasaagar….

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Probably it is human nature to relate whatever one reads or hears to what one knows in one’s own sphere.

The lesson of detachment, the ability to feel comfortable in a situation over which you have no control, to be flexible…all these are so tough in real life. But how truthful they are!

I now know that every one we meet comes to teach us some lessons…If we do not learn, then we shall endure the same experience in a different form…names and forms and situations might change but the lesson remains the same!

How blessed to listen to wise words and wise counsel. How important to trust ourselves…and the God above. How important to know that when HE walks by your side, nothing can make you afraid.

Jai Hanumanji!

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Hanumanji Recognises His Master-3 (Kishkinda Kand Continued…)

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Doha:

Jag karan taran bhav bhanjan dharni bhar/

Ki tumh akhil bhuwan pati leenh manuj avatar//

Or You might be Bhagwan himself:  the reason of all existence and master of all beings-who has taken the human avatar to alleviate the heavy burden of evil doers on this earth,  and to help us all to cross the sea of existential pains.( Are you Bhagwan himself? Hanumanji queries.)

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Kosales Dasrath ke jaye/ Hum pitu bachan maani ban aaye//

Naam Ram Lacchiman dvau bhai /Sang naari sukumari suhayi//

( Lord Ram said-) We are the sons of  Dasrath-the King of Kosala. We have obeyed  our father ‘s words to reach these forests. We are named Ram and Laxman, and we were accompanied by a beautiful lady.

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Iham hari nisichar Baidehi/Bipra firahim hum khojat tehi//

Aapan charit kaha humgaayi/Kahahu bipra nij katha buchaayi//

Here, in these forests, the rakshasas  stole (my wife) Vaidehi. Hey, Brahmin! We are wandering about in search of her. We have told you our story. Now, you tell us yours.

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Prabhu pahichaani parevu gahi charna/ So sukh Uma jaayi nahim barna//

Pulakit tan mukh aav na bachna/Dekhat ruchir besh kai rachna//

Recognising the Lord, Hanuman clutched  His feet and fell on the ground( He did danda namaskar).( Lord Shiv says: )’Hey Uma! That happiness is beyond words (ineffable).His body is thrilled, words cannot escape his mouth.Hanuman is gazing at the beautiful form of His Lord.’

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Puni dheeraju dhari astuthy keenhi/ Harash hridayam nij nadhahi cheenhi//

Mor nyavu mai poocha sayim / Tumh poochahu kas nar ki nayim//

Then Hanuman composed himself and praised the Lord, his heart was filled with jubilance on recognising his Master. ( Then Hanumanji said) Hey Lord, my asking was justified, but how come You are asking like a mere human being?

( I saw You after the lapse of aeons, and that too clad in the dress of a sanyasi,  I failed to recognise you and according to my monkey-brains, I asked you about yourself! But Lord, You are You! How come you are asking this monkey to narrate his story?)

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Tav maya bas firvu bhulana/ Ta te mai nahim Prabhu pahichana//

I am  meandering through the world dazed by Your Maya- and consequently did not recognise my own Master!

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Doha:

Eku mai mand mohbas kutil hriday agyan/

Puni prabhu mohi bisarevu Deenbandhu bhagwan//

First, I am a dullard; second, I am a victim of Maya( illusion), third, my heart is wicked and ignorant. And now, My Compassionate Lord! It seems You too have forgotten me!

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Jumping From A Branch…

The artist says that it is a joy to design the book. For me it is a blessing to have been a part of its creation. Hanumanji is all about  total detachment, absolute joy, perfect strength,  and total surrender to the Lord’s will.

My favourite lines:

Sakha mrig ke badi manusayi

Sakha tem sakha par jayi

Naghi sindhu hatakpur jaara

Nisichar gan badhi bipin ujaara

So sab tav Pratap Raghurai

Nadh na kacchu mori prabutai…

That a monkey like me can jump from one branch to another is  itself a big deal-akin to  Purushartha- Dharma, Artha, Kama, Moksha…That I could jump across the ocean, burn the golden city, kill the Rakshasas and uproot Ashokvatika- all these are, My Lord, a manifestation of Your glory, there is nothing great about my role herein.

Task Underway…As He Said!

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Hanuman- the One who has conquered ego, the One with a broken chin…Hanu/ Man have been interpreted in many ways. (Based on stories of Hanumanji being hit by Indira’s Vajrayudha in his childhood, based on Hanumanji conquering ego)

He is the epitome of humility who addresses Sursa as Mother, and promises that he will return to be her food after he makes the trip to Lanka to fulfill Sriramji’s task.

The book getting ready😊

Editing, tweaking, adjusting sentences, formatting … The task is on, as He said. We will return after fulfilling it.