Mananam on Hanuman Chalisa

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Re: Mananam on Hanuman Chalisa

Postby meera » Tue Feb 08, 2011 6:22 am

Hari Om!

Glory be to Rama, the great Master of Hanuman!

ॐ ताटका अन्तकाय नमः

OM TATAKANTAKAYA NAMAHA

Obeisances to Sri Rama, the Slayer of Tataka
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Re: Mananam on Hanuman Chalisa

Postby meera » Thu Mar 03, 2011 9:04 pm

Hari Om!

Glory to Sree Rama!


नाहिंन आवत आन भरोसो.
यहि कलिकाल सकल साधनतरु है स्रम फलनि फरो सो. [1]

(Other than Lord Rama's name) I do not have faith in any other (sadhana). In this Kaliyuga on the trees of sadhana there are fruits of only hard-work / effort i.e. by being engaged in sadhana only effort is got as a result, there is no other fruit as such. [1]

(From Vinaya Patrika)

Ram Ram Jaya Raja Ram
Ram Ram Jaya Sita Ram!
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Re: Mananam on Hanuman Chalisa

Postby meera » Thu Mar 03, 2011 9:28 pm

Hari Om!

Prostrations to Bhagawan Rama and His unmatchable bhakta Sri Hanuman!

Forgive me yet again for such delay. Obstacles come also in the form of sluggishness! I had nearly completed this last week and then there were difficulties.

May Hanumanji allow me to talk about him more, for only thus can we sing the praise of Sri Rama! There is no action of Hanumanji which was not for Sri Rama, that is why!

I present here the next 2 verses of Hanuman Chalisa.


युग सहस्र योजन पर भानु
लील्यो ताहि मधुर फल जानू (१८)
प्रभु मुद्रिका मेली मुख माहीं
जलधि लाँधि गए अचरज नाहीं (१९)


You leaped quite easily at the Sun (who is) thousands of miles away thinking him to be a
sweet fruit.
Holding the Lord’s (Rama’s) ring in your mouth, you flew over (crossed) the ocean, which
is no wonder (as you are capable of any achievement).


The old story goes that when Hanuman as an infant saw the Sun in the sky he took it to be a fruit, flew towards it and swallowed it ! The translation above qualifies fruit with ‘sweet’!

Does fruit here refer to the fruit of life? The result, the consequence, the purpose? So is ‘fruit’ used in a figurative sense? Is Tulisadsji saying that for Hanuman, the flight to the Sun (his Guru) was in itself the sweet fruit of accomplishing his birth vision, ie finding his Master, Rama? Hanuman had been created through the grace and love of so many devatas... all of whom were working to find an able and fit servant for Bhagawan during his manava avatar.... so when Hanuman did take birth, his only purpose was serving Rama. Nothing more or less. And to do that he needed to find his Master, whom he had never seen!

The Sun became Hanumanji’s guru... Hanuman's intermediary purpose, the fruit of his efforts? After all it was through his guru, Surya, that Hanuman learnt how he was to identify his Master (Rama) when He came...That message lay with Surya, none other...

As for swallowing the sun, Pujya Guruji says, “But he is the son of Wind God. The sun is fire and wind (vayuh) is the cause of fire. After all, fire merges into the air. So, why can’t air swallow the fire? This is a Vedantic principle. Further, Hanuman was not an ordinary monkey...... he had all the powers that ascetics (yogi-s) and gods have i.e., eight-fold powers and nine types of
wealth (ashtasiddhi and navanidhi).”

This explains the ability to make such a flight.

But there are many more things being referred to here: carrying, distance, strength, courage, simplicity, ease, comfort, ability, ...

In both verses we see the traversing of a huge distance with ease. Yet we are taken aback. (Pujya Guruji asks, why are we surprised when we know that Hanuman was not an ordinary monkey!)

The first verse deals with flying up to the Sun and the second, flying across the ocean to Lanka; both verses are about traversing distance.

But we need to also see one more truth: Hanumanji’s ability to carry Ram’s name AND carry it far far far far into eternity almost. The reference here is more about time than distance, I feel. Point being made here is to Hanuman as a carrier of Ram Naam into the future...(yes!) So not just distance, he exhibits the same prowess far into time as well. Just the thought is very overwhelming.

Think! 7000 years after the Ramayana, Ram Naam has this power even in a scientific Kali Yug where we grip Hanuman’s feet knowing, believing he is Ram’s dwaar-rakhwala, so that when Bhagawan does not seem to be hearing us it is Hanuman we go to!

So did Ram vest him with the responsibility of finding Sita-ma knowing his prowess at plucking the far away Sun? After all it was in Rishyamuka that Ramji ‘first’ ‘meets’ Hanuman – and a lot of His assessment of Hanumanji was internalised, unspoken. Imagine, the moment when Bhagawan meets His parambhakta...!

So was Hanumanji’s capability to cover distances with ease a function of his bhakti? Was the flight to the Sun at such a young age, a prelude to qualifying for the real BIG task at the hands of his Master? Surya devata is also, after all Bhagawan, an aspect of Shiva and Vishnu! Was that then, the qualifying round? Thoughts flood in as we think thus.

Pujya Guruji adds a new explanation to bhakti here. Guruji says, “Sri Hanuman put Lord Rama’s ring (prabhu mudrika) in his own mouth. With that, he was able to cross that vast ocean and reach Lanka. That is the power of the Lord’s name.” Hence Tulsidasji too exclaims, jaladhi laandhi gaye acharaj naahi!

So with merely Ramji’s ring in his mouth, his whole system was as if fed by Ram naam...! Guruji goes on to allegorise the Ocean which Hanumanji crossed to the ocean of samsara, so that it would mean, ‘to cross this samsara, to overcome the tribulations of this samsara, all we need is Ram naam on our tongue.

If we expand on that: mudrika is ring, and a ring (also) symbolises a bond, a tie, a relationship established. If we hold on to the Ram naam mudrika, wear it, hold it, we establish our ties with Bhagawan...and then the ocean of this samsara is a cake walk.

While we are still here, we must look at what Kamban says about Hanuman’s feat of flights in his Ramayana....

Kamban compares Hanumanji to Trivikrama. Kamban’s text is hugely poetic and the power of his words are enhanced by the fabulous rhyming he uses. The original is in Tamizh, so we lesser ones will quail in the face of that great language. But let me attempt a prosaic description here. Using the power of rhyme, Kamban says, Vishnu only measured the whole world with his foot but Hanuman measured the world with his tail (vaal = tail in tamizh). The tail is so huge as if he is measuring the world with his tail. Kamban in fact concludes that Hanumanji is greater than Vishnu!

Immediately after this, Kamban while describing ‘measuring with tail’ uses the adjective of ‘Death – Yama’, another word is Kaalan, which is Time. One who knows the end of everyone. Thus Hanuman’s tail becomes Yama for Lanka. Kaala (Yama) vaalinaal (with his tail) alandaan (he measured)

When Sita-ma asks him how can you fly this great distance, Hanumanji eager to have her trust him, importantly trust that he was a Rama dhuta, a messenger from Rama, reveals his vishwaroopa. After all let us recall that to present himself before Ma Sita, Hanuman had applied his siddhis and assumed a very tiny form. That was why Sita ma could not understand how such a tiny creature can have crossed the ocean! So he assumes a huge form to show her his capability and potential, but before that, Hanuman says, ‘Taking Rama naam people can cross the ocean of samsara so what is great about my crossing this ocean, because I too am chanting Rama naam!’

Once she has seen his vishwaroopam, Sita in Kamban’s narrative says yet another heartwarming statement, “For your ability, Lanka should have been after SEVEN oceans, not after one ocean, because that is what will suit you!”

At this stage it is humanly impossible to decide between Kamban’s poetry and Sita ma’s glorification of Hanuman! But we are so smitten by the bhakti of both these bhaktas, that every word they utter brings greatest joy!

Let us cut to the meeting between Hanumanji and Ram ji in Kishkinda. Hanumanji himself experienced horripilations seeing the young Brahmin prince with matted hair before him in Kishkinda. His guru Surya Bhagawan had told him (when asked, ‘How will I know my Master when I see him?’), “If your hair stand on ends and flood of tears gush forth, know it is your Master who stands before you!”

And as he faced Ram-ji, Hanuman waited dutifully for instructions. He had just told Bhagawan that he was the minister in Sugriva’s team... it was natural that Rama would ask to meet him...And when Hanuman goes to fetch Sugriva, Rama remarks to Lakshmana,

नान्रुग्वेदविनीतस्य नायजुर्वेदाधारिणः
नासामावेदाविदुष: शक्यमेवं प्रभाषितुम |


It won’t be possible for one who has not studied the Rig Veda, who has not absorbed the spirit of th Yajur Veda, and who has not mastered the Sama-Veda, to speak in this manner.

If we go beyond the apparent, we will see that Rama was describing a yogi. A yogi is one who has attained the union of mind and body, which means, what he feels and thinks and speaks and does, are not at variance – not with himself, not with the Universal law either.

Such a yogi is necessarily with control over matter as well and uses his siddhas only for greater good. Nowhere else do we see Hanuman using his power to grow large, small, fly, change form etc. for his personal benefit or glory. He uses it to serve and only serve Rama. This means much more. Rama – not just Rama, prince of Ayodhya whose wife had been stolen; but Bhagawan Rama. That means anything that was in consonance with the Universal law, with Dharma, with greater good.

So whether it was jumping from Mahendra Hill to Lanka, or to the Himalayas to fetch Sanjeevani, or fly all over Lanka to scour the place for Sita-ma, the skill was employed for his Master.

So when reference is made to Hanuman’s flying skills, the reference is really to his yogic spirit and powers. We see that, when he goes to Lanka, he does not use disguise, because he was going there to right a wrong. And because he was himself was in the right, he did not need to hide! He knew Ravana had erred, and that he was going there to rescue someone who was wrongly confined. This was right, then why hide? Hanumanji’s fearlessness was a function of righteous behaviour no doubt, but also the power of the naam.

Pujya Guruji states this point emphatically as, “There is no doubt (acharaja nahi), that one can
accomplish anything by chanting the Lord’s name and acting with full faith and devotion.
Such people are not afraid of anything in this world.”

Guruji presents yet another great spiritual meaning. "Mother Sita, represents devotion (bhakti) and to reach devotion or liberation (moksha) you have to cross this ocean. What is this ocean? The feeling that ‘I am this body
(dehatmabhavah)’. This feeling is as difficult to get over as crossing an ocean. But chanting the Lord’s name, we understand that we are not this body, and this way we cross this ocean of samsara (world)." So our real samsara is the body identification itself from which stems every other complication.

One last little anecdote that describes Hanumanji’s flight, speed, as well as his rag-anuga bhakti, is narrated in the context of Garuda once calling Hanumanji to say, please come, Krishna is calling you. Hanuman dodged that, because he was deeply immersed in the concept of Rama. Garuda insisted and Hanumanji made many excuses. Garuda went back and reported and Krishna said, ok this time go and tell him Rama is calling you and then see. Garuda did just that and Hanuman jumped up and said you precede me, I will be there before you know. Garuda said he travelled like the mind and Hanuman should in fact sit on his back and he would take him there.

But Hanuman said, no, you go, I will be there, just tell my Master so. So Garuda left. Half way to Krishna’s Vaikuntha, Garuda was amazed to see Hanuman returning from having seen Rama, having paid his respects, done sashtaang namaskaar, worshipped Bhagavan everything... and Garuda who travelled at the speed of the mind, was only half way there!

So many great bhaktas have gushed with love and joy just thinking about Hanumanji. Each story we hear is a gem from their necklace!

Jai Hanuman!
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Re: Mananam on Hanuman Chalisa

Postby meera » Thu Apr 14, 2011 7:00 am

Hari Om!


Prostrations to Shri Rama, whose param bhakta is Hanuman!

ॐ वेदान्त साराय नमः
Obeisances to Sri Rama, the Essence of Vedanta


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Re: Mananam on Hanuman Chalisa

Postby meera » Mon Apr 18, 2011 9:52 am

Hari Om!


Greetings, prayers and abundant love to one and all, on Hanuman Jayanti.

We celebrate the birth of Hanumanji whose birth purpose was the annihilation of negative, obstructing forces that troubled the devas and mankind. Hanumanji who took birth to be Ramji's servant...help, aide, who was thus only immersed in Lord Rama all the time.

We pray for the birth of Hanuman in our lives for the annihilation of all negative forces, including those that obstruct our spiritual growth.

Hanumanji took birth to do Lord Rama's work and thus make His battle and life, easier. Without Hanumanji, even the Ramayan is incomplete.

Therefore:

दुर्गम काज जगतके जेते
सुगम अनुग्रह तुम्हारे तेते (२०)

Durgam kaaj jagat ke jete
Sugam anugraha tumhare tete


By your grace even the most difficult of tasks become easy to accomplish.

Why is there this confidence? We are saying all difficult tasks become easy in Hanumanji’s presence. Why and how?

We by now know all of Hanumanji’s accomplishments - from his first flight to Lanka, finding Sita, burning Lanka, bringing this news to Angad who had threatened to destroy all vanaras if they did not find Sita..... getting the Sanjivani herb, nay, the whole mountain, when Ravan trapped Rama and Lakshmana in the net of snakes, it was Hanuman who conquered all this and brought relief to Rama.

These were all durgam kaaj. But wherever Hanumanji was present the difficulty eased, lost its rigidity, allowing the experiencer ease of conquest, the results then were glorious.

What was this owing to. Hanumanji’s skills, capability, vision, intelligence.... yes. But we know so many people with skill, capability, vision and intelligence, we do not see this agility or joy-filled management of the durgam kaaj. Ravan had all these attributes as well, yet victory was Hanuman’s. In a situation where Ravan and Hanuman fought, the victory was always Hanuman’s. Not Ravan’s.

Why.

Because of Hanuman’s shudhha sankalpa. Because Hanuman held only one thought ALWAYS. The thought of Rama. There was no other thought.. No fear thought, no angry thought, no sad thought, no anxiety thought, no ‘I-want’ thought, no ‘I don’t want’ thought, no failure thought, no revenge thought, no hatred thought, no regret thought.... No objects either...

The whole idea of hanging on to just one thought is fascinating. The idea of there being no thought, therefore no mind...

And when all these upadhis are deactivated, we are only in perfect meditative oneness with Lord.

Why did success elude Ravana? Because he was in I-want state. Why did success elude Sugriva on Rishyamukha? Because he wallowed in fear and anxiety.

Fear is the opposite of faith. When fear is the deity we ‘worship’, we have no place for Bhagawan. We are fearful or full of fear. Or filled with fear.

When instead we hold on to Bhagawan, there is no scope for fear.

This describes the state of Hanuman. Fearless, immersed in the thought of Rama.

Pujya Guruji says: Whatever difficulties or obstacles you encounter in life, are overcome by the grace of Sri
Hanuman. There are three kinds of people in this world.

1. Those who do not start any new project for fear of obstacles. They keep on imagining all kinds of problems and obstacles, hence they never get started.

2. Those who start a lot of projects, but the moment they encounter difficulty or resistance, they at once quit and move to another project.

3. Those who, when they encounter more obstacles, gain more enthusiasm and courage. Such people do not quit until their work is finished.

Sri Hanuman blesses the third type of people and makes their job easier. Even the most difficult task becomes easy to accomplish.


From Pujya Guruji’s classification one thing is apparent: type one person is filled with fear; type 2 person is filled with anxiety and mental lethargy.

The most durgam kaaj of Rama that Hanuman accomplished is first locating Sita and then helping Ram fight the battle. No doubt there are other tasks too like the naag paash, etc. But all these are subsets of the original durgam kaaj, which is ‘where is Sita?’, finding her and then rescuing her from the clutches of Ravan.

There is a Vedantic analogy here. Sita-ma is the personification of Peace, shanti. Ayodhya had lost its peace with the apaharan or kidnapping of Sita-ma. Ramji had lost his peace as well... with Ramji being restless, Lakshman also lost his peace...

How was peace lost? We will move into the person behind the peace. Sita ma who is the epitome of love and devotion to her husband, worshipped Him night and day. Until one day she saw a golden deer. Then deer replaced Rama in her mind.

That deer stands for moh-maya.

Sita is the personification of inner peace. Inner peace is a state of tranquil where the mind seeks nothing, wants nothing hence no turbulence. That mind is absorbed in Ram naam or Bhagawan.

That personification of peace, Sita is kidnapped when she is distracted from her concentration on Bhagawan. Sita haran (abduction) is then to be seen as the kidnapping of peace. The loss of peace and tranquil.

So as a process what happens is first there is distraction; then the guard is thus dropped, then there is way for Ravan to enter. In the analogy of the body, Ravan or Dasanan is the 10 indriyas: 5 gnyanendriyas and 5 karmendriyas. When the mind control is lost, the sense organs and action organs take over, graze in the sense fields and invite more turbulence. Or in other words, are overtaken by the sense fields.

That was how dasanan abducts Peace or Sita. Takes over our mind. Our conscience (in a small way) but essentially our Higher Intellect plays the role of the Lakshman Rekha. Upto a point it will keep cautioning us to stop. But once the Lakshman Rekha has been reached then the higher self will not be heard because the sense field is so noisy!

That is how mental equanimity crosses the limit laid for it, and gets lost.

The funny thing is that once we cross this limit, we become sad and restless, separated as we are from Bhagawan...but Bhagawan too becomes unhappy being separated from us and He too searches for us. (Recall Rama looking fir Sita! He even sent His emissary Hanumanji to look for her!) But if we are truly repentant, we will find Bhagawan again; if not ie, if we are revelling in the sense world (Lanka), (as many of us are bound to, because the detachment form sense world is a horrific process) we will not see Rama.... now only Hanuman can rescue us! And we must know that the presence of Hanuman in our life is also owing to Bhagawan. Isn’t it so that Bhagawan has sent Hanuman to us to bring us back home, to rescue us, as He did for Sita?

And this is the durgam kaaj that Hanuman performs, where he first flies to Lanka in that fabulous leap across the ocean, then he walks around Bhog Nagari (Lanka) to take stock of the city of delusions, assumes a tiny form and meets Sita ma, and here Hanuman begins his work of bringing peace back. Seeing the condition of Sita, he first reassures her that he has come from Bhagawan, that Bhagawan is most unhappy separated from her and here Kamban completely overwhelms us when he narrates that Sita asked Hanuman ‘how is my Lord?’ (indication of pining for Bhagawan) and Hanuman begins telling her paadadi kesha varnana – ‘from feet etc to hair.’ Hanuman describes Rama in painstaking detail, every hair on the head, the nails on the toes....! In Kamba Ramayana this is a very long description (naturally).

But in fact what Hanumanji accomplishes by this, is investing faith and Bhagawan in ‘Peace’; installing Bhagawan back in a mind that was anxious and in doubt... establishing an altar with Bhagawan in one’s mind! For Sita-ma this must have been a very deep manasa puja of the Lord, for as Hanuman describes Ramji from toe to hair, she must have offered flowers at every step!

In this manner she worships her Lord and attains back her singlepointed focus on the Lord. (One must not think Sita ma was deluded like we are. The import of this example is to appreciate how easy it is to be deluded. And Sita who was ever in worship of Bhagawan, let her guard drop once and that too when her Rama was near her...!

Thereafter of course Hanuman walks around and finds Ravana, humbly tells him to surrender to Rama and hold the Lord’s feet, reminds Ravana of his true nature...assumes a huge form and destroys the asuras, assumes a dreadful form and burns Lanka....protects Rama and Lakshmana and the whole vanara army, wins the battle for Rama and rescues Sita!

Yet Hanuman’s humility is unsurpassed when we hear the dialogue between Hanumanji and Jambavan before the flight to Lanka and again after his return, between Ramji and Hanumanji.

When it had become clear that one of them would have to make the flight to Lanka, Jambavan asked all the vanaras to offer their services...Each vanara graciously offered, detailing their strength. Hanuman however is sitting by himself away, contemplating. Jambavan therefore begins to ‘wake up’ Hanuman by first asking:

viira vaanara lokasya sarva shaastra vidaam vara |
tuuSNiim ekaa.ntam aashritya hanuman kim na jalpasi
||


by familiarising him of his birth, the circumstances of his birth, how he was born, to whom he was born, who all had blessed him, what all his powers are, the purpose of his birth and above all and ending with extolling his faculties.

And ended the description with:

viSaaNNaa harayaH sarve hanuman kim upekSase |
vikramasva mahaavega viSNuH triin vikramaan iva || 4-66-37


It was after this that Hanuman assumed appropriate size and leapt across the ocean, for verily

Durgam kaaj jagat ke jetey
Sugam anugraha tumhare tetey!


But once he reached Lanka, too, Hanuman was assailed by doubts. Here is where we reflect on what Pujya Guruji offers as explanation (See above, 3 types of people).

In the verses below (valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kaanda – 5-2-34 to 5-2-50) we see Hanuman beginning with doubt, moving to asserting the Higher Self, setting aside the doubting mind, restating his goal then thinking of right strategy using right attitude... watch:


* "It is not possible for me to enter the city of ogres protected by cruel and strong rakshasas, with this appearance".
* "All these mighty ogres with extraordinary energy and great prowess are to be cheated by me while engaged in the search of Seetha".

* "To achieve this great deed successfully, entering the city of Lanka in a small form at night is a timely thing to do" .

Hanuma saw such that city of Lanka, which was difficult to overcome even for Devas or asuras, and thought thus repeatedly.

*"By what idea can I see Seetha the daughter of Janaka, unseen by the wicked Ravana, the king of the ogres.

*"How can the task of Sri Rama, one who knows self, not be destroyed? How can I alone see Seetha alone in a place devoid of people?.”

*"With a mediator who has an unsteady and gloomy mind working against time and place, tasks that are otherwise ready to succeed get harmed, like the darkness that gets destroyed at dawn".

* "Even a decided mind will not shine when thinking about gain and loss. Mediators who are respected by scholarly people will also harm tasks due to their arrogance."

*"How will the task at hand be not harmed? How will my mind not get gloominess? How will not the crossing of ocean go waste?."
* "If I were to be seen by rakshasas, this task of Sri Rama, with a famed mind, who desires the slaying of Ravana will become wasteful."
* "It is not possible to be in Lanka even in the form of a rakshasa. What to say about being there in any other form?”
* "My thought goes thus: Even wind cannot pass here without being known. There is nothing not known to the might rakshasas.”
* "If I stay here with my usual form, I can be destroyed. The task of the Lord will also be harmed.”
* "For that reason, I will become small in my appearance and will enter Lanka at night for the success of the task of Sri Rama.”
* "Entering the unapproachable city of Lanka at night and searching all the mansion of Ravana, I can see Seetha.”

* The courageous Hanuma thus thinking and being interested in discovering Seetha, then desired the sun to set.
* After the sun had set, Hanuma reduced His body at night with a size equal to that of a cat and became a wonderful sight to behold.

This is the real durgam kaaj. If you can solve a problem it is not durgam kaaj. It is when you feel you cannot, when you feel all options are closing, when you see numerous obstacles and feel energy draining. When prospects look bleak and the mind keeps chattering and deluding you. When tears rush to the heart and the world seems an enemy! That is when we know that it is the mind seeking to be stronger than our Higher Self.

In the verses above we see how thoughts came to Hanuman as subsets of his primary thought : Ram, Ram kaaj, ... and as they threatened to get bad, he reminded himself that he was here to attain success for Ramji... and thus reverted to finding Peace (Sita) and thus for Rama.

To quote Pujya Guruji:
(The third kind of person is) Those who, when they encounter more obstacles, gain more enthusiasm and courage. Such people do not quit until their work is finished.

And Guruji says, Hanuman blesses such people with courage and ability to accomplish.

Let us NEVER forget this. Every time the task before us seems impossible, that is when we rise up and prostrate to Hanuman and work with greater gusto.

Lastly, when he had returned with the good news, when Ramji asks him how did you accomplish the leap, Hanumanji says: I did not. The strength that propelled me is Rama’s, I held Ramji’s ring in my mouth as I flew, (therefore I had Ram naam in my mouth/on my tongue!)

And when Sita had asked him how will you go back now that the ring is with me? Hanuman is reputed to have said (I have not been able to look for exact stanza reference): “Your chudamani will take me back safe!”

maNi varam upagR^ihya tam mahaaarham |
janaka nR^ipa aatmajayaa dhR^itam prabhaavaat |
giri vara pavana avadhuuta muktaH |



Taking that excellent and highly venerable jewel, worn by Seetha and by its influence resembling one who was shaken by a blast coming from the top of a huge mountain, Hanuma was mentally pleased and set out for crossing the ocean in his return journey.

Courage and confidence along with Bhagwaan naam, that ensures success.


On Hanuman Jayanti, prayers to Hanuman to bestow all of us with courage,


दुर्गम काज जगतके जेते
सुगम अनुग्रह तुम्हारे तेते (२०)


This is both a prayer and a lesson in courage!

Hari Om!
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Re: Mananam on Hanuman Chalisa

Postby murugans61 » Tue Apr 19, 2011 1:17 am

Hari OM

Wonderful explanation of " durgama kaaja jagata ke jete sugama anugraha tumhare tete.." on this happy occasion of Shri Hanuman Jayanti.
With his grace all the impediments and the difficulties in the world can be overcome easily.
With prayers to Shri Hanumanji
pranams
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Re: Mananam on Hanuman Chalisa

Postby murugans61 » Tue Apr 19, 2011 1:37 am

Hari OM

Offering prayers to Shri Hanumanji on this auspicious occassion of Hanuman Jayanti.

Manojavam marutatulyavegam jitendriyam buddhimatam varistham
Vatatmajam vanarayuthamukhyam sriramadutam sirasa namami.

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Re: Mananam on Hanuman Chalisa

Postby meera » Tue Jun 07, 2011 6:13 am

Hari Om.....

aapadaam apahartaaram daataaram sarvasaMpadaam.h .
lokaabhiraamam shriiraamam bhuuyo bhuuyo namaamyaham.h
..


" I bow again and again to Sree Rama who removes (all) obstacles and grants all wealth and pleases all. "

Jai Hanuman....
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Re: Mananam on Hanuman Chalisa

Postby meera » Tue Jun 07, 2011 6:33 am

Hari Om!


राम दुआरे तुम रखवारे होत ना आज्ञा बिनु पैसारे || (21)
सब सुख लहै तुम्हारी सरना तुम रक्षक काहू को डरना || (22)

räma duäre tuma rakhaväre |
hota na äjïä binu paisäre ||

saba sukha lahai tumhäré saranä |
tuma racchaka kähü ko dara nä ||


You guard the door (entry) to Lord Rama’s palace where none dare to enter (or go out) without your permission.
All those who seek refuge in you enjoy every kind of happiness. Why should one be afraid of anything when you are there to protect?


In other words, all we need to do is hang on to Hanuman and he will lead us to Bhagawan, provided we remain consistent with our faith.
Extremely thoughtprovoking all this is. Does this mean that Hanumanji stops us from entering Rama’s chambers?
Yet in the previous verse Tulsidasji says of Hanuman, “ sugama anugraha tumhare tete“ – which meant that wherever Hanumanji is worshipped or accepted or loved or received... the devotee automatically receives the grace of Bhagawan Rama. Anugraha is a step above ‘graha’ which is To Hold. But when the person we hold on to holds us in return, that is anugraha! Reciprocated.

Now if we worship Hanumanji and we love him, his ideals, his values, and by definition we have Ram-ji’s anugraha, can we take the above verse to mean that Hanumanji can stop us from entering the gates to Lord Rama?

No.

On the contrary.

Ram dwaare, tum rakhvaare means you Hanumanji, stand at His door and draw people to Him. You are His ambassador and when you see your bhaktas in distress, you pull them to Rama!

Pujya Guruji says in his commentary, “(Pulling devotees to Rama) That is his job. Due to this very reason, Sri Hanuman is dearer to Lord Rama than even Lakshmana. Lord Rama said, “By his devotion Sri Hanuman inspires others to love me and come towards me.’

The entire Ramayan is filled with instances of how Hanumanji led lost devotees to Rama, or changed the course of life for those who were lost, by showing them the worship of Rama...

Four key examples are:
*Hanuman leading his master Sugriva to Rama
*Hanuman leading Vibhishan to firmly establish himself in Ram bhakti
*Hanuman revealing Rama to Sita, thus re-establishing Rama thought in her mind which was until then filled with despair.
*Hanuman doing his duty towards an erring soul like Ravana, by recounting to him the glory of Rama and the merit in abandoning his ways.
*Hanuman rekindling the Rama thought in Bharat at a time when he had given up hope of ama returning.

Sugriv:In the Kishkinda Kaand, we see how Sugriva sat frightened and holed up in a cave in the Rshyamookha hilly region, frightened of being captured by Vali his brother. So much so that Sugriva doubted every footstep and every rustling leaf of the tree atop which he sat. Hanuman being his loyal minister, stood guard and awaited orders, no matter what they be.

From atop the tree, Sugriva saw two men dressed in bark, come towards his tree and he panicked. He told Hanuman to go see who they were for he fearerd they were men sent by Vali to kill him.

Examine the situation: Fear, anger, doubt, lack of widom/intelligence, despair all these are what cloud the mind and block out the light of Bhagawan from entering our heart. When we are so caught in the sway of these emotions, we remain in them, grappling with them, trapped by them so that the thought of divinity is kept out. As a result we remain in the world of duality and subsist on power, glory, wealth etc and get further ensnared in the quicksand of samsara even as it looks enticing and preferable!

This is what happens to the one deluded and conscious abidance in Hanuman frees us from these delusions.
Any person can accomplish anything by chanting Sri Hanuman’s name that will make one fearless and brave, full of devotion, faith and powerful.

So another interpretation would be that in the face of delusion, confusion, sorrow, abiding in Hanuman will open the door of Bhagawan for us.

Vibhishan: The next time we see Hanuman ‘leading a deluded to Rama’ is when he meets Vibhishan. Hanuman was looking for Sita and scoured Lanka. He found Vibhishan’s house with a Tulsi outside and prayers to the Lord emanating from within. Vibhishan was a devout, satwik person caught in the throes of confused emotions. While he did not subscribe to brother Raavan’s ways, his inhibition over walking out was his major most obstacle on his spiritual path.
Hanumanji -- to be sure that he was standing on the portico of a Ram bhakt, called out Rama! Rama! Vibhisan came running to the door and stood there transfixed by the image of Hanuman and unable to understand his feelings asked, “My heart is filled with love just seeing you; Are you a devotee of the Lord or the Lord Himself?”

This is the joy that one feels when one reaches Hanuman, because the mind throbs in the sensation of proximity to the divinity and anticipation of reaching the Lord. Then Hanumanji introduced himself and told Vibhisana the story of Rama and His glories.....Imagine! Living in Lanka, Vibhisana had only had opportunity to hear of Raavan...he was now overjoyed! Thus regardless of where you are – and not necessarily geographically, although that too will hold good ; it can also refer to our mental state of trouble, sorrow, etc...if in such a situation we call Hanuman to mind, he will lead us to Rama. That is the meaning I take.

Listening to the glories of Rama, Vibhishan’s heart melts and he is transfixed on Rama, tears flowing down his cheeks, as he mentally surrenders to Rama.

But I extract here from Pujya Guruji’s commentary on Vibhisana Saranagati, where Vibhisana, overcome with emotion and bhakti asks Hanuman, “Why should the Lord shower His grace on someone like me? On the other hand I feel that He has already done so. How could I ever have got your darshan and satsang without his grace? You came to Lanka, and to my house, on your own accord. You narrated to me Sri Rama’s glories. All that is evidence of the Lord’s grace.”

This is how Hanuman opens the door of Rama to Vibhishan or leads Vibhishan to open the door of Rama himself! His faith strengthened, Vibhishan experienced greater power of the divinity within, greater sattwa so that the tamas within that was causing him to hesitate to abandon Raavan, now reduced even more and conviction and faith was established, so that when in the court of Ravana, when Raavan asked his people to kill Hanuman, it was Vibhisana who for the first time stood up for righteousness and dissuaded his brother from killing the messenger. Guruji says this happened because Vibhishan’s faith in Bhagawan was growing in leaps and bounds.

In Sunderkaand Verse 38, we see the episode where Raavna is asking his people what he should do if Rama comes to Lanka, and the demons say they will destroy Him. But this was another occasion where Vibhishan opened his mouth and spoke to Ravana wisely, saying it is not right to set one’s heart or eyes upon another man’s wife and that Ravana’s good lay in returning Sita to her husband.... and he goes on to extol the virtues and glories and greatness of Rama .... so not only had Vibhisan found the door to Rama, he was able to ‘’show the way” to Rama to another wayward person, in this case his own brother! This is the glory of Hanuman’s servitude to Rama.

Sita
Hanuman then went looking for Sita and found her hopeless, sitting under a tree in Ashokvan, unable to bear the taunts and lewd talk of the demonesses in Raavan's gardens. Going upto her Hanumanji asked her who she was and she gave her background ending it all with, "A period of two months of survival-benefit has been given to me by him (Raavan). For that reason, after the said two months, I shall give up my life."

Hearing this, Hanumanji decided he must reveal who he is and said,

aham raamasya samdeshaat devi duutaH tava aagataH |
vaidehi kushalii raamaH tvaam ca kaushalam abraviit || 5-34-2 (VR)


I have come here as your messenger on Rama's directions. The virtuous Rama enquired about your welfare too, O Seetha, daughter of the king of Videha Kingdom!

And then.... "O Divine Lady! Rama the son of Dasaratha, who is excellent among the knowers of Veda and who knows Brahma's missile (a mythical weapon which deals infallible destruction) and Vedas the sacred knowledge, enquired about your welfare."

This can be seen as diverting the (Sita’s) mind from agony and anxiety to turn towards Bhagawan. All agony thoughts stop and the mind rises into Ram thoughts...and this is how Hanumanji opens the door of the Lord in Sita ma’s mind. Thus,

राम दुआरे तुम रखवारे होत ना आज्ञा बिनु पैसारे
सब सुख लहै तुम्हारी सरना, तुम रक्षक काहूको डरना

Tumhari sarana, (in your protection/care/shelter) here can also mean, in the shadow of your prescriptions; so, obedience to Hanuman, staying in his worship. Hanumanji has taken it upon himself to lead mankind to Rama. All we need to do is study Hanumanji’s conduct and be a good devotee like him, so that later we will be told by Tulsidasji, और देवता चित्त ना धरई हनुमत सेई सर्व सुख करई

You don’t need to propitiate any other devata or do any ritual, all that you need to cross this ocean of samsara is available at the feet of Hanuman, the most learned scholar, bhakta and servant of the Lord.

So Sita needed to only ‘hear’ Hanuman...although in her state of agony she could have told him to go away and not bother her, for after all, she did not know Hanuman at all.

It is worth a detour to add here that if Sita was alert enough in that state to allow herself to listen to this small monkey, who she did not know at all, it was because Hanumanji followed some essential tenets of propriety, good conduct, careful speech and politeness, both in words and in body language. Quoting Valmikiji,

so.avatiirya drumaattasmaadvidrumapratimaananaH |
viniitaveSaH kR^ipaNaH praNipatyopasR^itya cha || 5-33-1
taam abraviin mahaatejaa hanuumaan maaruta aatmajaH |
shirasi a~njalim aadhaaya siitaam madhurayaa giraa || 5-33-2

That Hanuma, with coral-coloured face, very bright, the son of wind-god, wearing a humble and feeble look, approached Seetha by stepping down from the tree and offered her his salutation by keeping his joined palms on his head and spoke the following sweet words:

Note ‘wearing a humble and feeble look’; ‘offered her his salutation by keeping his joined palms on his head’ ; and this too: ‘spoke the following sweet words’;

Even if we are there to help another, humility and gentleness prepares the other to give us their attention. And assimilation is good as well.

रावण त्रास दयी सिया को सब राक्षसी सो कही सोक निवारो,
ताहि समय हनुमान महाप्रभु, जाय महा रजनीचर मारो
चाहत सिय असोक सो आगि सुं दैय प्रभु मुद्रिका सोक निवारो
को नहीं जानत है जग में कापी संकट मोचन नाम तिहारो ||

Raavan Traas Dai Siya Ko Sab Raakshashi So Kahi Sok Nivaaro l
Taahi Samay Hanuman Mahaprabhu Jaaya Maha Rajnichar Maaro l
Chahat Siya Asok So Aagi Su Dai Prabhu Mudrika Sok Nivaaro l
Ko Nahi Jaanat Hai JagMein Kapi Sankatmochan Naam Tihaaro ll4ll


Even as the demonesses under instruction from Raavan hurled abuses at Sita-ma, to frighten her, scare her, using verbal abuse and talk to shatter her mind... Hanuman, unable to bear to see Rama’s wife in such pain, acted wisely even in the face of such anxiety. Knowing that the root of this was Raavan, and not ever wishing to harm women, Hanuman deciding that bringing Sita relief was more important, cast a cloud of delusion, a dream as it were on the demonesses, so that they forgot what they had to do, forgot their allegiance to Raavn and they fell into a swoon.

But Sita was so pained and hopeless, she sought fire from the Ashovan trees to immolate herself....and at that very single moment Hanuman revealed himself to her, and sang the song of Rama and showed her His ring....

So a mind that was sunk deep in hopelessness, sorrow, despair, suffering, agonised and fed up, such a mind was instantly healed and restored as it were, by the mere sound of Ram naam from Hanuman’s mouth, by the mere sigting of the ring of the Lord, which reminded the bhakta Sita of her Real union with the Lord, and urging her to recall His glory, His immanence and His great compassion....

Hanuman's name as Sankat Mochan would therefore mean, he who leads one from despair to Divinity. That travel itself is the dissolution of sorrow.

This is our lesson: When the mind is distracted from divinity, from its essential nature, and slips into sorrow, fear, anger, hatred, jealousy, frustration, hopelessness....any duality, whatever it be other than the Lord, the sound of Ram Naam is the instant restorative and for this we need Hanuman.

Same for Sita ma too; instantly, shocked, surprised, taken aback by the sight of Rama’s ring and the sound of His name from Hanuman, she was restored... all she needed was Rama, the Ram thought, the Ram naam, the abidance in Bhagawan and this is how Hanumanji opened the door to “Rama so that all other thoughts were replaced by Rama, and she did not yield to her hopelessness...

Raavan: Taking leave of Sita with a promise to rescue her, Hanuman wreaks havoc on Lanka, is captured and taken to Ravan’s court. Here an unbelieving Raavan asks him who he is, as the damage caused by a seemingly small monkey was disproportionate. Hanuman introduces himself through his King Sugriva and his Master Rama. In doing so he narrates the whole story of Rama, how He lost Sita and how Sugriva offered to help find Sita and how Hanuman was here looking for her and found her in Raavan’s palace gardens. Hanuman tells Raavan what the duty of a King is and requests him to return Sita to her lawful husband. What we see through this ‘reflection’ on Rama sitting in the court of Raavan, tied and in captivity, Hanuman is still trying to lead Raavan to Rama (bhakti).

Bharata: Rama had assured Bharat that immediately after his 14 years’ exile is completed, He will return to Ayodhya. But Bharat too, immersing himself in bhakti and devlotion, stayed in Nandigram, worshipping Bhagawan and contemplating the Lord, even as he looked after Ayodhya. When the war ended, Rama feared he would not reach Ayodhya on the appointed hour and feared that Bharat, losing hope would immolate himself as he had vowed to. Rama then asked Hanumanji to fly swift as the wind, reach Bharat and give him news of the abduction of Sita, the war, the defeat of Raavan and that now Rama was on His way.... When Hanuman flew over Nandigram, he was shocked to see the state of Bharata.

Quoting from Valmiki Ramayan:

At a distance of two miles from Ayodhya Hanuama saw Bharata, living in a hermitage, with the bark trees and the skin of a black antelope wrapped round his waist, looking miserable and emaciated, wearing matted locks on his head, his limbs coated with dirt, afflicted through separation from Rama his elder brother, subsisting on roots and fruits, with his senses subdued, engaged in austerities, protecting virtue, with a very high head of matted hair, covering his body with the bark of trees and a deer skin, disciplined, whose thoughts were fixed on the Supreme Spirit, with a splendour equalling that of a Brahmanical sage, ruling the earth after placing the wooden sandals before him, protecting the people belonging to all the four grades (viz. Brahmans Kshatriyas, Vaisyas and Shudras) from all peril and attended by the upright ministers, priests and by clever troop-commanders, all clad in saffron robes.

This was Bharat’s tapasya to attain the Lord, and when Hanuman goes to him and shares all news, his opening line was,

vasantaM daNDakAraNye yaM tvaM chIrajaTAdharam || 6-125-36
anushochasi kAkutsthaM sa tvA kushalamabravIt |


"Rama, for whom you are repenting residing as he was in the forest of Dandaka wearing the bark of trees and matted locks, has enquired about your welfare."...... and added, "O Lord! I am telling you a pleasant news. Give up this dreadful anguish. Within a while, you will be meeting Rama, your elder brother."

And hearing the sound of Ram naam, Bharat fainted with joy. On regaining his consciousness, he said in unbearable delight, “O the gentle one! Are you a divine being or a human being, who have come here out of compassion?”

Such is the relief that one feels when the world of despair, sorrow and confusion is removed and in its place is experienced the unchanging peace of divinity.

Such is the divinity that Hanumanji assures. In Pujya Guruji’s words, “Any person can accomplish anything by chanting Sri Hanuman’s name that will make one brave and fearless, full of devotion, faith and powerful. Surrender to Sri Hanuman and you will get all his qualities. Also, Sri Hanuman will take you to Lord Rama (the Lord Himself) which is the greatest goal of all human beings."

So the Hanuman Chalisa is not to be seen ordinarily as a remover of difficulties, but the path to Bhagawan.
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Re: Mananam on Hanuman Chalisa

Postby meera » Sun Jul 24, 2011 10:52 am

Hari Om...


Glory to Sri Rama...


OM VEDATMANE NAMAHA
Obeisances to Sri Rama, the Self of the Vedas

To that Rama my simple prostration and appeal for forgiveness for delaying the recounting of the glory Of Hanumanji!

Hari Om...
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Re: Mananam on Hanuman Chalisa

Postby meera » Sun Jul 24, 2011 11:41 am

Hari Om,

Jai Hanuman...

sincere love and greetings to you...
sorry I have taken time to post this..


आपन तेज समारौ आपै| तीनों लोक हांकते काम्पै ||२२||

Aapan tej samharau aapai ; Teenon lok haankte kaampai

[b]भूत पिसाच निकट नहीं आवै | महाबीर जब नाम सुनावै || २३||[/b]
Bhoot pisaach nikat nahin aavai mahabeer jab naam sunavai


You alone are capable of controlling your power. All the three worlds tremble when you
roar. Evil spirits do not dare to go near a person on hearing the (repeated chanting ) name of the great warrior Hanuman!



And why is that so?

We have been through the birth of Hanuman and how every god and devata conferred upon this servant of the Lord to come, a portion of their powers so as to ‘create’ as it were a power house of ability, capability, dasya bhava, concentration and strength. But we have people like that in the mortal world as well, with similar capabilities, yet the world does not shudder adequately on hearing their name. Why, the name of the law itself does not instil fear in people. Then what is it that Hanuman has which guarantees relief from all this, which causes weak and evil forces to dissipate?

If we go back to when Sugriva sent his top vanaras to the south ‘to go find Sita’, these -- Nila, Nala, Jambavan, Angada and Hanuman, stood by the sea shore gaping at the wild turbulent expanse of the ocean wondering how they would ever get across. Shrivelling up in fear and hopelessness, the other vanaras start praying to Hanuman (because remember Sugriv had told them jeevat na bachihau hamso tum bina sudhi laaye inha pag dharo! (You will not escape alive if you come back without news of Sita.) They oraised him in all kinds of words to remind him of his powers and glory. Even one vanara’s praise would be enough to send an ordinary ego bloating with pride.

Let me quote from Kamba Ramayana: Jambavan was last probably and he spends eloquent minutes praising the glory of Hanuman – his Physique, his mind, his intellect....this itself runs into pages – all this to urge Hanuman to take up the mission of crossing the sea to Lanka.

Hanuman folded his palms together in gracious acceptance of their prayer and said, “Whether you ask me to dig ou the city of Lanka and bring it here, or command me to kill the obstructing Rakshasas and bring Sita here, I shall do it. I shall cross the hundred yojana ocean as effortlessly as Vishnu as Vamana measured the world. I shall destroy all the contemptible rakshasa-s... all of you also have this capacity, but you all consider me worthy of this recognition and you are entrusting me with this task, who can be more fortunate? Even if the sea rises and submerges the world.......I shall cross the sea like Garuda...Rama’s command and your compassion for me will act as my two wings and will help me fly.

The whole of the above verse stands completely explained here. The Vedanta of prayer, faith and devotion is all fully here, we need go nowhere else.

Listen to Hanuman’s words. How can its import be lost? Rama’s command...is the power of Ram naam. When we pray to Hanuman we pray to him as who? Hanuman’s identity is nothing (he says so himself) without joining it with Rama. When we pray to Hanuman we verily pray to Rama and Sita residing in his heart! What Hanuman hears is first heard by lord Rama, for Bhagawan is the Ear of ear, Eye of eye....So when we invoke Hanuman in the face of any danger, difficulty, evil, wrong doing...we invoke the Lord Himself and Hanuman rising to protect, help etc is enlivened by the Lord Himself. Hanuman admits to the Lord as Consciousness enlivening him. Rama’s command here (I take to) means the willingness of the Consciousness to enable action from Hanuman.

Yet we know that Hanuman is Ram dwaare (tum) rakhwaare... so that it is reciprocally our invoking Hanumn that causes him to eagerly send us to Lord Rama’s door to offer our obeisance. Here the second phrase that Hanuman uses is “....... and your compassion”.

Our compassion is expressed in our invocation, our prayer where we glorify Hanuman through reminding him of his prowess which by design, he will not remember as that power to remember what his capabilities are, was taken away by the Rishis. And Hanumanji is always among us, as a chiranjeevi.... so when we pray to him, we will need to remind him of his powers and our willingness to remind him through glorifying him, is compassionate (as felt by Hanumanji) in just the same way that he tells Jambavan that his granting the recognition of greatness to Hanuman to be able to cross the sea when he himself can do it, is his good fortune; recapping: all of you also have this capacity, but you all consider me worthy of this recognition and you are entrusting me with this task, who can be more fortunate?

Then again, as bhaktas are spread all over the universe and each one is at any point in time, recounting Hanuman’s greatness, Hanumanji is as if ever reminded of his greatness, which is why Hanuman’s power and glory is felt all the time everywhere. Hanuman’s power is so immense that once invoked it goes out to impact.

Pujya Guruji says, “Sri Hanuman’s power is so great that no one can control it except himself. When his mighty roar is heard, all the three worlds (heaven, earth and the lower worlds – nether worlds) tremble in fear. His power and strength know no limits. Chanting the name of Sri Hanuman transfers the same power and courage to his devotee.”

Lord Rama chose Hanuman as His emissary knowing the power that he was invested with. And we have seen Hanuman’s physical prowess, mental prowess and his intellectual prowess. Be it uprooting the Dronagiri Mountain or gently dissuading Sita-ma to listen to him as he recites Rama’s glory to Her and causes Her to give up her hopelessness, be it convincing Vibheeshan to make the leap of faith or convincing Sugriva to do likewise and thus free himself of the slavery of his mind to fear, be it saving Rama and Lakshman fro patala where Ravana had held them captive, or simply leaping across the ocean to find Sita, a feat born of simply, unconditional, unshakeable faith in the Lord, his Master..... power is a function of faith.

Faith is a function of surrender.

Surrender is a function of abandoning the ego.

Hanumanji is so feared and dreaded entirely because there is no way, NO WAY he can be tempted by any thought word or deed or object or person in any way. It is when we can be enticed that the power shifts from us to the one who can control us. But not Hanuman. By the very act of eradicating his ego and revelling in Lord Rama, he says, ‘nothing can tempt me’. This too is not said in an egoistic way. I imagine with this limited mind that when Hanuamn said this he meant, the ‘me’ that is in me, is my Master Himself for He pervades my very being... so how can the Lord be tempted?

Anjaneyulu-ji explains Mahabeer beautifully. He says if the Lord’s glory is sung by you and me, then it is the song sung by Veer-purush. But when the Lord sings the glory.... it is mahabeer. He also says there are different veerata-s such as Dharma veer (Karna), Daanya veer, ran-veer, vidya-veer.... when all the veerata-s come together, it is mahabeer. Hanumanji was a conglomeration of all veerata-s.

Hence when Mahabeer Hanumanji’s name is heard either in your prayer or thought, no evil or negative force or temptation or weak thoughts will come near him or her who takes Hanumanji’s name.

Jai Hanuman!
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Re: Mananam on Hanuman Chalisa

Postby meera » Sun Jul 24, 2011 11:41 am

Hari Om,

Jai Hanuman...

sincere love and greetings to you...
sorry I have taken time to post this..


आपन तेज समारौ आपै| तीनों लोक हांकते काम्पै ||२२||

Aapan tej samharau aapai ; Teenon lok haankte kaampai

[b]भूत पिसाच निकट नहीं आवै | महाबीर जब नाम सुनावै || २३||[/b]
Bhoot pisaach nikat nahin aavai mahabeer jab naam sunavai


You alone are capable of controlling your power. All the three worlds tremble when you
roar. Evil spirits do not dare to go near a person on hearing the (repeated chanting ) name of the great warrior Hanuman!



And why is that so?

We have been through the birth of Hanuman and how every god and devata conferred upon this servant of the Lord to come, a portion of their powers so as to ‘create’ as it were a power house of ability, capability, dasya bhava, concentration and strength. But we have people like that in the mortal world as well, with similar capabilities, yet the world does not shudder adequately on hearing their name. Why, the name of the law itself does not instil fear in people. Then what is it that Hanuman has which guarantees relief from all this, which causes weak and evil forces to dissipate?

If we go back to when Sugriva sent his top vanaras to the south ‘to go find Sita’, these -- Nila, Nala, Jambavan, Angada and Hanuman, stood by the sea shore gaping at the wild turbulent expanse of the ocean wondering how they would ever get across. Shrivelling up in fear and hopelessness, the other vanaras start praying to Hanuman (because remember Sugriv had told them jeevat na bachihau hamso tum bina sudhi laaye inha pag dharo! (You will not escape alive if you come back without news of Sita.) They oraised him in all kinds of words to remind him of his powers and glory. Even one vanara’s praise would be enough to send an ordinary ego bloating with pride.

Let me quote from Kamba Ramayana: Jambavan was last probably and he spends eloquent minutes praising the glory of Hanuman – his Physique, his mind, his intellect....this itself runs into pages – all this to urge Hanuman to take up the mission of crossing the sea to Lanka.

Hanuman folded his palms together in gracious acceptance of their prayer and said, “Whether you ask me to dig ou the city of Lanka and bring it here, or command me to kill the obstructing Rakshasas and bring Sita here, I shall do it. I shall cross the hundred yojana ocean as effortlessly as Vishnu as Vamana measured the world. I shall destroy all the contemptible rakshasa-s... all of you also have this capacity, but you all consider me worthy of this recognition and you are entrusting me with this task, who can be more fortunate? Even if the sea rises and submerges the world.......I shall cross the sea like Garuda...Rama’s command and your compassion for me will act as my two wings and will help me fly.

The whole of the above verse stands completely explained here. The Vedanta of prayer, faith and devotion is all fully here, we need go nowhere else.

Listen to Hanuman’s words. How can its import be lost? Rama’s command...is the power of Ram naam. When we pray to Hanuman we pray to him as who? Hanuman’s identity is nothing (he says so himself) without joining it with Rama. When we pray to Hanuman we verily pray to Rama and Sita residing in his heart! What Hanuman hears is first heard by lord Rama, for Bhagawan is the Ear of ear, Eye of eye....So when we invoke Hanuman in the face of any danger, difficulty, evil, wrong doing...we invoke the Lord Himself and Hanuman rising to protect, help etc is enlivened by the Lord Himself. Hanuman admits to the Lord as Consciousness enlivening him. Rama’s command here (I take to) means the willingness of the Consciousness to enable action from Hanuman.

Yet we know that Hanuman is Ram dwaare (tum) rakhwaare... so that it is reciprocally our invoking Hanumn that causes him to eagerly send us to Lord Rama’s door to offer our obeisance. Here the second phrase that Hanuman uses is “....... and your compassion”.

Our compassion is expressed in our invocation, our prayer where we glorify Hanuman through reminding him of his prowess which by design, he will not remember as that power to remember what his capabilities are, was taken away by the Rishis. And Hanumanji is always among us, as a chiranjeevi.... so when we pray to him, we will need to remind him of his powers and our willingness to remind him through glorifying him, is compassionate (as felt by Hanumanji) in just the same way that he tells Jambavan that his granting the recognition of greatness to Hanuman to be able to cross the sea when he himself can do it, is his good fortune; recapping: all of you also have this capacity, but you all consider me worthy of this recognition and you are entrusting me with this task, who can be more fortunate?

Then again, as bhaktas are spread all over the universe and each one is at any point in time, recounting Hanuman’s greatness, Hanumanji is as if ever reminded of his greatness, which is why Hanuman’s power and glory is felt all the time everywhere. Hanuman’s power is so immense that once invoked it goes out to impact.

Pujya Guruji says, “Sri Hanuman’s power is so great that no one can control it except himself. When his mighty roar is heard, all the three worlds (heaven, earth and the lower worlds – nether worlds) tremble in fear. His power and strength know no limits. Chanting the name of Sri Hanuman transfers the same power and courage to his devotee.”

Lord Rama chose Hanuman as His emissary knowing the power that he was invested with. And we have seen Hanuman’s physical prowess, mental prowess and his intellectual prowess. Be it uprooting the Dronagiri Mountain or gently dissuading Sita-ma to listen to him as he recites Rama’s glory to Her and causes Her to give up her hopelessness, be it convincing Vibheeshan to make the leap of faith or convincing Sugriva to do likewise and thus free himself of the slavery of his mind to fear, be it saving Rama and Lakshman fro patala where Ravana had held them captive, or simply leaping across the ocean to find Sita, a feat born of simply, unconditional, unshakeable faith in the Lord, his Master..... power is a function of faith.

Faith is a function of surrender.

Surrender is a function of abandoning the ego.

Hanumanji is so feared and dreaded entirely because there is no way, NO WAY he can be tempted by any thought word or deed or object or person in any way. It is when we can be enticed that the power shifts from us to the one who can control us. But not Hanuman. By the very act of eradicating his ego and revelling in Lord Rama, he says, ‘nothing can tempt me’. This too is not said in an egoistic way. I imagine with this limited mind that when Hanuamn said this he meant, the ‘me’ that is in me, is my Master Himself for He pervades my very being... so how can the Lord be tempted?

Anjaneyulu-ji explains Mahabeer beautifully. He says if the Lord’s glory is sung by you and me, then it is the song sung by Veer-purush. But when the Lord sings the glory.... it is mahabeer. He also says there are different veerata-s such as Dharma veer (Karna), Daanya veer, ran-veer, vidya-veer.... when all the veerata-s come together, it is mahabeer. Hanumanji was a conglomeration of all veerata-s.

Hence when Mahabeer Hanumanji’s name is heard either through your prayer or thought, no evil or negative force or temptation or weak thoughts will come near him or her who takes Hanumanji’s name.

Jai Hanuman!
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Re: Mananam on Hanuman Chalisa

Postby meera » Sat Sep 17, 2011 7:00 am

Prostrations to Sri Rama, owing to whom the world got to study the great Rama dasa and Rama bhakta Shri Hanuman!


OM BHAVAROGASYA BHESHAJAYA NAMAHA
Obeisances to Sri Rama, the Healer of the disease of Becoming/ The Reliever Of Earthly Ailments


(How well this naama is going to tie up with our next Chalisa verse today!)

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Re: Mananam on Hanuman Chalisa

Postby meera » Sat Sep 17, 2011 11:23 am

Hari Om....

Prostrations to Hanumanji

Sincere love and affection to all....

We continue....

नासै रोग हरे सब पीड़ा ,
जपत निरंतर हनुमत भीरा ||25||



Naasai rog harai sab peeda, japat nirantar Hanumat veera

All the ailments and diseases and afflictions vanish when your name is repeated
continuously.


(Verse 25 and the next 26 must be taken together, although the content is so huge that I am forced to separate them)

In the entire Ramayan we encounter so many many people, many who are very great like Parashuram-ji and others like Janak, Lakshman, Sumantra, Bharat and later Vibheeshan too. Yet it is only for Hanuman that Ram and Sita always burst forth with blessings.

Hanumanji is thus hugely fortified with the Lord’s grace and blessings.

Then again recall, that Hanumanji was ‘composed’ of the blessed contributions of every devata who had wanted for Rama to have a ‘servant’ who was equipped, intelligent, powerful, in every way.

Now from the study of the Gita, chapter 3, we know that every devata represents a potential which when applied to a task, invokes that potential in the task. So now we know what potential Hanumanji is vested with.

Thus, both physical and mental prowess apart, he is also infused with such powerful and great blessings of Ma Sita and Ram-ji.
So when we call out Hanumanji’s name, if we chant his name all the time or even when in need, what we are invoking into the moment is unimaginable.

Tulisdas ji says, nasai rog, hari sab peedha...

Rog
we may take as belonging to the body. But peedha can be seen as any kind of suffering, be it mental intellectual and I would add, even spiritual. It is the definition to the peedha that we give, that makes it a peedha. If one is unable to concentrate during meditiation, that is peedha! If one is unable to be calm or composed in crisis AND one recognises this as a difficulty, then that is peedha which can be handed over to Hanumanji.

Therefore there is no need to ever feel lost or alone, abandoned or defeated. For he is everywhere, including in the sound of his name and he is also present during the crisis, inside the crisis, as the crisis. Omnipresent means all this too. Why then feel alone and marooned when in difficult phases? He was there when the road was good, he is there now when the path has so many potholes...and as we do naam smaran of Hanumanji, the path gets healed, easier to walk on.

Peedha, dukh, klesh, (suffering, sorrow, conflict/agitations) all this are of the mind. They are caused by the mind, arise in the mind and if allowed to fester there, they seep into the physicality and cause dis-ease in the body, which leads to more real anxiety in the mind, which causes more peedha in the body..... and so on.

Naam smaran/jaap will keep the mind pool fresh and pure like the early morning freshness of the deity in the temple, freshly bathed and scrubbed, with the crisp garments, fresh chandana and kumkum, the arresting fragrance of stone and silk and chandan gushing forth from the idol, aided by fresh flowers joyously nestling around the deity’s neck, even the clang of the uddharini on the panchapatra seems fresh and new, tingling with a newness and purity. The fruit and offerings are new and clean as is the temple and why, even the priest freshly bathed and smiling, his eyes soaked with the Lord’s grandeur and mercy...and the Lord Himself or Herself sits there enjoying the attention and cosseting by His devotee... and through those seemingly closed eyes, He quietly absorbs, removes all your difficulties and pains and aches and sorrow even as you gaze at the fresh crisp red garments.. so that the ‘dirty’, pain ridden, unhappiness-engulfed, agitated you, that entered this water fresh precincts, is celebrated by the Lord, who serves you as if you are a guest and Lord, and He your servant... and He unloads your burden, takes it away and refreshes you with His cooling gaze...and when the sense of relief is experienced inside, your heart bursts, unable to bear what is divine (for you are just body and matter) and cries, “Bhagawan!Oh Bhagawan...” and those tears are the last of the freshness in that temple as they perform abhishek of the Lord’s beautiful feet...

That is why you leave that crisis filled moment with relief, for all rog and peeda has been taken away by Him and you, unable to find the right words to express your heart, only say, Bhagawan Bhagawan Bhagawan....or Krishna Krishna Krishna... or Ma, Ma, Ma...

So when peedha goes also, naam uchcharan is automatic, like the release of a pressure valve ; when peedha comes also naam smarana is automatic...

If naam smaran is made a habit, then naam takes the place of the Lord in your system – physical, mental, intellectual and spiritual system and like a tube of ointment, spreads itself all over you when agitations come. Naam smaran is akin to the bell in a temple....we sound the bell to draw the Lord’s attention towards us, naam smaran does just that.
In fact peedha, dukh and diffuclites should be celebrated because they herald the coming of Bhagwan in your heart.... knowing that your child is getting hungry you prepare his food, right? Knowing that difficulty has hit you, the Lord arrives Himself...so when things look tedious, unbearable, smile... for He cometh....! Thereafter just revel in Him. Shut your eyes to the world, receive Him in the sanctum sanctorum of your heart, and love Him like you have never loved. Dance with Him or whatever it is that is your expression of unbearable joy.

Nasai rog harai sab peedha...

This may be done clinically at first, but soon every cell in the body goes into auto pilot and begin the dance on their own, just as white blood cells automatically multiply and ply forth to attack germs in the system.

He is that.

He is Hanuman.

To think of Hanuman is to invoke him. No articulate or eloquent words are needed – that is the power of his physical composition and his spiritual edifice : Surya Dev as his guru and Lord Rama and Sita as his Masters.

Which is why when Rama wanted someone to fly to Lanka, the vanaaras, under Sugriv’s diktat, huddled together frightened and petrified, for they were certain they could never make that flight to Lanka. And as all the vaanaras stood on the sea shore, fearing the wrath of Sugriv who had sworn to kill them all if they did not come back by sunset with news of Sita, it was Jambavaan who ‘THOUGHT’ of Hanuman... and he said, (after duly re-glorifying and aiding Hanuman’s memory) only Hanuman can cross the sea and return with success.

Which is again why when Lakshmana was critically injured, the army doctor Sushena ‘thought’ of Hanuman. And before Sushena had even completed his diktat, Hanuman was already in Drongiri. In fact just a little before, Indrajit had stunned a key part of the vanara army with his weapon as was Lakshmana. Vibheeshana revives Hanuman and takes him to where Jambavan the wisest of the vanaraas, who too had been attacked by the same astra, lay badly injured. When Jambavan hears Hanuman’s voice, he is so joyous as he says, “Now nothing is lost, we will win, we will conquer, we are safe.”

This is faith.

Hanuman then gets the Drona Hill itself and Sushena heals Lakshmana. Rama who had wept hopelessly during this time, willing to give away anything to get his brother back, embraces Hanuman and says, (in Kamban’s poetry) that this for me is a second birth, the first being from my father Dasharath. Now (with Lakshmana saved) I am born again and this birth I owe to you Hanuman!”

It is difficult to know which to praise, Rama’s compassion and encouragement or Hanuman’s daasya bhava. These great sutradhars like Tulsidasji, Valmikiji and Kamban have given Hanuman terrific meaning through their own love and devotion so that they saw much more than the ordinary ear would hear.

It is said that after His corornation, Rama sent Hanuman back to Kishkinda and these were His parting words to His most finest bhakta, dasa:

There’s none like thee, when dangers hedge us round, to free us from their fangs and lead us to shelter safe! (That is) Be the saviour of humans – (Rama was in manava avatar) – when they are surrounded by dangers.”

This was verily a diktat from the Lord to His Das, as if to say, you protect them when they are in trouble, JUST AS YOU PROTECTED ME EVERYTIME I WAS IN TROUBLE... be it the loss of Sita, or finding a path to Lanka, or building a bridge over the sea itself, or fighting Ravana or bringing Lakshmana back to life....be all this and more for my people...

This is truly a very very assuring set of words if read with this stanza in the Hanuman Chalisa. For, we can now appreciate that in serving his Master, Hanuman was also doing as He told him to.

And continuing, Rama says, “What can I give thee for the invaluable help that you rendered me in the past? ............ Embrace me! O my hero brave!

What does that mean? Much more than is evident. Yes we know the famed embrace of the Lord and His das. But ‘embrace me’ should also mean, unite in me and become one with me in spirit, and now go, serve the people in this body, protect them, guide them to me (Ram dwaar ke tum rakhvaare)..and know that when you reach out to help them you will have my love and support with you always, and you will them bring them succour on my behalf.

So Hanuman ji as a chiranjeevi is everywhere, all the time in the body and because his Master has so instructed, he is harkening keenly to hear which bhkata is calling out to him... and the moment he hears your cry for help, your prayers or even your Jai Bajrang bali....he comes instantly to you, because he promised Rama he would be all this for His people!

And because he is united with Rama, praying to Hanuman is nearly as much as praying to Rama, for in that final embrace they are now One. Hanuman has been deputed to save us, protect us, watch over us, guide us, help us, show us the way, cast light when we enter darkness.....depends what we say to him...we must remember that we need to call out to Hanuman and tell him our tale, but suitably remind him of his prowess and glory, and strength and that he is committed to Rama as His dasa, to help us all who are so utterly lost.

For we know that Hanuman has the curse of the Rsis upon him that will lead to a curtain fall on his memory. This also means that a lot of strength actually resides in the mind and we need to KNOW that we are strong. Which is why even when we have all the strength , we get frightened as we too forget our Brahman-hood and call out to Hanuman...and he reminds us of our real self and thus strengthens our sadhana and dedication to the Lord.

In so many ways we may thank the Rsis for this strange situation, for we get so many many many opportunities to recall Hanumanji’s greatness.

बुद्धिर्बलं यशो धैर्यं निर्भयत्वं अरोगता

अजाढयं वाक्पतुत्वं च हनुमत्स्मरणात भवेत्

buddhirbalam yasho dhairyam nirbhayatvam arogata
ajaaddyam vaakpatutvam cha hanumatsmaranaat bhavet


These are Hanumanji’s qualities and they are available to us too through our prayer to him...

So let us ask for the very same qualities that Hanumanji is praised for, but for the reasons below:

He is Wise; may we have wisdom to know real from unreal, good from not good,
He is strong; May we have Strength to lift up the downtrodden,
He has fame; may we be renowned in our bhakti and service to our Guru,
He is courageous; May we have Courage to meet difficulties with a smile,
He is fearless; we want Fearlessness in the face of evil,
He is the epitome of good health; may we always have perfect health so we can serve the Lord and our Guru,
He has terrific stamina; we wnat freedom from fatigue to keep serving our Guru
He has grace in speech; we want Grace and tact in speech to bypass pointless debates and unpleasant situations yet to use that to bring hope into the hopeless, fear of the Supreme in the heart of the evil minded

Additionally some of us have the weakness of a poor memory and one that is poor in assimilation. May we pray that Hanumanji cleans our mind and memory pool such that we are able to retain what we learn, the good we see, the beautiful and pure knowledge we hear, the smell of the jasmine adorning the Lord and our guru’s feet, the touch of our Guru’s hand on our head....

May this mind always stop several times in the day to unveil our Guru in the mind, to offer him gratitude and love, to touch his feet and offer him food or flowers or anything... let our mind not be busy all the time. May Hanuman enable this please.
This needs ‘complete faith’. Prayer cannot be an experiment, but a surrender. A confirmed faith that I hand over for you to do as you will....

That worship has to be in thought word and deed, which implies that our actions have to be pure so too our thoughts. Worship means ‘not my will but yours’...hence the surrender has to be pure.

And why will Hanuman do all this?

Hanuman tehi parsa kar puni keenha pranaam
Ram kaaju keenhe binu mohi kahaan visraam


Translation: Hanuman touched Lord Rama with his hand, bowed to Him and said, “How can I take rest unless I have accomplished the mission of Sri Rama?

The mission of the Lord is to bring us all back to Him. For that we need to become true servants of the Lord....(‘servant’ means, having a sense of servitude... treat His world as our responsibility, keep it clean of physical dirt and dirt of anger, hatred and divisiveness, love in the face of anger, hug in the face of repulsion, trust in the face of doubt, leave this world a far better place than it was when you came here....) and for that we need Hanumanji’s love, support and guidance. We are told to love and we don’t know what that means. We see such reason for anger so that invoking love is impossible. But that is because we are human. All we need to do is let Hanumanji know this fraility, this peedha that we have. For what it is, is simply a handicap that will not let us be good servants...so then? Japat nirantar Hanumat veera...!!

Recall how a little child cries when he can’t tie his shoe laces...he sobs miserably and says, Ma yeh mere se nahi hoga... Ma this is not possible for me.... then what does the parent do? He or she smiles heartbreakingly and says, “Come I will show you how... and I will do it for you as well...”

Can you recall how that face smiles then, through the tears? We have to become like that.

And that is what he is doing every moment of the day... everytime we call out in a crisis he comes quickly to guide us, lest we go wrong...so let us pray freely, calling out to him, as many times as we want... japat nirantar Hanumat veera...
And thus we will be without any mind of disease – bodily or mental.

As Guruji says:
One who constantly chants the name of Sri Hanuman, such a person’s diseases are cured
and his pains are taken away. Even incurable diseases can be cured. So someone may
ask, ‘If I have cancer, will it be cured?’ Yes. If you have complete faith, that is possible!
But the real explanation is, all diseases we suffer from are diseases of the body and the
mind. Diseases of the body are known in Sanskrit as vyadhih and of the mind, adhih.
These diseases cause suffering if only we think that we are this body.”


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Re: Mananam on Hanuman Chalisa

Postby AMBIKA113 » Wed Nov 16, 2011 3:36 pm

HARI OM!
BEAUTIFUL ELABORATION.
WHAT I COMPREHEND IS, THAT OUR MIND IS LIKE MIRROR. WE PERCEIVE THE WORLD, AS REFLECTION THROUGH THIS MIRROR ONLY. IF THE MIRROR IS NOT CLEAN, THE CORRECT PICTURE SHALL NEVER BE PERCEIVED; DELUSION AND ILLUSION BOTH ARE LIKELY TO PREVAIL, AND WITHOUT BLESSINGS OF 'GURU', CLEANING OF MIND(MIRROR) IS NOT POSSIBLE. IGNORANCE WILL CONTINUE.
OM HANUMANTE NAMAH!
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Re: Mananam on Hanuman Chalisa

Postby meera » Thu Nov 17, 2011 6:01 am

Hari Om Ambikaji,

That is correct! And that is the essence.

If we attach some definitions to mind, to world and to perception, we will be alarmed by what really goes on.

Mind gets dirty by desires, more desires and insatiable desires. That is a huge patch of vasana-s. These are what define the culture of our ego and keep Bhagawan aside. We are forever held captive by our desires so that we are consumed by a burning need to fulfill the desires. This is the dirt that separates us from Bhagawan.

World is infact a grossification or a manifestation of all that our mind is....we see what we want; we see what our mind is. It takes courage to see Bhagawan in everything!

Perception is what we see. Do we see what it looks like or are we able to go beyond and see the essential sentience principle underlying? If we are unable to, it is because our mind has been trained to perceive only ego satisfying images.

All this clutter is what oppresses us. Keeps us far far below our potential. Away from our Home. Because we are busy grazing on the inconsequential.

The Guru is indefinable. Words can never never fully do justice to this one definition. If we get even a glimpse of his generosity, his compassion, we would be too stunned to recover.

Yet for all the dirt in the mind, the spirit is yet able to shout its need for a guru... however faint the cry, he hears. And it is He who works relentlessly at cleaning the mind. I would imagine that once the Guru is called out, the dirt of the mind simply starts falling like dried leaves..., drops off... that is the power of the Guru's name. Just a thought is enough... smaran is enough...but we need to keep the faith strong....No wonder then Gurudev would say, "Don;t tell God how great your problem is, tell your problem how great your God (Guru) is!" It is true... apply this and see it work!

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Re: Mananam on Hanuman Chalisa

Postby AMBIKA113 » Thu Nov 17, 2011 12:27 pm

NOBLE THOUGHTS.
THANKS,
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Re: Mananam on Hanuman Chalisa

Postby AMBIKA113 » Fri Nov 18, 2011 2:30 pm

HARI OM!
WONDERFUL GLORIFICATION OF LORD HANUMAN.
HANUMAN JI IS EMBODIMENT, MANIFESTATION OF ALL VIRTUES (MANGAL MURTI) AND REMEMBERING HIM, UPROOTS ALL THE EVILS (SAKAL AMANGAL MUL NIKANADAN). HE IS THE MASTER, THE "GURU" IN TRUE SPIRIT.
"JAI JAI HANUMAN GUSAIN,
KRIPA KARAHU 'GURU DEO' KI NAI."
MERE REMEMBERING LORD HANUMAN; PROHIBITED DESIRES, GREED, HATRED, ENVY AND ANGER CAN NOT DARE TO COME NEAR BY. OUR LORD HANUMAN IS SIMPLY LOVABLE.
HOW EVER, KEEPING IN VIEW THE "HANUMAN TATTVA",I COULD NOT DIGEST AS YET, WHY OUR HANUMAN JI IS (TREATED?) IN
'BANDAR YONI'(MONKEY)?
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Re: Mananam on Hanuman Chalisa

Postby meera » Sat Nov 19, 2011 11:29 am

Hari Om Ambikaji,

Kindly read the posts on page one where the introductions, meanings, of Hanumanji, his birth etc are posted by various people.

To answer The whole purpose of the Ramayan was to primarily show a uttampurusha and how he lives so that rest of mankind would follow.

It is believed that Lord Rama took birth as a human to eradicate Ravana.
But some saints who interpret this say, Bhagawan does not have to take birth to remove a thorn; He can do it from where He is. Bhagawan takes birth out of love for His devotees -- that is why Krishna's choice of words also is in this order: Paritraanaay sadhunaam -- for the deliverance of good people.... (and then) vinashaaya cha dushkritaam... to destroy the ones causing pain to society.

It is out of love for the sadhus, the good people, the ones who are striving hard to follow dharma.

In the case of Ravana, he was oppressing and suppressing mankind. Plus he had a boon granted to him that made him invincible at the hands of any creature. But while asking for this boon, Ravana listed out the kinds of creatures who should not be able to destroy him and in doing so, he left out man and monkey. Maybe he thought these were too lowly to have any impact on him.

So when the devas went to Vishnu Bhagawan and asked Him to intervene, Bhagawan knew what he had to do. He took the form of a man.

Now the devas were so overjoyed and overwhelemed and wanted to give of themselves to hug Bhagawan, save Him, serve Him... these are natural expressions of love but we forget that Bhagawan does not need any of this, but as bhaktas we are allowed to do whatever we wish for Bhagawan... so too the devatas decided they must 'prepare' a terrific dasa to serve Bhagawan during His term on earth.

Meanwhile there was also the 'stealing' of a part of the putrakameshti payasam by an eagle from the sage's hands which it dropped on the open palms of Anjana and Kesari who sat elsewhere praying for a son. Coexsiting with this situation was a curse upon Anjana which had caused her to take birth in the clan of monkeys (actually Kinnara-s I feel; Google Kinnara and read up pls), and that curse could be mitigated only if she gave birth to Lord Shiva's child....

So when all these factors came together Anjana devi gave birth to Hanuman (read up his name meaning in page one fo this forum)

Bear in mind these are not fables and hence romanticised. The only 2 forms who could destroy Ravana were man and monkey. Hence Hanumanji.

And then all the devatas pooled in the best of their skills and powers. Varun, Indra etc each invested the baby with their powers (and that is why in need, we don;t need to invoke any other devata, Hanumanji is enough : aur devata chitt na dharayi, Hanumat seii sarv sukhh karaii

So Hanumanji's birth is thus explained. He is not a vaanar. When Lord Rama saw him, He is reputed to have asked, nar? va....? meaning "is this really a man or...?" I take it the Lord Rama was stunned by Hanumanji's grace, diction, courteousness, grammar (he was declared best grammarian - vakpatutvam) he spoke better than a brahmana... hence Ramji's question.

That Nar, va..? is more like man or superman?

Hanuman is our own Superman!

Enough, now kindly read up old posts pls... ;)

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Re: Mananam on Hanuman Chalisa

Postby meera » Sat Nov 19, 2011 5:24 pm

Hari Om Ambika ji,

Forgot to add 2 more points:

a. The events of life all came together to create for Bhagawan as Rama, a dasa who would bear a monkey form only so that the eradication of Ravana was made possible. See all the events I have mentioned.

b. The devas did not sit back and watch. They too took part in the battle and the rescue of Sita ma. Since the Lord had assumed the form of a Human, the devas felt inhibited to also be present in human form. In the Lord's presence they did not want to 'compete' or be present as human. So they decided to take a lower form, but a form that would enable to destruction of Ravana and his army, while also keeping the respect for Lord Shiva's boon to Ravana that his destruction would not happen at the hands of any of the creatures he had listed out. (That is my interpretation, because the devas knew that Bhagawan was deeply devoted to Lord Shiva, His colleague form.) So the deva-s took the form of vanaraa-s and all of them came to earth to support Bhagawan.

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