In the previous episode we had witnessed that the entire Vaanara community headed by Sugriva are getting ready for the great search mission. Sugriva invites all the Vaanaras from different corners of the country to assemble in Kishkinta to aid the search operation. As the entire Vaanara community flocks in, Sugriva assigns groups and directs each group to go in different directions for the search. Amongst others, the group comprising of Angada, Jaambhavaan, Hanuman, etc. were ordered to head towards the southern direction.
As all the groups were getting ready to start, there was one person who never seemed to be interested in any of this planning and talks that were going on! That person was none other than Hanuman! It is to be remembered that he is a “Naishtika Brahmachaari” – In other words, he was a saintly person uninterested in a family life. Thus as all the hectic planning and discussions about the search mission was taking place, Hanuman had a feeling within himself, “Just because of this one Sita, why is everyone running around here and there? This Rama is considered to be the disciple of the great Sage Vasishtaachaarya. Being so, doesn’t he have the courage to face the situation and move on in life, rather than sitting in one corner and crying? Why is he losing himself just because he has lost this Sita?” Thinking thus, Hanuman is sitting in one corner of the place seemingly uninterested in the entire search operation!
As Hanuman was thinking this way, Rama figured out that something is wrong with Hanuman! One of Lord Rama’s unique qualities as a leader is that, he can figure out even what the other person is thinking about and accordingly he has the smartness to modify his answer! Thus, Rama figures out what was going in Hanuman’s mind! It is at this point Rama decides that if there should be one person who should see Sita, it should be Hanuman! Hence he calls Hanuman to his side and motivates him:
“Na moobhou naantharikshyevaa naambare naamaraalaye!
Naasuva kabhi sandhanthe pashyaami hari pungava!!”
Rama says, “Oh Hanuman! You are the only person who has the smartness and sharpness of the mind to undertake this mission. You have the required strength and valor to take on this search. You are the only person here who has the unique capability of taking wise decisions at the right time!” Saying thus, Rama hugs Hanuman with all his love and affection. He thus hands over his ring to Hanuman, to be shown to Sita as a token of identification. Handing it over to Hanuman, Rama now is in tears and says “Oh Hanuman! Please give this to Sita as my token of love and support to her! If you succeed in this mission of finding her whereabouts, there is nothing else in this world that would make this Rama happy!”
As Rama talks with tears, Hanuman consoles him and gets ready to start. He is now determined to find Sita and unite her with Rama! The mission is on as the Vaanaraas set out in different directions! What happened next? Did the Vaanaraas succed in finding Sita immediately? Were they bound to face obstacles in their mission? Let’s wait till the next episode to find out! 🙂