Episode 196 – Hanuman advances towards Lanka!!!

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In the previous episode we were witnessing that Hanuman is commencing his journey towards Lanka and he leaps across the ocean to commence his long travel. Upon seeing Hanuman leaping across the mighty ocean, all the other Vaanaras, the Devas and other celestial beings are looking at Hanuman in awe! As Hanuman was leaping across, he drags all the trees, flowers, plants, some small animals along with him in the air! It is with this immense force that Hanuman leaps across into the air – Just like a jet blast while an aircraft is taking off the ground!

“Baahu samsthambhayaamaasa mahaa pariah sannibhau!

Aasakaasa kapih khattyaam sharanau sankuchokachaa!!”

As Hanuman was moving forward, he makes a loud and a deafeaning sound and with that, the entire earth surface shakes for a moment! It was as if there was a loud thunder amidst heavy bunches of rain-bearing clouds. Hanuman’s appearance is so gigantic that it looked like a huge eagle grabbing a long snake in its mouth and flying!

“Samyakthicha bhukou shreemaan taschaivacha shiro dharaam!

Tejassathvam tathaa veeryam aaviveshacha veeryavaan!!”

Here, Vaalmiki Maharishi beautifully explains Hanuman’s ambitious travel – As he increases his speed and velocity, he stretches both his hands in the forward direction and as he does that, he dissipates all the clouds that are hanging above the surface! As he increases his speed further and tears apart the air, his father, Vaayu Bhagawan (The God of Wind) is so happy that his son is advancing towards him! As Hanuman was advancing further, all the clouds represent themselves in front of Indra – Leader of the Celestial beings. They ask Indra, “Oh! For how long are we going to bare this discomfort with Hanuman?” Indra replies to them, “Yes! I understand your concern! But all of us should remember that Rama is bearing so much of discomfort of losing Sita, wandering about in the dense forest, to destroy Ravana! We should remember that only upon our request, did he take birth in this world and taking up all this pain and suffering! Hence, we should tolerate this short-term discomfort caused by Hanuman!”

Thus as Indra, Varuna and other Celestial Beings talk with each other, Hanuman advances further into the ocean with his immense power. Here is a beautiful “Paasuram” from the Kamba Ramayanam in Tamil that describes Hanuman’s journey to Lanka:

“Aindhile ondru pettraan! Aindile ondrai thaavi!

Aindhile ondru aaraaga – Aariyarkkaaga yeigi!!

Aindhile ondru pettra anangaikkandu – Ayalaan ooril!!

Aindhile ondru vaithaan – Avan nammai alithukkaappaan!!”

Here, Kamba Naadar beautifully explains that in this “Sundara Kaanda” we can see that Hanuman had the connection of the five important elements of life in this world (Pancha-Bhoothas)Earth, fire, wind, water and sky! He says in the above sloka, ““Aindhile ondru pettraan!” which means, “Hanuman is the son of Vaayu Bhagawan (God of Wind). Next, he says, “Aindile ondrai thaavi!” which means, “Hanuman is crossing the water”. Subsequently he says, “Aindhile ondru aaraaga”. Here the word “Aaru” means “Way” – Hanuman is using the sky as his way, since he is flying across! Next he says, “Aindhile ondru pettra anangaikkandu!” which means that “Hanuman is going across to meet Sita, who was born from the earth surface (Bhooma Devi). Towards the end he says, “Aindhile ondru vaithaan!” which means, Hanuman burnt Lanka towards the end of his visit, which directly signifies the importance of “Fire”! Thus in this one sloka we can see that all the five elements of life – Earth, Sky, Fire, Wind and Water were in service to Hanuman in pursuit of Sita!

Thus Hanuman advances forward towards Lanka with all his energy focused only on one objective – To be of service to his Lord Rama and making him happy by finding the whereabouts of his beloved wife Sita! From the next episode and in subsequent episodes, we shall witness how Hanuman is considered to be an epitome of various modern-day Management concepts such as Motivation, “Never-give-up attitude”, how to act smart to come out of tough situations, positive thinking, etc. Stay tuned! 🙂

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