In the previous episode we had witnessed that as Hanuman flies over the ocean, he encounters the first obstacle in the form of the Mainaaka Parvatha. According to the instruction of “Samudra-Raaja” (King of the ocean), the Mainaaka mountain gets up and stands tall as Hanuman approaches with his immense speed. Upon seeing a huge mountain getting up all of a sudden from the ocean waters, Hanuman thinks that this is an obstacle planned by some enemies to destroy his mission. Hence he decides to act swiftly and on his way, hits the big mountain with his strong fists. With this hit, the mountain breaks into pieces. Mainaaka takes a human form and appears in front of Hanuman and talks with him with love and affection – “Oh Hanuman! Oh Mahaanubhaava! (Another name for a great spiritual master) I’m Mainaaka! I’m not an enemy to obstruct your path as you think! Samudra Raaja and myself are so overwhelmed with your great mission and we would also like to be a part of this great service to Lord Rama! Hence I request you to rest for some minutes in my mountain peaks, which is full of medicinal herbs and plants. By this, you can get rid of your tiredness and then proceed forward towards Lanka. Oh Hanuman! You are our esteemed guest. Please accept our hospitality and bless both of us!”
“Raaghavasya kule jaathaihi udharif pari varthithaha!
Kritesha prathi karthavyam yesha dharmaha sanaathanaha!!”
From the above sloka, Valmiki Maharishi beautifully brings out Mainaaka’s request to Hanuman. He further adds, “Oh Hanuman! As a human being in this world, everybody should be of service to the Lord in some way or the other! Thus, please give me a small opportunity to be of service to our Lord Rama! This would be a great help for myself and also for Samudra Raaja!”
Mainaaka continues to explain further.. “Oh Hanuman! You know what? Both of us are also related to each other in some way! Let me tell you how!” As Mainaaka continues to talk on and on, Hanuman looks at him with awe and at the same time, he’s getting late to reach Lanka. He thinks within himself, “Oh! Who is this Mainaaka? He is coming in front of me when I’m on an urgent mission! He doesn’t seem to understand my urgency and is keeping on talking! 🙂 What is the relation between you and me?” Upon which Mainaaka explains the full history of the relationship – “Once upon a time, all mountains in this world were having wings! Thus they used to fly here and there and many of them started landing over cities and destroying them! Seeing this, Lord Indra (Leader of the Celestial beings) got angry and started to cut away the wings of all the mountains with his “Vajraayudha” (A type of weapon). When Indra was rushing towards me, your father (Vaayu Bhagawan – The Lord of Wind) blew me away and pushed me under this ocean. By that, he protected my wings from being cut down by Indra. Such is the relationship between you and me! Your father saved my life the other day and hence I’m obliged to return my gratitude to him. Now you’ve come as the son of Vaayu Bhagawan and you are the right person to whom I can exhibit my gratitude in the form of hospitality! Hence, Oh Hanuman! Please accept my hospitality and make me happy!”
At this stage, Hanuman was perplexed! He realized the fact that this Mainaaka is not an enemy but a great soul! Hence he couldn’t kill or destroy him and proceed further! At the same time, Mainaaka is treating him as a guest! If someone treats us as a guest, it is a “Dharma” to accept the hospitality provided by that person and not to reject him or her. Hanuman was thus puzzled as to how to handle this tricky situation – He should accept the hospitality, but at the same time he has a deadline to reach Lanka. What can he do?
Here is Hanuman’s smartness – He looks at Mainaaka, smiles at him and touches his peaks with his hands and replies,
“Yeva mukthah kapissreshtaha tam nagokthamam abraveeth!
Preethosmi krithamaathitham manyureshopaneeyathaam!!”
Hanuman thus says, “Oh Mainaaka! I’m so overwhelmed by your kind words and the request you’ve made for your wonderful hospitality! For me, this in itself is like giving me a great hospitality! Since I’m on a very urgent mission currently, I’m not in a position to stay here for long! However, you shouldn’t get angry that I’m not staying here as per your request! I’ve to see Sita within today evening and that is my target. Thus if I rest here for sometime, my body will start asking for more and more rest! Hence I don’t want to give space for laziness to take over!” Saying thus, he touches Mainaaka’s mountain peak with love and care and proceeds further!
Upon seeing this, Mainaaka was surprised and at the same time, amazed with the reply of Hanuman! He blesses Hanuman to successfully finish the mission! There are a few modern-day managerial implications from this episode. What are they? Let’s wait till the next episode to find out!