In the previous episode we had witnessed very important points pertaining to modern day leadership, with respect to the Hanuman-Surasa episode. We witnessed three important points – Firstly, leaders should strive to outsmart their opponents while facing tricky situations. Secondly, leaders should be able to handle different situations, different people and different conditions in the appropriate manner to gain success. Thirdly, leaders should keep themselves calm and composed in any situation. If leaders start panicking, it should be remembered that the entire team goes into panic mode and the mission goes into a threat of undergoing failure.
Now moving on, we shall see the next important event that is going to take place as Hanuman continues his journey towards Lanka. As Hanuman flies past, he admires the beauty of the sky and the water. Valmiki Maharishi presents various beautiful poetic comparisons to explain the natural beauty. As Hanuman keeps flying, he comes across the third obstacle – This time, the real enemy comes in front of him! So far, it should be remembered that the first obstacle in the form of Mainaaka was Hanuman’s well-wisher and a friend. The second obstacle in the form of Surasa was actually a friend, but in the form of an enemy so as to test Hanuman’s strength and capabilities. Now, the third obstacle comes in the form of the real enemy. Who is this real enemy? She is none other than the demoness “Simhika”! If someone flies over her through the skies, this Simhika has a unique capability of pulling the shadow of that person and reducing their speed of flying! What a unique power! Thus, as Hanuman was flying through, Simhika pulls up Hanuman’s shadow that falls on the water and restricts his movement forward!
“That thritheeyam hanumatho dristva karma sudushkaram!
Saadhusadhrithi bhoothaani prasasamchuhtathaa harim!!
Vejenvaram niraalambham pakshayukthamivaadhiraat!
Plavamaanam tu tham drishtvaa simhikaa naama raakshasi!!”
Thus, Valmiki Maharishi describes how all the celestial beings celebrate Hanuman’s second success as he moves forward. Now he has to encounter the third obstacle in the form of the demoness by name Simhika. As Hanuman finds her lying beneath the ocean floor pulling his shadow towards her, he recollects that this is the demoness that Sugriva was referring to when he was guiding through the path to reach Lanka! Thus, getting the sense of the situation, Hanuman realizes that this Simhika poses a huge threat to mankind! Hence he decides to take her on and kill her before moving forward!
“Kapi raagnyaa yathaa raagnyam sathva akrutha darshanam!
Chaayaa graahi mahaaveeryam thravidham naathra samshayaaha!!”
Thus as Hanuman decides to take her on, he starts growing in size! As Hanuman starts growing in size, Simhika opens her mouth wide open so as to swallow him up! Hanuman continues to grow into an enormous size of about 100 yojanas! Simhika accordingly opens her mouth to a few yojanas more than Hanuman’s size! However, little did she know that Hanuman is shrewd and smart and can alter his size within the wink of an eye! Thus, Hanuman quickly reduces his size to that of an ant and enters Simhika’s huge and wide-open mouth! Now, Simhika starts to close her mouth as Hanuman has gone inside. However, once he goes within her mouth, he again starts growing in size, breaks up her throat and her voice chord with his sharp nails and comes out of her mouth even before it closes completely! All this happens within fraction of seconds! Unable to bear the pain that Hanuman has inflicted on her, Simhika falls into the water, dead!
Upon seeing Hanuman’s third miraculous act, all the Devas and Celestial Beings congratulate him for his huge success! They were relieved that Simhika was finally killed by Hanuman and thus blessed him with all success in his mission. As the Devas and Celestial beings talk with each other, there is an important message that they convey amongst themselves. This message can be very important to us for our learning too! What is that message? Let’s wait till the next episode to find out! 🙂