In the previous episode we had witnessed that Hanuman bids adieu to Mother Sita by assuring her once more that all her sufferings and miseries have come to an end. His assertion is so firm and confident that Sita feels extremely happy and satisfied. As Hanuman commences his journey back, he lets out a victorious roar that makes the world tremble! On his way back, he briefs the entire happenings at Lanka to Mainaaka and now nears the shores of Mahendragiri. On the shores, are waiting all the other Vaanaras headed by Jaambhavaan and Angadha.
“Hanumaansthu gurun vridhaan jaambhavath prahmukhaasthathaa!
Kumaaram angadhanschaiva sovanvatha mahaa kapihi!
Drishtaa devi na vikraanthaha samkshepena nyivedhayath!!”
Now Hanuman is nearing the shores wherein Jaambhavaan, Angadha, etc. are eagerly waiting. By the way Hanuman is making roar after roar from the sky, Jaambhavaan gets all the Vaanaraas into a huddle and immediately proclaims, “Oh! Looks like Hanuman has achieved our mission successfully!” Upon hearing this from Jaambhavaan, all the Vaanaras are overwhelmed and are waiting for Hanuman to land on the shores.
Now Hanuman is at a visible distance from all of them. As Hanuman nears the shore, all the Vaanaras assemble together. Just like a mountain landing on a plain, Hanuman lands safely on the shore amidst all the Vaanaras. As Hanuman lands, he immediately goes near Jaambhavaan to pay his respects to him.
This is what we saw in the above sloka: ““Hanumaansthu gurun vridhaan jaambhavath prahmukhaasthathaa!” This line has a beautiful significance and an important message. It should be noted that that “Humility” is an extremely important quality that has to be developed amongst all of us. Irrespective of who we are and what we have achieved, if we see elders or “Aachaaryas” or “Gurus”, it should be our bound duty to pay our respects to them. Here, Hanuman demonstrates exactly that. The first thing that Hanuman does after landing is to pay respects to Jaambhavaan, who is the most senior and the most learned person amongst the entire group.
In the modern day, we might tend to think, “Oh! These people were making fun of me that I couldn’t achieve anything! But now, I’ve defied their words and proven to them that I’m great! Why should I go and bow in front of them?” However, it should be remembered that our respect and esteem would go up as we learn to pay respect and appreciate the importance of others! In other words, irrespective of what we had achieved, it is very important to maintain our humility and be “down to earth” – Especially in front of elders and Aachaaryas. There should not be an inch of space for our ego to take over!
“Ashoka vanikaam samsthaam drishtaa saa janakaathmajaa!
Chakuh ukthavaakyam hanumantham angadasthu tathaabhraveeth!!”
Thus, Hanuman pays his respect to Jaambhavan, Angadha and others. As Hanuman bows down to them, he quickly briefs the good news to all of them – “Oh friends! I’ve seen Mother Sita in Lanka! She is imprisoned by Ravana at the Ashoka Vana, within his palace. She is safe and is an epitome of ‘Pathi-Vratha Dharma’! She is eagerly awaiting the arrival of Rama to relieve her from her immense suffering and pain that she is undergoing currently!”
Upon hearing this, the happiness of the Vaanras knows no bounds!!! They start roaring with joy and the celebrations begin! They realize finally that their mission is successfully accomplished! Angadha is happy! Jaambhavan is happy! All of them surround Hanuman with all their love and affection and express their happiness to him.
For today, let us also join hands with all the Vaanaras as they celebrate and rejoice the victory of their mission successfully accomplished! We shall keep celebrating till the next episode and find out what happened next! 🙂