In the previous episode we had witnessed that Samudra Raaja makes his appearance in front of Lord Rama and seeks apology for his delay! In turn, Rama too accepts his apology and asks him for a solution to cross over the ocean to reach Lanka. Accordingly Samudra Raaja gives some important tips as to how to build a bridge across the ocean to cross over. What are those tips? Let us witness them today!
Now Samudra Raaja says,
“Ugra darshana karmaanaha bhavasthathra dasyavaha!
Ayam soumya nalo naama tanayo vishwa karmanaha!!
Yesha sethum mahothsaahaha karothumayi vaanaraha!
Pithraa datthavarasshreemaan preethimaan vishwa karmanaha!!”
From the above two slokas, Samudr Raaja instructs the important technique: “Oh Rama and Sugriva! Amongst your huge group of monkeys, there is one by name “Nala”. If this Nala touches each stone that is to be used to build the bridge, these stones would be able to float in the water and not sink down! Hence oh Lord! Please call upon Nala and you may start the work immediately!”
Now that the technique is loud and clear, all the Vaanaras gear up to explore the places nearby from where they would get hard rocks. They go about in different directions to explore through mountains, cliffs and hills to unearth huge rocks from there to build the bridge. There is now a huge chain of monkeys aligned one after the other, passing all the stones one by one from the source to the destination. Since innumerable monkeys are involved in the task, the job gets done in a jiffy! Nala stands at the edge of the shore near the water, and as each of the stone passes through him, he touches them with his hands and passes it by! As per the words of “Samudra Raaja” and to their utter amazement, as Nala touches each stone and gives, every stone starts to float in the water!
Thus, one set of monkeys start breaking down cliffs and mountains to unearth the stones. Another group of monkeys start to pass each stone to the shore through the “monkey-chain” 🙂 One set of monkeys started to assemble the stones over the water. As the monkeys are busy building the bridge, the squirrels that are present in the vicinity start to think within themselves, “Oh wow! These monkeys are doing a lethargic work! The stones are here, but who will pave them on the water together? Let’s all do it together!” Thus the squirrels also involve themselves in the “Raama-Kainkarya” (Service to Bhagawan). It is very important to note here that even animals are actively involving themselves in the service to the Lord! Where are we? What are we human beings doing today?
Thus the squirrels enter into the water, wet their backs, go into the sand, roll over and comes in between each stone and spreads the sand from their backs! What a service! As the squirrels do this, they look up to the monkeys and say, “Oh Monkeys! You are all doing the job very slow! Push through all the stones quickly!” Hearing this, Hanuman is surprised and he asks back, “Who is asking whom? Look who is commanding us!”
Upon this, one of the squirrels lifts its head up and replies Hanuman, “Oh Monkey! What you’re saying is wrong! The one who paves is the boss and the ones who transport the materials are the subordinates! It is for this reason that we are pressurising you! Here, you monkeys are the subordinates of us because you are transporting all the rocks and stones and we are the bosses here because we are paving the stones! Hence, bring all the stones quickly without wasting even a minute!” Hearing this from these small squirrels Hanuman is heart-touched! “This is what is Bhakthi! My Bhakthi towards Rama is never going to be equal to these innocent squirrls’!” Thus, the squirrels’ level of devotion overwhelms Hanuman!
Now Vaalmiki Maharishi explains the time taken for the construction to be completed – Day 1: 14 Yojanas, Day 2: 20 Yojanas, Day 3: 21 Yojanas, Day 4: 22 Yojanas and Day 5: 23 Yojanas! Thus a total of 100 Yojanas are covered within just five days!
As the bridge is complete, Lord Rama and Lakshmana are extremely happy with the wonderful efforts from the Vaanaras! Now all of them are ready to cross the ocean through the newly constructed bridge! For today, let us also travel along with Rama, Lakshmana and the Vaanaras across the bridge to reach Lanka! The action continues further in the next episode! 🙂