Episode 223 – Sita advises Ravana – “Make friendship with Rama”!!!

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In the previous episode we had witnessed that as Ravana tempts Sita with all his offers, Sita doesn’t get carried away even a bit! She sticks to her “Dharma” of “Pathi-Vrath” (Complete devotion to her husband) and begins to render some important advice to Ravana to mend his ways. She advises him to show his desire towards his wives, rather than towards the wife of someone else. She also goes on to warn him of severe consequences if he moves away from the track of Dharma.

Eventually, Sita also talks about the valour, invincibility of Rama and explains the dire consequences Ravana is about to face for all his wrongdoings. Hence Sita says, “Oh Ravana! Even if you’ve committed this great sin, you can still have the opportunity to correct yourself!”

“Yevam thvaam papa karmaanaam vakshanthi nikruthaa janaaha!

Mithra maubedhum karthum raamaha prathaanam parichhathaa!!”

As Sita was saying thus, she was intending to say to Ravana, “Please go to Rama and fall on his feet!” However, she suddenly changes her thought and rephrases the above sentence while talking. She thus says, “Oh Ravana! You are not even fit to go and fall on the feet of Rama, however, go to him, join hands with him and be his friend! (“Mithra maubedhum karthum raamaha”) Atleast by that, you can escape the wrath of Rama’s anger! Thus, if you and your entire clan of people have to be alive, please do what I advise you now!”

Sita continues – At this point, she imagines Ravana asking her back “I’ve already done all these sins in my life! Now what is the use of surrendering myself to Rama and seek forgiveness? Will he forgive me?” Thinking that Ravana is asking such a question, Sita answers back:

“Vidhruthah sahi dharmagnyaha sharanaagatha vatsalaha!

Thena maithree bhavathuthe vijeena parimichhasi!!”

Here is a very important answer of Sita. She says, “Oh Ravana! Even if you have such a doubt, you do not know how Rama’s flawless character is! He is a “Dharmagnya” – A person, who sticks to the righteous path, come what may! He will forgive you of all your sins, the moment you surrender to him with a pure heart!” (“Sharanaagatha vatsalaha!”)

We might wonder here, why is Sita asking Ravana to go and join hands with Rama and to be his good friend, rather than falling on Rama’s feet! Why is Sita telling something like this wherein Ravana is not even fit to fall on Rama’s feet, for the amount of sins that he had committed! However, why should Ravana go and hold Rama’s hands and declare friendship with him?

Here is an interesting explanation with a deeper meaning: If Sita had asked Ravana to fall on the feet of Rama, what would have happened? Eventually after going back to Ayodhya and when Rama and Sita are talking with each other, Rama might ask Sita, “Oh my beloved Sita! I heard that you were giving some valuable advice to Ravana! What did you tell him?” If Sita would reply back, “Oh Rama! I asked Ravana to go and fall on your feet for all the sins that he had committed!” If Rama hears this answer, he would ask back, “Oh Sita! What kind of answers have you given? When you are talking with a king, (even if that king had committed the worst sin in his life) you should never ask him to go and fall on the feet of another king! This is “Raaja-Dharma” (The righteous duty of a king). This is like insulting the stature of that king! Two kings can become friends by holding hands, but never should a king be asked to fall on another king’s feet! Oh Sita! Don’t you know this important “Raaja-Dharma”? Didn’t your father teach you all this?” Fearing this, Sita changes her answer and says to Ravana, “Go and join hands with Rama and make friendship with him!” (“Thena maithree bhavathuthe!”)

It should be noted that there is the ocean of around 100 yojanas that is separating Rama and Sita at the moment! Yet, Sita phrases and rephrases every answer of hers, by thinking and analyzing how Rama would see each of her answers! Rama on the other hand is thinking and analyzing how much of trials and tribulations Sita is currently undergoing! Thus we can see here that even if both Rama and Sita are not near to each other, they think alike and for each other! This is why we say that Rama and Sita form a couple that is made for each other (“Dhivya-Dhambadhi”). In the modern day world, we are in a state wherein we are unable to understand each other’s problems and sufferings even when we live together! 🙂

Thus, Sita’s important advice to Ravana is to make friendship with Rama, ask for forgiveness and hand her over back to Rama! Else she warns – “Oh Ravana! If you fail to do this, you would meet a horrible end to your life! Aren’t you aware of Rama’s invincible power with his bow and arrows? Don’t you understand that this Rama single-handedly killed 14,000 Raakshasaas in the Janasthaana? Hence, Ravana! Please stop this mistake. Please hand me over to Rama! Please find a way to escape Rama’s anger!”

Saying thus, Sita advises Ravana in different ways possible, so as to make him realize his mistake. Did Ravana pay heed to Sita’s advice? What was Ravana’s reaction to Sita’s words? Let’s wait to find out in the next episode!

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Episode 222 – Mother Sita’s important advice to Ravana!!!

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In the previous episode we had witnessed that as Hanuman was getting ready to talk with Sita, Ravana enters the Ashoka Vana to pay a visit to Sita. His mind is full of desires and the moment Hanuman sees Ravana, he wants to witness the proceedings more clearly. Hence he comes down to the lower branches of the tree from where he could clearly see what Ravana is trying to do. As Ravana comes near Sita, she feels scared and starts to weep. She covers herself with her saree, so as to escape the evil looks of Ravana. In due course we also witnessed that Ravana is trying to tempt Sita to satisfy his desires. At the same time he says that she is never going to see Rama anymore in her life and hence she has no other option but to marry Ravana.

Upon hearing these words from the wicked Ravana, Sita becomes even sadder and starts to weep. Tears are rolling down her eyes and Sita is in utter grief. However at the same time, she knows the strength, valor and invincibility of Lord Rama. Backing herself up, she laughs a little bit, thinking of Ravana’s lack of awareness about Rama and puts a small leaf in between him and her, before she begins to talk. Mother Sita is having that merciful thought that even Ravana (after all his wickedness and cruelty that he showed towards her) should be corrected into the right path of life. Hence she starts to give him advice.

“Dhrudamantharatadh kruthvaa pracchyuvaacha suchishmithaa!

Nivarthaya manomarthaha svajane priyathaam manaha!!”

Mother Sita says to Ravana, “Oh Ravana! Please do not direct your desire towards me (“Nivarthaya manomarthaha”). It is not right. Please direct your desires towards your wives” (“Svajane priyathaam manaha”). Saying thus, she takes a piece of grass and puts it in between herself and Ravana (“Dhrudamantharatadh kruthvaa”).

We might wonder why is Sita putting a piece of grass in between herself and Ravana. Firstly, if another male other than the husband (“Para-Purusha”) comes to talk, it is a practice that the woman shouldn’t talk with him face to face. Hence, if she puts a grass piece in between, it becomes a separation like a screen in the middle (“Tandhi Bedham”). Moreover, there is also another practice – If a king comes to talk, a chair (Aasana) needs to be given for him to sit. The “Shaastraas” (Scriptures) say that if the chair is not available at that moment, either water or grass can be substituted. Hence Sita puts the grass piece. More than all this, Sita indirectly says to Ravana, “If you fight against the invincible Rama, all you would end up doing is to eat this grass, and nothing more! You cannot escape!” Moreover, an in-depth meaning to this says that, “Oh Ravana! Do you know? Even this small piece of grass may become a lethal weapon to destroy you! Hence be careful!”

Sita continues her talk to Ravana, “Oh Ravana, you told me that you would give me all luxuries and comforts in my life! All those are equivalent only to this little piece of grass! I do not wish to have any luxuries in my life other than my beloved Rama. You even threatened me that you would kill me if I do not comply to your desires – I value even my life to this small piece of grass only! I do not care if my life comes to an end!” Saying thus, Sita illustrates many important points by just pointing towards this one small piece of grass.

“Thvam neecha sachavassruchaha sadhu dharmam ivekshasya!

Saadhu sadhu vrathanchara yathaannava tathaanyeshaam! Lakshyaadhaaraa nishaachara!!”

Moreover Sita asks Ravana, “Oh Ravana! Isn’t anybody there in this city who has a good heart and with a sense of wisdom?” While asking this question, Sita thinks once, “Oh! Vibhishana is there! So this question is not valid”. Thinking thus, she immediately changes her sentence, “Oh Ravana! Even if there is someone with a sense of wisdom, you wouldn’t go and listen to him!” Thus we can see from here that, it is not enough if there are good people. They should be other people around who is prepared to listen and learn the wisdom from these good people!

Thus Sita advises Ravana on various fronts. Apart from the above-mentioned points, there are other important points that Sita is going to emphasize to Ravana. From all these points, there are important lessons for our daily life. What are they? Let’s wait till the next episode to find out!

Episode 221 – Wicked Ravana tries to tempt Sita!!!

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In the previous episode we had witnessed that Ravana is getting ready to come to the place where Sita was sitting. As Hanuman searches for almost the entire night, it was the time of dawn and early morning. Ravana wakes up to the beautiful music and Veda chanting. The moment he is up from his bed, his mind desires and searches for Sita. Hence he decides to pay a visit to Sita immediately. As a person full of desires in his mind, he quickly dresses himself up and comes to the place where Sita was sitting in the Ashoka Vana.

“Shadanga veda vidushaam krathuh pravara yaajinaam!

Sushraava brahma bhoshaam sa viraathre brahma rakshasaam!!

Vibhujyathu mahaa bhaagaha raakshasendrah prathaapavaan!

Sva sarvaabharanair yukthaha yudhvakshir anukthamaam!!”

Thus Ravana enters the Ashoka Vana. It was as if Lord Indra or Lord Brahma is directly walking along! Such was the charisma of Ravana who was coming through. At that moment, Hanuman was rejoicing his opportunity of having a look at Rama’s beloved Sita. He was somehow making plans to strike a conversation with Sita when Ravana comes along.

As Ravana walks his way along towards Sita, Hanuman’s anger knows no bounds! He is furious that this Ravana is coming with all the wrong desires towards a woman who is an epitome of “Pathi-Vratha”. At one moment Hanuman was crossing his fists with anger to go immediately and fight Ravana – However, at that stage he cannot afford to do that because he has come to Lanka as a messenger and not as a fighter. Hence, he controls his anger and stays where he is (amidst the branches of the “Simshuba Vriksha” tree).

Now Ravana stands in front of Sita and starts talking to her, so as to tempt her to fall into his desire:

“Sa cha kaama paraa dheenaha kabisthaanaam mahaabalaha!”

Tham pathrapidape leenaha pathra pushpa shataavruthaha!!”

As Ravana comes and stands in front of her, Sita tries to cover up her body completely and sits with all her fear and sadness in her eyes. Tears were rolling down her cheeks!

“Avekshamaanasthu tathaa dadarsha kapi kunjaraha!

Roopa youvana sampannam ravanashya parasthriyaha!!”

Ravana now has a seductive look at Sita says with all his desire: “Oh Sita! The most beautiful woman on this earth! It seems that even Lord Brahma (The Universal Creator) has stopped his job of creation after witnessing your beauty! My dear Sita! Please pay heed to my request! I would like to marry you and be your husband for the rest of your life. Look at the amount of wealth I have. Look at the various powers I possess! Everybody including Indra and the Devas fear my invincible powers! You can be proud that you are a wife of a person who is totally invincible! On the other hand, look at Rama – He is living a saintly life, roaming around in the forest and struggling to get one meal a day! He has lost everything in life – He has lost his family, his kingdom has deserted him completely! What else in this world is left for him? How can you be a wife of such a person who is just wandering along? You are to be the wife of a person who is a great and an invincible king!”

Ravana continues, “Hence Sita, please make up your mind and pay heed to my words. Do not waste any more time in thinking about that Rama. Nobody even knows if he is alive or dead by now! Even if he is alive somewhere, please do not have even the wildest dreams in your sleep that he is going to come here and take you away! This is never going to happen. Hence, make up your mind and come to me! I’m waiting for you!”

Saying thus, Ravana is waiting for a positive answer from Sita. What is going to be Sita’s response to Ravana’s tempting and compelling offer? Is Sita going to budge to Ravana’s words? Let’s wait till the next episode to find out what happened next!

Episode 220 – Ravana comes to see Sita!!!

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In the previous episode we had witnessed a very important point that Hanuman, after seeing Sita in the Ashoka Vana, confirms it by having a look at all the ornaments that were hanging from the branches of the “Simshuba-Vriksha” tree. Everything resembled exactly how Rama had mentioned to him and also with those ornaments that Sita had dropped down while Ravana was abducting her.

In the due course, we also discussed another important point wherein Hanuman is surprised by the unique similarities between Sita and Rama. They were literally made for each other in almost all ways possible! Valmiki Maharishi beautifully explains it with the following important sloka:

“Thulya seela vaiyo vrutthaam thulyaabhijana lakshanaam!

Raaghavorthathi vaideheem tanchaiyam asithekshanaa!!”

Valmiki Maharishi explains clearly from the above sloka as to how Sita and Rama are made for each other. He says, “Thulya seela vaiyo vrutthaam”, which means that both of them are of almost the similar age group, similar royal family backgrounds, similar beauty, similar body language and similar kind of behaviors.

It would be interesting to note here that the last phrase renders this sloka incomplete. Here he says, “Tanchaiyam asithekshanaa”, which means, “For this beautiful-eyed Sita”. Ideally it should have been paired as “Beautiful-eyed Sita and Beautiful-eyed Rama”. However, Hanuman here mentions that Sita has beautiful eyes and stops there. He doesn’t complete the sentence that Rama also has eyes that are as beautiful as those of Sita! Why is that? Indirectly Hanuman mentions here that it is Goddess Sita who has eyes that are full of mercy and love! She would forgive all our sins and wrongdoings and link us to Bhagawan! I’ve already spoken at length about this during the Sita-Rama wedding. We’ve discussed clearly that it is Goddess Mahalakshmi (Sita is an incarnation of Mahalakshmi) who is the universal mother protecting all of us. Whereas, if we go and stand in front of Bhagawan directly, his eyes know only to look at our sins and wrongdoings. No way in this earth he is going to forgive us and punishment is going to be evident! This is why we go to Goddess Sita first, ask her forgiveness for all our sins, and only after that go to Bhagawan!

Thus, Hanuman sees this in Sita and is waiting for an opportunity to strike a conversation with her. He wants to introduce himself to her and assure that Lord Rama is on his way to take her away from this Lanka. While Hanuman was thinking thus, suddenly he hears a huge sound from the direction of Ravana’s palace! Immediately there are so many lights and beautiful music being played! Ravana had got up from his sleep! As soon as he gets up, his mind thinks about Sita and urges him to come to her!

Accordingly, Ravana gets up from his bed, quickly dresses him up in the most handsome way and walks towards the Ashoka Vana wherein Sita was present! There were innumerable women who were following him. All of them were his wives. Unmindful of all this, Ravana’s desire was only focused on Sita! As he walks up to Sita, the entire world started to shake and tremble, unable to bare Ravana’s walk.

Thus Ravana comes near Sita. Hanuman sees all this from a branch of the “Simshuba-Vriksha” under which Sita was sitting. He wanted to see Ravana from close corners, but being unnoticed. Hence he climbs down to the nearest branch from where he could see what is going to happen.

As Hanuman gets into his position, Ravana comes in front of Sita. Upon seeing Ravana, Sita gets uncomfortable and also looks to be scared by his wicked thoughts and actions. She was all-alone at that point and nobody was there besides her to offer protection from this cruel demon!

What happened next? What did Ravana say to Sita? How did Sita react to Ravana’s words? Let’s wait till the next episode to witness the action!

Episode 219 – Sita and Rama – Exactly made for each other!!!

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In the previous episode we had witnessed one of the most inmportant events of the entire Ramayana text wherein Hanuman finally spots Sita after a treacherous effort of search that spanned all over the city of Lanka, including Ravana’s “Pushpaka Vimana” and various areas of Ravana’s palace. As Hanuman searches through the “Ashoka Vana” for one final attempt, he is able to spot this woman who is surrounded by around 14,000 demonesses guarding her 24*7. Tears are flowing from her eyes all the time. A big sorrow surrounded her life and it loomed large on her beautiful face! As Hanuman recollects the various identification marks that Rama had mentioned to him, and also from his own memory of seeing her once, he finds out that all these identities matched perfectly with this particular woman! Thus Hanuman concludes that finally he has seen Goddess Sita Devi! His happiness knew no bounds as he immediately worships Lord Rama from that very place and thanks him for giving the opportunity to witness Sita Devi.

“Raama shokaabi santapthaa yaa devi vaama lochanaa!

Sandhyaa kalahamaanaasyaam dhromeshapi cha jaanaki!!”

Thus Hanuman has a look at Sita as he is in tears of joy and happiness! Valmiki Maharishi gives a detailed description as to how Sita looked like at this point:

“Sadarsha abi dhoorastham taithyah praasaadhamoorjitham!

Tatho malina sampeethaam raakshaseebhir samaavruthaam!!”

He explains that Sita was just dressed in a single cloth that seemed unwashed for so many months. She was looking tired and dirty, as she hadn’t taken a bath for months together! Since she hasn’t had proper food too, her body had become slim. However, her charisma on her face remained the same with all her beauty in her eyes! She was having Rama in her mind and heart, every single minute! She was longing to see her Rama and to hug him with her. Seeing this, Hanuman thinks within himself,

“Priyanjanam apashyantheem pashyantheem raakshasee ganam!”

“Oh!! What a sad sight! Such a beautiful Sita with all her thoughts focused on Lord Rama and who is also the mother for this entire world (“Jagan-Maathaa”) suffering amidst these evil demons and demonesses in this Lanka! What a ghasty sight is this!” Valmiki Maharishi gives a beautiful comparison at this point: He says that Sita is looking like an innocent deer, which was caught in between a group of foxes! Just as how this deer would long to be in the presence of its other fellow deers, Sita was also longing to be in the presence of her beloved Rama!

As Hanuman was thinking on, he also sees around Sita, a bunch of ornaments that were hanging from the smaller branches of the “Simshuba_Vriksha” under which, Sita was sitting. Hanuman recollects, “Oh yes! All these are the ornaments, which Rama had told me as identification marks to trace Sita. All of them are here. Moreover, look at the Godliness in Sita’s face! The surrender of Rama towards Sita and Sita towards Rama look exactly the same! Here, Sita is longing for Rama’s presence. There, Rama is longing for Sita’s presence! Both of their thought processes, surrender, sacrifice and love for each other are exactly the same! This Sita seems like she is exactly made for Rama and Rama seems like he is exactly made for this Sita! How on earth is it possible for a couple to be this similar in everything? I’ve never seen something like this before!”

The readers might remember that, during the “Kishkinta Kaanda” I had mentioned an interesting point – Wherein, when all the Vaanaras were getting ready for the search mission, Hanuman was the only person who was completely out of sorts and totally disinterested in the whole thing! Hanuman at that time was under the impression that, “Oh! Just because of this one woman, why is the entire population of Vaanaras being called for? Can’t Rama live without this woman in his life? Instead why is he troubling everybody around?”

But now, after Hanuman sees Sita Devi he says within himself, “Oh my goodness! What kind of a wrong thought that I was having in my mind! So far I’ve been thinking that Rama is wasting everybody’s time and energy by asking us to search for this Sita! But now I realize that Rama is doing a phenomenal job by waiting for the right time to see this Sita again!”

“Dushkaram krithavaan raamaha heenodha anayaah prabhuhu!

Dhaarayath hyaathmano deham na shokena avaseedathi!!”

Hanuman thus thinks that Rama is doing something that is not possible for others to do – He is waiting patiently to see this Sita again in his life. Similarly, Sita is way too patient to see Rama again in her life! Rama should have given up his life because of the huge sorrow that he is undergoing currently! However Rama is alive and fully motivated to fight Ravana, finish him off and see Sita again!

Thus, Hanuman spots Sita, (who is perfectly made for Rama) in the Ashoka Vana. His mission is half-over now! The next part of the mission is that he should somehow converse with Sita, let her know that Rama is on the way to protect her. How did he manage to do that? Was he able to talk to Sita straightaway? What happened next? The action continues in the next episode!

Episode 218 – Hanuman spots Sita at “Ashoka-Vana”!!!

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In the previous episode we had witnessed the important event wherein Hanuman prepares himself to search for Sita amidst the beautiful Ashoka Vana. Vaalmiki Maharishi gives a detailed accord on the beauty of this particular forest. It had tall lush green Ashoka trees that were so scenic in beauty amidst a few streams of pure water that were like crystals! Apart from all these, there were a few hill-like structures that added to the beauty of the place. These hill-like structures were completely covered with small plants, herbs, shrubs and grass that looked like a lush green blanket that covered the earth surface! With all such explanations, we can imagine how beautiful the Ashoka Vana would have been!

Upon seeing all this, Hanuman was extremely impressed and carried away by its beauty! There were some other trees that had flowers in the colour of gold, silver, etc. These added to the beauty of the place. As Hanuman flies past all these trees, the flowers that were hanging from the branches cover his body completely! It looked as if Hanuman was dressed with all these flowers from the trees! As Hanuman goes deeper and deeper into this forest, his happiness also grew to a great extent!

At one spot, Hanuman finds a place wherein there is a huge palace-like structure that was shining with gold coating all over it. Besides this golden palace there is a big platform-like structure for people to sit and relax, amidst all the trees and natural beauty around. Besides this platform-like structure there is also a stream of fast flowing water, which was as pure as crystals! The water is so sweet in taste that someone would never go off this place for an entire lifetime! Beside the stream there is a huge banyan tree with innumerable branches all over the place. This tree is called the “Simshuba-Vriksha” (According to the Valmiki Ramayana text). Hanuman becomes so impressed upon seeing this particular tree that he wanted to sit amidst the branches for a while and observe the place from this point.

As Hanuman was silently observing everything around the tree, he was thinking within himself and praying to Lord Rama that this should be the successful attempt to find Sita.

“Namosthu raamaaya sa lakshmanaaya! Dhegveija tasmai janakaathmajaayai!

Namosthu rudhrendha anirebhyaha! Namosthu chandraaya maruthganebhyaha!!”

Thus, Hanuman was praying to Lord Rama, Lakshmana, all the Devas, Rudhra (Lord Shiva), Chandra (Moon) and the “Maruth-Ghanaas” (Celestial Beings) that all of them should bless him so as to find Sita! As he was in his prayers, he spots a young woman sitting right beneath one of the biggest branches of the “Simshuba-Vriksha”. She is so beautiful in appearance and she seems to have all the qualities and identities to be a mighty queen of a mighty kingdom! However she is all in tears and at sea! She is being guarded by around 14,000 Raakshasis (Demonesses) 24*7. She seems as if she was missing someone or something greatly in life!

When Hanuman spots this woman, he wants to have a closer look at her and hence he climbs down a few branches. Upon having a closer look, Hanuman recollects the identities that Rama had given to identify Sita. As Hanuman tries to match each identity, he figures out slowly that this woman is none other than Goddess Sita Devi herself!

“Drishtvaa sarvaani bhoothaani vasanthaiva bhejire!”

Thus, in this part of the Ashoka Vana and under this “Simshuba-Vriksha” Hanuman spots Goddess Sita finally – After searching at innumerable places and after innumerable failed attempts! Upon seeing Sita Devi, Hanuman was so impressed and was in tears of joy and ultimate happiness! Atlast Hanuman had tasted success in his mission! His hard work and his relentless efforts finally paid off! He has had the most unique opportunity to see Sita Devi, which none of the Vaanaras had! He was overwhelmed with himself and thanked Lord Rama for the immense grace that he had showered upon him! Thus, the moment Hanuman set his sight on Sita Devi, he immediately places her in his mind near to Lord Rama! Such was the level of devotion that Hanuman had for his hero – Lord Rama!

For today, let Hanuman rejoice upon seeing Sita! We shall also join hands with Hanuman ji to rejoice and enjoy the success of the mission! What a happy moment! 🙂

What was Hanuman’s reaction after finding Sita? What was his thought process? What happened next? Let’s wait to answer all these questions in the next episode! 🙂

Episode 217 – What was Hanuman’s mistake???

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In the previous episode we had witnessed that Hanuman gives a second attempt of search after a brief period of demotivation and depression. He motivates himself quickly, gets up and starts to search Lanka again, nook and corner. However he searches, he wasn’t able to find any trace of Sita! At this point Hanuman becomes surprised and sad at the same time! At one side he thinks that it’s a mystery that he’s unable to find Sita even after such a lot of extensive searching. On the other side he becomes sad once more that his efforts have gone in vain! He is now upset to the highest extent possible.

Thus Hanuman is feeling upset and demotivated for the second time during the search operation. He is not getting a way out of this problem. Rather, he feels bad and afraid that he has undertaken a mission that is too complex to handle! He is scared that Sugriva and Rama would punish him heavily. More than even the punishment that he would receive, Hanuman was deeply concerned about Rama – What would happen to Rama if he comes to know that his beloved Sita is not to be found anywhere? This was Hanuman’s biggest concern. However, as Hanuman was thinking thus, he recalls the words of Sampaathi – The king of eagles, who revealed to the Vaanaras that Sita is in Lanka. Hanuman now thinks within himself, “If Sampaathi had told something, and if Mainaaka, Surasa and Lankini have all reiterated the fact that Sita is in Lanka, then their words cannot be false! If there is a fault somewhere, it cannot be with this many people – All of these people cannot be wrong at the same time! So, the fault and the mistake is with me! I’m the person who is at fault!”

Thinking thus, Hanuman looks around him and suddenly spots a lush green forest full of “Ashoka” trees. It was called the “Ashoka-Vana”At once, Hanuman realized that he hadn’t searched this particular forest area! How come he missed this beautiful place unsearched and unexplored? Hanuman at once gets ready to search again! The motivation is back! The depression has vanished! Hanuman is now back in action – But this time, a little bit more cautious and slow in approach. As he gets up, the first thing that he does is to offer his heart-felt prayers to his Lord Rama, Sugriva, Sita and all the Celestial beings around him. Hanuman says thus, “Oh Lord Rama! So far I’ve been having this thought that it is me who is searching Sita all the way! But now I pray to you that you’ve to show your Sita to me! Perhaps, because I’m thinking that I’m the person searching for Sita, she does not like it. Now I surrender to both Sita and Rama’s feet!Oh Rama! Please show your beloved wife Sita’s whereabouts! It is with your grace that I’ve to worship her! Oh Sita Devi!! Mother of this universe! Please reveal your whereabouts to me! I’m surrendering all my efforts to your divine feet!”

“Kshipram udhpathatho manye seethaam maathaaya rakshasaha!

Raavanashya guruvegena kruthaabhyaam peedithena cha!!”

Thus through his prayers, Hanuman completely surrenders to the divine feet of Lord Rama and Mother Sita Devi! This is also a very important lesson for all of us – Many a times, we have this “Head-weight” that “It is we who are executing the task!” But we should always keep in mind that there is Bhagawan above us who is making things happen. Hence, we should make it a point that we invoke Bhagawan’s blessings in all what we do! Once that happens, even tough tasks would become a cake-walk and we shall be able to finish things with ease and with less efforts!

This is what exactly Hanuman too does here! He invokes the blessings of his Lord Rama and Sita for the task to get executed properly. He now goes into the Ashoka Vana. Here he traverses through all the beautiful Ashoka trees, which were tall and lush green! Hanuman is completely moved and impressed by the natural and the scenic beauty of the “Ashoka Vana”!

Now, did Hanuman succeed in finding Sita? Did Goddess Sita show herself to Hanuman? What happened next? Let’s wait till the next episode to find out! 🙂

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In the previous episode we had witnessed that Hanuman gives a second attempt of search after a brief period of demotivation and depression. He motivates himself quickly, gets up and starts to search Lanka again, nook and corner. However he searches, he wasn’t able to find any trace of Sita! At this point Hanuman becomes surprised and sad at the same time! At one side he thinks that it’s a mystery that he’s unable to find Sita even after such a lot of extensive searching. On the other side he becomes sad once more that his efforts have gone in vain! He is now upset to the highest extent possible.

Thus Hanuman is feeling upset and demotivated for the second time during the search operation. He is not getting a way out of this problem. Rather, he feels bad and afraid that he has undertaken a mission that is too complex to handle! He is scared that Sugriva and Rama would punish him heavily. More than even the punishment that he would receive, Hanuman was deeply concerned about Rama – What would happen to Rama if he comes to know that his beloved Sita is not to be found anywhere? This was Hanuman’s biggest concern. However, as Hanuman was thinking thus, he recalls the words of Sampaathi – The king of eagles, who revealed to the Vaanaras that Sita is in Lanka. Hanuman now thinks within himself, “If Sampaathi had told something, and if Mainaaka, Surasa and Lankini have all reiterated the fact that Sita is in Lanka, then their words cannot be false! If there is a fault somewhere, it cannot be with this many people – All of these people cannot be wrong at the same time! So, the fault and the mistake is with me! I’m the person who is at fault!”

Thinking thus, Hanuman looks around him and suddenly spots a lush green forest full of “Ashoka” trees. It was called the “Ashoka-Vana”. At once, Hanuman realized that he hadn’t searched this particular forest area! How come he missed this beautiful place unsearched and unexplored? Hanuman at once gets ready to search again! The motivation is back! The depression has vanished! Hanuman is now back in action – But this time, a little bit more cautious and slow in approach. As he gets up, the first thing that he does is to offer his heart-felt prayers to his Lord Rama, Sugriva, Sita and all the Celestial beings around him. Hanuman says thus, “Oh Lord Rama! So far I’ve been having this thought that it is me who is searching Sita all the way! But now I pray to you that you’ve to show your Sita to me! Perhaps, because I’m thinking that I’m the person searching for Sita, she does not like it. Now I surrender to both Sita and Rama’s feet! Oh Rama! Please show your beloved wife Sita’s whereabouts! It is with your grace that I’ve to worship her! Oh Sita Devi!! Mother of this universe! Please reveal your whereabouts to me! I’m surrendering all my efforts to your divine feet!”

“Kshipram udhpathatho manye seethaam maathaaya rakshasaha!

Raavanashya guruvegena kruthaabhyaam peedithena cha!!”

Thus through his prayers, Hanuman completely surrenders to the divine feet of Lord Rama and Mother Sita Devi! This is also a very important lesson for all of us – Many a times, we have this “Head-weight” that “It is we who are executing the task!” But we should always keep in mind that there is Bhagawan above us who is making things happen. Hence, we should make it a point that we invoke Bhagawan’s blessings in all what we do! Once that happens, even tough tasks would become a cake-walk and we shall be able to finish things with ease and with less efforts!

This is what exactly Hanuman too does here! He invokes the blessings of his Lord Rama and Sita for the task to get executed properly. He now goes into the Ashoka Vana. Here he traverses through all the beautiful Ashoka trees, which were tall and lush green! Hanuman is completely moved and impressed by the natural and the scenic beauty of the “Ashoka Vana”!

Now, did Hanuman succeed in finding Sita? Did Goddess Sita show herself to Hanuman? What happened next? Let’s wait till the next episode to find out! 🙂

 

Episode 216 – Hanuman realizes his mistake!!!

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In the previous episode we witnessed an important point wherein Hanuman was seemingly losing interest in the search operation owing to the failure that he had encountered so far. All his efforts to find out Sita had turned futile upto this point. This led Hanuman to have doubts, one after the other in his mind. Even after lot of pondering, his doubts never eased out. In due course, we also witnessed a very important modern-day societal problem of why many people go into mental depression and some even to the extent of committing suicides. We saw that the problem of “demotivation” is the root cause of all these problems that happen in the modern day society.

Thus Hanuman motivates himself once more and decides to re-start his search operation once again from the scratch! He backs himself up and starts to search each and every nook and corner of Lanka city. He traverses through each house, forts, palaces, gardens, ponds, lakes, tunnels, rivers, etc. There is no one place in Lanka city that Hanuman has not examined! There is no one place in Lanka city that Hanuman has not visited. Anywhere and everywhere Hanuman goes, he is still unable to find Sita! He is only able to find the wives of Ravana but not Sita! He is only able to find those women who Ravan had abducted and imprisoned, but not Sita!

After the second huge search operation, Hanuman is now completely tired physically and mentally! He is at the top of his frustration at the moment! He again thinks to himself, “Oh my goodness! What is going on here? I’ve visited and searched every nook and corner of this Lanka city and how come I’m still unable to find Sita anywhere? This is so strange!” Hanuman couldn’t understand the mystery behind this. He is getting upset and frustrated by the moment! He now thinks, “What should I do now? Anyway, all my efforts to cross the ocean and undertake the search operation has gone waste! Initially when I won over Lankini, I thought that this night would be victorious for me! But all my efforts have gone in vain for the second time now! Should I put an end to my life? Should I give up the search operation completely?

Hanuman continues to get more doubts in his mind now, Whatever might have been the case, is Sita just another ordinary woman? Would she have obliged to Ravana’s request and did she end up marrying this wicked person? Isn’t she a unique woman in this world who is an epitome of a “Pathi-Vratha”? If yes, why is that I’m unable to trace any of her whereabouts still, even after this much of searching? Now if I go and say to Rama that Sita isn’t to be found, won’t he burn me to ashes?” Thinkning thus, Hanuman started to have fear too!

“Else, should I go now and kill Ravana? Atleast if I’m unable to find Sita, I would be satisfied that I’ve successfully taken revenge on the Demon king for what he did! Else, should I fight over, defeat and drag Ravana to Lord Rama’s feet? What should I do now?”

“Bhooyuktham lolitham lankaam raamasya charithaapriyam!

Nathi pashyaami vaidehim seetham sarvaanga shobanaam!!”

Hanuman continues his thougt process, “Moreover, Sampaathi had specifically told us that Sita is definitely in Lanka! It is only by his words we’ve come across the ocean this far to search! How can Sampaathi’s words be false? Sampathi, Lankini, Mainaaka, Surasa – All these people tell only one thing – Sita is in Lanka. I don’t think these many people would be telling the wrong thing. So I think the problem is only with me! It is me who is making a mistake somewhere!”

Thinking thus, Hanuman looks around Ravana’s palace and finds a plush place with lush green trees and full of scenic beauty. That place was nothing but the “Ashoka Vana”. Hanuman realizes now that he had made a big mistake by not searching this particular place! Now he thinks, “Oh my goodness! I’ve made a big mistake! How on earth did I not search this particular forest area? This is close to Ravana’s palace and is very beautiful! Why shoulnd’t Ravana keep Sita here? I shall search this very moment!”

Thinking thus, he slowly gets up from where he was sitting this long! He gets prepared to search, but this time, with lot of unwillingness! He was thinking within himself, “Atleaast will this effort yield results?”

Did it yield the result? Did Hanuman succeed in finding Sita in this “Ashoka Vana”? Let’s wait and witness the action in the next episode!

Episode 215 – Why do people commit suicide? An important message!!!

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In the previous episode we witnessed an important message through Hanuman wherein Valmiki Maharishi explained to us as to how significant is our mind while undertaking important tasks. We noted that if our mind is cheerful, any complex task can be accomplished by us with ease. If on the contrary, even an easy task would seem to be the most complex one to fulfill.

Having seen that, we witnessed that as Hanuman continues searching the nook and corner of Ravana’s palace and his “Anthah-Pura”, he is unable to find Sita in any of these locations. Hanuman has seen every other woman in Ravana’s palace except for Sita! After lot of searching, Hanuman starts having doubts and concerns in his mind. He clearly is demotivated and upset with himself! His first concern was whether Ravana has killed Sita because she did not pay heed to his request to marry her and be his wife. If this wasn’t the case, Hanuman’s second concern was whether Sita killed herself unable to bare the tortures of these Raakshasas.

Getting confused between the two, at one point Hanuman tends to conclude that this search operation is in vein and Sita is no more alive! He starts to think what would happen if he goes and tells to Rama that Sita is dead. Hanuman thinks within himself, The moment Rama listens to this, he will be dead the next moment! Seeing Rama die, how can Lakshmana stand it? Similarly, Bharata, Shathrugna and the entire Ikshvaaku Dynasty would be no more! Just because of this one person called Hanuman, why should an entire kingdom come to an end? If I go to Kishkinta without the news about Sita, I’m sure all this would happen! Hence, I would not want to go there unless and until I find some information about Sita from somewhere!”

Thus Hanuman musters up his courage a little bit and thinks what to do further – What if he stays in Lanka itself, without going back to Kishkinta? Hanuman thinks, “If I’m not going back to the other side, what should I do sitting here? Maybe I can continue searching for a few more days. But even after that, what if I’m unable to trace Sita? Maybe I can kill myself and end my life here only! Atleast let Rama think that Hanuman has gone to search Sita and is still searching for her! Never should Rama come to a conclusion that Sita is no more to be seen!” Thinking thus, Hanuman gets more and more frustrated within himself!

Here is an illustration as to what happens when we panic during the time when the going gets tough. As we panic, our frustration level would increase and hence we would tend to give up the mission in the middle, rather than fighting the tough situation till the end to achieve success. Isn’t this a very important lesson for our modern day leaders and managers? Let’s take some time and think about it!

“Drishtam anthah purah sarvam dristhaa raakshasayojithaaha!”

Thus, Hanuman is frustrated that all his efforts of searching in Ravana’s palace and Anthah Pura have gone in absolute vain! Moreover, Hanuman thinks now, “Oh! This Jaambhavaan and Angadha were all in praise of me before I crossed the ocean and they motivated me to the core! At that time, I should have realized that this task is not an easy one to complete! However, I was carried away by their motivating and inspiring words and now I’m in soup! If I go back to Jaambhavaan and tell him that I couldn’t find Sita, what would he think about me? Won’t I feel embarrassed standing in front of him?”

“Anirvedhasshriyo moolam anirvedhah param sukham!

Bhooyastathra visheshyaami nayathra vijayah kruthaha!!”

After a brief moment of frustration, Hanuman quickly regains his motivation and confidence. He now thinks within himself, Oh my God! Why am I suddenly feeling so frustrated with myself? I’ve never felt such demotivated in my life so far! Any work to be accomplished requires motivation, isn’t it? I should never give up my motivation at any cost! So let me try and search again!”

Thus we can see at this point, the importance of “Motivation” (“Uthsaaham” or “Anirvedham”). It is important as a human being to have this motivation within us always. Anyway, we’ve taken this birth and we’ve to live through it, come what may! Irrespective of a thousand losses or a thousand bad situations! We’ve got no other choice but to face them. Irrespective of we gain or lose, we’ve to keep living our life.

Nowadays, we see many people wanting to commit suicides (“Aathma-Hatthi”). Why do we see all this? The very thought of committing a suicide is a momentous feeling. If we try and bring them out of that suicidal thought at that particular moment, we can easily save their life. People try to commit suicide because they fail to realize the beauty of life at that point. Their sorrows and sufferings deter them from seeing the other side of life! If someone explains to them convincingly that life is much more beautiful than what is actually happening currently, they can be saved and they can carry on with life. Hence for all this, “Motivation” is extremely important. This is why we give lot of emphasis on this concept in modern-day Behavioral Sciences. This is also one reason why many people go into depression – At times, we do not understand the purpose of our life and we get carried away with unwanted things that cause sorrow!

Thus Hanuman at this point is facing a similar situation of “Depression” and “De-motivation”. How is he going to come out of it? How is he going to more forward? The action continues in the next episode!