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Friday, April 26, 2013
Impact of Sundarakanda on my Life -Part 2
yasya tvetaani chatvaari vaanarendra yathaa tava || 5-1-198
dhR^itirdR^ishhTirmatirdaakshyaM sa karmasu na siidati |
Meaning: O best among Vanaras! Whoever has the four
qualities of courage, vision, intellect and skill, all these four virtues like
you, such a person will not fail in any task."
Sundarakandam deals exclusively with the achievements of
Hanuman in one night in his search for the discovery of Sita. During the night,
he goes through every nook and corner of Lanka. The description of the search
is spread with vivid pictures of the night-life of the Rakshasas of Lanka. He
overcomes obstructions without any difficulty.
Acting with determination the entire episode of Sundara
Kanda takes place over a period of just 24 hours. Just imagine, in this short
period Jambavan reminding Hanuman, of his boundless power, and he sets off on
his mission .He stood on the Trikuta Mountain. From there he saw Ravana’s city
of Lanka andcrosses the ocean, While
crossing the sea ,Hanuman is stopped bySurasa to test his prowess , laterthe sea God sends the mountainMainaka to providehim rest , which he refuses and later
hisshadow is caughtbya
Rakshasicalled Simhika , whom he kills
and reaches Lanka.There he meets Lanka
Lakshmi who is the guardian of the city, defeatsher , enters the citySearches and finds out Sita, reassures her,
tests the power of Ravana’s army, strikes fear by burning Lanka, returns back
to his comrades and delivers Sita’s message to Rama, Lakshmana and Sugriva! Not
just that, he finds time to celebrate his success by drinking honey with his
comrades in the delightful episode of Madhuvana!He Never give up till the end. .
He overcomes obstructions without any difficulty.Hanuman in this section has
been described as one for whom nothing is impossible and who is the embodiment
of faith, devotion, and loyalty to the
master, fearlessness and self-confidence.
When a person have the four attributes of determination
(dhruthti), farsight (dheerga dhrushti), intellect and analyticalskills (Buddi)
and dexterity in execution (DhAkshyam) are present together in one , then he
will never fail in his endeavours .The story points out that, success is the
outcome of such an attitude.
Heignores all the
distractions -When Mount Mainaka offers him a resting place with all good
intentions, Hanuman politely declines the offer and continues on his journey.
However he gently explains the reasons to the mountain and retains its
goodwill. Lesson for all is here indeed! Similarly when he is searching for
Sitadevi in Lanka, he takes in all the sights, like the grandeur of Pushpaka
Vimana, Ravana’s palace, the beauty of the women, Hanuman, the Brahmachari ,
was happy that the sight of all these women of inner chambers of Ravana did not
affect the tranquility of His mind. He reasoned out
mano hi hetuH sarveSaam indriyaaNaam pravartate || 5-11-41
shubha ashubhaasv avasthaasu tac ca me suvyavasthitam |
Hanuman says to himself-One's mind (Manas) is the reason behind engagement in Punya and Paapa Karyams.“Among auspicious or inauspicious
states in the behavior of all senses mind is the reason. My that mind is very steady” and None of these wonderful things is not
affected one way or the other by these sights.
It teaches me ignore all distractions and learn to say ‘no’. (to be cont...)