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Dusshara – 3

Let us burn the vices of Ravan and embed values of Ram within us…

Let the Ram within, win today and from today onwards forever…

Let us all prepare to welcome Ram into our lives and accept our limitations as Good Humans…

The day of “Seemolanghan” (सीम्मोलंघन). It literally means to cross the barriers / borders. Not the borders drawn on the maps but the borders drawn in our society and in our minds.

Biggest barrier / border in our life is

I Can’t Do“.

Next is

I Can’t Accept“.

And the last is

I Cannot Change“.

We have set these limitations in our lives and live with them. Today is the day to remember that “I CAN”. Let us all recall, remember and understand that Bhagwaan Ram had Vaanar’s to fight on his behalf. Vaanar means the one who is not sure about being Human. Ram took them together, revived their spirit and fought with their help to win the war. We all are like the Vaanars. Let us recognise the Ram within. The day we shed our inhibitions, we too will win the war.

Let us all remember, recite and learn the Shlok given below. It talks about the Surya. The problems he has and yet how He keeps on working.
रथस्येकं चक्रं भुजगयमित सप्ततुरङ्गः

निरालम्बो मार्गह चरनरहितह् सारथिरपि।
रविर्यर्तेवन्त्यं प्रतिदिनंमुपरस्य नरभस्यः

क्रियसिद्धि सत्वे भवति महतां नोपकरणे ।।

(The sun in the sky travels everyday with all odds against him, like a chariot with one wheel, seven horses trod by serpents and the driver without legs. Great people don’t depend on their accessories. They achieve their goal by their spirit and determination)

Let us all remember that it is the spirit within which keeps us going. So on this Dusshara, let us pray to God that He removes this vice of “I Can’t Do” from our lives and lead us to the light of “I Can Do“.

Second I cannot accept. Can we imagine ourselves accepting our own enemy? No we dont. We dont even accept our own, if they do wrong to us. But when we study Ram’s life, we learn to accept. He not only accepted the self doubting Vanars but also the brother of his enemy, Vibhishan. He accepted him with full faith and crowned him the King of Lanka, the day He accepted him.  If He can, can we not?

I would say let us begin with accepting our small mistakes in life. Let us begin by accepting the vices within us. Let us accept the people as they are and not what we like them to be. I know it’s difficult but it’s a border which we need to cross in our lives. We need to crossover from I cannot accept to I can accept. Let us keep Bhagwaan Ram as our ideal.

Last is I cannot change. But change is something which is only permanent in life. One needs to accept that one needs to change. Cause change is for good. Change also leads to development and helps us move ahead in life. 

Nowadays we see people not ready to change and being rigid. Let us recall the story of the oak and willow which we studied in our younger days. The large gust of wind could not harm the willow but it over rooted the oak tree which was unable to bend. So change is what we need to be ready for.

On this day of Seemolanghan let us decide to overcome these barriers.

On this day let us decide that I can and will do, I can and will accept and I can and will change.

Let Ram be our Idol and let us follow Ram.

Wishing you and everyone in your family and friends a very Happy Dusshara…

सोनं घ्या आणि सोण्यासारखे व्हा व रहा…

शुभ दशहरा।

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Mitra – 3

पापान्निवारयति योजयते  हिताय
गुह्यं निगूहति गुणान् प्रकटीकरोति  |
आपद्गतं च न जहाति ददाति काले
सन्मित्रलक्षणमिदं प्रवदन्ति  सन्ताः ||

-भर्तृहरि (नीतिशतक)

Meaning – Wise and noble persons have pronounced that the symptoms
of a true friend are that he prevents us from committing sinful deeds and urges us to do things that are advantageous to us, keeps our secrets and brings out our virtues and qualities, does not desert us when we face misfortune, and helps us whenever we are in need of any help.

Dear readers, after reading the above shlok I do not want to start writing long commentaries on it as it us self explanatory. But yes surely will like to raise questions and try to answer them. I expect that you will answer them to yourself too.

Do I have a friend with whom I can talk freely, without any inhibitions?

Do I have a friend who accepts me as I am and never tries to mould me?

Do I have a friend who tells me what is good for me and what is bad?

Do I have a friend what are the good qualities in me which I need to work upon?

Do I have a friend who tells me my vices in private and urges me to give them away?

Do I have a friend with whom I would be very comfortable talking about any thing in this world?

Do I have a friend who shares his secrets too?

Do I have a friend who never runs away in difficult situations?

Do I have a friend whom I can rely upon for everything in life?

Do I have a friend who fights for me and stands by me?

Do I have a friend who never lies to me and for me?

Dear Readers, there can be many more questions which one can ask and try to answer. The questions even might sound repetitive but we need to think and answer.

If the answer to even one of the above questions is “YES“, then we need to keep this friend forever like how we would keep a precuious thing forever.

Will end with a Hindi poem written by Maithilisharan Gupta about friendship:

तप्त हृदय को, सरस स्नेह से,

जो सहला दे, मित्र वही है।

रूखे मन को, सराबोर कर,

जो नहला दे, मित्र वही है।

प्रिय वियोग, संतप्त चित्त को ,

जो बहला दे, मित्र वही है।

अश्रु बूँद की, एक झलक से ,

जो दहला दे, मित्र वही है।

Wishing you all a very Happy Friendship Day.

Link to the previous blogs:

https://ameetkothari.wordpress.com/2018/08/05/mitra-friend/

https://ameetkothari.wordpress.com/2020/08/02/mitra-2/

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Maruti – (Reblog)

Last 4 years the one character whom I am continuously writing upon is Hanuman, Maruti.

An embodiment of strength and valour

An epitome of devotion and dedication

An unbiased and transparent intellectual

An observant messenger and conveyor

Bow down to such a servant of Ram – Shree Hanuman.

Today on His Birthday, am at a loss of words and thoughts when I realise that I need to imbibe in my life what I write about Shree Hanuman. And so am just sharing the links to my last 4 blogs on Maruti. Would request my readers to go through them again and together let’s pray to Ram to help us imbibe the qualities of Hanuman discussed in them, into our lives.

Jay Hanuman

Jay Shree Ram…

https://ameetkothari.wordpress.com/2017/04/13/maruti/?preview=true

https://ameetkothari.wordpress.com/2018/03/31/maruti-2/?preview=true

https://ameetkothari.wordpress.com/2019/04/19/maruti-3-good-friday/

https://ameetkothari.wordpress.com/2020/04/08/maruti-4/

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Avatar – Ram Navmi

Ram – the name itself is synonymous with life.

Ram – the name signifies “Maryada” (limitations)

Ram – an ideal for every relationship…

Last year on Ram Navmi I shared about Ram being an ideal son. There are many facets to His life but today let’s talk about Ram being an Ideal Brother.

It is well known that Ram had 3 other siblings namely Bharat, Laxman and Shatrughna. But very few people know that Ram had a sister too, Shanta. But the great poet philospher Rishi Valmiki too has not tried to describe the relation between the brothers and their sister. So I too rest my words by just acknowledging her presence.

Regarding the brothers we all know how well knit their relationship was. When Ram learns about his father wishing to install Bharat as the king of Ayodhya, he happily accepts the decision as he has never considered himself different from Bharat. Even in the jungle, when Bharat comes to Chitrakoot to take him back to Ayodhya and Laxman castes aspersions over Bharat’s coming, it is Ram who has calmed Laxman with his belief in Bharat. He clearly states that Bharat has come to take them back. The trust which He had in his brothers is remarkable and needs to be emulated in these new times.

His love for Laxman is unparalleled.

They both are inseparable.

They live for each other.

They listen to each other.

They compliment each other.

They breathe for each other.

When Laxman fell unconscious by an arrow fired by Indrajeet, the way Ram has lamented is something which everyone needs to read. It clearly shows how much he loved his brother. He is ready to fight with the whole world for his brother. His anger, his grief, his anguish are nothing but out of love for Laxman.

Another instance which makes things crystal clear is when Laxman has to give up his life for breaking a rule. Will not go into the whole story, but Ram was not ready to order Laxman to give up his life. But it was a rule, and in Ram Rajya, even if Ram breaks the rule then he has to undergo punishment. So he does tell Laxman likewise, but he cannot take this idea if separation from his brother. And he too gives up his life by immersing himself in Sarayu river.

Such love between siblings is difficult to find and understand.

So on this Ram Namvi day, let us pray to Ram to give us the understanding about our relationships with our siblings and bless us all with the same.

Wishing you all and everyone at home a very Happy Ram Navmi.

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Dusshara – 2

Let us burn the vices of Ravan and embed values of Ram within us…

Let the Ram within, win today and from today onwards forever…

Let us all prepare to welcome Ram into our lives and accept our limitations as Good Humans…

The day of “Seemolanghan” (सीम्मोलंघन). It literally means to cross the borders. Not the borders drawn on the maps but the borders drawn in our society and in our minds.

Biggest border in our life is

I Can’t Do“.

Next is

I Can’t Accept“.

And the last is

I Cannot Change“.

We have set these limitations in our lives and live with them. Today is the day to remember that “I CAN”. Let us all recall, remember and understand that Bhagwaan Ram had Vaanar’s to fight on his behalf. Vaanar means the one who is not sure about being Human. Ram took them together, revived their spirit and fought with their help to win the war. We all are like the Vaanars. Let us recognise the Ram within. The day we shed our inhibitions, we too will win the war.

Let us all remember, recite and learn the Shlok given below. It talks about the Surya. The problems he has and yet how He keeps on working.
रथस्येकं चक्रं भुजगयमित सप्ततुरङ्गः

निरालम्बो मार्गह चरनरहितह् सारथिरपि।
रविर्यर्तेवन्त्यं प्रतिदिनंमुपरस्य नरभस्यः

क्रियसिद्धि सत्वे भवति महतां नोपकरणे ।।

(The sun in the sky travels everyday with all odds against him, like a chariot with one wheel, seven horses trod by serpents and the driver without legs. Great people don’t depend on their accessories. They achieve their goal by their spirit and determination)

Let us all remember that it is the spirit within which keeps us going. So on this Dusshara, let us pray to God that He removes this vice of “I Can’t Do” from our lives and lead us to the light of “I Can Do“.

Second I cannot accept. Can we imagine ourselves accepting our own enemy? No we dont. We dont even accept our own, if they do wrong to us. But when we study Ram’s life, we learn to accept. He not only accepted the self doubting Vanars but also the brother of his enemy, Vibhishan. He accepted him with full faith and crowned him the King of Lanka, the day He accepted him.  If He can, can we not?

I would say let us begin with accepting our small mistakes in life. Let us begin by accepting the vices within us. Let us accept the people as they are and not what we like them to be. I know it’s difficult but it’s a border which we need to cross in our lives. We need to crossover from I cannot accept to I can accept. Let us keep Bhagwaan Ram as our ideal.

Last is I cannot change. We talk about it next time.

Wishing you and everyone in your family and friends a very Happy Dusshara…

सोनं घ्या आणि सोण्यासारखे व्हा व रहा…

शुभ दशहरा।

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6 word story #23

HE got His house, won’t we?

It’s the conviction as well as trust and patience, that He will provide us the roof which we can call ours…

Please read between the lines for the spiritual message and do not take it as a political or social or a religious comment…

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Ram

Was thinking what to write as the issue has been made political on the terms of being a secular country! And so I decided that instead of touching upon the issue of politics would dwell upon the history a bit.

Yes, the Mandir did exist before the Masjid was built. The Mughals came here to loot India and they knew that temples were places of abundant gold. So they looted temples and took away the gold. They justified it by saying that they are in this world to annihilate the idol worshippers. I have my own version that they justified their loot in the name of religion. So in turn they earned following from the teachers and followers.

The archaeological survey clearly found the remnants of the temple beneath the structure which stood there before 6th December, 1992. For Hindus, it became a battle of their existence or that is the way it was projected. I sometimes wonder that even after 1000 years of loots and raids and the external incursion, the culture has still stood strong as its roots are very deep.

Today it is not the victory of Hindu over anyone, but it is the victory of the Indian identity or Indian culture. It has been consistent in its beliefs and according to the law of the land waited for more than a 100 years for justice to be done. So the celebration today is of the patience that the Hindus have kept for so many years.

It is also a celebration of the acceptance of truth, which was continuously being denied to Ram. The people have the audacity to question their own legacy and heredity and call Ram mythological. But the dumbheads need to know that it is our history. Just because Western history believes in Human existence or culture is from last 3000 years or 4000 years, our people who learn from them also talk in the same sense which is absolute nonsense. We have a very rich history, full of culture and civilisation. And we need to find out about it. We cannot depend upon the non-Indians to do that work for us.

So today we celebrate the rich history, culture of India, that is Bharat, earlier called Aryavarta.

Also we should not forget in the euphoria of building the temple, the qualities of Ram, that He is known for. We need to imbibe those qualities in our lives too. For us, God not only resides in the temple but also in every heart. So in all this excitement, let us not forget the ultimate goal that we have to achieve and got this life for.

Let the political masters fight their petty political fights,

Let the narrow minded religionists quarrel over the structure,

Let the agnostics and the leftist question the very existence of Ram,

Let us all, the believing Hindus, be the followers of any Gods / Godessess, celebrate the triumph of good over evil, light over darkness and known over the unknown.

रामो राजमणिः सदा विजयते रामं रमेशं भजे
रामेणाभिहता निशाचरचमू रामाय तस्मै नमः |
रामान्नास्ति परायणं परतरं रामस्य दासोस्म्यहं
रामे चित्तलयः सदा भवतु मे भो राम मामुद्धर ‖

– रामरक्षास्तोत्र।

Seeing these pics of Ayodhya yesterday evening, am reminded of Tulsidasji’s words from Ramcharit Manas:

अवधपुरी प्रभु आवत जानी।
भई सकल सोभा कै खानी।।
बहइ सुहावन त्रिबिध समीरा।
भइ सरजू अति निर्मल नीरा।।

When Ayodhya comes to know that Prabhu (Ram)is arriving, then She decorated Herself, the atmosphere cleared and the waters of the Sarayu river flowed gently…

Let us remember Ram is no where but within us and Ayodhya too is nowhere but our body, in which He resides…

Jay Shree Ram…

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Mitra – 2

पापान्निवारयति योजयते  हिताय
गुह्यं निगूहति गुणान् प्रकटीकरोति  |
आपद्गतं च न जहाति ददाति काले
सन्मित्रलक्षणमिदं प्रवदन्ति  सन्ताः ||

-भर्तृहरि (नीतिशतक)

Meaning – Wise and noble persons have pronounced that the symptoms
of a true friend are that he prevents us from committing sinful deeds and urges us to do things that are advantageous to us, keeps our secrets and brings out our virtues and qualities, does not desert us when we face misfortune, and helps us whenever we are in need of any help.

Do we get to meet such a friend today? And if we meet, will we keep such a friend? Need to ask this question as we every year in India celebrate the first sunday of August as friendship day.

We do give promises to each other but do we keep them? We make promises of being there always in life and death, but do we keep them? Do such friendships truly exist? Yes, they do.

The love and affection of Ram in his friendship with Sugreeva is something unimaginable today. Ram not only befriends the left out Sugreeva, but also gets his wife and kingdom back for him. Their bond of friendship is such that Sugreeva on learning that Rama is giving up his life in the waters of Sarayu, enthrones Angad, and joins Rama and enters Sarayu with him.

So we have many such ideals in front of us as a part of our history (though many foolishly call it mythology). We need to find them out, study them and learn to live like them.

On this day, let us try to find such a friend in our lives who is true. He / she may be only one but we need to have one true friend.

Wishing all my readers a very Happy Friendship Day…

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Matrubhumi – 7 (Repeat)

आस्मिन् राष्ट्रे राजन्यः इषव्य: शूरो महारथो जायताम्

The rishis in this mantra continue with their prayers for this country. After asking for Vedsampann and Brahmanisth Brahmins, they ask for brave and courageous rulers. Rulers who are well equipped not only in warfare but also in running the state. And at the same time be God loving too.

Let my readers understand that We, Indians, are God centric people. So anything and everything in our lives is God centric. Do we believe and live today in this manner is another question! Also we need to understand that we have been God loving, not God fearing. As well let it also be clarified that Indian Culture or Vedic Religion does not have a concept of Satan or Anti-God, as some other thought processes do have in particular. Will dwell upon this subject in my later blogs.

The land of India, is the land of Kshatriya’s. Our country gets its name Bharat from three Bharat’s, two of whom are Kshatriya’s (which I have mentioned in my earlier blog), Shakuntaley Bharat, Ram’s brother Bharat and Jad Bharat.

Shakuntaley Bharat is a personification of courage. Bharat grew up in the care of his mother, as his father King Dushyant refused to recognise Shakuntala as his consort for a few initial years. It is said that Bharat in a very small age had opened a lion’s mouth to count his teeth. He is the first Chakravartin (the almighty emperor with all other kings of India as his vassals) of this Manvantar (era). He won over all the king’s by his love and those who could not be won over by love, by his sword. But he never annexed those kingdoms. They were given back to the rulers with a condition to follow the law of the land put down by Rishis. The King’s reciprocated to adhere to this condition whole heartedly. The reign of Bharat has been one of India’s Glorious and Golden era. Also some people consider King Bharat as Bharat Muni too, who in his later age gave India, the Natyashashtra (The art of stage performance).

Secondly, Ram’s brother, Bharat. Frankly there are no words to describe this personality. We all have heard about him or read about him. His love for Ram is unparallel in human history. The dialogue between Bharat and his mother Kaikeyi, after realising what folly Kaikeyi had done by sending Ram to exile, on returning from his maternal uncle’s place is worth a read. He has taunted and to an extent even abused his mother for doing what she has done. This dialogue has been put in a song, by a recent but a great poet, G.D.Madgulkar (fondly called GaDiMa) in his collection of poems called Geet Ramayan. And after ruling Ayodhya for 14 years, he just gives it up for Ram, without even a thought of continuing or conspiring, when Ram returns from exile fulfilling his promise to Dashrath. We all know about the valour of Shri Ram and Laxman, but Bharat was equally brave and courageous.

As we are talking about Bharat, am also sharing the story of Jad Bharat – He is considered to be an reincarnation of King Bharat. There are many versions to his story. I share one which I like the most. He is born to a farmer who dies in a short time after his birth. Bharat’s mother too passes away when Bharat is still in his teens. His brothers and sister-in-law’s find Bharat useless and send him off to the fields to work. Bharat looks after the fields and the sheep every day and night. He develops a strong body due to this routine. One days it so happens that a king is passing by in his palaquin. One of his palaquin bearers dies and the King asks his servants to look for another. They find Jad Bharat in his fields and get him to lift the palaquin. But Bharat walks slowly, taking utmost care and walking one step at a time. This makes the King uncomfortable in the palaquin, as the palaquin is imbalanced. So the King shouts out at the bearers and they tell the King the situation. King now calls upon Bharat and asks him as to why is he behaving in this manner? And if he wants more money, he was ready to pay more. Bharat explains “O great King! Am not interested in your money. Nothing, neither happiness nor sadness move me. U cannot buy me out by money nor any worldly riches as I know that I am an Atman (soul). By walking slowly am taking care of not hurting the other Atman (the small organisms on the ground)”. This attitude of Bharat earned him a title of Jad (literal English meaning would be staunch). The King on realising his folly got down from the palanquin and accepted Bharat as his Guru.

The two Bharat’s, Shakuntaley Bharat and Ram’s brother Bharat convey to us the characters of Kshatriya’s of India. Our kings have been learned and understanding as well as caring. They have always given patronage to art and artists. Built huge monuments like temples for God and forts for defending their kingdom. The great dynasties of Maurya’s, Gupta’s, Satkarni’s, Satvahan’s, Rashtrakoota’s, Chalukya’s, Chola’s have thrived in India and made Her stronger.

At this point, I also need to mention The Manusmriti, written by Manu, who is a Kshatriya. Manusmriti is a book of code of conduct of human beings. We may have differences of opinions about the things being written in it, but one needs to break the myth of Manusmriti being written by a Brahmin. I repeat it’s a book written by a Kshatriya. Such learned are the Kshatriya’s of India and have held an important position in the development of India.

Regarding the bravery of the Kshatriyas would mention only a few names and leave it upto my reader to find out about them. Lord Ram, Lord Krishna, Arjun, Chandragupta Maurya, Samudragupta, King Pulakeshin, Maharana Pratap, Chhatrapati Shivaji, Raja Chhatrapati and many more…

Even today the fighting clan is present in the form of our brave Indian Army. The Rajputana Regiment, The Maratha Regiment, The Gorkha Regiment, The Sikh Regiment and all others not only defend our borders but keep our country safe. We sleep peacefully as they are constantly at watch at the borders.

We cannot imagine any country with out an army. Nor can we imagine one without its intelligentsia. So both the Brahmins and the Kshatriya’s are equally important. Both need to respect each other and accept each other’s might. Parshuraam, had worked for this and Ram achieved it. Let us all understand, my readers, that every section of the society has an important role to play in the development of any society.

Now we move towards the third section of the Society, The Vaishya’s, about whom we will continue in the next blog.

Jay Bharat

Jay Hind

Vande Mataram

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Parshuramavtaar

Bhagwaan Parshuram

अग्रत: चतुरो वेदा: पृष्‍ठत: सशरं धनु: ।
इदं ब्राह्मं इदं क्षात्रं शापादपि शरादपि ।। Meaning : Parshuram who is well-versed with the four Vedas and sports the bow and arrow upon his back, that is the one who has the radiance of both the Brahman and the Kshatriya, will destroy the evil doers either with a curse or with an arrow.

Today is the day when Bhagwaan Parshuram was born to Maharshi Jamdagni and Mother Renuka. The fifth child to the couple but the most loved and adored one.

Parshuram is said to be famous for his wrath towards the Kshatriyas and is said to have made Mother Earth free from Kshatriyas 21 times. Yes 21 times seems an exaggeration, but history tell us that He did kill 21 kshatriya kings of His time, who did not believe in the authority of the Vedas, or rather we should say that those who believed that they can fend for themselves and they cannot be questioned.

There is also a story behind Parshuram’s birth, about why did He have the qualities of a Kshatriya though born a Brahmin, but I leave it to some other time. Also there is a folklore about Him beheading His own mother on the orders of His father. I will leave it for some other day too. Am making a mention to these events of His life, as people are generally aware about these events and have genuine questions about them.

One more intriguing fact about His life is how much He lived! As He is read about in the Ramayan and Mahabharat too. And did He really exist during the ages of Ram and Krishna? Will write about it as and when He permits me to.

Today will talk about His cultural work. The extensive work that He has done to lead the humans living an animal life, to a human life. After being asked to go away by his Guru (teacher), Kashyap, He walked all His way, to what we call the Konkan region, today. The region lies between the Sahyadri mountain ranges and the Arabian Sea. It was an area inhabited by people who led an uncivilized life.

Parshuram lived amongst these people and taught them, the humane ways of living, thinking and worshipping. He moved amongst them. He loved them. He cared for them. He answered each an every small question they had. He made them change their ways of living towards a more civilised and cultured life.

It is believed that when Parshuram came to this region, He established a place to work from, known as Gokarn, which some say, is present day Goa. But one thing is for sure, that He did come here, stay her and establish the rule of Dharma in this region. Hence, this region is befittingly called the “Parshuram Kshetra” (the land of Parshuram).

Along with Parshuram, came many Brahmins from the Trihotra area and settled down with Him. They assisted Him in his work and their lineage still exists called the “Chitpavan” Brahmins. Chitpavan means the ones whose minds are pure. There is also one more meaning to the word which means “pure from the pyre”. They are believed to have risen from the ashes of the pyre which took Parshuram to His final destination.

On this day of His birth, we not only bow down to the Great Parshuram but also need to acknowledge the work He has done to uplift humanity.

We bow down to Bhagwaan Parshuram, the killer of evil and the protector of goodness.

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Maruti – 4

अंजनीगर्भसंभूत कपीन्द्र सचिवोत्तम।
रामप्रिय नमस्तुभ्यं हनुमन्! रक्ष सर्वदा।।

Meaning :
I bow down to Hanumaan and ask for His protection, the one who was born of Anjani Mata, one who is the best amongst the Vanars, a very able minister and most loved by Shree Ram.

I have purposely not translated Vanar as monkey as people would literally do. As I have already clarified in my blogs before that according to Sanskrit grammar, the word Vanar can be broken up as Va + Nar, meaning the one who has a doubt about being a Human. Nar here is used in context with being Human and not just to signify a male.

We have been trying to understand the various qualities about being the messenger of God. (Ramdoot). Today we take up Hanuman’s quality of being a minister.

He has been an advisor to King Sugreeva. A King who was banished from His Kingdom by his brother, Vali. Hanuman as a minister, true to his oath, stayed with Sugreeva, even during his period of banishment. He used to guide Sugreeva on all important matters.

Sugreeva’s friendship with Ram is a long term vision of Hanuman. It was Hanuman who met Ram and Laxman in the forests, when they were searching for Sita, who was abducted by Ravan. The dialogue between Hanuman and Ram needs to be read, understood and implemented in life, which Valmiki has written. At that moment, Hanuman invites Ram to meet Sugreeva, suggesting that the Vanar King can help Ram in His pursuit for Sita.

Hanuman, then tells Sugreeva to make friends with Ram and Sugreeva trusting him fully, does so. This friendship of Ram and Sugreeva goes so long, that when Shree Ram enters Sarayu river to end His Avtaar, Sugreeva too rushes to Ayodhya and enters Sarayu, after Him. At that time too, Sugreeva leaves Prince Angad in the care of Hanuman. Such is the love and trust, that Hanuman commanded.

Will also share the links of my previous blogs so you all can read them too.

Wishing you all a very Happy Hanuman Jayanti.

Let us all be determined like Hanuman who knows only Ram in his life.

Let us all be dedicated like Haanuman who knows only the work of Ram in his life.

Let us all be disciplined like Hanuman who has chanted only the name of Ram in his life.

Jai Hanuman!

Jai Shree Ram!

PS : The links to my previous blogs on Hanuman... https://ameetkothari.wordpress.com/2017/04/13/maruti/?preview=true

https://ameetkothari.wordpress.com/2018/03/31/maruti-2/?preview=true

https://ameetkothari.wordpress.com/2019/04/19/maruti-3-good-friday/