Hanuman – a symbol of Hope

panchamukha3If you are in difficulty or trouble or in depression, elders suggest you to read sundar kanda. Do you know why? It has a lot of spiritual and religious significance, of course. But, it has a lot more significance from a psychological and personality development point of view.

When Hanuman was depressed…

In Sundar Kanda, Hanuman went in search of Mother Sita. He was the only one in his search team who could cross the ocean and reach Ravan’s Lanka. In Lanka, he searched every nook and corner but couldn’t find Sita. He was very depressed about it as he knew the consequences. While sending teams for searching Sita, it was Sugreeva’s order that all the monkeys be beheaded if they came back without finding Sita. Rama was in sorrow and would give up his life if Sita wasn’t found. Obviously, his brother Lakshmana would follow him.

Hanuman didn’t want all this to happen. So, he thought, instead of going back, it was better to commit suicide there. All of them would survive waiting for Hanuman to come back. However, he regained his spirits. Decided to search again as there was no point in dying as nothing would be achieved with death. At that point of time, he saw Ashok vatika, which he didn’t search before. So, he entered the vatika. And he found mother Sita there.

Not just regained but instilled hope

See the plight of Sita when he found her. Ravan just spoke to her in a filthy and scary language. She lost hope and decided to commit suicide. She used her long hair as a rope to tie her throat and die. Exactly at that moment, Hanuman started telling the story of Rama sitting on the tree. Sita got her hope back. Hanuman went back and gave the good news of finding Sita to Rama, Sugreeva and the other monkey force. All of them regained hope.

This is the significance of Sundar Kanda. Hanuman, who was about to die, gave himself hope. He gave Sita, who was about to die, the hope of life. He gave the news of whereabouts of Sita to Rama, and gave him hope. And this gave the hope of life to Sugreeva and other monkeys.

Read Sundarakanda

So, anyone, who lost hope in life, should read Sundar Kanda. Even if you exhausted all your options, you will get some ray of hope, if you try again. Every problem, small or big, has a solution. You just have to try all possible solutions. And if you fail in all your attempts, don’t lose hope. Just try again. That’s the message of Sundar Kanda. And that’s the message of Hanuman.

Jai Hanuman!

Angada in Ravana’s darbar – Communication lessons from Ramayana – Part 1

Angada in the darbar of Ravana

(story as told by Swamy Ranganadhananda of Ramakrishna Math)

This story was from Ramayana. Rama along with his monkey forces crossed the ocean and reached Lanka. The war was about to begin between Rama and Ravana. Rama wanted to make a last attempt for peace. He sent Angada, who is son of Vali, as a messenger to convey his message of peace to Ravana. Vali (father of Angada) was killed by Rama earlier in Kishkindha Kanda. Vali when alive was a close of friend of Ravana. However, Angada was a staunch supporter of Rama and a trusted soldier of Rama.

When Angada reached the darbar of Ravana, Ravana wanted to remind him that his father was killed by Rama and hence his support to Rama was a disservice to his father. The plan was to put Angada on a defensive mode and make his mission weaker.

On seeing Angada, Ravana said, ‘welcome Angada! you are my best friend’s son. How is your father?’.

His plan was to make Angada tell him about his father’s death in the hands of Rama. And then make him guilty of representing his father’s killer.

Now, see the beauty of Angada’s reply. He said, ‘Ravana, you will get the opportunity to directly inquire his welfare face to face, if you don’t listen to my words now’. In other words, Angada said that Ravana would die and meet his father if he didn’t listen to him. Not only he effectively defeated the purpose of Ravana asking that question, but also conveyed the message of Rama in the same answer. A best example for effective communication. Our children can learn much more personality improvement skills from our epics than what then can learn from the modern day books. We just have to introduce them to those great epics.