LORD HANUMAN’S LEAP – PRUDENCE IS INDISPENSABLE TO GOOD HUMAN LIFE
LOOK BEFORE YOU LEAP
The Indian epic poem of ‘RAMAYANA‘ describes the life journey of Lord Rama, the Prince of Ayodhya Kingdom. He is exiled to live in the forest. The story narrates the abduction of His wife, Princess Sita. While searching the forest to find Sita, Lord Rama befriends the ‘VANARA’ or Monkey Forces of Kishkindha Kingdom. The Vanara King Sugreeva in an effort to find Sita dispatches his forces in all directions with very strict orders to report back within a month. The search party that proceeded southwards eventually reach the southern sea-shore at the end of their appointed time for reporting back to the King. As they are feeling anxious being delayed, they receive a vital clue that Sita is held captive in the island of Lanka that is ruled by the demon King Ravana. The search party now gets fearful about the course of action they have to choose. They seek counsel from the eldest member of their party. They decide against returning to home with secondhand information about Sita’s whereabouts. After due deliberation, they choose to physically verify the accuracy of the information that Sita is present in the island. The action that they have selected requires crossing the sea, entering an enemy kingdom, searching diligently tightly guarded places, and returning safely crossing the sea one more time. In the context of the story, as there is no land bridge to reach the island, the safest way to get there is to jump across the sea in one leap. The party’s elder leader recommends that Hanuman is to be entrusted with this difficult and challenging mission. The choice of Hanuman is prudent because of His strength, courage, intelligence, and other special abilities like changing of body size at His discretion. The story describes that Hanuman stood on a hill by the name of Mahendra to gain advantage for the proposed leap. He looks at the sea and directs His mind towards the island of Lanka. He is sure about His devotion to Lord Rama and He is certain about His desire to fulfil Lord Rama’s purpose. He said to Himself : “I shall search and find Sita. I shall fly in the sky and cross the sea”. However, He undertakes this mission with a sense of absolute modesty and humility. He offers worship and prayers to God and to all creation before He leaps into the sky with a roar of triumph. With that leap, Hanuman’s role in the story of Ramayana reaches heroic proportions and continues to be very exalted till the end of the story.
THE QUALITY OF PRUDENCE
The quality of prudence is most concerned with action. Prudence is a product of experience and a possession of reason. The maxims of prudence are counsel, deliberation, and judgment. A prudent man knows how to deliberate or calculate well about things to be done. He evaluates the negative as well as the positive consequences of his actions. Prudence also shapes the character of the person. Use of unjust or dishonest means to achieve the end or goal set for oneself is not prudence. ‘ One cannot have prudence unless one has the moral virtues; since prudence is right reason about things to be done, to which end man is rightly disposed by moral virtue’. The choice of the best means is as important as the election of the right end. The clever thief who plans and executes a successful robbery exhibits no prudence but its counterfeit called cunning. The rightness of the means requires not merely that they be adapted to an end, but that the end itself be right. Prudence has a role in all the concerns of life. The right end, whether that be the goal of personal happiness or the common good of society, or the performance of one’s duties, cannot be achieved unless the means to it are rightly chosen. Prudence can be acquired through learning to take sufficient counsel and to deliberate enough before taking any action. The habit of prudent action can be gained by remembrance of the past experience, by the understanding of what is present, and providing for the future by resolving thoughts and making decisions and commanding their execution.
A PRAYER TO LORD HANUMAN
Budhi heena tanu jaanike
Sumirau Pavan Kumar
Bala budhi vidya dehu mohe
Harahu kalesha vikaar.
Having known that my body is deficient of intelligence, I call upon Pavan Kumar(Son of Wind God or VAYU) and ask Him to grant me strength, intelligence, and true knowledge to dissolve all of my blemishes which cause pain and misery.
Dr. R. Rudra Narasimham, B.Sc., M.B.B.S.,
Kurnool Medical College, Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh, India,
M.B.B.S., Class of April, 1970.
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Annapurney,Sadaapurney,Shankara Praana vallabhey
Jnana Vairaagya Siddhyartham,Bhikshaam deyhi cha Paarvati.
MY FAVORITE PRAYER SONG :
Several years ago,my father sent me a prayer book,”PRAADHNAA TARANGINI”.The book originally belonged to my mother and she signed her name on the first page and dated the copy on 1-2-89.Apparently,she liked some prayers more than others and she check marked her favorite selections in the prayer book.I liked her choice of ” BRUUHI MUKUNDEYTI ” and Smt.M.S.Subbulakshmi in her melodious voice sang this song and the recording is available on cassette tape.
Bruuhi Mukundeyti,Hey rasaney,Paahi Mukundeyti
Akrura Priya Chakradhareyti
Hamsa Niranjana Kamsahareyti .
Radhaa Ramana Harey Raameyti
Rajeevaksha Ghana Shayaameti
Kesava Madhava Govindeyti
Krishnaa ananta Sadaanamdeyti .
Achyuta Krishna Harey Raameyti
Hari Naraayana Tirtha vareyti.
Bruuhi Mukundeyti,rasane Bruuhi Mukundeyti.
SRI KRISHNA – THE SWEET NAME :
The name Sri Krishna is received by the ears of the listener with a sense of sweetness which is described as sweet as the heavenly nectar ” AMRUT “.Prahlada, a great devotee of Lord Vishnu has described nine ways to worship Vishnu.The acts of SMARANAM( Recalling from memory ) , KIRTANAM ( Singing ), and SRAVANAM ( Listening ) could be combined into a single act of worship by simply repeating the various sweet names with which Lord Krishna is known.The best thing about this prayer is that one need not ask for any grant of wishes and need not express the desires of your heart.Kuchela who had traveled to Dwaaraka to meet with Krishna and seek His favors,had actually forgotten to mention the purpose of his visit and was feeling sorry on his way back home for he thought that he had missed a great opportunity to speak his mind to Krishna.Kuchela,when he eventually got back home,he was in for a big surprise.Krishna knew his problems and granted his wishes and much more even without hearing a word about it.The sweetness of the name makes it easier to carry on the burdens of life and comforts you during your journey.The sweet name cheers up your heart, brightens your mood, sooths your aching joints,and gives hope when there is nothing else you can do.Let that sweet name fulfill your unexpressed,unstated and unspoken desires of your heart.
Favorite Prayer of my uncle Sri.R.K.RAO:
ANJANI GARBHA SAMBHUTA,
RAMA PRIYA NAMASTYUBHYAM,
Favorite Prayer of my brother Prof.R.SUBBARAO:
Asya Sri Lalitha Sahasranama Stothra Mahamanthrasya
Vashinyadhi Vag Devatha Rishaya
SriLalitha Parameswari Devatha
SriMath Vagh Bhava Kootethi Bheejam
Madhya Kootethi Shakthihi
Shakthy Kootethi Keelakam
Moola prakruthihi Ithi Dhyanam.
Favorite Prayers of my pilot Uncle Capt.R.R.RAO :
My Prayer in the morning:
Eka Dantam Maha Kayam, Tapta Kanchana Sannibham
Lambodaram Visalaksham, Vandeham Gana Nayakam.
Om Nama Savatre(six times)
Guna Suryam Adityam(eight times)
Vishnu Shakti Samutpanne, Shanka varna Maheetale,
Aneka Ratna Sambhuute, Bhumee Devi Namostutey.
Before going to bed at night:
Sri Raama, Raama, Raameti, Rame Raame Mano Rame,
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom” says the Holy Bible,in The Book of Proverbs,Chapter1,verse7.For the religious traditions that originated outside of India such as Judaism,Christianity and Islam,the fear of the Lord could be a primary motivating factor to seek worship of the Lord.On the contrary,the religious traditions that originated in the land of India,do not encourage their adherents to entertain any such fear of the Lord.In the Indian traditions,the Lord or deity that Indians choose to worship would receive them with a sign that proclaims ” BE FEARLESS “.The Lord reassures them with a sign that is popularly described as ” ABHAYA HASTA “or ” ABHAYA MUDRA “.In Indian literature,countless number of images,idols,paintings and drawings,there are invariable references to a consistent message of ” ABHAYA “and naturally Indians are less concerned with ” The fear of the Lord “.
The cultural traditions that originated in India motivate people to seek refuge or shelter at the Feet of the Lord by evoking a sense of fear and this fear is described as the fear of ” SAMSARA “.Samsara or Bhava describes the viewpoint about the human condition and deals with the problems of human existence.It contributes to a sense of apprehension and anxiety and the attitude it generates is one of intense fear and helplessness.Samsara portrays the picture of life’s journey as a tedious,difficult and challenging swim across an unknown,uncharted and treacherous ocean.Samsara is also depicted as a serious disease entity afflicting a person’s health and is referred to as ” BHAVA ROGA “.Others view Samsara as existence in a bottomless deep pit(“AGHADHA”)or that of being trapped in a deep well from where an escape would not be easy.The fear of Samsara/Bhava,the human condition,has nothing to do with physical courage.The powerful idea of Samsara inspires a sense of fear in the hearts of even the most courageous of all people.Cultural traditions that have their roots in the other parts of this planet may not be aware of this kind of fear and hence the fear of Samsara could be viewed as a feature that defines and molds the Indian Identity.Indians chant the Lord’s name as a medicine to cure this terrible disease and they seek Lord’s protection to reach the shore and complete the journey across the ocean.There are numerous references in Indian literature and some verses could be quoted to illustrate the point.
1.SRI RAMA MANTRAM:
Samsara sagara bhayaapaha viswa mantram
Sakshaanmu mukshu jana sevita siddhi mantram
Saranga hasta mukha hasta nivasa mantram
Kaivalya mantra manesam bhaja Rama mantram.
This verse would banish the fear generated by the ocean like Samsara.
2.THE PRAYER TO LORD MAHA VISHNU:
Shantaakaaram,bhujaga sayanam,padma naabham,Suresam,
Vishwaakaaram,gagana sadrusam,megha varnam,subhangam
Lakshmi kaantam,kamala nayanam,yogi hrudyaana gamyam
Vande Vishnum bhava bhaya haram,sarva lokaika natham.
The prayer would destroy the fear of bhava/Samsara.
3.THE PRAYER TO LORD LAKSHMI NARASIMHA SWAMY:
Samsara koopa mati ghoramaghadha mulam,
Samprapya dukha sata sarpa samaa kulasya
Deenasya Deva krupayaa saranaagatasya
Laksmi Nrusimha mama deeht karaavalambam.
The verse pleads the Lord to extend His hand and physically lift the worshiper from the horrible bottomless well of Samsara.
4.THE PRAYER TO LORD SHIVA:
Praatarnamaami girisam girijaardha deham
Sarga sthiti pralaya kaarana maadi Devam
Visweswaram vijita viswa manobhiraamam
Samsaara roga haranoushadha madviteeyam.
The verse describes Lord Shiva as the root cause of creation,sustenance and eventual destruction and the Lord’s name is the matchless medicine to wipe out the disease of Samsara.
5.A PRAYER FROM BHAJA GOVINDAM:
Punarapi jananam punarapi maranam
Punarapi jananee jatare sayanam
Eha samsaare bahu dustaare
Krupayaa paare paahi Murare.
This verse seeks the compassion of Vishnu to reach the shore and to get over the problem of this difficult existence which involves repeated cycles of birth,death and rebirth.
6.KALI KALMASHA NAASANA MAHAA MANTRAM:
Hare Rama Hare Rama-Rama Rama Hare Hare
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna-Krishna Krishna Hare Hare.
deliverance from the trappings of Samsara.The following verse from Kali Samtaranopanishad
proves the efficacy of this Mantra.
Eti Shodasam Naamnam,Kali kalmasha naasanam;
NaaTha parataropayaH, Sarva Vedeshu drusyatey.
Human existence is beset with countless uncertainties and difficulties which may arrive without any prior warning from different directions in an unpredictable manner.It is rational to approach life with a sense of apprehension and seek the help of the Lord who graciously held His right hand in a show of compassion and receives with a greeting of “ABHAYA” and is willing to banish the fear of Samsara.
Please also view a related blog post titled ‘Defining Indian Identity – The Land of Karma’
Dr. R. Rudra Narasimham,
Kurnool Medical College, Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh, India,
M.B.B.S., Class of April, 1970.