Lord Hanuman


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This New Year’s Day of the Year 2009, I have resolved to seek strength, intelligence, and practical wisdom to overcome my shortcomings and to get over the pain and misery caused by my blemishes. Prudence is indispensable to a good life. Lord Hanuman before His legendary leap across the Sea, looked at the Sea carefully, evaluated the challenging task, offered prayers before undertaking the task, demonstrated the practical value of prudence. A simple mortal being like me has no choice other than that of using prudence in every action that I may undertake. 
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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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 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. 


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.



Lord Krishna - My Favorite Prayer Song
Kasturi tilakam la laata palake, vakshasthale Kaustubham; Nasaagre nava mouktikam, Karatale Venum, Kare kankanam; Sarvaagre harichandanam cha kalayam, kanthe cha muktaavali; Gopastree pariveshtitho vijayate Gopaala Choodamanee.

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.


Lord Krishna and His Sweet Names.
LORD MADHAVA, the Consort of MADHAVI( which also means Sweet, Honey, Sugar, and Sweet Wine) bestows KRUPA and it imparts the taste of Sweetness known as MADHURYA.

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:

 LORD HANUMAN - My Favorite Prayer Song.
Manojavam, Maaruta tulya vegam; Jitendriyam, Buddhimataam varishtam; Vaatatmajam, Vaanara Yuudha Mukhyam, Sri Raama duutam Saranam prapdhey.





Favorite Prayer of my brother Prof.R.SUBBARAO:

Asya Sri Lalitha Sahasranama Stothra Mahamanthrasya

Vashinyadhi Vag Devatha Rishaya

Anushtub Chandaha

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 :

Lord Ganesha - My Favorite Prayer Song
Sri Vakra tunda Mahaa kaaya, Koti Surya samaprabha; Nirvighnam kuru me Deva, Subha karyeshu Sarvadaa.

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:

Lord Rama - My Favorite Prayer Song
Jayatu, Jayatu Mantram, Janma saaphalya Mantram; Janana marana chheda klesha vichheda Mantram; Sakala nigama Mantram, Sarva Saastraika Mantram; Raghupati nija Mantram, Raama Raameti Mantram.

Sri Raama, Raama, Raameti, Rame Raame Mano Rame,

Sahsra Naama tha stulyam  Raama Naama, Varaa na ney.



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 Ullanghya Sindho salilam saleelam
Ya soka vahnim Janakaatmajaayaa
 Aadaaya te nieva dadaaha Lankaam
 Namaami tam praamjali Anjaneyam.
 In one great leap of faith,Hanuman jumps over the sea with utmost ease,whereas crossing the sea evokes only a sense of fear in my heart.I derive some hope from the legend about the land bridge built by the army of monkeys.The Sea God had promised that the rocks and boulders used for the construction of the bridge will be held in place and stay afloat.He did that to please Lord Rama.During my journey across the ocean of ‘ SAMSARA ‘,I could use the name “RAMA” and remain afloat.



In the fearful journey described as 'SAMSARA', I would use Lord Rama's name as a 'Life Jacket' and also the name serves like a Beacon of Hope and provides a sense of direction while journeying across an uncharted sea.


 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.  



Human existence faces challenges from several directions. The concept of Samsara is an additional and significant challenge experienced by the people of Land of India. Lord Rama during His life's journey had faced several challenges and His name gives the comfort and protection that I seek while my journey is rough and tough.


 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.  



"VANDE VISHNUM, BHAVA BHAYA HARAM" - Salutations to Lord Vishnu, the Destroyer of the Fear of Samsara.


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.  





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.  





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.  



Guru Adi Shankaracharya describes the fear of Samsara and its resolution by seeking protection from chanting the name of GOVINDA.


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.  



SHODASA NAAMA MANTRAM. The Sound Energy of these 16 names would destroy all the polluting effects of our present times.


Hare Rama Hare Rama-Rama Rama Hare Hare  

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna-Krishna Krishna Hare Hare.  

This Mantra is composed with sixteen words and hence is also known as Shodasa Naama
Mahaa Mantram.Amongst all Vedas,there is no better device than this Mantra to seek


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.