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Hanuman Chalisa: Explanation of verses 13 & 14

June 6, 2013 by rajesh108 Leave a Comment

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Insight into verse 13

Laye sanjivan Lakhan jiyaye


Shree Raghubir harashi ur laye
You brought the nectarine herb and revived the life of Laksmana. Sri Rama Chandra
embraced with deep joy

This of course refers to the part of the


Ramayana where Lakshmana is fatally wounded by Ravanas son Indrajeet.
The wise physician Shushena who is treating Lakshmana says that there is
no way to save him unless someone brings an herb called sanjeevani,
which is only found in the Himalayas. It is a virtually impossible task. While
everyone else is discussing what to do and how difficult the task is,
Hanuman had made up his mind and leapt all the way to the Himalayas. He
found the correct mountain that contained the herb, but couldnt tell which
herb was the correct one. So he picked up the whole mountain and brought
it back. Sushena could then heal Lakshmana, and thus Lakshmanas life was
saved.
Spiritual commentators of the Ramayana have traditionally said that
Lakshmana represents the qualities of vairagya and vivek. Vairagya can
roughly be translated to mean dispassion and detachment. Vivek can
roughly means the ability to discriminate between right and wrong and
between what is real and illusory. In ones spiritual journey, these
Lakshmana-type qualities are very important. However there comes a time

when these qualities become dry, lifeless and cannot carry us further in our
journey. The individual becomes overwhelmed with a sense of missing the
joys of life, and wonders whether the spiritual life is real or achievable, or
whether the material world is the only reality. It takes Hanumans qualities,
of dedication, devotion, determination and selfless service to save the day.
Sanjeevani represents the wisdom of the Rishi culture of the Himalayas, and
Hanuman the Guru who brings the knowledge to save the spiritual quest of
the aspirant.
We also see in this part of the Ramayana how Hanuman displays an attitude
that refuses to bow to obstacles. He will not let obstacles become an excuse
not to act. As soon as Hanuman knew the work that had to be done, he got
up and done it. He didnt need to wait around and listen to everyone talk.
Later, when Hanuman sees the mountain and cannot reconise the herb,
instead of becoming distressed, he brought the whole mountain. In the same
way, we should increase our efforts when we see formidable obstacles,
rather than give up or become dejected.
So many times Ive been at meetings that have been organised to discuss
projects that have a good aim. In the discussions, invariably people will point
out the problems that will be encountered in the implementation, and
someone will then say how it is not realistic at the current time, which in
turn puts a dampener on everyones spirits. Ive seen people spend more
time discussing why we cant do something than thinking how we can make
it happen. This is the wrong attitude.
When the divine is in our hearts, we shall be succesful if we work with faith.
If we keep Hanuman in our hearts we will make a mockery of obstacles that
seem so formidable at first glance. If we keep an attitude like Hanuman we
will make things happen.
Insight into verse 14

Raghupati kinhi bahut badaai


Tum mama priya Bharata sam bhai
Sri Rama Chandra praised you highly; he said You are as dear to me as my brother
Bharata.
Deeply touched by Hanumans work to save Lakshmana, Sri Rama embraced
Hanuman. And said you are as dear to me as my brother Bharata.

It is interesting to consider why Rama mentions Bharat, not Lakshman.


Lakshman is near to Rama serving him. Bharata is far away from Rama
serving him. Bharata occupies Ramas mind even more than Lakshmana.
Both brothers have great love for Rama, and Rama loved them both dearly.
Yet Bharata was looked on with the suspicion by many, thinking he was
Ramas enemy, wanting to become the king himself. This pierced Bharatas
heart terribly. Rama knew that Bharata had the deepest possible love and
reverence for him. Bharata voluntarily lived a life without any royal luxuries,
and ruled Ayodhya well in service to Rama. This service to Rama was
rendered despite being separated from Rama, and having to sufer the
suspicion of society against him. This touched Ramas heart more than
anything in the world.
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