Ramcharit Charcha DLVIII

II Shree Guruvey Namah II

Jai Shri Ram,

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

जात पवनसुत देवन्ह देखा। जानैं कहुँ बल बुद्धि बिसेषा।।
सुरसा नाम अहिन्ह कै माता। पठइन्हि आइ कही तेहिं बाता।।
आजु सुरन्ह मोहि दीन्ह अहारा। सुनत बचन कह पवनकुमारा।।
राम काजु करि फिरि मैं आवौं। सीता कइ सुधि प्रभुहि सुनावौं।।
तब तव बदन पैठिहउँ आई। सत्य कहउँ मोहि जान दे माई।।
कबनेहुँ जतन देइ नहिं जाना। ग्रससि न मोहि कहेउ हनुमाना।।
जोजन भरि तेहिं बदनु पसारा। कपि तनु कीन्ह दुगुन बिस्तारा।।
सोरह जोजन मुख तेहिं ठयऊ। तुरत पवनसुत बत्तिस भयऊ।।
जस जस सुरसा बदनु बढ़ावा। तासु दून कपि रूप देखावा।।
सत जोजन तेहिं आनन कीन्हा। अति लघु रूप पवनसुत लीन्हा।।
बदन पइठि पुनि बाहेर आवा। मागा बिदा ताहि सिरु नावा।।
मोहि सुरन्ह जेहि लागि पठावा। बुधि बल मरमु तोर मै पावा।।
दो0-राम काजु सबु करिहहु तुम्ह बल बुद्धि निधान।
आसिष देह गई सो हरषि चलेउ हनुमान।।2।।

We covered up to Doha 1 of Sunder Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and this is further to it.

The gods noted Hanuman going apace towards Lanka and wished to test his might, intelligence and what he excelled in.  For this they summoned the mother of snakes known as Surasa and sent her forth to judge Hanuman’s abilities. She then came across Hanuman and said, “I have been given food by the gods today.” To this Hanuman, the son of wind god, replied with perfect cool, “Let me go and I will comeback after accomplishing the task assigned to me by Ram and tell my Lord the condition and whereabouts of Mother Sita. Finishing this much I would come back and voluntarily get in to your mouth hence let me go O Mother, I am telling this truthfully.”

(When we embark on an important task, no challenges thrown by others in our way should be picked up; best is to get around such impediments keeping cool and talking submissively.)

Surasa did not buy the offer given by Hanuman and stopped Hanuman’s progress though he employed many tricks. At last giving up the reconciliatory approach Hanuman defied her and said, “why not better eat me up then.” Surasa then spread her mouth as much as a Yojan (about eight mile), Hanuman then expended his own body double of it; Surasa immediately expended her mouth to 16 Yojans and Hanuman responded by getting as big as 32 Yojans. This game between Surasa and Hanuman went on for a while each expending by more and more in response. When Surasa expended her mouth to 100 Yojanas; it was now clear to Hanuman that none was any lesser and at this stage he decided to be small and assumed a minuscule size, entered her mouth and came out. Then Hanuman asked to be left to go while bowed his head down before Surasa. Surasa also then disclosed what she had been commissioned to find out by the gods and said that she now knew the reality about the extent of Hanuman’s wisdom and strength etc.

(When someone engages us in game of one-upmanship then as soon as we realize it, surrender is the best policy since the other important matters of life need attention.)

Surasa then blessed Hanuman and told him that she was sure that he would accomplish all that Ram, the Lord, wants him to do and that he was abundantly wise and strong.

(Surasa (as representative of gods) represents Satvik Maya (the delusion resulting from righteousness) and Hanuman did not kill it but passed in test refusing to succumb to it. For the higher spiritual achievements the ritualistic routine also has limitation.)

We have now covered up to Doha 2 of Sunder Kand.

Bhavani Shankar Ki Jai!

Shri Jankivallabho Vijayatey!

Pawan Putra Hanuman Ki Jai!

Sant Samaj Ko Pranam!

Goswami Tulsidas Ki jai!


Krishna Khandelwal


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