The monthly Hanuman Chalisa Satsang is organized on the last Sunday of every month, and as such during Sept & Oct – it was organized on 27th Sept and then on the 25th Oct. The format of the program is fixed, it begins with lively bhajans presented by a regular group of devotees from Das Bagichi, this is followed by chanting of Hanuman Chalisa by everyone, and then Poojya Guruji gives his enlightening discourse. Finally there is Aarti & prasad. The discourses are so deep that even after 26 such sessions we are still on the 6th chaupayi.
27th Sept Satsang:
On the 27th Sept edition, Poojya Guruji talked on the words Sankarsuvan & Kesarinandan – in the 6th chaupayi. He told that Sankarsuvan commonly means that Hanumanji is son or manifestation of Bhagwan Shiv. When Bhagwan Vishnu decided to manifest as Ram, then all devatas too decided to manifest in some form or the other, so Shivji manifested as Hanuman. While this is particularly true to Hanumanji, but when we look more deeply, then our Upanishads reveal this for every person too. Fundamentally or potentially everyone is ‘Ishwar-Ansha’, an intrinsic part of the cosmic being. The initial realization is that we are part of Ishwar, always connected like a part is with the whole, but as we slowly own up our connectivity with God, and appropriately assimilate the divine values, then we are woken up to still deeper truths by our Guru, and we realize that we are never apart from Brahman, and are basically that one divinity itself. This is the height of knowledge which is revealed in our Vedas, and this is possible only when we are initially ‘Ishwar-Ansha’.
Poojya Guruji said that all the various qualities manifested by Hanumanji remind us of Bhagwan Shiv, and he also told the story how one day his mother Anjana while roaming in a forest some invisible force touching her and got angry, but then was revealed that Lord Shiv wishes to manifest as your son. As devotees of Hanumanji we too need to emulate him and thus imbibe all the qualities represented by Hanumanji or rather Shivji, and live like a divine manifestation ourselves too.
While revealing this fact Poojya Guruji also told that it is this fundamental point which makes us so unique & different as compared to other religions. Christians go around telling people that all human beings are basically sinners because of the primordial sin of Adam & Eve, who were subsequently cursed by God, that all their progeny will also be born as sinners. Then God said that it is only when my son will come that the redemption will be possible. Taking this message around Christian Missionaries go around with their so called ‘good news’ that God is coming, believe in Jesus and you shall be redeemed. However please remember that all this story first starts by branding all of us as sinners, and here lies the fundamental difference between Hinduism & Christianity. While they begin by branding everyone as sinners, the Upanishads start by revealing the great truth that you all are yourself ‘son of the immortal’, and finally culminate in the mind-boggling revelation that ‘Ayam Atma Brahma’. All Christians desperately need the good news as revealed by Upanishads and not vice versa.
We begin by looking upon Hanumanji as manifestation of God, then with our puja & upasana we emulate his qualities, and thereafter our Guru’s reveal to us that we are Ishwar-Ansha, and finally the one non-dual reality itself.
25th Oct Satsang:
In the Oct edition of Satsang, Poojya Guruji first briefly summarized his last talk, and then took up the first word of the next line of the same chaupayi – which was ‘Tej’ of the line ‘Tej Pratap Mahajagvandan’. Hanumanji is full of Tej, radiance, valor, dynamism, enthusiam. A Tejasvi is highly spirited, motivated & focused person so that all his or her energy is available at every given moment. Their personality stands apart because of their radiance. When a devotee looks upon to Hanumanji in this way, they too inculcate this quality, which becomes the game-changer.
Later Poojya Guruji dwelled upon this aspect further and asked everyone to think as to why do we not naturally live in this better way – dynamic, enthused & motivated. If this is the right & better way to live then everyone should live in this way alone, but in today’s world we see people so stressed, tensed, insensitive & most of the times thoughtless. He said that we get the answer of this question in Bhagwat Gita, when Bhagwan Krishna says that while everyone does need good results & achievements, but the secret of successfully attaining them is to first discern your goal clearly, then focus on your karma, rather than keep on thinking about the possible results. Obsession with possible results, and that too to such an extent that we cannot even live in the present moment properly is the single most important reason of all the subsequent dissipation & stress. Such people will be anxiety ridden and fearful. All our energy gets depleted in such baseless anxieties and we loose the radiance & innocence of childhood. So if we really want to live a dynamic & enthusiastic life, then we need to correct this bad habit. May our life be in partnership with God, wherein we lovingly do our best in our Karmas, and thereafter receive every fruits of our actions as prasad of God. Such people conserve their energy and finally the natural radiance & enthusiasm is back once again on the face & our eyes. This is what we learn from Hanumanji, as his bhaktas we need to have this resolve that we too will live in this same way as our role model does.