The June edition of the monthly Hanuman Chalisa Satsang was organized on 26th – the last Sunday of the month. As ususal the Satsang program started with lovely spirited bhajans by the Bhajan Mandali. Later when Poojya Guruji came on the Vyasa Peetha, he was welcomed by Sh Sunil Kumar Oza, and later everyone chanted Hanuman Chalisa, and lead by Poojya Guruji everyone did Ram-Naam Sankirtan, and then started the main pravachan. Poojya Guruji started & also concluded his elaboration of the second part of the 9th chaupayi – विकट रूप धरी लंक जरावा.
Poojya Guruji first summarized his last discourse on the first part of the 9th chaupayi which was: सूक्ष्म रूप धरी सिहहि दिखावा,and then started on the second part i.e. विकट रूप धरी लंक जरावा. First he told about the specific story of Hanumanji in Lanka, and then discussed its relevance in our modern context.
As per the necessities of situations of life, it is very important that everyone should be wise & also strong to deal with the different situations which life present to us. Whether it is to play a role of a sensitive, caring & compassionate situation or whether it is dealing with some harsh realities of life. Everyone in the world is not wise & good, there are people who are bad too, they form today’s terrorists etc. who thrive on the fear & weakness of others. To live a life of dignity & self-respect, everyone needs to be wise & strong enough to know how to deal with such situations of life. Sometimes we need to be strong, harsh or even apparently violent to deal with the situations of life – while at the same time remaining in command within ourselves. All our actions need to be thoughtful rather than a helpless reaction. Hanumanji burned the entire Lanka as though a terrible storm had engulfed the town, however deep within himself he was calm & thoughtful. It was all a deliberate & thoughtful act. This can be seen in his profoundly compassionate and philosophical talk with Ravana in his Sabha. Nobody could ever imagine that this person can be so terrible & harsh. This alone is the real message, the capacity to take up any form as per the exigencies of situations of life. Unpredictability in a person is a sign of his freedom, while predictability is a sign of a conditioned response. Predictability is on the basis of past actions & thoughts, while unpredictability is because of invocation of new responses as per the needs of a situation.
The way Hanumanji kept increasing the size of his tail showed how he was rather enjoying the whole turn of events, and was in fact indicating that they have all their parameters wrong. Their very supposition that his tail is static was baseless, but people blinded with their ego rarely get such messages. A person who could take up any form or become small & big as per the situation could have easily squeezed himself out of all the cloth tied to his tail, but this was Hanumanji – who who knew how to turn every problem into an opportunity. Hanumanji firmly believed that every situation in life is given by God and has blessings hidden in them, so instead to trying to change the situations of life one should rather face them with wisdom & balance, and come out with flying colors. Burning of Lanka with a torch given by Ravana himself was literally God-sent. This was like giving a weapon in the hand of someone who has just killed your sons & soldiers. A terrible mistake indeed. Hanumanji got the message and took best advantage of the situation and at the end of it won a great psychological war, and this had terrible consequences on everyone in the events which were about to unfold. It was indeed a masterstroke. Moreover when a situations calls us to be terrible one should better learn to be really terrible without any compunctions whatsoever.
This whole story gives a big lesson too. When the situations of life present some apparently negative challenges, then we all need to keep aside all image & prestige problems and firmly believe that every problem can be turned into a challenge & a blessing. God speaks but we rarely hear. We like to hear what we like rather than what the God gives. In problems we crib & complain and don’t see the inherent potentials in situations to bring about a paradigm shift in our lives.