On 29th Jan, the last Sunday of the month, there was the monthly satsang on Hanuman Chalisa by Poojya Guruji. The evening program began as usual with lovely bhajans, and then after the arrival of Poojya Guruji there was first the chanting of Hanuman Chalisa, then there was the hour-long enlightening pravachan by Poojya Guruji. After briefly recapitulating the talk of last month, he entered the 18th chaupayi – जुग सहस्र जोजन पर भानु। लील्यो ताहि मधुर फल जानू ।।
First P.Guruji told the story of why & when Hanumanji went towards Sun to gobble it. The story began with Anjana when she was in the service of Brahmaji, and Brahmaji was very happy with her service & devotion, and asked her to take any boon, and she asked him to free her of a curse of a tapasvi wherein he had cursed her to have monkey-face when she falls in love with anyone. Brahmaji said that while that cannot be fully undone, but he can add a component of blessing in that. He said that she will mother a manifestation of Lord Shiva, and then be free of her curse. She was delighted.
Later when the time came and she was born on Earth, once she saw a very strong man fighting a tiger, she fell in love with him, and that very moment she became monkey-faced and kept hiding her face, later she came to know that, that strong man was Kesari, the King of Vanaras, who also fell in love with her, and both were thus happily married. Then when she begot a child, who was a manifestation of Shivji, she nicely brought him up, and then the time came for her to leave her mortal coil. She called Anjaneya, and told him that she will soon leave this body. The child was sorry, and asked how he will live his life without her love, care & guidance. Who will feed him etc. To that Anjana replied that he need not worry, his father was the great Kesari, who will nicely take care of him, Pavan devata is his protector, and whenever he felt hungry he will find ripe fruits, like the rising sun, all over the forest. She told him that everyone has to leave one day, and we should live a life wherein both living & leaving is never an issue. Later she departed.
One day when he got up early morning, he felt hungry, and went around the house and did not find anything. He was missing his mother, then he came out and saw the rising sun. He remembered the words of his mother that he could eat fruits as red as a rising sun, so he thought why not eat this only, and off he flew in that direction. He kept on flying high in the sky, and finally reached near the sun. At that time Rahu too was going to eat Sun. Anjaneya kicked him aside and started moving towards the sun, both Rahu and Sun were surprised to see this monster like creature and called for Indra’s help. Indra, the king of devatas immediately came for help, and had to finally use his Vajra to keep Anjaneya away. Vajra is a terrible thunderbolt like weapon, and only very few survive to tell their tale. However even as a child he was so strong that he was just knocked out temporarily. He fell on the ground below and became unconscious. Seeing all this Pavan devata, became very angry, and stopped the flow of wind all over. With no air to breathe people started getting suffocated and dying. They again reported the matter to Indra, who asked all devatas to go and ask for forgiveness from Pavan devata, and also bless the child with your choicest boons. This finally appeased Pavan devata, and in the process Anjaneya got blessings & boons from all the devatas. That which was a great tragedy turned out to be one of the greatest boon. Anjaneya was blessed with infinite powers, and the only mark left was his slightly bigger jaw. Jaw is called Hanu, and thereafter he came to be called as Hanuman – one with a bigger jaw. He stood apart from everyone physically and even power-wise.
Poojya Guruji later told the moral of the story. One of the most important lessons was that when we look at the mind of a child, it is so open, innocent and can believe just anything without any doubts. Any other person would have raised doubts as to how can I reach out to the skies and ‘eat’ sun, but here is the power of right education, wherein there was nothing called ‘impossible’ in his dictionary. Initially all of us are similarly open & unconditioned, but later our so called ‘education’ makes us believe in our limited identity, based on identification with our body-mind complex. Then starts our chapter of fears, incompetencies & self-imposed limitations. All our spiritual gurus tell us that greater part of their challenge is to assure unlearning & de-hypnotizing of all such self-imposed limitations & notions about ourselves. If we are basically Brahman, and the creation is just our projection, then all this will make sense, and there will be nothing impossible in our lives. We will be able to achieve anything whatsoever. Thinking alone will be the limit, if we can think big, then we shall certainly be able to achieve big – is the moral of the story.