The March 2017 edition of the monthly ‘Hanuman Chalisa Satsang’ was organized at Vedanta Ashram, Indore on 26th Mar, the last Sunday of the month. As usual the program began with lovely bhajans sung by Bhajan Mandali, followed by chanting of Hanuman Chalisa, and then there was the inspiring & enlightening pravachan of Poojya Guruji on the 19th chaupayi – प्रभु मुद्रिका मेलि मुख माहि। जलधि लाँघ गए अचरज नाहीं।। The program concluded with Aarti & prasad.
In his pravachan, Poojya Guruji continued his elaboration of the 19th chaupayi. After briefly summarizing the last pravachan he continued on the same chaupayi this month also. Mudrika has generally been translated as a ‘ring’ which Ramji had given to Hanumanji as an identification to be given to Sitaji that he is a messenger of Ramji. Now there is a fundamental question as to how come Ramji had a ring with him? He being what he is there can be no doubt that he would ever go against the wishes of his late father that he has to live for 14 years as an ascetic, which implied being bereft of any wealth or even precious items. He was not supposed to enter any city or even a village too during this period. Even if Sitaji had some ornaments, and she threw them while being kidnapped by Ravana, then also there is no chance that he would keep any such item with him. Anyone who thinks it to be so does not understand the commitment of Ramji to his words and in fact insults him. This being so then what is the secret of this Mudrika?
Ramji certainly gave something to Hanumanji and that was an infallible proof of his being a messenger of Ramji. if we negate the possibility of any ring being with him, then we need to explore other possible meaning of mudrika. The word mudrika literally means impression, signature, identification, currency and even an imprint. Even when the word is used for ring then there also it indicates that it is a unique identification of a person. What that Mudrika was, we get a hint of that in the Hanuman Chalisa itself wherein we it is said that ‘Prabhu mudrika meli mukh mahi’, meaning he kept the mudrika in his mouth. Obviously Hanumanji could not have kept Ramji’s ring in his mouth, so it is obviously something which can be kept in mouth. So what we infer is that this mudrika was a secret worthy to be kept in Hanumanji’s mouth. Not only this keeping that mudrika in his mouth made all the difference in his all subsequent karma’s. That secret was a mantra which only Ramji & Sitaji knew. So powerful was the mantra that all the karma’s of Hanumanji were free from all limitations and success assured. This then was the mudrika.
Poojya Guruji also discussed the secret of Karma-phala. What is it which assures success in our lives? Is it destiny or is it karma’s. Well, there are generally two parties to this discussion, the first party faithfully believes that everything that everything is ordained, and that is why they run after astrologers and try to unravel the secret of their future. The other group says that it is karma by which we carve out our destiny. We know that we do get so many things in life without ever wishing for it, and that is what is referred to by the word destiny, and we all know that we do seem to have some freedom of action too. So the truth has to incorporate both these. The shastra’s tell us that both are partially right. Whatever situation we get in life is the component of destiny and how we respond is our karma. We need to learn the secret of performing our karma’s in the best possible way. The art of performing our karmas in the best possible way includes accepting every situation we get with not only equanimity but also as a prasad of the Master of the Universe, and then responding holistically and that also as an offering to that God. Basically it is all about retaining the awareness of God, and in fact being HIS instrument to do whatever we do. This is where the mudrika comes in. It was all about remembering the great grand master while being HIS instrument while doing our karmas. That way karmas can never bring about any stress, and the efficiency is at its best. That alone was the leela of Hanumanji. There was excellence all the way. This was accepted by Ramji too, and when Hanumanji was commended, then very humbly Hanumanji says that it was all HIS grace alone because of which everything was possible.
This is what this chaupayi also says that there is no surprise that Hanumanji could do all these almost impossible things.