Rama (The incarnate of Lord Vishnu) walks his way southwards from the village of “Panchavati” (This village exists even today, some 10 kilometers from the town of Nashik, on the banks of the river Godavari, in the state of Maharashtra, India) in search of his beloved wife Sita (The incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi) who had been abducted by the “Rakshasa” (Demon) King Ravana. Lakshmana accompanies his brother Rama and they reach a place called “Kishkinta” surrounded by the “Rishyamukha” mountain range, alongside a huge sprawling lake by name “Pampa-Sarovar” (This place can be visited even today, near the towns “Hampi” and “Hospet” on the banks of the river “Tungabadra”, in the south-Indian state of Karnataka). It was in this “Rishyamukha” mountain range that “Sugriva” – the “Vaanara” king was residing along with his companions like Hanuman, Angada, Jaambhavan, etc. Sugriva had issues with his elder brother “Vaali” and subsequently was chased away from the “Vanara” kingdom. He was hiding and taking refuge amidst this mountain due to the fear of being killed by Vaali.
It was at this moment that Rama and Lakshmana make their way to this particular spot in search of Sugriva, to seek his help in the pursuit of Sita Devi. Seeing these two young, handsome and well-built princes, Sugriva has two kinds of thoughts: Firstly he feels afraid and has a doubt whether Vaali had sent them to kill him. Secondly he spots an opportunity – If Vaali hasn’t sent them, perhaps he could use them as an opportunity to kill Vaali. Hence he sends his minister Hanuman to enquire the details of their whereabouts and what’s the purpose of their visit. Accordingly, Hanuman comes in front of Rama and Lakshmana taking the form of a “Bhikshu” (a Brahmin). Rama and Lakshmana see Hanuman advancing towards them and they’re eager to know whom this person is. Similarly Hanuman is equally curious to know who these two young and handsome princes were.
The conversation starts here. In the following episodes, I shall drive you into the intricate details of the conversation between Hanuman and the two princes – Rama & Lakshmana. It’s extremely interesting to note that these details have extensive relevance to the modern day corporate world, in terms of doing presentations, delivering impactful speeches, etc. In every following episode I shall take important quotes from Valmiki Ramayana so as to explain each context.