Episode 192 – Jaambhavaan encourages Hanuman to cross the ocean – Significance of “Motivation”!!!


We are now at a very important stage wherein the Vaanaras have managed to reach the shore of the southern ocean bodering India and Lanka. So far, their search efforts have not yielded any positive result. As they get frustrated with themselves and their negative result so far, Sampaathi, brother of the King of Eagles – Jataayu Maharaja comes to their rescue. Upon hearing from the Vaanaras that Jataayu had laid his life while being of selfless service to Sita and Rama, Sampaathi feels proud of his brother and wishes that his contribution should also be prominent towards Rama’s mission. Thus, in order to help the Vaanaraas, Sampaathi focuses his razor-sharp eyes in the southern direction and is able to vaguely visualize that Sita is imprisoned at Ravana’s Lanka.

Upon hearing this from Sampaathi, the Vaanaras are overjoyed! They’ve finally found an answer to an otherwise futile search attempt so far! However at the same time, a debate erupted as to who would cross the ocean and search in Lanka. As Jaambhavaan chairs the discussion, each monkey comes up and expresses its limitation in terms of strength and power. Angada too was not very confident of his abilities to undertake this mission. At a point wherein everyone was puzzled as to how to proceed further, Jaambhavaan suddenly remembered one important person – So far, this person hasn’t participated in this important discussion and seemed to be aloof and in his own world! This person was none other than Hanuman! Yes! Owing to a curse that he had obtained during his young age, he had completely forgotten about his strengths and capabilities! He needed someone to remind him and motivate him that he could accomplish any tough mission in this world with great ease! Jaambhavaan knows this and decided that he should be the person to motivate Hanuman!

Accordingly, Jaambhavaan goes near Hanuman and starts to praise him thus, “Oh Hanuman! You are a great person in terms of valor, smartness and also possess infinite power and capabilities! You are one person in this entire army of Vaanaraas who is capable of undertaking any tough mission with ease! You are that person who is capable of accomplishing missions that might be otherwise considered impossible by many others! Your ardent devotion towards Rama and Sita is impeccable! You are the reason for Rama’s friendship with Sugriva! It is with immense trust in you that Rama has handed over his ring to show to Sita! Hence, Hanuman! Please get up and be sure within yourself that you are the one, who is capable to cross this ocean, find Sita and be of immense service to Lord Rama!”

Upon hearing this from his leader Jaambhavaan, Hanuman is reminded of his strengths and capabilities and thus gets up with all his confidence boosted up! Here is the significance of what we call “Motivation” in today’s Organization Behavior sciences. It is very interesting to see that this idea of motivation existed even in the Ramayana age, some thousands of years ago! Thus the important management lesson to be learnt from this Jaambhavaan-Hanuman episode is that, motivation is a key component of effective and successful leadership! From the way Jaambhavaan motivates Hanuman, it is clear that leaders should have that capability to inspire and motivate his/her team members in the workplace! This quality is extremely important for a team’s success. We can see innumerable examples in today’s world wherein this motivation is of prime importance – For instance, why do we keep saying that Mahendra Singh Dhoni is a successful leader? It is only because of his unique ability to motivate his team and bring them together as a unit while on the field! Similar examples can be witnessed in any team sport across the world!

Thus coming back to the context, Hanuman is getting himself ready to undertake this huge mission! He realizes his unique powers and thus exudes confidence to all of his friends and is about to start. At this point, we are at the end of the “Kishkinta Kaanda” and are going to commence the all-important “Sundara Kaanda”. Why do I say that “Sundara Kaanda” is all-important in the entire Ramayana? Are the other “Kaandas” unimportant? What is so special about the “Sundara Kaanda”? Let’s wait to witness a very important answer till the next episode! 🙂

Published by Dr. Jeayaram

Holds a PhD in Management Psychology from Universite Paris Saclay, Paris, France. Also an Asst. Professor of Human Resources management at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham in Kerala, India. A professional South Indian classical musician (singer) performing concerts. Through this blog, I'm trying to bring out the richness of Indian culture & values and I request your support and feedbacks in making this humble effort a success!!

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