Episode 198 – Hanuman encounters the “first obstacle”!!!


In the previous episode we had witnessed how Hanuman motivates and assures his colleagues who were cheering him from the ground. Hanuman says with full confidence that he would definitely find out Sita and accomplish this mission with ease! Every leader should give such a kind of motivation to his or her subordinatesespecially when the task is complex and at a time when the team members are losing hope and confidence, it is the duty of the leader to chip in occasionally and keep motivating them! Moving on further, we also saw some interesting and beautiful slokas of Valmiki Maharishi that describes Hanuman crossing the ocean. We are seeing many slokas for the past few episodes and we can understand from that as to how much of significance Valmiki Maharishi has placed for this particular event in the Ramayana.

As Hanuman is flying across and climbing in altitude, all the celestial beings including the Devas, Dhaanavas, Gandharvas, etc. heap praise on him and wish him all the best for his mission. As Hanuman was advancing in height, the Sun God (Lord Surya) was observing this keenly and at a point, started to feel afraid for the second time! It should be remembered by all of us that Lord Surya was afraid even on day one of Hanuman’s birth because Hanuman started flying towards the sun, thinking that it is a fruit and wanted to pluck and eat it! Now again when Hanuman is in the air, Lord Surya is afraid once more, whether he is in trouble today or not. Moreover today, Hanuman also has the power of “Raam-Naama” in him! All these made Lord Surya trembling with fear! However, Lord Surya sees that Hanuman is keeping on flying without even noticing anything on his way. Then he concludes within himself, “Oh! Hanuman is not coming towards us! He is going on pursuit of finding Sita and being of service to Lord Rama! Hence let me reduce my intensity of heat! Let me be of some service to Hanuman and Lord Rama by this way!”

“Shisheva satathaa vaayu raama kaaryaartha siddhaye!

Rishayas thushtu varschainam plavamaanam vihaayasa!!”

Thus, as Hanuman keeps flying in the air, all the Maharishis from the ground bless him for the successful completion of his mission.

“Tasmin plavaga shaardhoole bhavamaane hanumathi!

Ikshvaaku kulamaavaakthi chinthayaamaasa saagaraha!!”

It is only at this time the king of the oceans, “Samudra Raaja” thinks within himself, “Oh! I should be offering my service to the great Ikshvaaku Dynasty in some way, owing to the innumerable good things that I had received from its great rulers! Here is Hanuman, who is the messenger of one of the greatest princes of the Ikshvaaku Dynasty! So I should be of some help to Hanuman!” Thinking thus, he approaches the “Mainaaka Mountain” that is under the sea floor. Upon seeing the Mainaaka Mountain, Samudra Raaja says, “Oh Mainaaka! Please get up from the sea floor. Hanuman is coming by your way. You be of some help to him by asking him to rest on your mountains for a while. By that, Hanuman would get rid of his tiredness, as he has to go a long way across. Therefore, Mainaaka! Please get up immediately and stand in front of Hanuman as he approaches towards you!”

“Tathaamayaa vidhaagavyam visrametha yathaa kapi!

Hiranya naabham mainaakham uvaacha giri sapthamam!!

Tvamihaasura sanghaanaa vyavaraagnyaa mahaathmanaa!

Paathaala nilayaanaam hi dhariha sannivesathaha!!”

Thus from the above slokas, Valmiki Maharishi beautifully describes the conversation between Samudra-Raaja and Mainaaka Mountain. According to Samudra Raaja’s request, the Mainaaka mountain starts to get up from the sea floor with all its dazzling mountain ranges and rises above the water. As Hanuman was fast approaching, the Mainaaka Mountain stands in front of him with all his beauty and shine! Upon seeing a huge mountain getting up from nowhere, Hanuman thought that he was being tricked into something! He thought that this was his first obstacle and was thinking as to how to handle this!

What did Hanuman do to tackle the “first obstacle”? Did Hanuman succeed? Let’s wait till the next episode to find out! 🙂

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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