In the previous couple of episodes we had witnessed how Hanuman smartly manages to cross through the Mainaaka Mountain, without stopping and resting. In due course we also witnessed certain important management and leadership lessons from the Hanuman-Mainaaka episode. In that, we understood two important lessons – The art of smart decision-making and the art of effective communication.
Now moving on further, Hanuman proceeds towards Lanka and increases his speed and altitude once again. He is happy that Mainaaka and Samudra Raaja had blessed him success in his mission.
“Jagaama aakaashamaavishya veeryavaan prahasanniva!
Tath dvitheeyam hanumatho drishtva karma sudushkaram!!”
Thus, as Hanuman regains his velocity and altitude to fly, the celestial beings above were surprised and amazed at the way Hanuman handled Mainaaka! They were talking within themselves, “Oh! All of us thought that Hanuman would become tired after a certain distance and might fall into the ocean, however, his strength knows no bounds! He’s flying with almost zero tiredness! What a miracle! Moreover, how smart is this Hanuman! It’s amazing with the way Hanuman handles any kind of tricky situations!”
Here again, Valmiki Maharishi brings out the immense smartness and shrewdness that Hanuman possesses. This is why we often chant the very famous sloka in the praise of Hanuman:
“Buddhir balam yasho dhairyam! Nirbhayathvam arogatha!
Ajaatyam vaakpadudhvamsa Hanumadh smaranaath bhaveth!!”
Thus, from the above sloka we can understand that Hanuman is considered to be an embodiment of “Buddhi” (Knowledge), “Balam” (Strength), “Yashas” (Smartness/Sharpness), “Dhairyam” (Courage & Confidence). In the modern day we can see that many people would have infinite physical strength, but won’t have the sharpness/shrewdness to assess the usage of the strength! Sometimes, people would have extremely good intelligence, but wouldn’t have the required physical strength or stamina to execute the actions! Even if both the “Buddhi” and “Balam” components were there, some people wouldn’t have the required confidence and motivation to execute the task! If this self-confidence is absent, what is the use of having the “Buddhi” and “Balam”? Hence, the next important lesson to be learnt by all of us from Hanuman is that, we should take efforts to simultaneously develop our “Buddhi”, “Balam”, “Yashas” and “Dhairyam”. In other words, we should make sure that we keep enriching our knowledge, at the same time, take care of our physical health and also make sure that we never lose our self-confidence and self-motivation.
When we talk about motivation, (“Utsaaham” in Sanskrit), Hanuman is seen as an epitome of this important characteristic. In the modern Organizational Behavior sciences we lay so much emphasis on “Motivation” – We even say that motivation can be extrinsic as well as intrinsic. All this clubbed together can be seen in Hanuman as a whole! The way he handles complex missions, the way he acts with absolute sharpness and shrewdness, illustrates that Hanuman’s motivational component is extremely high! We are going to see subsequent instances wherein Hanuman is going to exhibit this important characteristic to all of us!
With respect to this concept, we are in the process of witnessing three different instances – The first instance we’ve already seen, which is nothing but the Mainaaka instance, wherein Mainaaka is a true friend who comes in front of Hanuman. The second instance, which we are going to witness, is about “Surasa” who is considered to be the mother of serpents (Naaga Maatha). She is actually a friend, but she adorns the form of a demon to test Hanuman. Hanuman wins over her too! The third one is a real demon, in the form of “Simhika”! Hanuman kills Simhika and proceeds further! Thus from these three important instances, we can understand how to deal with different people in life – If a friend directly comes as a friend, we can show all the love and care to that person. If a friend comes in the form of an enemy to test us, we should use our smartness to overcome and pass the test. Whereas, if the real enemy comes in front of us, we should win over the enemy and proceed!
In the subsequent epsiodes, we shall witness in detail as to how did Hanuman handle both Surasa and Simhika. Stay tuned for further action! 🙂