Episode 205 – Four important characteristics of a successful leader as discussed by Valmiki Maharishi!!!


In the previous episode we witnessed how Hanuman handles the third obstacle – In the form of the real enemy, Simhika! As the real enemy is coming in front, Hanuman decides that there is no use of showing smartness and shrewdness to win over – The best way is to kill her and proceed further! Accordingly Hanuman kills Simhika and proves that he is an embodiment of smart and apt decision making. Valmiki Maharishi once more brings out the significance of Hanuman with the following sloka:

“Taam tu drishtaacha nruthyaacha daakshinyena nihaagrasaha!

Taam hataam vaanareshaam dhruthihi drishtihi mathihi daakshyam sa karmasu na seedhathi!!”

In this above sloka, Valmiki Maharishi beautifully brings out four important characteristics of Hanuman that differentiates him from others. They are, “Dhruthihi”, Drishtihi”, “Mathihi” and “Daakshyam”. We shall see each of them in brief detail. Of course we’ve discussed most of these characteristics in our previous episodes, but it is of importance that we discuss these once more.

“Dhruthihi” means “Courage”The boldness in undertaking any complex mission and having the confidence that we can accomplish it successfully. “Dristhihi” indicates the art of planning for the future and taking appropriate decisions at the right time (Also called “Dheerga Darshanam”). This is also a very important requirement while undertaking complex missions. “Mathihi” means the art of executing the required actions immediately at the right time. In the modern day we talk about “Short-term planning” and “Long-term planning”. For instance, if we plan something for the next five to ten years, we need to simultaneously execute certain actions and tasks that would enable us to complete the mission or project within the stipulated five years. Rather, if we only keep planning for the next five years and do not perform immediate tasks at this instance, then the entire mission would go for a toss! Hence, “Mathihi” or the art of executing the right tasks at the right time is of prime importance. Finally, “Daakshyam” means, standing firmly by the decisions that are being taken, without backtracking. If there is any obstacle or a mishap that happens in the middle, many of us tend to give up the entire mission due to various pressures. This should not be the case when it comes to important projects. As successful leaders, we should stand by our decisions, come what may happen in the middle. This is very important.

Thus, modern day leaders should primarily try and develop these four important qualities, that is, “Dhruthihi” (Courage to face any catastrophic situation), “Drishtihi” (Art of long-term planning), “Mathihi” (The capability of executing the right actions at the right time) and “Daakshyam” (The will power to stick to our decisions firmly irrespective of any adversity).

Moving on further, as Hanuman kills Simhika, he proceeds further towards Lanka. Now at last, he is able to see a huge landmass that is approaching in front of him. He is able to see the shores at the end of the ocean. As Hanuman nears the shores, he is also able to see beautiful mountain ranges and a huge city built amidst those mountains. Hanuman realizes that he is nearing Lanka finally! He is happy that he has reached Lanka as per his schedule and also undefeated by anybody on his way! Amidst the various mountains that adorn Lanka, Hanuman spots the “Lamba Mountains” and chooses this spot to land. Accordingly Hanuman makes his landing at Lamba Mountains, which are adorned by tall and beautiful trees and shrubs. He looks around carefully if someone is around as a spy of Ravana.

Thus Hanuman makes a careful landing at Lanka. We shall wait till Hanuman takes a breath and relaxes himself a little bit. What does Hanuman do in Lanka? How does he plan to search Sita? Does he enter Lanka city during the day or during the night? The action will continue further in 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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