Episode 237 – Role of a “Messenger” as narrated in the “Sundara-Kaanda”!!!


In the previous episode we had witnessed that Hanuman is trying to motivate Sita once more and make her feel happy and comfortable. He resolves the doubt that Sita had in her mind as to how is Rama and Lakshmana going to cross the ocean that mars between the two land masses. Hanuman thus gives a solution to Sita’s question and prepares himself to return back. As Hanuman starts from here, Sita once again says to Hanuman:

“Bhaaspa gadhgadhayaa vaachaa mythileem vaakyam abhraveeth!

Hanuman kushalam bhooyaaha sahithou raama lakshmanau!!

Sugreevancha sahaa maathyam sarvaan vriddhaancha vaanaraan!

Bhooyaashvam vaaranashreshtaha kushalam dharma sannidham!!

Yathaasa cha mahaabaahuhu maathaarayathi raaghavaha!

Tathvayaa hanuman vaarchyam vaachaa dharmamavaapnunihi!!

Jeevantham maam yathaa raamaha sambhaavayathi keerthimaan!!”

Through the above slokas, Sita says to Hanuman, “Oh Hanuman! On my behalf please let Rama, Lakshmana, Sugriva and all the Vaanaras know that I had enquired about them and their well being. Please tell Rama that I prostrated to him seeking complete surrender to his lotus feet! Please convey my regards to Sugriva, Jaambhavaan, Angadha and all the senior members of the army. Please convey my regards to Lakshmana as well! Please ask Lakshmana to take care of Rama properly. Also please put across this important message to all of them that this Sita wouldn’t be alive for more than a month from today. Please convey this important message to Rama and Lakshmana very clearly!”

This is what is the role of a messenger – Here we can see that Rama sends Hanuman to Sita as his trusted messenger. In turn, Hanuman comes and conveys all what Rama has to say to Sita. Now, Sita sends back Hanuman (the messenger) to Rama with her message. However, what is important to note here is that, there is a deeper intent to the entire role of a messenger – The messenger should understand and interpret the thoughts, emotions and feelings of both parties completely, explain each other’s stance and unite both of them.

This is extremely popular in today’s management setup, which we call as “Third-Party Negotiation”. Of course as per our modern day organizational psychology, we have three ways in which third-party negotiations can be carried out – Through a “Mediator” or an “Arbitrator” or a “Conciliator”. Here we can see that Hanuman is playing the role of a “Conciliator” wherein he understands and interprets Rama’s thoughts, emotions, sufferings and feelings to Sita, and in turn he also understands and interprets Sita’s thoughts, emotions, sufferings and feelings to Rama! This phenomenon in Sanskrit literature is called as “Ghataka-Thrithyam”.

It is thus really interesting to see how the Ramayana is closely linked to our modern day management concepts and here is one such example!

However all said and done about the messenger’s roles, there is one important quality that a messenger should haveHe/she should never have an ego or the “I” or “Me” attitude in them. Thus, the messenger should only be interested in solving the issue between the two people and selfishness should never be part of the messenger’s agenda. Here we can see that in Hanuman – He is solely interested in the welfare of Rama and Sita, and not himself. This is the reason why Hanuman as a messenger is successful. Just like Hanuman is known for his shrewdness, smartness, etc. he is also known for his “Selfless service” to Sita and Rama!

Thus, as Hanuman prepares to leave, Sita again conveys her wishes to Rama, Lakshmana, Sugriva, etc. and as Hanuman sees an emotional Sita, he gets agitated internally (Although he doesn’t show it out in front of Mother Sita). He gets angry on Ravana for the amount of tormentation he has inflicted on Mother Sita! So he wants to teach Ravana a lesson! What does Hanuman do? The action continues 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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