Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva.
This is in continuation of the previous offering titled, "Hearing about Lord Rama", wherein we have been meditating on how Sri Hanuman is famous for hearing about Lord Rama. Now we shall see further.
5. Benediction of Lord Rama during coronation: After 14 years of exile in the forest, Lord Rama returned to Ayodhya with Mother Sita and Lakshmana and His coronation was done in a very grand manner and Ayodhya was in a great festival mood. And after the coronation was over, Lord Rama and Mother Sita gave presents to each of the devotees who helped them in the war. Angada was the first one to receive the gift and everyone followed him. Mother Sita took off a pearl necklace from her neck and Lord Rama advised Her, "Dear Sita, give this necklace to a person with whom you are pleased and in whom sharpness, firmness, renown, dexterity, competence, modesty, prudence, virility, prowess and intelligence are ever present."
Mother Sita had a special maternal affection for Hanumanji because of his great service to the Lorships. So She chose Hanuman and gave the necklace to him. Hanuman wearing that necklace shone brilliantly as a mountain silvered by a white cloud. Then the Lordships Sri SitaRama blessed everyone with instruction and benedictions. When Hanuman's turn came, seeing Hanuman standing with folded palms in great devotion, Lord Rama said, "I am extremely pleased with you. Please ask any benediction and I will grant it even if it is difficult for devas to obtain." Hanuman then asked for the below benediction with his heart full of joy. (Adhyatma Ramayana – 6.16-12,14)
tvannaama smarato raama / na tripyati mano mama
atastvannaama satatam / smaran sthaasyaami bhutale
yaavatsthaasyati te naama / loke taavatkalevaram
mama tishthatu rajendra / varo’yam me abhikaankshitah
"O Lord Rama, I am never satisfied with repeating and hearing Your name. Therefore I wish to always remain in this earth repeating and hearing Your name. May I remain in this world as long as Your name is remembered in this world. This is the boon I desire."
Lord Rama was very pleased with the prayer of Hanuman and spoke as follows.
raamastatheti tam praaha / muktastishtha yathaasukham
kalpaante mama saayujyam / praapsyase naatra samshayah
Lord Rama said to Him, "Let your prayer be fulfilled. Though you are remaining in this world till the end of this kalpa, you will be liberated from all dualities. At the time of dissolution of the cosmos, you will attain my eternal service in the spiritual world and with this there is no doubt."
All devotees perform devotional service beginning with chanting and hearing to develop pure love of God so that they can attain the spiritual world and serve the Lord in person. But we can see that Hanuman saw the Lordships in person and rendered great service to them. But as a fruit of that service, he wanted the benediction of hearing the Lord's name and glories always. So chanting and hearing are not means to attain any other goal but an end in themselves and this fact is illustrated by Hanumanji by his personal example.
In the next offering, Krishna willing we will see how mother Sita blessed Hanumanji with benediction.
Thank you very much,
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Narahari Krishna das
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