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 saw the benediction of hearing the Lord's name sought by Hanuman from Lord Rama during Lord Rama's coronation. Now we shall see further.
6. Benediction given by Mother Sita: Hanumanji had complete attraction for the name of Lord Rama and wanted to repeat it and hear it. Since Hanuman was fully satisfied with this benediction of repeating and hearing the Lord’s name he did not ask for any further benediction. But Mother Sita out of Her great compassion offered a benediction as follows (Adhyatma Ramayana 6.16.15)
tamaaha janaki pritaa yatra kutraapi maarute
sthitam tvaamanuyaasyanti bhogaah sarve mamaajnayaa
"Mother Sita said to Hanuman, 'By my blessings all enjoyable things of life will follow you wherever you are.'"
For a pure devotee like Hanuman, bhakti is the only enjoyable thing. However he did not want to make the blessings of Sita to go in vain. So as expert pure devotee, he dovetailed all the enjoyment which came to him, in line with hearing about Lord Rama (Krishna willing we will discuss this in future offerings as to how he did this).
From the above incident we can see that hearing the Lord's name is the greatest benediction. Hanumanji was very much attracted to the Lord's form as Rama and hence he always eager to hear the Rama nama. Srila Prabhupada explains in the purport of SB 7.5.23, "The Lord has innumerable forms and names, and devotees may meditate upon a particular form and chant the holy name according to his attraction. The best course is to hear of the holy name, form and so on from a pure devotee of the same standard as oneself. In other words, one who is attached to Krishna should chant and hear from other pure devotees who are also attached to Lord Krishna. The same principle applies for devotees attracted by Lord Rama, Lord Narasimha and other forms of the Lord."
However to reach this stage of perfection, the first step is to hear the name of the Lord attentively while chanting and this will purify us and promote us to the stage of spontaneous attraction for hearing. Srila Prabhupada explains in the purport of Srimad Bhagavatam 7.5.23 - "Hearing of the holy name of the Lord (shravaṇam) is the beginning of devotional service. Although any one of the nine processes is sufficient, in chronological order the hearing of the holy name of the Lord is the beginning. Indeed, it is essential... As enunciated by Lord Sri Caitanya Mahāprabhu, ceto-darpana maarjanam: by chanting the holy name of the Lord, one is cleansed of the material conception of life, which is due to the dirty modes of material nature. When the dirt is cleansed from the core of one's heart, one can realize the form of the Supreme Personality of Godhead...Thus by hearing the holy name of the Lord, one comes to the platform of understanding the personal form of the Lord."
Once Srila Prabhupada was asked by an interviewer , "Swamiji, you and your followers are always chanting Hare Krishna. What you will get by this chanting ?" Prabhupada replied, "More chanting. We are chanting not for any goal but to glorify God and hear His glorification for ever."
Krishna willing we will meditate on further instances where Hanumanji sought this benediction of hearing the Lord's name and glories in the subsequent offering.
Thank you very much,
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva
Narahari Krishna das
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