Hearing about Lord Rama - Part 9

Hearing about Lord Rama - Part 9

Narahari Krishna das

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 benedictions offered asked by Hanumanji to Lord Rama while he was departing from Ayodhya. Now let us see further.

9. The most auspicious benediction: Hanuman asked for opportunity to hear the story of Rama recited by Apsaras, till the world lasts. Lord Rama was very pleased to hear this and raised from His thrown and embraced Hanuman with great affection and blessed him as follows (Valmiki Ramayana 7.30.21,22).

evam etat kapi sreshta / bhavitaa na atra samshayah
charishyati kathaa yaavat / esha loke cha maamikaa
taavat te bhavitaa kirtih / shariresbhyah sa vastataa
lokaa hi yaavat sthaasyanti / taavat sthaasyanti me kathaa

"Let there no doubt in this desire of yours becoming true, O best of the monkeys! Your fame will endure and life will continue in your body as long as the pastimes of Mine are chanted on this earth. My stories will surely remain as long as this world lasts."

Here we can see the great compassion of Hanuman because of which he asked a benediction which is not only auspicious for him, but also for all living entities. By this benediction, Lord Rama blessed that stories of Ramayana will be recited in the earth as long as the world exists. So everyone who has the desire can have access to hearing the activities of Lord Rama and advance in devotional service, even in the fallen age of kali. The Bhagavata purana (12.3.15) states that hearing about the Lord is the most auspicious activity since it awakens the love of God.

yas tu uttamah-shloka-gunaanuvaadah
sangiyate 'bhikshnam amangala-ghnah
tam eva nityam shrunuyaad abhikshnam
krishne 'malaam bhaktim abhipsamaanah

"The person who desires pure devotional service to Lord Krishna should hear the narrations of Lord Uttamasloka's glorious qualities, the constant chanting of which destroys everything inauspicious. The devotee should engage in such listening in regular daily assemblies and should also continue his hearing throughout the day."

Srila Prabhupada explains in the purport of SB 3.15.48 how this hearing process is the greatest benediction. "This transcendental stage of life, in which one feels transcendental pleasure in hearing the Lord's pastimes, is also recommended by Lord Caitanya. When Lord Caitanya was talking with Ramananda Raya, there were varieties of suggestions offered by Ramananda regarding spiritual realization, but Lord Caitanya rejected all but one — that one should hear the glories of the Lord in association with pure devotees. That is acceptable for everyone, especially in this age. One should engage himself in hearing from pure devotees about the activities of the Lord. That is considered the supreme benediction for mankind."

So, from the benediction asked by Hanuman, we can see that he valued hearing about Lord Rama more valuable than any enjoyment on this earthly planet and also any enjoyment on the heavenly planet. We will meditate on the benediction asked by Hanuman in other situations in the next offering, Krishna willing.

Thank you very much,
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Narahari Krishna das