Hearing about Lord Rama - Part 16

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 that Hanuman spread the holy name of Rama in Lanka by burning it. We will meditate more on this subject now. Hanuman explains what he chanted and glorified Lord Rama and His associates as follows. (Ramayana 5.59.23, 24)

jayaty atibalo rāmo lakṣmaṇaś ca mahābalaḥ
rājā jayati sugrīvo rāghaveṇābhipālitaḥ
aham kosala rājasya dāsah pavana sambhavah
hanumān iti sarvatra nāma vishraavitam mayā

"Victory to Rama who is Almighty and Lakshmana who is very much powerful !! Victory to Sugreeva, who is protected by Lord Rama!! I am Hanuman, servant of Lord Rama and son of wind god!" - In this way, the name (of Rama and others) was spread across by me everywhere in Lanka."

It is significant note that Hanuman was making others hear the name of Rama, when he was in the most difficult situation. His tail was on fire and his life was in complete danger. In this situation also, he was thinking of how to give the gift of hearing to others. It is lesson for people like me. Thus in the most enjoyable and difficult situation he displayed his deep attachment for hearing. Srila Prabhupada displayed this spirit in preaching Krishna consciousness. He had very difficult times in India and initial days of preaching in the West. In those situations also, he displayed strong desire to make others hear the holy name and message of Godhead. And when the society was established, his disciples built a palace of Gold for him in America and he was given the most opulenct services by the devotees wherever he went. In that situation also he was fixed in preaching and not carried away by the enjoyment. Thus Srila Prabhupada displayed the mood of Hanuman, a great servant of the Lord.

Because of this strong taste for hearing, all the acharyas also glorify Hanuman for his hearing and Srila Rupa Goswami in the nectar of devotion states that Hanuman continually hears Ramayana (2.5.127) .

tathātve rāma-pādābja-prema-kallola-vāridhiḥ
prītyā rāmāyaṇaṁ nityaṁ hanumān śṛṇuyāt katham

"If Rāmāyaṇa were a cause of grief, why should Hanumān, who is an ocean filled with the waves of Rāma's lotus feet, continually hear Rāmāyaṇa with pleasure?"

Thus Hanuman is glorified in all the scriptures and by all acharyas for his earnest eagerness to hear about Lord Rama. In the next concluding offering, we will see how the devotees all over the world worship Hanuman for his great hearing tendency.

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