Leap of Faith - Part 1

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva.

I found some nice lessons in the episode of Hanuman leaping over the ocean to find Mother Sita which I would like to share with you.

1. Pray for other's success: When Hanuman, one of the dear most devotees of Lord Rama declared that he will leap across the ocean and go to Lanka to find out the whereabouts of Sita, the other Vanaras including Angada and Jambavan rejoiced and said, "Our grief is now dispelled. We are depending on you, O Hanuman. We shall stand on one foot in yogic meditation here upon the seashore, praying for your success, until you return." This is a very nice lesson for us to learn. When someone is doing a service which we cannot do, instead of being jealous, we should at least pray for their success, if we are not able to do any other help to them. 

2. Just do what you are ordered to do: Hanuman then asked them what he should do. Should he annihilate the entire Rakshasa horde and rescue Sita? Or should he single-handedly kill Ravana, uproot Lanka and carry it, along with Sita, back to Rama? Angada told him to first locate Sita and then report back, for that was order of Lord Rama and Sugriva. Hanuman bowed to that instruction and bounded to Mount Mahendra to leap over the ocean.

Here also we find an important lesson that we need to just obey whatever instruction, spiritual master or Krishna says and not try to over-do. In the exuberance of doing service, if we are too eager to do a lot more than what we are ordered to do, then that motive behind that service is our desire to get more name and fame for ourselves and not for pleasing our spiritual master. Our beloved spiritual master H H Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj once said, "Your capacity is what I say. If you do more than what I say, you will be puffed up. If you do less, you are lazy."

3. Accept wisdom from everyone: Also Hanumanji is so humble, that he bowed to the instruction of Angada. He did not think how can Angada, who is so younger than him, give advice. Maharaj would often repeat the Gujarati proverb, 'nāna te pachi levi cāturini bāt' - We should accept words of wisdom from a person, even if he is younger in age. Indeed Maharaj practiced what he spoke. Even though he was eldest, learned and most realized of all, still he would accept suggestions from people who are many years younger in age. That was his inconceivable humility, a hallmark of an exalted vaishnava. 

Krishna willing we shall try to meditate more on this topic in the subsequent offerings.

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Sudarshana devi dasi.