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Tuesday, September 06, 2011

What a lesson in humility

मद्विशिष्टाश्च तुल्याश्च सन्ति तत्र वनौकसः
मत्तः प्रत्यवरः कश्चिन्नास्ति सुग्रीवसन्निधौ॥३८
अहं तावदिह प्राप्तः किं पुनस्ते महाबलाः
नहि प्रकृष्टाः प्रेष्यन्ते प्रेष्यन्ते हीतराः जनाः॥३९
श्रीमद्वाल्मीकिये रामायणे सुन्दर्काण्डे सर्गः ३९
madviśiṣṭāśca tulyāśca santi tatra vanaukasaḥ
mattaḥ pratyavaraḥ kaścinnāsti sugrīvasannidhau||38
ahaṁ tāvadiha prāptaḥ kiṁ punaste mahābalāḥ
nahi prakṛṣṭāḥ preṣyante preṣyante hītarāḥ janāḥ||39
śrīmadvālmīkiye rāmāyaṇe sundarkāṇḍe sargaḥ 39

Sri Hanumaan after his heroic exploits in jumping over the sea for a distance of 100 yojanas and having met Divine Mother Sita in Ashokavana delivers the anguliyam (ring)  and message from Rama to Her and reassures her that the big army of Sugriva along with the brothers Rama and Laksmana would come to Lanka and vanquish Ravana.  While taking leave of her he makes this submission to the Mother.
" Among the servants of Sugriva, there are some who are equal to  me and many who are superior to me in valour and resourcefulness. There is no one inferior to me there. If a fellow like me can jump the ocean and be present before you, Mother, will it be a difficult task for my friends and colleagues who are all either equal to me or superior to me.  Take note of the fact, Mother, that usually only the most inferior servant is sent as a messenger and not the really great ones"

What a lesson in humility.  All world knows that there is no greater living being was ever born to equal Lord Aanjaneya.  With limited resources and knowledge and abilities we all try to brag and show off and tend to be arrogant.  Will we ever learn...even if it is from a monkey?

।श्रीकृष्णो रक्षतु।
|śrīkṛṣṇo rakṣatu|
Have a nice and happy day
with profound respect and warm regards
K V Ananthanarayanan
त्यजन्तु बान्धवाः सर्वे निन्दन्तु गुरवो जनाःI
तदापि परमानन्दो गोविन्दो मम जीवनंII
let all my relatives abandon me, let the great people insult me, still I am in supreme bliss since my life  is GOVINDA alone.
Iकृष्णात् परं किमपि तत्वं अहं न जाने"I
लोकाः समस्ताः सुखिनो भवन्तु।
lokāḥ samastāḥ sukhino bhavantu|


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