was the living embodiment of the power of Ram-Nam. He was an ideal
selfless worker, a true Karma Yogi who worked desirelessly. He was
a great devotee and an exceptional Brahmachari or celibate. He
served Sri Rama with pure love and devotion, without expecting any
fruit in return. He lived only to serve Sri Rama. He was humble,
brave and wise. He possessed all the divine virtues. He did what
others could not do—crossing the ocean simply by uttering
Ram-Nam, burning the demon-king's city of Lanka, and bringing the
sanjeevini herb to restore the life of Lakshmana. He brought Sri
Rama and Lakshmana from the nether world after killing Ahiravana.
possessed devotion, knowledge, spirit of selfless service, power
of celibacy, and desirelessness. He never boasted of his bravery
He said to
Ravana, "I am a humble messenger of Sri Rama. I have come
here to serve Sri Rama, to do His work. By the command of Sri
Rama, I have come here. I am fearless by the Grace of Sri Rama. I
am not afraid of death. I welcome it if it comes while serving Sri
humble Hanuman was! How deep was his devotion to Sri Rama! He
never said, "I am the brave Hanuman. I can do anything and
Himself said to Hanuman, "I am greatly indebted to you, O
mighty hero. You did marvelous, superhuman deeds. You do not want
anything in return. Sugriva has his kingdom restored to him.
Angada has been made the crown prince. Vibhishana has become king
of Lanka. But you have not asked for anything at any time. You
threw away the precious garland of pearls given to you by Sita.
How can I repay My debt of gratitude to you? I will always remain
deeply indebted to you. I give you the boon of everlasting life.
All will honor and worship you like Myself. Your idol will be
placed at the door of My temple and you will be worshipped and honored
first. Whenever My stories are recited or glories sung, your glory
will be sung before Mine. You will be able to do anything, even
that which I will not be able to!"
Sri Rama praise Hanuman when the latter returned to Him after
finding Sita in Lanka. Hanuman was not a bit elated. He fell in
prostration at the holy feet of Sri Rama.
asked him, "O mighty hero, how did you cross the ocean?"
humbly replied, "By the power and glory of Thy Name, my
Rama asked, "How did you burn Lanka? How did you save
replied, "By Thy Grace, my Lord."
profound humility Hanuman embodied in himself!
many who want wealth in return for their services. Some do not
want wealth, but they cannot resist name and fame. Others do not
want any of these, but they want approbation. Still others want
nothing, but they boast of their deeds. Hanuman was above all
these. That is why he is recognized as an ideal Karma Yogi and an
unsurpassed adept in Bhakti. His life is full of object lessons.
Everyone should try his best to follow the noble example of
birthday falls on Chaitra Shukla Purnima the March-April full moon
holy day worship Sri Hanuman. Fast on this day. Read the Sri
Hanuman Chalisa. Spend the whole day in the Japa of Ram-Nam.
Hanuman will be highly pleased and will bless you with success in
all your undertakings.