Month: June 2014

If You Want Things Done Right

“Even a plan destined for success will be vanquished if it contradicts with time and place when reaching the hands of a confused messenger, like darkness at sunrise.” (Hanuman, Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 30.37) bhūtāḥ ca arthā vinaśyanti deśa kāla… Read More ›

Sounds Like A Gamble

“Also, conflicts are uncertain, and uncertainty is not pleasing to me. And which intelligent person would without hesitation engage in an act which has uncertainty?” (Hanuman, Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 30.35) asatyāni ca yuddhāni saṃśayo me na rocate || kaḥ… Read More ›

Further Deliberation

“Deliberating on it further, if I am killed I do not see any monkey who can leap over the great ocean, which is one hundred yojanas long.” (Hanuman, Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 30.33) vimṛśan ca na paśyāmi yo hate mayi… Read More ›

Cheated In All Ages

“Seeing this unusual form and language of mine, Janaki, who was previously frightened by the Rakshasas, will again be fearful.” (Hanuman, Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 30.20) sā iyam ālokya me rūpam jānakī bhāṣitam tathā || rakṣobhiḥ trāsitā pūrvam bhūyaḥ trāsam… Read More ›

When In Rome

“For the words to be meaningful, it is necessary that I use the language of the human beings, for there is no other way to console this blameless lady.” (Hanuman, Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 30.19) avaśyam eva vaktavyam mānuṣam vākyam… Read More ›

Skilled In Illusion

“But if I use the language of Sanskrit like the twice-born, Sita will think me to be Ravana and thus become fearful.” (Hanuman, Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 30.18) yadi vācam pradāsyāmi dvijātiḥ iva sanskṛtām | rāvaṇam manyamānā mām sītā bhītā… Read More ›

A Talking Monkey

“As I am indeed very small, and specifically a monkey, I should now speak in Sanskrit, the language of humans.” (Hanuman, Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 30.17) aham hi atitanuḥ caiva vanaraḥ ca viśeṣataḥ | vācam ca udāhariṣyāmi mānuṣīm iha sanskṛtām… Read More ›

Slow and Steady

“So I will stay here and wait for a break in the attention of the Rakshasis. Then I will slowly console her, who is in so much distress.” (Hanuman, Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 30.16) antaram tu aham āsādya rākṣasīnām iha… Read More ›

The One With The Forged Gratuity

“For those whose minds are attached to the unmanifested, impersonal feature of the Supreme, advancement is very troublesome. To make progress in that discipline is always difficult for those who are embodied.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-gita, 12.5) Download this episode (right… Read More ›