hanuman entering lanka

Within and Without

“Having made up his mind thus, that heroic monkey, Hanuman, eager to see Vaidehi, wished for the sun to set.” (Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 2.48) iti saṃcintya hanumān sūryasyāstamayaṃ kapiḥ | ācakāṃkśe tato vīro vaidehyā draśanotusakaḥ Shri Hanuman, the faithful… Read More ›

I Want It Now

“Having made up his mind thus, that heroic monkey, Hanuman, eager to see Vaidehi, wished for the sun to set.” (Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 2.48) iti saṃcintya hanumān sūryasyāstamayaṃ kapiḥ | ācakāṃkśe tato vīro vaidehyā draśanotusakaḥ One who knows the… Read More ›

In Every Village

“Entering at night the city ruled by Ravana, which is very difficult to approach, and searching inside every palace, I shall find the daughter of Janaka.” (Hanuman, Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 2.47) rāvaṇasya purīṃ rātrau praviśya sudurāsadām | vicinvan bhavanaṃ… Read More ›

Pulling Rank

“Therefore, reducing my own form to a small size, I will enter Lanka at night for accomplishing Raghava’s task.” (Hanuman, Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 2.46) tadahaṃ svena rūpeṇa rajanyāṃ hrasvatāṃ gataḥ । laṅkāmabhipatiṣyāmi rāghavasyārthasiddhaye “Do you know who I am?”,… Read More ›

Religious Garbs

“If I stay here embodied in my natural form, I will surely be killed, and the mission of my Lord [Rama] will be harmed.” (Hanuman, Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 2.45) ihāhaṃ yadi tiṣṭhāmi svena rūpeṇa saṃvṛtaḥ । vināśamupayāsyāmi bharturarthaśca hīyate… Read More ›

Careful What You Wish

“It is my thinking that not even the wind can pass through here unnoticed. Certainly there is nothing here that is unknown to the mighty Rakshasas.” (Hanuman, Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 2.44) vāyurapyatra nājñātaścarediti matirmama | na hyastyaviditaṃ kiṃcidrākśasānāṃ balīyasām… Read More ›

Recognizing Their Own

“Even if one has a Rakshasa form, what to speak of others, it is impossible to stay anywhere here and not be detected by the Rakshasas.” (Hanuman, Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 2.43) na hi śakyaṃ kvacit sthātumavijñātena rākśasaiḥ | api… Read More ›

Tied Interests

“If I am seen by the Rakshasas, then this work performed on behalf of Rama, who is self-realized and desires the destruction of Ravana, would go for naught.” (Hanuman, Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 2.42) mayi dṛṣṭe tu rakśobhī rāmasya viditātmanaḥ… Read More ›

The Soothing Light

“How can I ensure that the purpose of my task does not get destroyed? How shall I avoid mental disparity, and how do I ensure that my crossing of the ocean does not go for naught?” (Hanuman, Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara… Read More ›

Three Questions

“How can I ensure that the purpose of my task does not get destroyed? How shall I avoid mental disparity, and how do I ensure that my crossing of the ocean does not go for naught?” (Hanuman, Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara… Read More ›