hanuman overcoming depression

Not Fooling Anyone

“How shall I today see in my path that weak, helpless woman who was overwhelmed by the strength of that vile creature of wicked deeds, whose beautifully adorned exterior masks his harshness? (Hanuman, Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 13.69) kṣudreṇa pāpena… Read More ›

A Flawless Face

“Oh, when shall I see that noble lady’s flawless face, with its raised nose, white teeth, pristine smile, eyes like lotus petals, and which resembles the lord of stars, the bright moon?” (Hanuman, Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 13.68) tad unnasam… Read More ›

May Everyone Help Me

“May Varuna, who holds the noose in his hands, and Soma, Aditi, the great-souls the Ashvins, all the Maruts, all creatures, the Lord of all creatures [Vishnu], and other unseen beings along the path, grant me success.” (Hanuman, Valmiki Ramayana,… Read More ›

Cannot Do It Alone

“I have contracted this body of mine for Rama’s interest and for avoiding Ravana. May all the devas along with the rishis confer success upon me.” (Hanuman, Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 13.64) samkṣipto ayam mayā ātmā ca rāma arthe rāvaṇasya… Read More ›

His Next Move

“Having mentally entered the all-auspicious Ashoka wood, that monkey, the son of the wind-god, pondered what he should do next.” (Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 13.61) sa gatvā manasā pūrvam aśoka vanikām śubhām | uttaram cintayām āsa vānaro māruta ātmajaḥ ||… Read More ›

My Mind Is Elsewhere

“Having offered his obeisances to them, including Sugriva, the son of the wind-god surveyed all the directions and then mentally headed towards the Ashoka grove.” (Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 13.60) sa tebhyaḥ tu namaḥ kṛtvā sugrīvāya ca mārutiḥ  | diśaḥ… Read More ›

Together Always

“I offer my obeisances to Shri Rama, along with Lakshmana and the divine lady, the daughter of King Janaka. I offer my obeisances to Rudra, Indra, Yama, and Anila, the deity of the wind. I offer my obeisances to the… Read More ›

Getting Back Up

“Having thus reflected for a moment, his senses bound up in anxiety, Hanuman, the mighty-armed son of the wind-god, arose.” (Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 13.58) sa muhūrtam iva dhyātvā cintā vigrathita indriyaḥ || udatiṣṭhan mahā bāhur hanūmān māruta ātmajaḥ |… Read More ›