hanuman overcoming depression

Gift Giver

“Defeating the Rakshasas, I will give the queen, the delight of the Ikshvaku family, to Rama, just as a perfection is bestowed upon an ascetic.” (Hanuman, Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 13.57) jitvā tu rākṣasān devīm ikṣvāku kula nandinīm || sampradāsyāmi… Read More ›

Watch Me

“Offering obeisances to the Vasus and the Rudras, as well as to the Adityas, Ashvins and Maruts, I shall proceed, increasing the sorrow of the Rakshasas in the process.” (Hanuman, Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 13.56) vasūn rudrāmḥ tathā ādityān aśvinau… Read More ›

No Picnic

“Therefore I shall certainly reside here, controlling my eating and my senses. Let not all the men and Vanaras be destroyed on account of me.” (Hanuman, Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 13.54) iha eva niyata āhāro vatsyāmi niyata indriyaḥ || na… Read More ›

A Potent Combination

“If, based on Sampati’s words, I bring Rama here, Raghava, not seeing His wife, will burn all of the monkeys.” (Hanuman, Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 13.53) sampāti vacanāc ca api rāmam yadi ānayāmi aham || apaśyan rāghavo bhāryām nirdahet sarva… Read More ›


“Or, lifting him up and carrying him across the ocean, I will offer him to Rama, like an animal offered to Lord Shiva, the lord of animals.” (Hanuman, Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 13.50) athavā enam samutkṣipya upari upari sāgaram ||… Read More ›

From Suicide to Redemption

“Or I will kill the ten-headed Ravana of great strength. Whatever has happened to Sita, at least her abduction will be avenged.” (Hanuman, Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 13.49) rāvaṇam vā vadhiṣyāmi daśagrīvam mahā balam || kāmam astu hṛtā sītā pratyācīrṇam… Read More ›

Sea of Sorrow

“Having thus considered many kinds of troubling thoughts within his mind again and again, that elephant among monkeys could not cross over his despair.” (Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 13.48) evam bahu vidham duhkham manasā dhārayan muhuḥ || na adhyagacchat tadā… Read More ›

Let Me Stay

“There are many faults associated with ending my life, and if I remain alive I can find all-auspiciousness. Therefore, I will keep my life-breath, for by living success is assured.” (Hanuman, Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 13.47) vināśe bahavo doṣā jīvan… Read More ›