searching for sita

If At First You Don’t Succeed

“Indeed, perseverance is what always propels one to pursue all profitable objects. It makes the actions it inspires in living beings successful.” (Hanuman, Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 12.11) anirvedo hi satatam sarva artheṣu pravartakaḥ | karoti saphalam jantoḥ karma yac… Read More ›

Perseverance

“Perseverance is the root of good fortune. Perseverance leads to supreme happiness. Therefore I will search again, in those areas where I have not searched already.” (Hanuman, Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 12.10) anirvedaḥ śriyo mūlam anirvedaḥ param sukham | bhūyas… Read More ›

Beyond Complacency

“Thus I have with a pure mind searched the entire inside of Ravana’s apartment. Yet I still do not see Sita.” (Hanuman, Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 11.44) tad idam mārgitam tāvat śuddhena manasā mayā || rāvaṇa antaḥ puram sarvam dṛśyate… Read More ›

Pattern Recognition

“One looks for a being amongst those of its own kind. One does not look for a lost woman amongst female deer.” (Hanuman, Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 11.43) yasya sattvasya yā yoniḥ tasyām tat parimārgyate || na śakyam pramadā naṣṭā… Read More ›

Among Their Own

“I certainly could not have searched for Vaidehi [Sita] anywhere else. When searching, one always looks for women in those places where other women are.” (Hanuman, Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 11.42) na anyatra hi mayā śakyā vaidehī parimārgitum || striyo… Read More ›

A Monkey’s Mind

“It is certainly the mind that is instrumental in causing the senses to act in ways that lead to either auspicious or inauspicious conditions. And my mind right now is positively situated.” (Hanuman, Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 11.41) mano hi… Read More ›

The Determining Factor

“It is certainly the mind that is instrumental in causing the senses to act in ways that lead to either auspicious or inauspicious conditions. And my mind right now is positively situated.” (Hanuman, Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 11.41) mano hi… Read More ›

Assessing Sin

“Though all of these unsuspecting wives of Ravana were seen by me, my mind has not been disturbed even a little.” (Hanuman, Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 11.40) kāmam dṛṣṭvā mayā sarvā viśvastā rāvaṇa striyaḥ || na tu me manasaḥ kimcid… Read More ›

Purifying Through Presence

“My having glanced at the wives of others sleeping in their home will certainly do a great harm to my virtue.” (Hanuman, Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 11.37) para dāra avarodhasya prasuptasya nirīkṣaṇam || idam khalu mama atyartham dharma lopam kariṣyati… Read More ›

Associated Risks

“My having glanced at the wives of others sleeping in their home will certainly do a great harm to my virtue.” (Hanuman, Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 11.37) para dāra avarodhasya prasuptasya nirīkṣaṇam || idam khalu mama atyartham dharma lopam kariṣyati… Read More ›