GLORY OF SRI HANUMAN
Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Jagat guru
Sri Chandrasekarendra Saraswathi
Anjaneya swami's eminence is unique. His uniqueness is evident, if we have an understanding of the anugrahas (blessings) he showers on his bhakthas or devotees.
Budhdirbalam Yaso Dhairyam Nirbhayatva-Marogata
Ajadyam Vakapatutvam Cha Hanumatsmaranathbavet
बुद्धिर्बलं यशॊ धैर्यं निर्भयत्वमरॊगता।
अजाड्यं वाक्पटुत्वञ्च हनूमत्स्मरणाद्भवेत् ॥
This sloka says what Anjaneya gives to his devotees. He gives intelligence, strength, fame, steadiness, courage, health, vigilance and power of speech. Normally all these qualities will not be found in one single soul. For example an intelligent man may not be healthy. A strong and sturdy man may not be intelligent. Even when these two qualities are present, he may be a coward. Even though a man may be equipped with many qualities he may not be able to apply them properly and with perseverance. He may be lazy too. Even though a man may be highly intelligent, he may not be able to place his viewpoints promptly and correctly. Anjaneya blesses his devotees with all the qualities, seamlessly blending them, for the simple reason He himself is the embodiment of all these qualities. Whatever we think as conflicting qualities they also merge consistently with in him. For example strong and sturdy people will not have humility. Highly intelligent people will not have bhakthi or devotion without any pride. But Anjaneya stands at the top of all this, with physical strength and good knowledge and as well as humility and bhakthi. Physically strong people may go in a wrong way. They may not have devotion. Even though they may have wisdom they may not have clarity. It may be blind faith or crude bhakthi.
But Anjaneya, being a great devotee of Lord Ramachandra he was wisest of all. The sloka, which begins "Vaidhehi Sahitham" says, Shri Rama gives Gnanopadesa to all, keeping Anjaneya as the foremost or as an example, Guru Dhakshinamurthy teaching all, keeping sanakadhi Munis as example. People believe that there was a Bhashyam for Sri Bhagavath Geetha in Paisasa language written by Anjaneya. Such a great philosopher is Anjaneya. Lord Rama himself has praised him as "Nava vyakarana vetha" meaning one who has mastered all the nine vyakaranas. Such a great educationist is Anjaneya.
No one has reached the highest in wisdom, strength, devotion, valour, fame, service and humility other than Anjaneya himself.
In addition to all these qualities we have to praise him for his celibacy. He is absolutely free from Kama (meaning sexual desire here). He does not have this feeling even for a moment. Such a pure soul is Anjaneya.
In South India he is called as Hanuman. In Karnataka he is called as Hanumanthaiah where as beyond Chitoor and all over Andhra Pradesh he is called as Anjaneyalu. All over Maharastra he is worshipped as Maruthi. In North India he is worshipped as Mahaveer.
He has no equal or parallel. One gets courage even when he thinks about Him. Fear will vanish. While one will obtain knowledge, devotion and wisdom, kama will disappear and with humility we will serve Bhagawan and society.
Wherever Rama's name is spelt and wherever Ragunatha keerthanam is sung, Anjaneya will be standing there with tears flowing from his eyes, without being visible to us.
Nowadays despite all the blessings, which one may receive, one should have self-control and humility. With each success one aspires for more, which eventually leads to new misery.
With humility in approach one gets the contentment, the blessing, which Anjaneya has to shower on us.
People who worship Him will not have any problem. For dharma to pervade the entire universe let us offer our prayers to Shri Anjaneya Swami. He helped establishment of 'Rama rajya' vanquishing Ravana, latter His presence in the flag of Arjuna the helped establishment of 'Dharma rajya'. In the recent when our dharma and bhakthi was put to test Shri Anjaneya Swami incarnated as Sri Samartha Ramadasa and helped Shivaji establish 'dharma' ['dharma samsthapana']. Even today for establishment of dharma and bhakthi His 'anugraha' is a must.
In praying to Shri Anjaneya Swami with all sincerity He will bestow us all this.
[translated by a.v.subramaniam]
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