The end of all Sadhanas is the complete subjugation of the mind.
dAnam svadharmo niyamo yamascha shrutam cha karmANi cha sadvratAni |
sarve mano nighraha lakshaNAntA parohi yogo masah samAdih ||
Our Guru Maharaj when expounding on the various works of Bhagawan Sri Ramana would always enthrall the devotees with the Lord’s creation. The sense organs act as window of the mind to the world. They take the stimulus from the world and feed it to the mind which in turn uses the organs of the action to reciprocate and provide responses to these stimuli. The sense organs take one away from the Lord into the world and the organs of action implants one into Karma which in turn is the seed for the next birth. Our Guru Maharaj articulates the dual purpose of the sense organs, out of which one is explicit and is perceived easily, while the other is implicit and not so easily perceivable. The ear serves two purposes. Firstly it is hearing and the other purpose that is implicit and secretive is that the ears provide balance/stability. Akin to ears is the nose, which recognizes the aroma and odor and also part of breathing and the excretory organs not only eject the waste from the body but also relieve the bad gases out. Our Guru Maharaj beautifully elucidates the two fold purpose of the eyes. The primary function of the eyes is sight; to see the whole world and the other is to turn the vision inside – to look at onself. When the eyes perceive the world, they take us away from the Lord but when the same organ of vision is turned to look at oneself, then one is able to see the Lord within oneself and that leads us to ultimate truth. There are two ways to attain the supreme truth. One path is turning the vision of sight and looking into oneself by controlling all the other sense organs and by controlling the mind, one will attain the ultimate truth and this path is known as the rational path of self-enquiry. The other path to attain the Lord is the path of Namasankirtan, where one let’s all the sense organs wander in the world and focus on the very Lord who is also residing outside. Srimad Bhagavatham lucidly teaches everyone that the Lord is verily inside everyone as the “Atma Swarropam” and the same Lord also dwells outside in a very gross form in the guise of time [kala].
When one is in a divine communion [satsang] where the sense of sight is always razor focused on the Lord, he uses the sense organs to enjoy the glory of the Lord. When one wants to talk something, do not talk mundane topics, but speak about the glory of the Lord. Let the ears hear only the Lord’s names and his divine glories.
‘jitasano jitasvaaso jitasango jitendriyah’, says Bhagavatam.
Srimad Bhagavatam preaches one to control the body movement and postures [jithasano]; the basic guideline for any Yoga. One should not let the organs of locomotion run riot but if one is unable to control the movement of limbs, then go to satsang where divinity is present always. By seeing the Lord outside and by making the organs perceive the Lord everywhere, one can attain the Lord.
Following this, Sri Narayanaswamyji from Seattle continued his lecture on the life-history of Hanumanji. The satsang reminisced earlier that Lord Hanumanji was indeed adept in music. So Sage Narada conferred the title “Parama Bhagavatha” on Hanumanji and later Sri Thiagaraja also gave him the same title; Hanumanji in Govindapuram next to Sri Bodendra Swamigal’s Adhistanam is called as “Bhagavata Anjaneya”.
One should approach Hanumanji with lot of humility. When one goes and prostrates unto Hanumanji without any pride, the Lord is sure to bestow his devotee with his grace. Once Sage Vashista approached Lord Rama and confided his interest to worship Rama as Lord. Lord Rama politely turned down his request and asked him to only perceive him as Dasaratha’s son. This goes to show the humble nature of Lord Rama and how the Lord himself preached how humble one should be.
“Athamanam Manusham manyae Ramam Dasarathahmajam”
As per the instructions of Lord Rama, Hanuman remained on the earth traveling from one place to another to bestow grace on all his devotees.
An incident once happened in a town called Manargudi in Tamil Nadu. There was a temple for Lord Rajagopala and there was a big hall which was part of Lord Rajaopala’s temple and it was known as “Vennaithazhi Mandapam” and that mandapam had a Hanumanji. It remained closed for the most part of the year.
In the same town, there lived a family who were devoted to Hanumanji. They were very devoted in Lord Hanumanji. They had a son who was glib-tongued and was idling away his time and had no means to earn an income. One day his mother pulled him aside and requested him to open the Mandapam and tidy the temple premises and asked him to light the lamp. The son implicitly obeyed his mother’s instructions and the mandapam was opened and cleaned up. The mother also made a Prasad for the Hanumanji and slowly by selling the Prasad at a pro-rated price; the son stared to make some money. The revenue generated by the Prasad was in turn used for Hanumanji service only. The service he performed to the Lord was filled with honesty, physical cleanliness and faith. The family was thus leading a contented life rendering service to Hanumanji and as years passed by, the mother passed away. The son was not knowledgeable enough to make the Prasad and so he in turn handed over his temple service [Kainkarya] to somebody else and headed to Hyderabad to meet his uncle. His uncle helped him to do set up a grocery store and he lead the business in a very honest way. The business slowly flourished and the son became very prosperous. This incident goes to show that when a devotee offers a pure and pristine service coupled with faith and honesty akin to the service rendered by the son to Hanumanji, the Lord bestowed him riches and Hanumanji himself took care of the son.
There was another incident that was elucidated to show how Lord Hanuman reprimands anyone who hurts his devotees. There was once a Ther Mutti Hanuman consecrated in a temple known as “Naalu Kaal mandapam” in Thanjavur in South India. Lots of devotees flocked to have the darshan of Lord Hanuman. One fine morning the devotees were shocked to see that the folded hands of Lord Hanuman were chipped off. They prayed to Lord Hanuman that they culprit be punished soon. As days passed by, the temple management decided to get a new idol of Lord Hanuman consecrated. Soon the new idol was sanctified and people poured in to offer their respects to Lord Hanuman. There were lots of devotees of Lord Hanuman who lived in the realms of the temple. One day a youth riding a bicycle passed by an old man, a devotee of Lord Hanuman. He stopped the old man and in a condescending manner inquired to the devotee as to why Lord Hanuman did not chastise the culprit who broke the hands of the Lord. The lad during their conversation admitted that it was indeed he who chipped the hands of the Lord and confided in the old man that the Lord did not yet punish him and started to question him about the existence of God. The devotee was in tears after hearing this and cursed the lad that the Lord will not spare him. The youth left the place after mocking at the old man’s faith on Lord Hanuman. The youth did not even go far and a strange incident happened. The boy lost his balance and went and hit his bicycle on a lamp post and his legs and hands were severely damaged and he had to lose one of his legs and hands in order for him to survive. This incident goes to show that when someone annoys the devotees of the Lord, they are sure to be lambasted by the Lord himself.
The divine vehicles [Vahanas] of the Lord are no different from the Lord and they act as a bridge between the devotees and the Lord. Lord Hanuman is known as “Manojavam Marutha thulya vaegam jithendriyam buddhimatham varishtam “ – which means that Hanuman can appear himself in front of his devotee in a split second and that the vehicle of Lord Hanuman is Vayu, the wind god. There was once a devotee known as Arunagirinathar who lost all his wealth and health because of his bad habits. He once came in contact with a Mahan who asked him to go to Thiruvannamalai. He decided to end his life by jumping from the temple tower and when he did so, he safely landed on the hands of Lord Subramanya. He asked the Lord for the reason for saving him and the Lord mentioned that he was saved so that he can compose songs in praise of the Lord. Hearing this, Arunagirinathar was moved to tears since he was not adept in this and so Lord Subramanya helped him by giving out the first word and soon Arunagirinathar started to compose hymns the most famous one is Thirupugazh. He became a great poet singing praises of Lord Shiva and his sons. There was a clan of devotees who worshipped Mother Durga and were very jealous about Arunagirinathar. So they approached the king and spoke ill about him. The king soon summoned him and asked him to sing praises on Lord Muruga and also ordered that the Lord should come to the courtyard and stand in front of him hearing the praises. Arunagirinathar soon started to sing to meet the challenge songs while on the other hand, the devotees of Mother Durga started to pray to Parvathi that Lord Muruga should not give darshan to Arunagirinathar. Parvathi was tightly holding Muruga on her lap and hence he was unable to step out. Not relented by the futile efforts, he started to compose songs in praise of the peacock. Soon the peacock standing in front of Parvathi in Kailash began expanding his wings and started to dance. She was captivated by the dance and this made her to loosen the grip on Muruga. He slowly slipped from his mother and gave darshan to Arunagirinathar. This incident portrays the greatness of Lord’s vehicle.
It is believed that Hanuman being a Chiranjeevi, knew about the Avatar of Lord Krishna long before the incarnation of Lord Krishna. It is also a fact that only two people were blessed with Lord Hanuman’s Vishwaroopa darshan. One of them is Sita Devi and the other one is Bheemasena. It was Hanuman who told Bheema that he will be in the flag of Arujna’s chariot guiding him mentally and physically to fight the battle of Mahabharatha.
The satsang concluded with prayers and Namasankirtan.