The Lord says that he is indeed Margazhi among the twelve months.
mAsAnAm mArgasirsho ham [Bhagavad Gita 10.35]
One year in earth is equivalent to one day in Vaikunta and in Deva Loka, and starting from the day of Kaishika Ekadasi [Vaikunta Ekadasi] is the time is the early morning time [Brahma Muhurtham] for the Lord. Since the Lord wakes up during the month of Margazhi, it is indeed very auspicious to perform spiritual austerities during this month and yield more results than any other month.
Lord Vishnu is the most celebrated Lord in the month of margazhi. When the word ‘Vishnu’ is uttered during this month, it verily connotes Perumal, and Perumal is none but Lord Ranganatha. All Azhwars have sung praises on Lord Ranaganatha who is considered as a representation of all Divyadesams. Performing a ThiruvAradhanam [lighting a lamp] in Lord Ranganatha’s sanctum sanctorum is equivalent to doing a ThiruvAradhanam in all Divyadesams. Lord Ranganatha is considered as an epitome of love and compassion, who always showers his grace on all the people to rescue them from the samsara whirlpool. Another precept about Lord Ranganatha is that he is very easily accessible. He goes around the streets of Srirangam giving darshan to everyone. He has Utsav’s almost every other day during the year and he loves to come out and enjoy his ride in different vehicles [vahanas]. When one goes to have the darshan of Lord Ranganatha and cast a glance on the Lord’s beautiful countenance, his form is so beautiful and enticing that one cannot end his/her relationship with the Lord abruptly. The Lord being an epitome of compassion sows the seeds of his beautiful form in one’s heart and one yearns to have the darshan of the Lord forever. The Lord is so beautiful, youthful and wears the appearance of a bridegroom and hence he is called as “Azhagiya Manavalan”. One beholds that beautiful form of the Lord resting on a snake.
There is another form of the Lord where he is standing majestically akin to a bridegroom and goes out to bless his devotees. Above all the Lord is an epitome of forbearance, since he takes the devotees unto him no matter how bad they are and this verily because, he has the embodiment of forbearance and patience [Bhoodevi], residing in him. He establishes the cord of love between him and the devotees that one cannot stop looking at the beautiful countenance of the Lord and this is verily because he has Niladevi, embodiment of love in him always. It is that divine love that binds us unto the Lord. It is that form of the Lord that all of us would love to propitiate. Andal is that form of love, verily Niladevi who has infinite love for the Lord. The term compassion comes on the basis of inequality. There is a reason for compassion and forbearance, but there is no reason needed for love. This month of Margazhi is celebrating the way that she followed to attain the Lord. Her Thiruppavai is a stunning example depicting how one should do bhakti to the Lord.
Sri Narayananji from Boston delivered the satsang lecture on the auspicious day of Hanumad Jayanthi which is celebrated on the Ammavasya day in the Margasirsha month in Tamil Nadu, while people in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh celebrate this great occasion differently.
It is said – “Handumad Samena Guruna” – Hanumanji is said to be the best comparison for Guru Tattuva, verily because he was chosen by the Lord to reach out to Sita Devi. When we perceive Ramayana in philosophical terms, Lord Rama is a representation of the Paramatma Tatva, Sita Devi being the icon of Jeeva Tattva and the union between Jeeva and Paramatma is eternal which is clearly depicted in Sita Kalyanam. It is Lord Rama who went in search of Sita Devi to get married to her. The marriage is completely officiated by Sage Vishwamitra. Sage Vishwamitra only appears to have Sita Devi engaged to Lord Rama. He doesn’t appear anywhere else in Ramayana. He requested King Dasaratha to take Lord Rama along with him as he would be the only one to fight the demons and make sure the Yagna is completed without any obstacles. He then took Lord Rama and Lakshmana to his ashram and got few demons killed by Lord Rama, but that was not Sage Vishwamitra’s real intention. His real intention was to get Mother Sita married to Lord Rama. In one of Sri Swamiji’s kirtan, he sings “Gambhira Nadaiodu Vandan Sri Raman Mithilaiku”
The marriage between Lord Rama and Sita Devi depicts the eternal bondage between the Jeevatma and Paramatma. The moment Sita was wedded to Lord Rama she never left him even for a moment and she depicts devotee’s devotion who is wedded to the Lord. One has to be with the Lord whatever be the case. When Lord Rama was exiled for fourteen years, Sita Devi accompanied him to the forest and refused to be separated from Lord Rama. She happily wore the clothes made of wooden barks when she departed to the forest where she lived with the Lord happily. A golden deer once passed by and she got enticed by it. Deer in philosophical terms connotes ‘samsara’. Jadabharata was enthralled by a deer, which means that he was attracted by samsara. Any saint who performs his duties righteously may still be attracted by samsara [deer].
Sita Devi is attracted by Samsara and the ten headed Ravana abducted her. The ten heads refers to the ten senses [Indriyas]. She was in Ashoka vana for ten months. The ten months represent the “Garba Vasa” that every child has to endure in the womb of a mother. Ravana was always assisted by three people; Vibhishana, Indrajit and Kumbakarna who are the epitome of Satvik, Rajasika and Tamasa Gunas. Sita, who is the jeevatma is bound by a human body and the struggle between the Jeevatma and Paramatma is depicted. Sita was in despair in Ashoka Vana after getting separated from Rama. But Valmiki does not portray Sita’s longing for Lord Rama in Ramayana. He beautifully depicted the sufferings of Lord Rama and the pain he underwent in search of Sita Devi.
Ramayana takes a new dimension and is very interesting from Kishkinda Kanda. It is verily because Hanumanji makes an entry in Kishkinda Kanda. Lord Rama meets Sugriva and cries for Sita Devi. It is believed that during the rainy season, the clouds stopped raining water but the water from Lord Rama’s eyes never ceased. Lord Rama had not found a Guru to take Sita Devi back. With Lord Rama’s prowess, he could have easily slayed Ravana and brought back Sita Devi. He confided in Sugriva that he had the ability to destroy the entire earth with the tip of his finger. The reason Lord Rama didn’t go to find Sita was verily because he wanted Lord Hanuman to first meet her. After bestowing liberation to Sabari, Lord Rama waited to meet Hanumanji, the Sadguru. The reason the Lord undergoes the struggle is because he waited for the right person to pick up that Jeeva. The Lord was in Pampa Lake, on the hills of Rishyamukha which was inhabited by Sugreeva and his minister Hanumanji. Sugreeva was afraid of anyone and everyone he met, since he considered any stranger to be in the guise or an associate of his brother Valli. He was overcome by the fear that he would face death anytime. It was verily Lord Hanuman who was always with Sugreeva and boosted his confidence with positive thoughts. They spotted Lord Rama and Lakshmana from a faraway distance. Sugreeva who was scared of strangers was about to run away but was stopped by Lord Hanuman, who later went down the hill to meet Lord Rama and Lakshmana. This is the very beginning of Kishkinda Kanda. Hanumanji casted off his monkey semblance and went in the form of a Sadhu [mendicant] at the behest of Sugreeva when he met Lord Rama, verily because a Sadguru is always sent by the Lord. A sadguru is none but the Lord himself who comes in the form of a human being. Hanumanji takes a normal human when he goes to meet the Lord.
“Tvam kapatangi krutha manusha vesha”
“Aham kapata hrudaya bhakta vesha”
The way Hanumanji asked questions to Lord Rama was indeed very beautiful. He asked as to how they landed in this forest when they had the kingly appearance.
“Rajarshi deva prathimou thapasou samshita vrathau [Kishkinda Kanda, chapter 3 sloka 5]
The way Hanumanji introduced himself to Lord Rama was a classic example to substantiate that Hanaumanji was indeed a personification of humility.
“Sugreevo nama dharmathma kaschith vanara pungavaha”
“veero vinikrutho brathaha jagath bramathi dukithaha”
He humbly introduced himself as a servant of a great king called Sugreeva who was indeed a Dharmatma. He further added that he was born to the Lord of the wind [Pavanakumara].
Sage Valmiki beautifully portrayed Lord Rama and Lakshmana who were listening to Hanumanji all this time. After hearing to Hanumanji, Lord Rama’s face wore a pleased look. The Lord thus spoke to Lakshmana that it was indeed that he was waiting to meet Hanumanji all his life. The Lord was choked for words.
“tvameva kankshya manasya mamantikam ihagatha” [Kishkinda Kanda, chapter 3 sloka 26]
Vakyagnam madhuraihi vakyaihi sneha yuktam arindamam
Na an rigveda vinithasya na a yajurveda dharinaha
Na a sAma veda vidushaha shakyam evam vibhashitum
Nunam vyakaranam kruthsnam anena bhahuda shutham
Bahu vyaharatha anena na kinchith apa shabditam [ Kishkinda Kanda, chapter 3 slokas 27-29]
In the short conversation between Hanumanji and Lord Rama, the Lord concluded that Hanumanji was an exponent of Rig, yajur and Sama Vedas, a Nava Vyakarana Pandit and one who had mastered the entire Sanskrit Grammar. No one could ever find fault in the way Hanumanji spoke to Lord Rama. His choices of words were such that there was no negative connotation [Apashabda] in any of the words that he used. This precept is true in all Mahatmas. Our Guru Maharaj’s style of speaking is also akin to Hanumanji. During any discussion, he brings out his intelligence in a very subtle way that only the Lord can comprehend. There is no negative connotation not only through Mahan’s way of speaking but they also don’t exhibit any negative gestures through their feet and hands movements. The brilliance in the voice and speech that emanates from his diaphragm and throat was so stunning that even captivated Lord Rama. When Hanumanji is made to stand in front of an evil person, he will be absolved of all negative forces and totally surrender unto the holy feet of Lord Hanumanji. Guru’s grace is so potent that anyone with negative thoughts when surrendered unto the holy feet of the Guru will be immediately transformed.
All the beautiful qualities of the Guru is being extolled by Lord Rama himself verily because only the Lord really knows the greatness of a Guru.
If we visualize this whole scene, Sugreeva was in a deep corner and Hanumanji had come down as a Sadhu in the guise of a mendicant and met Lord Rama and Lakshmana and got acquainted with each other. The moment Hanumanji realized that it was indeed Lord Rama and Lakshmana who were standing in front of him, no time was wasted. He immediately carried them on his shoulders and took them straight to Sugreeva, because Sugreeva was longing to meet the Lord and was in need of a relief from the pangs of samsara. A Guru brings the Lord unto his devotee as soon as possible.
He introduced Lord Rama and Lakshmana to Sugreeva. He then lit a fire and took one hand of Lord Rama and one hand of Sugreeva and united them in friendship in the presence of Agni [the Lord of fire]. There is no mention in any of the scriptures or Puranas that the friendship should be confirmed in the presence of Agni, but Hanumanji does so. It is verily because he desired to make that bonding very strong because of the fear that Sugreeva might run away any time from the Lord. From that point in the Lord executed whatever chores as ordained by Sugreeva.
It is a precept that a Brahma Jnani Is being followed by the Lord and other Devas and they will execute any instruction as ordained by the Brahma Jnani, verily because they are bound by the Mahatma. The moment the union between the Lord and Sugreeva happened with the blessings of the Guru Hanumanji, Sugreeva was very successful in all his endeavors. He met no failures and had no downward graphs in his life at all. A Guru’s association verily leads the devotee to the Lord – “Narayanam dhadathi ithi Naradha”. The greatest Guru is Sage Narada and all Gurus are indeed manifestations of Sage Narada because they bring Lord Narayana to all the devotees. Hanumanji verily did this for Sugreeva –“hanumad samena Guruna”.
After the rainy season Sugreeva was crowned as the king after the slaying of Vali. The entire monkey clan was split into four as they set out to search the divine mother. Lord Rama gave the ring only to Hanumanji as he thought that it was very likely that Hanumanji would only meet the divine mother. He went to Lanka and met Sita Devi which is the crux of Sundara Kandam. He gave the divine names and the divine story of Lord Rama [Raja Dasaratho nama ratha kunjara…] in the ears of Sita Devi when she was in misery. When she was about to end her life, he spoke about the greatness of Lord Rama and gave her the ring that had the divine name Rama inscribed in it – ‘Rama nama ankitha anguliyakam’ which denotes “ABhayam”. The Guru conveys the message of the Lord to Jeevatma and the message is verily the chanting of the divine names of the Lord. The Guru does not bring back the Jeevatma to the Lord but it is indeed the vice versa. The Guru only brings the Lord to the Jeevatma.
Lord Hanumanji was instrumental in constructing the bridge along with the other monkeys [Vanaras] and in bringing Lord Rama unto Sita Devi. In the Madhwa traditions, Lord Hanumanji is considered to be the lifeline [Mukya Prana] in Ramayana. When Sita Devi was about to end her life, it was verily Lord Hanumanji who saved her life. Sugreeva was saved by Hanumanji. Bharatha was in state of despair and was about to end his life. It was only Hanumanji who delivered the message that Lord Rama was on his way back and also saved Bharatha from ending his life. When Lakshmana was injured during the war, it was verily Lord Hanumanji who brought the Sanjeevini Mountain and cured him. It is very evident that all throught Ramayana, Hanumanji induced life into all the lives who are in the pangs of samsara. It is truly enough to just reminisce the Guru and no other special sadhana is needed to bring in happiness in all of us and that is why it is said – ‘Hanumadh samena Guruna’. The greatest thing the Guru bestows his devotees is the Mahamantra which takes all the misery out and ushers in Guru Smaranam.
Sri Swamiji has established many Hanumanji temples. In Govindapuram, the divine abode for Sri Bodendra, adjoining the Adishtanam of Sri Bodendral there is a beautiful hall and there is a Hanumanji who resides in that hall. He is called Bhagavata Anjaneyar and he incessantly chanting the divine names of Lord Rama. There is a Sundara Anjaneya consecrated in Bangalore. Sri Swamiji had earlier planned on building a Panduranga temple. The devotees had purchased the land needed for the temple construction and were eagerly waiting for the nod from Sri Swamiji to go ahead with construction. Sri Swamiji came to Bangalore after visiting Nasik then and was in deep state of meditation. When he opened his eyes, he told all the devotees that a Hanuman temple would soon be built in the premises. Immediately the clouds took a beautiful shape of Lord Hanuman. Sri Swamiji himself suggested the name – ‘Sundara Hanuman’ who is so beautiful to behold and is standing with his mace [Gadha] on his shoulders and bestowing his grace [Abhaya Ashtam] to all the devotees. He is also incessantly chanting the divine names of Lord Rama and speaks to all the devotees. He is located in Ramamurthy Nagar in Bangalore. There is a Veera Hanuman in Sri Srinivasa Perumal in Madhurapuri Ashram. He is standing there guarding the entire Madhurapuri Ashram. Even now it is a practice to give the keys to Veera Anjaneyar after locking the temple and he goes around the village and protects the people from any evil force.
Kanyakumari Anjaneyar is also consecrated in Madhurapuri Ashram. He wanted to be in Madhurapuri Ashram since it is the house of the best in class Brahmacharis students and wanted to be in the midst of them. He had earlier visited Mahabalipuram and Kannyakumari but later settled in Madhurapuri ashram. He is 24 feet tall and playing divine leelas every day. He loves Hanuman Chalisa and Aditya Hrudayam and is also incessantly chanting the divine names of Lord Rama.
The satsang concluded with prayers and Namasankirtam.