||Sundarakanda||

|| Sarga 7 ||

|| Tattva Dipika ||


||om tat sat||

स वेश्मजालं बलवान् ददर्श
व्यासक्त वैढूर्यसुवर्णजालम्|
यथामहत्प्रावृषि मेघजालम्
विदुत्पिनद्धं सविहंगजालम्||1||

The mighty Hanuman saw the group of mansions, having golden lattices encrusted with Vaidurya and with flocks of birds, looking like a group of clouds with streaks of lightning in the rainy season.

Sundarakanda
Sarga 7

Tattvadipika.
Hanuman sees the aerial car Pushpaka

In the seventh Sarga we see and hear about the palace complex and riches of Ravana. The riches were "देवैश्च सर्वैः सुपूजितानि "- cherished by even Gods, "स्वबलार्जितानि"- won by his own prowess, and "दोषैः परिवर्जितानि "- without blemishes. His palace was of "अप्रतिरूपरूपं " matchless beauty, and आत्मबलानुरूपं - reflected his own might. Hanuman also sees a glowing "पुष्पाह्वयं नाम महाविमानं" - a great aerial car by name Pushpaka. Seeing all these Hanuman was "सविश्मयः" filled with wonder.

But Hanuman going in search of Sita could not find Sita who was "पतिगुणवेगनिर्जिताम् " - won over by the rich attributes of her husband, Sita who was "सुपूजिताम् " well respected daughter of Janaka. Unable to find Sita Hanuman who is was "बहुविधात्मनः " who can pursue many thoughts, "कृतात्मनः" who has achieved set goals , who has great foresight , became "अति दुःखितं मनः " very agitated in his mind.

That is the summary of Sarga 7.

Tattvadipika :

When one see beautiful sights one is surely delighted by the visible external beauty. and gthe spectacle. With that delight one may follow the path of delight in worldly affairs . That is like following the path of "Pleasant" , in the two paths of "Good" Vs "Pleasant" articulated by Yama to Nachiketa in Kathopanishad. But the one in search of "Self" will continue to follow the path of "Good". They are after the eternal happiness in the realization of "Self". Similarly Hanuman here in search of Sita while delighted momentarily seeing the sights in Lanka , is full of grief at not being able to see Sita. His ultimate delight is in completion of his search of Sita or "Self".

The poet Valmiki describes " सुदुःखितः" deeply grieving Hanuman in glorious terms with each of the epithets rich in meaning:.

Hanuman is described as:

- बहुविध भावितात्मः - The one who can contemplate on"Self" in many ways. The poet Valmiki having described the aerial car Pushpak in so many wonderful ways, refers to Hanuman as the one who contemplate in many more ways about "Self", lavishing praise on him.

- कृतात्मः - One , who was successful in attaining Self. When Mainaka asks him to stop and take rest on him, Hanuman says , "प्रतिज्ञा च मया दत्ता न स्थातव्यमिहांतरे". He says that he has taken a vow not to stop mid way in his search. That is the commitment.

- सुवर्त्मः - one who is follower of rightful conduct. We see this in the very first Sloka of Sundarakanda when it is said Hanuman followed the path which is "चारणा चरिते पथि". Which also means path trodden by Masters. Hanuman followed well trodden traditional path. Before undertaking his leap across the Hanuman following the rightful path paid obeisance to Sun god and others, as if to emphasize that act of following rightful traditions.

- सुचक्षुः- One who has good or auspicious eyes. Hanuman is the one who knows that the "Self" is different from the "Body complex", thus he has those eyes which can look inward towards his "Self" . Hanuman after landing in Lanka, standing on the Trikuta mountain looks at the city of Lanka glowing like the city of Gods, which is also a city of worldly enjoyment,as though he was looking at the "Body complex" which is again a place for all worldly enjoyment.

These are all Hanuman's capabilities..

Thus this is also the underlying story of Sundara, the Hanuman in Sundarakanda.

|| om tat sat ||