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March 2 , 2012

Special issue on Hanuman ( continues)!

Welcome to March 2 2012 issue .

... 'This word is Supreme. Whoever meditates on this word obtains all he desires.This word is the best support. He who knows this support achieves what ever he desires....

Thus starts the teaching of Yama on the word "om" .

The Katha Upanishad moves into the 2nd Valli( part) of Ist Adhyaya. Some of the tougher concepts emerge. Two thoughts are introduced. The word "om" as the key to discovery. The second is about Atma (soul) which he says cannot be undesrstood by study.

This issue however continues the series on the Role Models from Ramayana with Hanuman as the focus.

"Vikrantah tvam samardhah tvam" says Sita .

"Kritam Hanumata karyam" says Sri R ama.

"Tvayyeva Hanuman asti balam buddhi parakramah" says Sugriva.

Such is the awe inspiring part played by Hanuman! Like millions we are forever in love with Hanuman. So much so that we had earlier presented a two part series in praise of Hanuman Hanuamastuti Part 1 and Hanumastuti Part 2 . In a sense this issue is a continuation of our very first efforts.

In the Ramayana Role models we are looking at Hanuman as an embodiment of selfless service. The lead article on Ramayana in this issue is contributed by Turaga and is thus titled "Hanuman- The embodiment of Selfless service ". And this appears under Ramayan

No single article can cover all the deeds of Hanuman and we were tempted to add some more . We added two more articles on Hanuman. One is under the title 'In the thick of the Battle", which brings out an interesting side story during the battle in Lanka when everything is seemingly lost. Jambavan himself was almost dead. He was unable to see. He was not even sure who is alive and could recognize Vibhishana by his voice only. Jambavan asks Vibhishana if Hanuman is alive? . Vibhishana was surprised and asks Jambavan why he is asking about Hanuman and not about the two Brothers Rama and Lakshmana or even the King Sugriva or the Prince Angada ? The answer is the story and it appears on the Ramayana page .

We also cannot forget the "Jaya mantra" the battle cry of Hanuman in Lanka. Millions know this and this is brought out under "one more thing". Sita's favorite is Hanuman, that is well known. Rama too is touched by the selfless service of Hanuman. And his famous last words to Hanuman remain prophetic:

"As long as Rama's story is told and retold amongst men, so long shall your kirti (fame) form part of it."

There will be more in the coming weeks on Ramayana.

Bhagavatam Chapter 82 of Dasama Skandha. It is a description of the meeting of virtually all people referred to in Bhagavatam Dasama Skandha. This in includes Pandavas and Kauravas and all those warrior kings who participated in the Kurukshetra war.The Solar eclipse of those days brought all of them together at Syamantapanchaka. . This chapter also brings to close the story of Gopis when Gopis get instructed by Lord Sri Krishna about his real selfand their relationship with him.The Last sloka says " Having been thus instructed by the Lord, the Gopis by constant meditation eradicated the mask on the soul, understood the Lord fully".

Athato Brahmajignyasaa this week continues with the elaboration of "Kathopanishad 1.2. The elaboration/ teaching on " Atman" and "Brahman" comes along as part of a story of Nachiketa's quest for knowledge.

As stated the Ramayana Role models is appearing under Ramayanam.Shri Turaga has provided two links ( 1 , 2) for further readings.

We continue our requests for suggestions and contributions.

Om Tat Sat


Witty Wisdom !

- contributed by Kamaraju Turaga


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