The GOS 231 – Perumal & Adiyen 32 – Hanuman to Kishkinta

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Everyone felt very surprised on seeing Hanuman hanging in mid air. Even his father Kesari was taken aback by surprise. Vali was surprised too, but he wanted to bring back Hanuman at the earliest. Then..

“Why are you all worried? Hanuman has taken birth to do a number of miraculous things. I showed this only to affirm that I have the responsibility to guide him and to protect him.” – Vayu was carrying him in both hands. Vali was angry at seeing this.

“O Vayudeva! We are going to meet Venkatava to decide something very important about Hanuman. It is not fair for you to play with Hanuman at this crucial hour. Still, it would be nice if you give back the property of Kishkinta back to us. Enough of your playtime.” – though Vali was folding his hands, he said that with a ferocious tone.

Vayudeva laughed at this.

“Why are you laughing Vayu?” – Kesari asked humbly. He somehow felt Vayu as his brother and he did not get angry at all.

“Kesari, don’t you think it is fair to consult me before handing over Hanuman to Kishkinta? I am at the stage of his step-father. Why did you all forget me?” – Vayu was very sad when asking this.

“I don’t think it is necessary. Isn’t it enough to get the parents who gave birth to the kid??”

“Vali! You are talking without knowing respect. Kesari-Anjana has already given Hanuman as an adoption. You do not know this. Else, you wouldn’t talk like this immaturely.” – Vayu replied.

“Probably, but better than you and me, the one who creates, sustains the universe, Lord Venkatava is whom we were about to meet for an auspicious thing, how is it fair to interfere in our way? The conversation must happen in the presence of the Lord Almighty.” – said Vali swiftly.

“You should have asked me straight up. I would have welcomed you with both arms. But instead, you play with Hanuman like a ball.” – Kesari opened his mouth for the first time. Vayu realized that it is the presence of the mighty Vali that makes Kesari speaks like this. He handed over Hanuman to them. They all proceeded to meet Venkatava, stood before Him with great respect and devotion and prayed. The Lord looked at everyone, blessed them and asked Anjana what’s the matter.

Anjana explained everything that happened and said, “The decision is yours My Lord.” He listened to it completely as if He comes to know of all these for the first time and smiled beautifully.

“Kesari, where does a river start?”

“In the mountain.”

“Where does it end its journey?”

“In the ocean”

“Isnt’t it fair that the river reaches where it is supposed to reach?”

“Yes indeed.”

“Does the mountain desire to keep the river with itself, just because it is born at the mountain?”

“No it shouldn’t.”

“Perfectly said Kesari. Now you must have got the answer.”

“I understood my Lord. But the river that flows is different than my son Hanuman.”

“Kesari, your eyes are covered with the attachment towards your child. You don’t understand about nature either. Hanuman is your son. He is the foster son of Vayu. But it is destined that he should be in Kishkinta.”

“You too my Lord? Why should Hanuman go to Kishkinta when he can live peacefully and blissfully in Tirumala?”

“Is this what you say Kesari?”

“Yes, even I wanted to make my son Hanuman the future king of my province. I don’t have anybody else other than Hanuman either. But I obeyed your orders.”

“Was that a mistake Kesari?”

“Not at all my Lord. You are the protector of the world who knows everything. Let Hanuman go to Kishkinta, but let it happen after some time. I myself will take him there.”

“What’s the difference between taking him a little later and now? Here stands Vali, you know nothing about him. He is capable of withstanding all three worlds by himself. If Hanuman is with him, it is very beneficial for Hanuman. Do not spoil it.”

“I will take care of him even if he is in Kishkinta. But…” – said Vayu.

“Am I not worthy of getting the respect which is given to a monkey from Kishkinta? Even if Vali himself has asked, isn’t it right Kesari asking me for the sake of it? How is it fair that he thinks that Hanuman is all his?” – asked Vayu.

“Do not get angry Vayu. Such negative talks rise when there is anger and attachment. Forget it. Did you think it was right to push Hanuman and to hold him in mid air yourself. You scared everyone there. Was that fair?”

Vayu remained silent and so did everyone around.

“Let Vali take Hanuman to Kishkinta on an auspicious day. Let Anjana and Kesari accompany Hanuman. Vayu can visit there frequently, train him on various things.” – then the Lord looked at Vali and said:

“Do not hasten. Take Hanuman as you wished. Let his parents come along and do not stop them whenever they wish. They won’t stay in Kishkinta for long. The final phase of their lives will be spent in Kishkinta.” – said the Lord.

Kesari was postponing the Yagna as much as possible as he did not want to send Hanuman to Kishkinta. Vali became furious and rolled his tail, smashing those trees which stood for thousands of years to ground. Kesari was shocked at this. If he can smash such mighty trees with his tail, what sort of a power will he possess? He realized Vali’s prowess and said:

“It was the love for Hanuman that I lost my balance, I dared to postpone this event even after the Lord commanding me to do so. Let me make arrangements for the yagna right away.” – he folded his hands.
Vali was convinced only then. In a few moments, arrangements were made with invitation to Lord Brahma, Narada and so on for sending Hanuman to Kishkinta. Anjana was relieved that she could visit there to see Hanuman whenever she wants to, in spite of feeling the heaviness in separation.

But she was worried about Hanuman’s adamant nature and Vali’s short temper if things would work between them. But she surrendered completely to the holy feet of the Lord and was relieved. When the ritual was proceeding, an old Maharishi came and went straight up to Vali:

“Vali Mahraj”

Vayu who was looking fondly at Hanuman looked around. There stood the Maharishi.

“Do you realize that there is a small error in this ritual. Can the Lord Venkatava allow this?”

“I don’t understand what you mean.”

“Who is Hanuman?”

“The son of Anjana-Kesari, my foster-son.”

“Rightly so. Then you and your wife should sit in this yagna and give Hanuman as an adoption to Kishkinta? You and Hanuman are related anyway..” – said the Rishi.

“My and my wife didn’t think of this at all. But it is all the same now. I am not going to make this a big issue.” – Vayu turned around.

“Vayu, do you know? The moment when someone gives an adoption with Agni as the witness, then all the rights for that child is for the person who receives him. When Anjana and Kesari are giving Hanuman as an adoption to Kishkita, your right as a foster father goes away.”

“What are you saying?”

“No one can call Hanuman as Vayu Putra hereafter but he would be known as Kishkintapuri Putra. Think about it.”

“I don’t get it?”

“With Venkatava as the witness, Anjana and Kesari gave Hanuman as adoption to you. Now Kesari is scared of Vali and he is giving away Hanuman to him. This is where you and Venkatava are making a mistake. When they gave Hanuman as an adoption to you, then you have all the rights. Not them.

Vayu thought for a moment and said, “I did mention this to the Lord. But he didn’t say anything.”

“Vayu, don’t mistake me. He is the source of this play. That’s all I can say.”

“What do you want me to do?”

“You and your wife should conduct this yagna and hand over Hanuman to Kishkinta.”

“Then Hanuman will become like my foster-son.” – said Vayu.

“Yes, but give him as an adoption temporarily. Do not give him away forever. Go now and stop this yagna.”

“You seem to know all these in detail. But you never said who you are.”

“Don’t worry about me, just think of me as your well-wisher. Don’t waste time and don’t lose your rights.”

Though Vayu was worried and confused, he took the Maharishi’s words as a divine ordaince. Right at that time, Venkatava walked in. On seeing the Lord, Vayu went back to his seat. Right then the important part of the yagna of giving adoption started. The Lord looked around and asked: “Where is Vayu?”

Vayu stood in front of the Lord.

“You are supposed to be here in the center and blessing Hanuman. Should you hide like this? Take this akshadhai, bless Hanuman.”

Vayu was surprised. He began to speak and the Lord said: “I know. An old Maharishi must have spoken to you right? Did he also say that you should stop the yagna and clarified you of your rights?”

“Yes”

“Well, it was me who tested your state of mind. Just look around, you won’t find the Maharishi. Look closely at me and you’d find him in me.”

Thus, the Lord carried out the play of giving away Hanuman to Kishkinta.

~ to be continued…!

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The GOS 230 – Perumal & Adiyen 31 – Vali’s Proposal

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The answers of Agastya Muni to the generic questions posted by devotees can be found here. The readers are requested to send their spiritual experiences related to the Siddhas to GnanaBoomi at Gmail dot com. Though the experiences are unique and personal to them, it can shower some light or guidance to those who read them. Thanks!
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When Hanuman was playing in Tirumala, the king of Kishkinta, Vali came to Tirumala. He made arrangements for a penance to get the darshan of Lord Venkatava. After a severe penance for several years, Venkatava appeared before Vali and asked him why he was doing such a severe penance.

“I had to ask you for a favor my Lord.”

“What is it?”

“I saw a small child flying towards the sky some years back. I began to collect all information about him and knew that he is under your protection.”

“Oh Hanuman! He is not under my protection. He has parents.”

“You are the mother and father of all beings. Hence I wanted to get your darshan.”

“What else do you want as you have got my darshan?”

“I want to see Hanuman.”

“Then?”

“If you approve, I want to take him and his parents to Kishkintha and have them with me.”

“You should be asking this to his parents. Why are you asking me?”

“My Lord. Hanuman will come with me only if you allow.”

“I don’t have any control over Hanuman. Ask this to the Anjana couple. If they agree to your proposal, I am happy too. But why are you asking about Hanuman in particular?”

“O Sire, aren’t you aware? It is well written in the palm leaves of Siddhas and Maharishis such as Vashishta!”

“Oh you are asking this based on them. Why would I be an hindrance if its ordained? Go and ask the couple yourself.”

When Vali came to the ashram, Anjana was very surprised. But Kesari was doubtful about his intention since there were a huge amount of Vanara army with Vali. He guessed that it was to do with Hanuman that this mighty king of Vanaras has come all the way here. As he was a king himself, he welcomed Vali as he would do for another king. Vali inquired about Hanuman as Kesari rightly guessed.

Kesari called upon Hanuman and introduced him to Vali. He asked to do Namaskara for Vali. Hanuman did not do so for some reasons. He was restless and was running here and there without listening to Kesari, upsetting him. He became angry as well as he felt insulted before an emperor. Vali persuaded him saying he is just a kid and would become alright as he grows.

“May I know why your mighty being has honored this poor man’s hut?” – Kesari asked humbly.

“I saw the prowess of your son in the sky a while back. I really liked him. If you allow, if you wish too, I would like to take Hanuman to Kishkinta. Hence I came here myself.”

Anjana was shocked hearing this.

Kesari did not expect this too. It was because of Hanuman that he left his kingdom and is staying here at Tirumala. If Hanuman is sent to Kishkinta, how can he be peaceful?

“What are you thinking O King! Hanuman is not just your son. He is a close friend of Kishkintapuri. It will be very beneficial for the world if he is taken there. I will raise him as a prince myself.”

“O King of Kishkinta! I know about you very well. Hanuman will be blessed greatly if he grows up in Kishkinta, no doubt. But…” – said Anjana.

“What is the problem then?”

“Tirumala’s Lord should approve of this first. Then Kesari should agree. Then..”

“..then its your approval?”

“It is not mine. But Hanuman should like Kishkintapuri.”

“He is just a boy right? My servants in the palace will take good care of him. I spoke to the Lord already, He doesn’t have any objection. I am not sure what King Kesari would say..” – said Vali.

“O King. I won’t speak what is not in my heart. I do not wish to send Hanuman to Kishkintapuri.” – said the straightforward Kesari.

“This wouldn’t be a problem if you both agree to live with Hanuman at Kishkintapuri.” – said Vali.

Kesari became thoughtful. “I am a king of a smaller province. I cannot stay in another palace for more than three days as per the rules. I cannot stay in the palace for long.”

“Let us then ask the Lord Venkatava himself.” – said Anjana.

“Would you agree to whatever the Lord says?” – asked Vali.

Kesari expressed his consent. They all proceeded to the Lord. While on their way, Hanuman was running in front of everyone where he peeped in to the right side of the mountain and fell down in a huge valley next to it. That was a place where survival is next to impossible for those who falls down. But when they saw, Hanuman was hanging in the mid air.

~ to be continued…!

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The GOS 229- Perumal & Adiyen 30 – Bala Hanuman

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“You need to go across the river right? My coracle is on its way. Get on board, I shall take you across safely.” – said an old man.

“When will it come? I don’t see any coracle coming nearby?”

“Just a moment. It will be here, bear with me.” – the old man was humble. A few minutes passed by. Four men came along with a coracle on their head.

“There is a small hole in it. I shall fix it in no minute. Then it will be ready.” – said one of them. Kesari could not say anything. It is better for me and Hanuman to escape from this place. Let us worry about Anjana later, he thought. He could not think of anything else, including what he will feed if the infant Hanuman gets hungry. When the coracle got ready, he asked:

“Should I climb up alone or can the horse get on it too?”

“Both can.”

“Nothing to worry right?”

“Nothing.”

“I am just asking as you said there was a hole in it that needs fixing. The flood is raging too.”

“You are a king with enough army and mental strength. If you get scared of this yourself, how’s that?” – the coracle man was sarcastic. Though Kesari did not like this talk, he kept quiet thinking of the task at hand. In a while, the huge horse somehow got in to the coracle. Kesari sat in it with Hanuman who was wrapped in a silk cloth and was kept inside a carrying box (without a cover of course).

The coracle went on its way in the river. Half way through Kesari felt a chilling feeling in his foot. There was a small hole through which water was getting inside. He got scared so much. He shouted at the old man to turn the coracle to the banks.

“We are half way through. We cannot go that way as its too windy. Just bear with me for a while, we can reach the other side quicker.” – said the old man without even looking at Kesari’s face.

“Oh man! There is a hole in this coracle.”

“Do not worry. I shall take you across safely. Just be seated as the horse is freaking out. Please try to control it.”

Kesari was worried, how is he going to take Hanuman across this raging river? This coracle man is not going to listen. Let whatever happen be the will of the Three Eyed Lord, he thought. As he saw Hanuman feeling hungry, he tried to give him the cow’s milk he had taken along. But Hanuman did not want the milk but his mother Anjana. He began to cry loudly and was not able to be controlled no matter what Kesari tried. Kesari was tired. As it happened, the hole became bigger and the coracle began to drown. The horse freaked out like never before and Hanuman was not to be controlled either. He cried aloud surrendering totally to the Lord saying: “O my Lord Venkatava! Only you can save us!”

That happened then, only after Kesari surrendered completely. Someone lifted Bala Hanuman in their hands. The hole got closed by itself. The water disappeared. Someone was seen consoling the horse as well by tapping it. Miraculously enough, the raging flood disappeared along with the coracle man. The coracle was smoothly floating like a boat. Kesari was shocked seeing all these. He first thought that the old man was washed away in the flood. Then a divine voice was heard from the North-Eastern corner:

“Kesari! Don’t be surprised. Your child is safe in my hands. It was me who came as the coracle man and it was me who fixed the hole in it. I wanted to give a small shock treatment to your wrong decisions. You were not able to console a crying child for a brief period of time. How is it fair to take him away from his mother and Tirumala, did you think you can raise him yourself?” – asked Venkatava.

Kesari was quiet for a while:

“Please forgive me. We both shall return to Tirumala.” – Bala Hanuman was seen laughing and smiling.

“It is a sin to separate the child from its mother. But as this child is of a divine nature, it is not an issue to give him as adoption. This child is an avatar of Lord Mahadeva Himself. That Three Eyed Lord wanted to be at Tirumala Himself. This child is going to give a mighty protection to the king of Ayodhya, Sri Rama. Not just that. He will live as a Brahmachari and will help the people in many ways.

His fame will spread in all eight directions. He will appear in the Krishnavatar which will come after Ramavatar. As the Kali’s atrocities will appear, Venkata avatar had to happen.”

Kesari did not understand anything. He was thinking, this child is given as adoption anyway. There is not going to be another child for me as Anjana wanted to stay in Tirumala to serve the Lord. It is better if I become a Sannyasin, Kesari decided. Anjana questioned his decision for which he said, “You are aware of this already, then why do you question? There isn’t many children for us. The only one we had, we gave it for adoption. You are going to stay in Tirumala for serving the Lord. I cannot stay here as I don’t like this place, Venkatava or Vayu.”

Anjana suggested Kesari that he should marry another woman and through her, he can get another son to succeed his throne. He did not expect this from Anjana. He explained to her that he does not have such a thought but he would love if Anjana comes with him to be his queen. Anjana declined. She said it was enough for her to have this one child who is of divine nature.

Kesari was upset with her decision and he began to leave the place at once. Anjana wasn’t able to bear it. She thought, “O Lord! You gave me this life. Please make my husband understand.”

The Lord smiled and appeared before her. “Anjana, do not worry. He will come back and live with you. You do not have to serve me any longer but be his queen.”

“Thank you my Lord.”

“Please raise Hanuman as your own for some more time. But do not show him too much of love.”

Hanuman’s naughtiness was unbearable for others around but everyone liked him. Kesari was not able to live alone for long. He kept sending messengers to both the wife and son. One day when he was doing his pooja, he saw the sky becoming dark all of a sudden. As it was a summer, he was surprised to see the sky becoming darker. As he looked up, he could see a small boy floating in the sky. Before he could make sense of what was happening, the boy was slapped on his cheek, began to fall down and was caught by Surya Deva. He kept the unconscious boy in Anjana’s ashram.

Surya was telling the devas and other rishis in Tirumala:

“As he came to catch hold of me, I slapped him slightly as the world will become dark if he does so. I was wondering how he got the power to fly. I think it is due to Vayu.”

Kesari realized that it was his son. He could not live in his place any longer and he came back to Tirumala. The Lord was pleased to see the family reunited.

~ to be continued…!

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The GOS 228- Perumal & Adiyen 29 – Naming of Anjanadhri!

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Though Kesari was happy that the Lord himself named their son as Hanuman, he did not like the idea of adopting their son to Vayu completely. He lamented about this to Anjana. She said that the Lord will take care of everything and that she was not convinced about the adoption either.

“You could have spoken to Lord Venkatava and got the child back, but somehow you kept silent. We went through a number of ordeals and are in a situation where we lost our child.”

“O Kesari, my beloved! It wasn’t just me who kept quiet. We both were speechless before the Lord. Even you could have tried getting our child back, but we couldn’t.”

“Anjana, can we speak to the Lord once again to get our child back?”

“O Lord. Hanuman is our child. He will be raised by us. Vayu will visit him often to bestow the knowledge and power as agreed. Why are you worrying? It won’t be nice to go back to Lord Narayana again with such a query.”

Kesari could not speak further. It was saddening for Anjana to see Kesari struggling not able to be without the child. Anjana tried consoling him with a thought that the Lord wanted to show them that nothing is permanent in this world. The next day, she went to have the darshan of the Lord alone as Kesari was not willing to join. The Lord asked Anjana affectionately:

“Is there any confusion? Why didn’t Kesari come along?”

“He would. He doesn’t feel well.”

“What’s wrong?”

“It’s all about our child O Lord.”

“He doesn’t want to give his child for adoption right?”

“Yes. He nodded before you at first but he is not able to bear that thought. He hasn’t slept the whole night.”

“Then let me call Vayu. We shall discuss it straight through.”

“O Lord. Please do not test us any further. Let things happen as per your divine will.”

“O Anjana. Your mind has reached the state of maturity. No one will be ready to give a newborn child as an adoption. You have a divinity within you, hence you were able to accept what I suggested. But Kesari may not have reached that state.”

“I shall manage him. He doesn’t want to stay here in Tirumala any longer. He wants to leave right away. Please allow us.”

“Very well then. But there is going to be a big yagna and Namakarana in this Tirumala. Then you can return to your kingdom with Hanuman.”

“Your wish is my command. But it is difficult to persuade Kesari.”

“Let me take care of him. But you haven’t asked why this Namakarana and Yagna for?” – the Lord smiled.

“You did severe tapasya in this place. Hence this place will be called after you and will remain even if there is Pralaya happening in the Earth.”

“In my name?”

“Yes. This place where you lived will henceforth be called as Anjanadhri.”

“I am pleased my Lord.”

“There is a question though.”

“If I name this place after you, will Kesari have any objection? Can you check with him?”

“What play is this O Kesava. Why wouldn’t he agree when You say so?”

“Nevertheless, you and Kesari are different. You came forward for the adoption but he didn’t. Now if this naming is going to be after yours, how can he accept his name be left out?”

“He hasn’t done anything against my will my Lord.”

“But he feels otherwise in case of Hanuman.”

“Your play is known only to you. Why do you want to separate us?” – Anjana asked amidst tears.

“No, it isn’t me. Your husband wants to do so.”

“No my Lord. It is true that he was concerned about this adoption. But he wouldn’t go against your words or my wish.”

“Anjana. Go back and see if Kesari is there. Bring him if he is around.” – Anjana left the place at once for she knew that the Lord wouldn’t say so if something hadn’t happened. Just as she feared, Kesari was not to be found and Hanuman was missing too! She searched everywhere but no avail. She went back to the Lord with tears.

“Anjana, did Kesari agree to have this hill named after you?”

“Swami, please do not test me any further. Please let me join my husband and child.” – she began to cry.

“While we were talking, Kesari took Hanuman and went downhill. He is now nearing the banks of Koneri. Tell me now, am I the one who separated you both?”

Kesari was not willing to give the child for adoption. So he took Hanuman in the early hours of morning and came down. When he reached the banks of Koneri, he found that the river was flooding. He must cross the river but there is no boat or anything available around. He cannot take the horse in this raging flood plus Hanuman must be protected. He did not want to go back to Tirumala either. He was in a dilemma now for it wasn’t sure when the flood will come down or should he go back to TIrumala.