We come across a lot many myths when we go through any scripture, but we may not have bothered their deeper significance and have just accepted them as the material truth. If we consider their true worth as the value they create in our practical life, the myths become more real and meaningful. I am no authority on scriptures nor do I claim any specialisation in the study of literary symbolism yet I find quite inspiring symbolic meaning in many a myth that we have believed as the factual incidents.
I wish to discuss just two to three myths, though there are so many in this case, related to the life of the Ramayana’s prominent character Hanuman. The message conveyed is really very deep and relevant even in the present day life. The very first myth is that ‘Hanuman finds his Rama in the pearls of the necklace that Sita gave him.’ The story in the scripture goes like this:
After returning from their 14-year exile, the coronation of Rama takes place and at that time Sita is said to have given her personal necklace to Hanuman as a reward for his service and dedication to Rama.