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The message in the myth: Live a life dedicated to the Supreme

One more significant myth that we often find in the character of Hanuman is depicted in his pictures showing ‘Hanuman carrying the mountain in one hand and flying to his destination.’ The story tells us that during the war with Ravana, Lakshman suffered a fatal injury that left him unconscious. The doctor Sukeim prescribed some herbal plants to be brought from the Himalayas before sunrise. Hanuman was given this arduous job because everyone knew that it could not be done by anyone else. Reaching the Himalayas, Hanuman realised, he could not identify the herb needed for the treatment, so he took the entire mountain instead and flew back to the battlefield.

Significantly, almost all of us realise the meaning of this incident, yet we only wish to see Hanuman with the mountain in one hand, often in the left and flying past all sorts of terrain to reach the destination.

If we can lead a life dedicated to the commands of the Supreme, there can be no anxiety or stress in our life.


Are we not in one way or the other the Hanumans of our time? It clearly tells us that however difficult and tough a goal is, it can be attained with no difficulty if one understands it as the duty assigned by the Supreme. The one, who is an instrument of the Supreme and has no personal agenda to accomplish, does not find any hindrance in attaining his objective.

One needs only an unflinching faith and a deep sense of devotion to understand the truth underlying such a spiritual life. When one is an instrument of the Supreme and when everything relates to the Supreme, where does the question of success and failure arise for us human beings? If we can lead a life dedicated to the commands of the Supreme, there can be no anxiety or stress in our life. Modern man, absorbed so deep in his material concerns and ambitions, needs to realise the Hanuman hidden in his own character and that he can come out of the fear of depression with a healthy bent of mind.

BK Mansa

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