Commentary / explanation of Hanuman Chalisa verses 29 & 30

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Sub par Ram tapasvee raja

Tinke kaaj sakal tum saaja

The ascetic king Rama is the ruler of all, and you accomplish even his missions.

Aur manorath jo koi lave

Soi amit jivan phal pavei

Whosoever comes to you with a hope or wish in his heart, he is fulfilled greatly in life and given success.

Hanuman Chalisa, verses 29 & 30

The ascetic king Rama is the ruler of all, and you accomplish even his missions.

Rama is considered as an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, the form of the Divine which operates, upholds and sustains creation. Hanuman even accomplishes the will of Rama and acts  as his caretaker and protector.  

As I have mentioned before, every aspect of the Ramayana is not to be taken as describing physical / mundane history and occurrences of the past. The Ramayana is mystic poetry in which the material and sacred intertwine, revealing many  insights that are attained by a Yogi is deep meditative absorption through parable and imagery.

It is noteworthy that in the Ramayana, Rama needs the protection of Hanuman on numerous occasions. The question may arise as to if Rama is Lord Vishnu, why does He require Hanuman to fulfill his will and to protect  him? This question arises from the surface mind, which only examines the subject superficially.

In Hindu thought, the question can legitimately be asked as to whether the Supreme Intelligence (Ishwar) is necessarily omnipotent. This is not necessarily an attribute that the Supreme Intelligence which guides and shapes creation must possess. Or if Omnipotence is an attribute of the Divine, then perhaps it is not a quality which the Divine wishes to reveal or use, and the Divine will be much more pleased if the aims can be achieved through His/Her devotees acting through the laws of nature.

For example in the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna says that he could easily slay the entire Kaurava army, yet he wishes Arjuna and the others to play their part. Only when he felt Arjuna was not doing his work, in anger he prepared to attack Bhishma himself and thereby breaking his own vow that he would not take up arms in the war. 

In the Ramayana, we find an incident whereby Rama and his forces need to ross the ocean to Lanka. Rama prayed to the Lord of the Waters Varuna to help reveal a way to cross the ocean. Eventually Rama became frustrated by this obstacle and prepared to unleash his true power against Varuna. At this stage Varuna appeared before him alarmed and asking for understanding. Hanuman came up with an agreeable solution. These stories show that Lord Vishnu will bend the rules, including the rules of nature, but only when the work at hand cannot be accomplished through the normal laws of the universe and through his devotees.

Whosoever comes to you with a hope or wish in his heart, he is fulfilled greatly in life and given success.

When we seek the aid of the Divine forces of the universe in fulfilling the hopes and wishes that we hold dear we can achieve much more that we can achieve only through our own will power and efforts. 

On one hand our hopes and wishes are purified being stripped of subconscious drives which may distort our efforts.

The attitude to keep when invoking the help  of a Deity in fulfillment of a task is to surrender our ego for that time and invoke the Deity to lend strength and act through us.

All the Deities are like reflections or faces or a huge unfathomable crystal. They have distinct energies yet are ultimately one.

Hanuman is a Deity who helps us make the right decisions and gives strength, determination, adaptability in our life’s journey/ He understands that we are all at  different stages in our spiritual development, and not everyone is ready to forego all pleasures and attachments in a single minded pursuit of the Divine. Therefore those who seek his grace are given protection and aid, being helped to achieve their genuine wishes & highest potentials.

Visit Hindu Perspective’s HANUMAN SECTION (special feature) for explanations to the other verses of the Hanuman Chalisa

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