YOU MUST KNOW #11
Hanuman and the Potency of Mother’s Milk
After the annihilation of Ravana, Rama asked Hanuman how he would like to be thanked for his services. He answered, “My lord, let me spend the rest of my days in your service.” Rama gladly accepted the request. Thus Hanuman too boarded the chariot, which was to take Rama and his entourage back to Ayodhya.
On the way, however, Hanuman thought of visiting his mother Anjana who lived on a mountain nearby. Rama and all other members of the party too were curious to meet Hanuman’s mother and hence the chariot was diverted to her dwelling.
On reaching the place Hanuman approached his mother whose happiness knew no bounds. She embraced her bundle of joy. All others present too bowed in reverence to the mother of Hanuman. The worthy son narrated to her the entire sequence of events ending with Ravana’s death on the battlefield. Surprisingly, his words did not please his mother but rather she became remorseful and addressed Hanuman thus: “My giving birth to you has been in vain, and feeding you with my milk has been of no avail.” On hearing her strange words all became panicky and were left speechless. Hanuman too stared at her in mute incomprehension.
After a brief pause, she continued with her tirade: “Shame on your strength and valor. Did you not have enough power to uproot Lanka on your own? Could you not have annihilated the ten-headed monster and his army yourself? If you were not strong enough to do so it would have been better if you had at least perished yourself in fighting him.
I regret the fact that even though you were alive Lord Rama had to build a perilous bridge of stones over the turbulent ocean to reach Lanka and had to fight the massive army of demons and thus suffer a great ordeal in order to recover his beloved Sita. Indeed, the nourishment my breast has given you has proved to be unfruitful. Go away and don’t ever show me your face again.”
She was obviously referring to the instance when Hanuman was deputed to go and search for Sita in the city of Lanka. Only when he had confirmed Sita’s presence in Ravana’s custody could a formal battle be launched to rescue her. Hanuman not only brought news of her wretched condition in captivity but also during his brief visit managed to burn down the whole city and thus gave Ravana an inkling of the times to come.
Anjana’s annoyance stemmed from the fact that even though Hanuman was supremely capable of bringing back Sita on his own during that visit itself, he did not do so and much effort had to be expended later to accomplish the mission.
To be continued…
Jai Bajrang Bali🙏🏻🙏🏻