YOU MUST KNOW #12
Hence was she trembling with wrath? With folded hands, Hanuman addressed her: “O Great Mother, no way have I compromised on the sacred worth of your milk. I am but a mere servant. During that visit, I had been instructed only to search for Sita and not kill Ravana. Had I done so of my own accord it would have amounted to overstepping my brief.
I, therefore, acted scrupulously and kept my word.” In fact, Hanuman had asked Sita, when he met her in Ravana’s captivity, whether she would prefer to be rescued by him at that very moment. She replied in the negative stressing that it was her husband’s duty to liberate her and Rama himself would have to come and take her back.
The entire gathering corroborated Hanuman’s version and much mollified his distressed mother. She spoke to him affectionately: “Dear son I never knew all this but now that I do it is comforting that my milk has indeed borne abundant fruit.”
The repeated glorification of her own milk by Anjana was not relished by Lakshmana, who thought it an exaggeration. Sensing this, she addressed him saying: “Lakshmana, you are wondering why this apparently feeble monkey-woman is harping on the efficacy and potency of her own milk? My milk is indeed extraordinary.”
Saying this Anjana squeezed her breast and the oozing milk shower shot to a nearby mountain cleaving it thunderously into two. Addressing Lakshmana again she elaborated: “Hanuman has been brought up on the same milk, how could it ever go to waste?” (This story was narrated in the annual issue of the spiritual journal ‘Kalyan,’ published at Gita Press Gorakhpur. (Page 321)).
To be continued…🙏🏻🙏🏻