Om Namo  Bhagavate Vāsudevaya.

Tomorrow we are celebrating Rām Navami, the day of the appearance of Lord Sri Rāmcandra. The supreme personality of Godhead declares in the eleventh canto of the Bhāgavatam :

mad bhakta pūjabhyadhika (SB 11.19.21) that the most pleasing worship of the Lord is worship of His devotees. That the most pleasing process to the Supreme Lord is when His devotees are satisfied. In fact, in the Bhagavad-Gītā, which was spoken on the battlefield of Kurukṣetra, Lord Sri Kṛṣṇa was trying to convince Arjuna to fight. Now factually, in the form of Mahā-Viṣṇu Krishna is destroying hundreds of billions and trillions of universes simply by inhaling. Just by going (makes a sound), everything is destroyed. Not only all human beings, all living entities, all planets, everything! So did Kṛṣṇa require Arjuna to fight to kill this little army of a few million people? But Krishna wanted Arjuna to fight because He preferred seeing Arjuna glorified for all history than for Him to do it Himself. So in Lord Śrī Rāmcandra’s Leela, of course after Sita was stolen by the great demon Ravana, Lord Rāmcandra could have instantly killed this ten-headed asurā and regained Sita, but He especially wanted to glorify His pure devotees. And of all those devotees Śrī Hanumānji was most devoted to the mission of Śrī Rāmacandra, and therefore he is most glorified even to this day. This leela took place millions and millions of years ago, and yet millions of people to this day are offering all respects and worship to Śrī Hanumān. In Bhagavad-Gītā, Krishna describes how we make spiritual advancement.

‘vyavasāyātmikā buddhir
ekeha kuru-nandana
bahu-sākhā hy anantāś ca
buddhayo ‘vyavasāyinām’ (BG 2.41)

This means, “Those who are on My path, they are resolute in purpose and their aim is one. Those who are irresolute, their intelligence is many branched. Krishna Consciousness is not for them. And Vishwanath Chakravarti Thakur in his very famous commentary of Bhagavad-Gītā, he describes that resolute determination simply means that you make the order of your guru your life and soul. You have no separate interest than the desire of the spiritual master, and to be determined under any circumstances without even considering your own welfare to fulfil the order of guru. As jeeva-atmas living in this world, however great we are, we are most insignificant. And in the execution of our service to the Supreme Lord, we will inevitably encounter many situations where things go helplessly beyond our control, and it is very easy at that time to give up and say, “I cannot do it”, “It is not possible”, “I tried”. Krishna consciousness means to have faith in Krishna in those circumstances. To have faith that the only limitation in my service is my own lack of faith in the power of guru and Krishna, and the most super-excellent example of this is Hanuman. What he was able to do or not to, he didn’t even consider! He just considered it has to be done. When they discovered that Sītā was at Śrī Lankā… it was just a group of the monkey soldiers. They got this information. Rāmacandra had hundreds and thousands of monkey soldiers traversing all the earth looking for Sītā. No one could find Her anywhere, but a few of them got this message that She was in this great city of Lanka. That was the capital of Ravana. So there was hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of miles of ocean.

Radhanath Swami narrates the story of Hanuman crossing the Indian ocean

How to cross it? Hanuman was not considering how vast the ocean was. He only considered one thing: that Sītā is there and Rāma wants Her. So he got to the top of the Mahendra mountain and he just crouched down and jumped. And he jumped with such force that gold and silver just started oozing out from the mountain. The whole mountain was trembling and it created such a vacuum that the trees and the bushes and all the growth of the mountains just started following behind him… and just…in the airways. Varuna, the lord of the sea, he saw him. “My God! How is he! He’s flying over!” He didn’t fly, he was jumping. It’s not that Hanuman could fly, he simply jumped. So Varuna was thinking that it is an offence if we do not help such a loyal servant of Rāma. So he called for the Menaka mountain and said, “You…” This Meneka mountain was a mountain of solid gold that was resting on the bottom of the ocean. He told her to rise to give a resting place for Hanuman on his mission. So the Menaka mountain rose to the top of the ocean, and Hanuman saw it, and was thinking, “What is this!” And the mountain began to speak. It said, “I am your servant. I have come to give you a nice resting place.” Hanumānji, he was thinking that “I don’t have much time. Sītā is in difficulty. Rāma is concerned.” So he just placed his hand on the mountain and said, “Thank you very much for your service. I have accepted it, but I don’t have time to rest.” He just continued on. This is the determination of a devotee. When he has a mission, there’s no time for rest. So many times we’re thinking, “Oh I’m tired let me go to sleep.” Hanuman was not thinking like this. This is the difference between a devotee with faith and a devotee who is not very concerned with the pleasure of his master.

As he was traveling over the great Indian Ocean, one very, very powerful rākṣasī came out of the sea and she said, “My dear Hanuman, I have been given a benediction by lord Brahma that no one can pass by me without me eating them, devouring completely.” So Hanuman looked at her and said “Ah!” So he expanded his body, because he had this mystic power to become very big. He expanded his body to be 10 yojanas long – that means 80 miles. One yojana is eight miles. So she expanded her mouth to be 20 yojanas big. He became 30. Her mouth became 40. He became 50. Her mouth became 70. He became 80. Soon her mouth was 100 yojanas – 800 miles wide. At that time Hanumānji reduced his size to the width of a thumb. And then he went into her mouth, and he walked around for some time, and then he came out. And he said, “So my dear, the fulfilment of Brahma has been fulfilled. The fulfilment of his benediction. You have devoured me, now I am out. So now let me pass.” And she said, “Oh you are very intelligent Hanuman.” (She) said, “Now you can pass, and I wish you all good fortune in finding Sītā.” So he continued on.

And then another huge gigantic Rākṣasā appeared – Rākṣasī. And she opened… what happened with her …she saw Hanuman flying high. So she had a very great mystic power. With her hand she grabbed on to Hanuman’s shadow which was over the ocean, and she captured him. And he was way up there, and he couldn’t move. “What is this!” Couldn’t move! And then he looked down, and there was a Rākṣasī with her hand on his shadow, and he was thinking, “Ah!”. So he came down and, “What is the problem?” She said, “I will eat you for my breakfast today.” So she opened her mouth very big and he became big. And she became bigger, and then he became very small and he went into her mouth and he walked on down through her throat. And he went to her heart, and then he took his very sharp claws and ripped open her heart. And then he flew out of her mouth, and as he was flying out, she just fell in the sea and died. And then he continued on.

Radhanath Swami describes Hanuman’s search for Sita

And when he attained Sri Lanka, he decided that the best thing would be to wait till night. So he hid on one mountain until the evening. Then he reduced himself to the size of a cat, and he came to the northern gate of Sri Lanka, the main gate. And there was this huge, huge man-eating Rākṣasī. And she saw this little tiny monkey. She said, “Who are you? What is your business?” He looked at her and said, “Who are you, and what is your business?” She said, “I am the personification of Sri Lanka, and I am the servant of Rāvaṇā, and no one could pass me without being destroyed. So prepare to die little monkey-man!” So then she came and she slapped Hanuman – hard as she could. And Hanuman just stood there, and with his fist he punched her in the breast, and she went flying to the ground. And she was completely defeated, and she said, “My dear monkey I…I surrender to you. Please do not harm me, I’m a woman. You’re not supposed to harm women.” She said, “A long time ago, Lord Brahma came and he told me that one day a monkey is going to defeat you. And when that day comes, you can know – soon after that all the Rākṣasās, Rāvaṇā, and the whole city of Lanka will be destroyed. So my dear Hanuman, please feel free to enter Lanka and do the business of your Lord.”

So it was night and that night the moon was shining very bright. So he was looking around, trying to find Sītā, and he saw the most beautiful city he had ever seen. After all, Hanuman was born and raised in the Kishkinda jungles. Kishkinda Kshetra is all jungle and mountains, and here the whole city was constructed by Vishvakarma. And all the buildings were the most precious marble, ivory, jewels, gold. So he began to creep and look through the windows of all the major palaces, but he could find no one that fit the description of Sītā. And then he came upon the most masterfully created of all palaces – that of Rāvaṇā. And in the main room, the floor was ivory, the walls were marble and jewels, and it was all lit up because the moon was glistening and reflecting off the jewels, and he could see everything and everyone although it was the middle of the night and there was a large, large dais made of crystal. And on it were beautiful silken cushions, and in the centre laid the huge monstrous demon Rāvaṇā. He had ten heads of dark complexion, limbs that were like lightning bolts. He was so powerful that the demigods in the heavens trembled at the thought of his name, and he had these proud battle wounds – one scar from being struck by the thunderbolt of Indra, one scar from being struck by the Sudarśan Chakra of Viṣṇu, disc of Viṣṇu. And as he lay there, he (Hanuman) was thinking, “This is the ugliest, most hideous, most frightening and terrible form I’ve ever seen.” And next to him (Ravana) was a beautiful woman, his wife Mandodari. And around the bed there were thousands of beautiful dancing girls who would sing and dance for him every night. And he (Hanuman) was examining each and every one of them carefully, but none of them fit the description of Sītā. So he looked everywhere and he was becoming discouraged. Perhaps Ravan has already eaten her. He’s the Rākṣasā. Perhaps She is dead. Perhaps She was cast in the ocean and drowned. Where is …?

And then he sat to rest. And he saw a beautiful garden of Aṣoka trees, so he went into that garden. And under a particular tree, he saw the most beautiful woman in all creation. She was wearing just a single piece of cloth. She was emaciated from fasting. She looked like she was in tremendous distress, tears in her eyes. And he could understand this is Sītā. And there were all these Rākṣasīs around her, threatening her, harassing her, making her life very miserable. Soon after that, he saw Rāvaṇā coming with thousands of his wives following him. And Rāvaṇā came and began to harass. First he was very sweet and polite with Sītā. He said, “Oh! You are so beautiful. Your lotus eyes are so sweet. In fact, when the creator made You, He resigned after making you. He could not make anything any better.” And he was using very flattering words. “So now my dear, accept all the wealth of my kingdom, sit on the throne with me. All my other thousands of queens will be your maid servants from this day on. Just accept me as your husband.” And Sītā said, “My dear Rāvaṇā, why don’t you just enjoy your other wives? You have so many nice other queens. I am the faithful and chaste wife of Rama and there is nothing that will ever break my chastity.” So Rāvaṇā became very angry. He said, “I have given you twelve months to surrender to me. I would have raped you by now. But I once raped the wife of one great sage and he cursed me that I can only come together with a woman if it is by her will. Otherwise I will immediately die. So you must surrender to me and you have two more months. Otherwise, I will eat your lovely form.” Because there was no curse against him eating beautiful women. So Sītā, She told him – “Very soon Rāma will come and He will destroy you and all your Rākṣasā armies. You do not know who you are dealing with. Rāma is the Supreme Personality of Godhead.” So then Rāvaṇā said, “You have two months to surrender.” And he walked away. And Sītā, She just began to cry and She began to chant the names of Rāma and Lakṣmaṇ. And at that time Hanuman was thinking, “I must pacify her, but how? She has been tricked in so many ways that she’ll think I’m just the Rākṣasā disguised as a monkey.” So he began to very sweetly sing the praises of Lord Rāmacandra. He began to describe how Rāma married Sītā, the beauty of this great ceremony, how they lived in Ayodhya, how Rāma was banished to the forest, the beautiful pastimes between Sītā and Rāma at the foot of the Chitrakuta mountain, how Rāvaṇā stole Sītā and all the pastimes of Rāma in between. And when She heard this, She became very enlivened, enlightened. Her heart was full of pleasure and She asked, “Who is speaking like this?” And then Hanuman came and started coming close to Her. And when she saw Hanuman She said, “You are Ravana disguised as a monkey to trick me.” She said, “I will not talk to you anymore.” And then Hanuman began to narrate more and more of the glories of Rama. And She said, “If you are actually Rama’s devotee, what are the qualities of Rāma?” And he began to narrate all the beautiful qualities in the body of Rāma. And then he said that “Rāma has given me this ring to give to you, just to show you that I am his messenger and to prove to you that He is about to come.” Sītā was about to commit suicide. She was about to strangle herself with the braid of her own hair when Hanuman came. And when She saw the ring She pressed it to Her breast and She said, “This is the ring of Rāma.” And they began to speak together and Sītā just began to meditate on the beauty of Rama. And She began to remember the beautiful pastimes they had together in Chitrakut, which was actually the most pleasing place in the leela when they were just living together in a beautiful forest, exchanging the ultimate loving reciprocation of the Supreme Lord and His eternal consort. And then She said, “Rāma is all-powerful. Why does He not come and take me away from this place?” Hanuman said, “He doesn’t know where you are. But now that I have found You, all Your problems are about to be solved. In fact Sītā, I can take you away from this place right now. You climb on my back.” Then he expanded to a huge gigantic size. He said, “Get on my back. I’ll destroy all these Rākṣasās and take You to Rāma immediately today.” And Sītā said, “I know you can do it Hanumanji. But, I am another man’s wife. I cannot touch you. And besides that, Rāma wants to kill these Rākṣasās and do it Himself. So Hanuman said, “Yes! this is your glory”.

Radhanath Swami explains how Hanuman burnt Lanka

So then Hanuman, with Sītā’s blessings, he took leave of her. And he began to think that – “I want to see the prowess of Rāvaṇā’s rākṣasā army. I want to see what they really are all about – I’ve heard so many great things about their strength and power – and that will be very helpful to Rāma in this war against these rākṣasās. So he began to tear down all these Ashoka trees from the most precious garden of Rāvaṇā. And the news came to Rāvaṇā. So he sent 80,000 soldiers to kill this monkey. Hanuman was sitting on the gate of that garden, “Ah! you have come. What have you come for?”

“We have come to kill you.”

So he was just sitting there wagging his tail at them, like a monkey. And when they attacked him with thousands of arrows and clubs, he just took one iron-bar and destroyed every one of them. He started smashing their heads, their arms, their legs, their limbs. There was just blood flowing in all directions. So whatever remainders of this 80,000 men-army were left, they ran to Rāvaṇā and said, “This monkey is impossible to defeat.” So then he sent… He sent the son of his commander-in-chief. And he went there, and Hanuman immediately killed him. Then Rāvaṇā sent his own son, one of his younger sons. And he came to that place. He was a great mystic. He began to shoot arrows at Hanuman. He was flying in the sky, creating so many illusions. And finally, Hanuman realized that this person is very powerful and he is very dangerous. So, I better kill him right away. So although this person was in the air, flying, shooting arrows at Hanuman, Hanuman dashed at him with his fists, slaughtered all his horses, broke his chariot to pieces, grabbed the demon, flung him around a thousand times, smashed him on the ground. And he was dead. Something like that.

The news came back to Rāvaṇā. He was mortified. “My God! My own son dead!” He turned to his most powerful eldest son Indrajeet, who was undefeatable. Indrajeet even defeated Indra. That is where he got that name. Inderjeet means – he who defeated Indra. He said “Indrajeet, go kill this monkey.” Indrajeet took a whole army with him, ordered his chariot. He started shooting thousands of arrows at a time, each arrow was so sharp and so powerful. And Hanuman was just jumping around and not a single arrow could touch him. So Indrajeet came to the conclusion that – this monkey cannot be killed, but perhaps he could be captured. So he invoked this serpent-astra and he shot this arrow, and it became a serpent and it tied around the body of Hanuman. And Hanuman was utterly unable to move. They carried him to the court of Rāvaṇā. So Rāvaṇā saw this monkey – Hanuman – in a completely helpless condition. “Immediately kill him.” His stepbrother Vibhishan said, “My dear brother, this will ruin your reputation. He is an envoy. He is a messenger of the enemy. The messenger of the enemy always must be respected, you can never kill. You will lose your reputation and all your potency if you do such a sinful thing.” So Rāvaṇā said, “Yes that is true, but we must do something to him. He is a monkey. The most proud part of a monkeys is his tail. So burn his tail!” So the Rākṣasās took his tail and put cotton cloth, and soaked it in ghee, and then lit it on fire. At that time… then the news came to Sītā that Hanuman’s tail was on fire. And Sita began to pray to Agni, the fire-god. “A woman’s chastity to her husband is her virtue. If I have been chaste and faithful to my husband, Oh Agnidev, please grant me the benediction that Hanuman’s tail will not feel hot although it is on fire.” So Agnidev said, “So be it.” So as his tail was on raging fire, it felt very cool and refreshing to Hanuman by the blessings of goddess Sītā. And then he enlarged himself and broke from the ropes that tied him, and he just took in his fist the end of the ropes that were around him, and he just started swinging them. And he completely massacred, killed all the guards that were trying to stop him and hold him down. Thousands of them bled, dead and bloody all around. And then he just very gracefully, as a monkey does, he jumped on top of the building and the building caught fire. And then he jumped to the next building and that caught fire, and the next building and that caught fire. In this way he was just jumping all over Sri Lanka, and the whole city was enveloped with huge flames of fire. And the Rākṣasās were completely disoriented; they were just running around here and there. They did not know what to do. And Hanuman began to laugh, and he got on the main gate. And he began to call out that – “I am just the insignificant messenger of Rama! I’m just giving you one tiny little taste of what you are in store for when the Supreme Lord Śrī Rāmacandra comes Himself in the near future!”

And then he began his journey back over the Indian Ocean. And of course, when he arrived, all the monkeys, they were very anxious for news. And they were completely ecstatic, completely ecstatic to hear the news of how Hanuman had burned the city of Lanka, found Sītā and humiliated all the Rākṣasās. And they were so anxious that – “Hanuman, you must now come with us to Kishkinda jungle and inform Rama. He will be so happy.” You see, this is the nature of a real Vaishnava. He loves to see another Vaishnav successful. He loves to see another Vaishnav do something great. He loves to see the Lord bestowing his great pleasure upon another devotee. Sometimes due to envy, in the neophyte condition, we become very disturbed in our mind when someone else is getting credit, when someone else is getting special mercy, or when someone else is superseding us in our service. But, because these soldiers were genuinely humble servants of the Lord, they could see every living being as part and parcel of Lord Rama, and it is His divine potency, and if He manifests His super-excellent potencies through any of our god brothers or any of our friends, this is a wonderful thing. We should adore, we should worship. So when Hanumān was embraced by Lord Rāmacandra, when he was given the utmost blessings of Rāmacandra, this was the greatest happiness for all of the other devotees of the Lord.

So this story of Hanuman ji illustrates to us how a devotee, in his service or her service, does not consider what is possible and what is impossible. Because after all, Krishna is the doer. We are not the doer. Along with the Guru’s order comes the empowerment to fulfil that order.

“mūkam karoti vācālaṁ
paṅguṁ laṅghayate girim
yat-kripa tam aham vande
śrī-guruṁ dīna-tāranam” (SB 6.7.23)

With the mercy of Guru, even a lame man can cross mountains. Hanuman, because he had faith in his guru, not only did he cross mountains, he lifted up mountains and he carried them thousands of miles. When he got to that mountain, he wasn’t thinking – “It looks very heavy. How is this possible?” He was thinking simply – “Rāma wants this mountain.” He wasn’t considering his own strength. He wasn’t considering whether it’s possible or impossible. There was only one consideration: “Rāma wants it. It will be done.” He just picked it up and flew, brought it back to Rameshwaram.

Radhanath Swami narrates a story that happened at Rameshwaram

There is another story at the same place of Rameshwaram. The main temple there today is a place called Rameshwaram. Rameshwaram temple. Big beautiful temple. It is an interesting story. Because after Rāma killed Rāvaṇā – Rāvaṇā was born of a brahmin family – so it’s an offense to kill a brahmana. So He was told to worship Lord Shiva, to atone for this offense, and whatever offence may have been committed. Some people say, “Why is he worshiping Lord Shiva? Shiva is  Vaiṣṇavānām yathā śambhuḥ: he is a great devotee of Rāma. So who’s the greatest? Rāma or Ṣiva?” This is an example of how the Lord takes great pleasure in worshiping His devotees. So the brahmanas there, they told Him that you have to do this puja to Ṣiva linga at this very time. You have only a few hours and puja must be complete before then. They told Him that there is an auspicious Ṣiva linga at Mount Kailash, the abode of Shiva, and you should get that. So Rāma looked at Hanuman, and Hanuman said “My Lord, I will get it.” Now you have to understand: Rameshwaram is in the southern tip of India, and Kailasha is in the northern part, which is now Tibet, in the Himalayas. Thousands and thousands and thousands of miles. Hanuman wasn’t thinking – “How is it possible? How can you ask me to do something like this?” He was thinking – “Rāma, you want it. It will be done.”’ He was not considering the place. He was not considering the distance. He was not considering his own strength. He was simply considering – Rama wants it. So he jumped. He went all the way to Kailash, and then he found this huge Ṣiva linga. And he found another one. He thought, “I’ll keep this one for myself” And then he was flying with both of them. And while he was flying or jumping, the Brahmin said, “Rāma, it’s time. You have to do it now. Hanuman is not back yet.” So Sītā Devi, She made a Ṣiva linga out of sand and She said, “Ram why don’t you worship this. It was made with my own hands.” So Rāma said, “All right!” And He worshiped that Ṣiva linga. And as He was worshiping, Hanuman came with this big gigantic stones, forms of lord Shiva. And Hanuman was very disappointed. He started to cry, “I’m too late. My dear Lord, I’ve disappointed you. I’m too late. You’ve accepted this other one.” So Rama completed the worship of Sītā’s offering and then He said, “Hanuman, I will also worship yours.”  And He said, “As a matter of fact, from this day on, this temple will contain both. And no one can offer obeisance or worship Sītā’s until they first worship yours.” So, to this day, everyone worships Hanuman’s; they’re still there. And then they worship Sita’s. Now this is how dear Lord’s devotee is to the Lord, because the devotee is simply depending on the mercy of his worshipable beloved Lord. No other consideration. Even if you are lame, you can cross mountains. Even if you are dumb, you can speak eloquently, and even if you are blind, you can see the stars in the sky if you have the mercy of Guru and the mercy of Krishna. And it is this faith that empowers the devotee to perform wonderful work in the service of the Lord. And by hearing the example of such great devotees as Hanuman, we should realize within our heart and appreciate that nothing is impossible for one who agrees to be an instrument in the hand of God. So our prayer should always be to be an instrument of the mercy of the Lord, to empty ourselves of all false pride, of all material attachments, because unless and until we are completely empty of all of our superficial desires and attachments, we are preventing the Lord from allowing us to be his instrument. Therefore, it is said – purity is the force. Because the force is God. The force is Krishna. But as long as we are impure, that force cannot come through us. As we become pure, the Lord who is seated within our heart can take us and empower us to do anything He desires. So by chanting the holy name, serving the Vaishnavas and praying with sincere heart and being willing to take the order of Guru and Krishna as our life and soul, we can attain that state of purity and allow Krishna and Guru to become our puppeteers.

When   Śrīla Prabhupada came to America, as far as he was concerned, making the people of America Krishna conscious was millions of times more impossible even than what Hanuman did. So he was praying to Krishna and Guru that – “I’m just an insignificant little beggar. My dear Lord, I am a puppet in your hands. Let me just be your puppet here. Make me dance. Make me dance, oh Lord!”  And because of that utterly prideless, unmotivated, prayerful surrender to the Lord, how the Lord empowered him to do such wonderful service! There is nothing impossible for one who allows himself to be an instrument of the Lord. The only impediment is our own pride, our own material attachments. The greatest service, the ultimate service is to simply humble ourselves – “How can I serve? There is nothing I cannot do. There is nothing I cannot give up if I have faith in Guru and Krishna.”

Is there any questions?

Someone from audience: (Inaudible)

Radhanath Swami: Was Hanumān on time for Maha?

Do you want to hear a story about Hanumān being on time for Maha?

How much time do I have?

Someone from audience: (Inaudible)

Radhanath Swami: Five minutes, two minutes?

I don’t have time to tell the story. It is a nice story. I will tell it fast.

Radhanath Swami narrates the story of Bedi Hanuman

In Jagannath Puri, there is a temple. It is called Bedi Hanumān. Have you ever been there? Bedi Hanumān Mandir? If you go there, you will find something wonderful – that the deity of Hanumān has chains on his arms and chains on his legs. The reason is, the ocean used to… Because Jagannath Puri is right on ocean, the ocean used to flood. So Jagannath called Rāma in Ayodhya and said, “The only person who can prevent the ocean from flooding our city and flooding Jagannath is Hanumān.” So Rāma told Hanuman, “You go to Puri and you guard, so the ocean does not flood over.” So he was standing in the bank of the ocean with a club. The ocean wouldn’t come near. Months went by. In those days Jagnnath would only eat Khichri. So they would give Hanuman Khichri. Hanuman, after a while, he started getting tired of khichri. He was thinking – “Ayodhya, Rāma is a king. He is eating nice samosas and rasgullas.” And I don’t know if they had pizza or things like that, but he was eating nice prasad. “I’m here only eating khichri. I want nice Maha Prasad. Nice Maha Prasad.” So he was thinking. Months went by, and the ocean is not coming. “When everyone’s sleeping at night, I will go to Ayodhya.” So, in the middle of the night he went to Ayodhya. You know he jumped and when he got there, all the people were like, “Oh Hanuman! You’re back. Have some Maha prasadam.” “Oh thank you very much.” So he is having nice feast. So he came back and the ocean was – no problem. I left, I’ll go tomorrow night too. So he started regularly going in the middle of night. Nobody! He would come back before everyone woke up. He was very happy. So one day, while he was gone, the ocean flooded everywhere. And they were like, “Where is Hanuman? Where is Hanuman?” They looked and he is gone. So the next day, Jagannath called, “Hanuman, where were you?”

“I was in Ayodhya.”

“What were you doing in Ayodhya?”

“I was eating Maha Prasad.”

Jagannath told his servants, “From this day on, feed me khichri, but for Hanuman, you make samosas, rasgullas, gullabjamuns and everything and keep him chained.” So to this day, he’s there guarding the ocean. Bedi Hanumān.

Hanumānji ki jai.

Hare Krishna.

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Radhanath Swami

H.H Radhanath Swami is one of today’s most beloved and respected spiritual teachers. A Bhakti Yoga practitioner for 40 years, he is a guide, community builder, philanthropist, and acclaimed author.Born and raised in Chicago,at the age of 19 he discovered India's Mystical devotional tradition and now spread his message of compassion and love around the world.

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H.H Radhanath Swami is one of today’s most beloved and respected spiritual teachers. A Bhakti Yoga practitioner for 40 years, he is a guide, community builder, philanthropist, and acclaimed author.Born and raised in Chicago,at the age of 19 he discovered India's Mystical devotional tradition and now spread his message of compassion and love around the world.