Change is inevitable.—Who should change? How should the change be? What purpose would the change serve? These are the questions we should answer to make a meaningful change possible. The practical way of facing and effecting a change is to obtain knowledge from an a:cha:rya and apply it in our day to day lives. The episodes of Hanuma:n in Sundaraka:nda of Sri:Ra:ma:yana give us insights into various aspects of leadership. Also various aspects of human thinking are also elaborated. We shall observe them in detail.

Many of us live below our potential when it comes to expressing our capabilities. Due to this we are unable to reach the destination which we ought to. Instead of accepting this fact, we blame others by assuming that they create obstacles to our success.Very soon we give up our self-effort. Living in such sluggish manner we dare to offer theories of life, “We are mere mortals. We are not great souls to perform great deeds. We are no gods.” We prattle thus, and continue to live
our unfulfilled life.

This is the state that Hanuma:n was in when he was sitting on the shores of the ocean while their leader, Angada, was discussing the strategy to cross it to find mother Si:tha. Ja:mbava:ntha aroused Haunuma:n and inspired him to perform the mighty deed of crossing the ocean. Inspired Hanuma:n says to this effect: “If I do not find mother Si:tha, I shall
bring back Ra:vana as a prisoner! Else, I shall uproot the city of Lanka itself!” Indeed! Wonderful is his selfconfidence, commitment towards the task and faith in his leaders!!

When we derive inspiration from others or on our own, it is important that we act on it immediately.Otherwise suchi nspiration and enthusiasm gets diluted. Our priorities change. The goals remain unachieved. After Ja:mbavantha inspires him, Hanuma:n took immediate steps to fulfil his mission. Even in our day to day lives, such immediate action is imperative.

When we embark on completing a mission, we get several kinds of obstacles. Some are caused unintentionally byfriends, someo bstacles are there to test our mettle, some obstacles are thrown to us by foes. The way Hanuman tackles Maina:ka, Surasa and Simhika teaches us how to respond differently in different contexts. Hanuma:n gently refuses the friendly invitation of Mount Maina:ka to take rest. Asked by gods, Surasa becomes an obstacle in the path of Hanuma:n. He overcomes her by using his intelligence and subtle wit. Simhika tries to pull Hanuma:n down by pulling his shadow. Many of us experience this in the world. Instead of direct confrontation, people tend to back stab others. With great valour Hanuma:n annihilates Simhika and
moves further.

A giant Hanuma:n lands on the Mount Thriku:ta.He is amazed to see the impregnable city of Lanka. He realises that he cannot search for Si:tha in the present form of his. He assumes a tiny body which is more suitable for his mission of searching mother Si:tha. Hanuma:n is ready to change. He is ready to change himself. Many of us try to attain success by following only one path that we know. We are not dynamic enough to accept the change. We assume that to change is to go on back foot and to go back is to admit defeat. We suspect that it isa humiliation. When it isinevitable to change, we become miserable.

When we strive to attain our objectives, we expect that the other persons should change. We further try to change them by investing time and money. If they do not change, we blame the society. We wail that nobody is supporting and encouraging us.We develop hatred for those who do not change! But thereality is that it is our work and we must change to carry others along with us.A person who is not ready to change himself is always a burdento a family and a bottle-neck to an organisation.

There is one more interesting aspect in the entire episode. Only regarding the issue of crossing ocean
did Ja:mbavan inspire Hanuma:n. Hanuma:n is not instructed regarding how to deal with the obstacles or how to enter into the stronghold of the enemy. Hanuma:n is not advised regarding the army of the enemy or the methods to employ to search mother
Si:tha.

We can recollect a particular question from the episode of ‘Yaksha Prashna’ of Maha:bha:ratha. The Yaksha asks Yudhishttira, “Who is our friend in foreign land?”The given reply is “Knowledge.”Hanuma:n has the required knowledge. So he does not feel any necessity to contact Ja:mbavantha or to return back to seek counsel.

We must understand that Hanuma:n did not acquire the knowledge by foreseeing his difficulties! He obtained the knowledge at an appropriate stage of life, which he applied at the given situation. When we have time, we must go and obtain knowledge from the a:cha:ryas. When an a:cha:rya teaches for our welfare we must not be careless to think that the
delivered knowledge is not for our stageof life. We see some people do singoff during speeches given by a:cha:ryas! There are others who are restless and cannot understand the speeches. We do not know which kind of problem would appear before us and
at what time it would appear! At the time of our need, the a:cha:rya may not be readily available!

We must be in a position to resolve the issues we face all by ourselves. Instead, we run to an a:cha:rya
only when we are in crisis. Once we obtain a solution, we come away from the a:cha:rya. Our next visit is only when another problem stares at us! This to and fro running destabilises us and prevents us from solving our own problems.

Some of us view life as bits and pieces. Such people tend to manage the present somehow or other. They believe that rest of the issues would be resolved by time itself. They would assume that if God has sown the seeds, He would water them as well. These words come out of lethargy, not out of a burning faith in God. A holistic view of life is essential for each one of us.

If we desire to make a figure out of the dots provided or to make a colourful rango:li, we must make sure that all dots are joined properly.If we miss any dot, the figure will not be complete. Also, if view the entire set of dots, we do not find any meaning. Only joining the dots would giveus the perspective.

The teachings of our a:cha:ryas are like those individual dots. We must not ignore them or neglect
them.When we face the situations and problems, we must apply those teachings.That is like connecting the dots.Only then our lives will be meaningful and colourful. We must be ever inquisitive to learn and change. Only then our lives would be full of joy.

When Hanuma:n pays obeisance to Si:tha at Lanka, he narrates the story of Lord Ra:ma to win her
confidence. Also, after returning to Lord Ra:ma he conveys the message of Si:tha Darshan in minimum words and gives him peace of mind.

Though very powerful, Hanuma:n knew when to display his power and when to hide it. When the situation demanded, he took an unassuming form and achieved his mission. When he worked for fulfilment of Sri:Ra:ma’s purpose, nothing was beyond his prowess and nothing was beneath his dignity. Indeed Hanuma:n is a leader whose qualities we must emulate.

Jai Srimannarayana !!!