Katha Chopais

Jo yeh padhe Hanuman Chalisa | Hoi sidhi saakhi Gaurisa ||
Tulsidas sada hari chera | Kije nath hriday maha dera ||

Whosoever recites Hanuman Chalisa will be successful, Gaurisa (Bhagwan Shiv) is my witness.
Tulsidas who is forever servant of Hari prays that Bhagwan enshrines in his heart.

Katha Translations

Bapu says, “With Pranaam to Bhagwaan Vishwanaath, Ma Annapurna, Ma Ganga and all the past-present-future great souls of Kashi, let us start this katha. It is my ‘vinay-patrika’ for all, especially youngsters, and I would request all to listen and try to understand as said and move forward.

There is no dakshina (offering/fees) of any kind here, no pradakshina (extra rituals), but only prem vikshana (flow of love towards divine) in Ram katha. If possible, we should try and put the slogan of ‘Prem devo bhav’ on the wall of UN building where all the decisions are taken with an intention of welfare of all. World has witnessed enough wars and battles for finding solutions, but they proved to be futile. Let us try and experiment the method of love to solve our problems.”

A person should be proud of his or her Dharma, but should not become fanatic about it. Everyone should respect each other’s Dhrama and join together to enhance the glory of the nation.

There are forty lines in Hanuman Chalisa. Bapu says, “ I feel that the number 40 signifies the zeroing of four things in life. The four things, (Dharma, Arth, Kama, Moksha) mentioned in the initial Doha (Jo daayak fal chaari…) should come to an end with the conclusion of Hanuman chalisa. We’ll discuss them in the coming days.”

Ram katha teaches a way of life (shiksha), initiates a person into spirituality (diksha) and distributes unconditional love (bhiksha).

Bapu says, “ I would like to request the youth that howmuch ever success, fame and money you get, never forget your roots and the simplicity of this nation.”

In the Vedas, there is a particular manner to introduce or define a thing/person, in which there is an indirect indication towards it. The definition may not be clearly visible, but it lies in a subtle way. Hanuman jee’s presence in the Vedas is indicated by the word ‘Hanu’, which comes 4 times and the word ‘doot’ comes 5 times. The first mantra of RigVeda mentions ‘agni and purohit’ which signifies the Hanumant element. ‘Agni’ (fire) is Hanuman jee as Tulsidas jee calls him “ khal bana paavak”- a fire that destroys the negative elements. ‘Purohit’ refers to the doot/messenger. Hanuman jee is a messenger of Bhagwaan Ram for many like Sugreev, Vibheeshan, Jaanaki jee and Bharat jee. He introduces himself as ‘Ramdoot’ in Shri Ram Charit Manas. Therefore, Hanuman jee is an indispensable part of the Vedas.

Many people wonder why did Tulsidas jee start Hanuman Chalisa with a Doha saying-‘Baranaun raghubar bimal jasu..’ The reason is that Hanuman jee is ‘raghubar’ (best amongst the Raghuvansh) as Bhagwaan Ram and Ma Sita have accepted him as their son.

Question – How many listeners do you want to enlighten?
Bapu’s Answer – Just one will do. I would be satisfied even if one listener becomes truly enlightened. Truth gets covered in a crowd, but it gets illuminated in a single person.

There are many meanings of the word “Hanu” and they all indicate towards the qualities of Hanuman jee.

  • Attractive lady – Hanuman jee is such that he attracts one and all.
  • Death – Hanuman jee brings an end to one’s faults.
  • Speed – Speed is described as three faceted.
  • Gyaan – Hanuman jee is full of knowledge.
  • Gaman – Hanuman jee’s movement is extremely fast. According to an American study, Hanuman jee flew at the speed of 660miles/hour.
  • Uplabdh – Hanuman jee achieved Bhagwaan Ram in all the ways.

The word ‘Chalisa’ refers to the zeroing of many four elements.

  • Dharma, Arth, kama, moksha – According to Adi Shankaracharya, there should be no pressure of dharma, no botheration of wealth, no disturbance of desire and no worry for salvation.
  • Classes of society – Brahmin, kshatriya, vaishya and shoodra.
  • Stages of a person – Brahmcharya, grihasta, vaanprastha and sanyaas.
  • Inner facets – Mana, budhhi, chitta and ahankaar.
  • Tirthas – Badrinath, Rameshwaram, Dwarka and Jagannathpuri.
  • Yugas – Sata, treta, Dwaapar and kali.
  • Dishas – North, south, east and west.

For a person, it may be difficult to find a sadaguru with own efforts. One should develop such an intense aspiration that sadaguru should come searching for him/her. Efforts may seem tiring but they help in understanding the value of his grace. Sadaguru is like Narsimha Bhagwaan, who sits at shishya’s doorstep to protect him from unwanted worldly elements without disturbing his inner system. He checks the purity of his heart.

Question – How does the dust of sadaguru’s feet (Charan Rajj) work on the mind of a shishya?
Bapu’s answer – It is a matter of faith where the remedy (dust of sadaguru’s feet) is outer and it works to purify the inner element (mind). Just like when one applies perfume on the body, the mind feels good.

Sadaguru gives shelter to a shishya but never binds him to hinder his independence. He does not impose rules on him but creates strength of control in his mind.

Criticizing others is the indication of one’s own weaknesses. Its good to be aware of positive and negative, but one should not get too involved in it.

Hanuman chalisa is the purest way of devotion towards Hanuman jee. Try to recite it 11 times a day. Hanuman jee helps one to move forward towards the subject of your devotion.

According to a Sanskrit dictionary by Harshdevacharya, Hanuman jee’s name indicates his inherent qualities. The first alphabet ‘Ha’ means Shiv, showing that He is the incarnation of Bhagwaan Shankar. ‘Nu’ means a person who is praise worthy, indicating that Hanuman jee is truly creditable for our worship. ‘Ma’ means Bhagwaan Vishnu or Laxmi or both; the presence of Bhagwaan SitaRam in Hanuman jee’s heart justifies this trait also. ‘Na’ refers to bravery or courage that is unquestionable in Shri Hanuman jee.

A person’s precise information (without any exaggeration) can be obtained from first the person himself, second from the one who closely understands him and third from his enemy.

The key most important thing behind all the lectures and kathas is Harinaam.

Pravachan (lecture) is a good exercise of intellect that may help in purifying the mind and the heart. But the essence of all is only Harinaam. If you call out someone’s name with the Lord in the mind, then every name is Harinaam.

There is a time for everything in life. A child need not be pushed into devotion, let him play and enjoy his childhood with delight (masti). Parents should sow the seeds of good values and dharma, but should not implement them forcefully during childhood. The youth is the time for devotion (bhakti) that inspires youngsters to serve others and develop love towards divine. The old age is for salvation (mukti) from worldly bindings.

The wealthy people donate money to religious leaders and institutions, but at the same time they should look after their own servants with humility.

A true celebration of Shivratri is to boost confidence of depressed people (Shav like). Give a new lease of life to disheartened people, who have lost all hopes, with your love and affection.

Sunder kand is unique as Bhagwaan Ram confesses 5 things in it, which are not found together in any other kand of Shri Ram Charit Manas.

  • His resolution (Pana) to make a person fearless who seeks refuge – “Mum pana saranaagat bhaya haari..”
  • His personal opinion about shri Lakshman jee – “Jaga mahun sakha nisaachar jetey | Lachhimanu hanayi nimish mahun tetey ||”
  • His own nature that is known by Bhusundi jee and Bhagwaan Shankar and Ma Girija –“ Sunahu sakha nij kahaun subhaau..”
  • His personal choice about preferring simplicity and not liking conceitful behaviour – “Nirmal mana jana so mohi paava | Mohi kapat chhal chhidra na bhaava||”
  • His intention of coming to earth for the sake of his beloved saints- “Tumha saarikhey sant priya morein | Dharaun deh nahin aan nihorein ||”

Learning from Bhagwaan Ram’s open-mindedness, we also should not lead a hypocritical life. Live with an open mind to remain stress free.

Hanuman jee has received all the five kinds of spiritual initiations (deeksha) by Bhagwaan Ram in Sunderkand.

  • Chakshu deeksha – Through glances of Bhagwaan Ram- “Puni puni kapihi chitav sur-traata | Lochan neer pulak ati gaata ||”.
  • Maanasik deeksha – Through the thoughts of Bhagwaan Ram- “Sunu sut tohi urin main naahin | Dekheun kari bichaar mana maahin ||”
  • Sparsh deeksha – Through the touch.Bhagwaan Ram put his hand on Hanuman jee’s head- “Prabhu kar pankaj kapi kein seesa | Sumiri so dasaa magan gaureesa ||”
  • Vaak deeksha – Bhagwaan ram personally addressed Hanuman jee- “Sunu kapi tohi samaan upakaari | Nahin kou sur nar muni tanu-dhaari ||”
  • Kripa deeksha – Jaanaki jee blessed Hanuman jee that may the grace of Bhagwaan Ram always remain with him-“Karahun kripa prabhu asa suni kaana | Nirbhar prem magan hanumaana ||”.

Every quality in a person is a blessing of the Lord and until it is offered in his lotus feet, it cannot become successful. It may turn into a weakness if it is not devoted to the supreme.

Let us start with the part of chaupai of Hanuman chalisa, where we last left in last katha in London. -“Tej prataap maha jaga bandan ||”

Hanuman jee’s tej (magnificence/glow in the personality) and prataap (glory) is unbeatable.

Tej may be of three types.

  • Taamasi – like Raavan’s that was vindictive. It may lead to pain for others.
  • Raajasi – that is made up by outer cosmetics. It is artificial and may bring arrogance.
  • Saatvik – that comes with humility and penance. It may create envy in others.

Hanuman jee’s tej is beyond the above three. His tej is of the sun (as per the legend, he swallowed it in his childhood), the moon (being a form of Shiv, he bears moon on his head) and fire (he is fire himself, as said on previous days).

According to Tulsidas jee, Hanuman jee is an incarnation of Ram Naam- “Kaalnemi kali kapat nidhaanu | Naam sumati samarath hanumaanu ||”. The chanting of Ram Naam is recitation of Hanuman chalisa and similarly, every word of Hanuman chalisa is Ram Naam. Bapu says, “ I personally feel that Hanuman chalisa and Ram Naam are more than enough for an any aspirant in his/her spiritual journey. There are many ways to go about in this journey, but nothing else is required if one holds on to these two.”

Bapu says, “There is a vision in my mind for katha. People should be relaxed and should listen with a stress free mind. Each individual should sit in such a way that there remains certain empty space around him/her. Katha is a scientific, psychological experiment. I would like that there is complete silence before katha starts, if at all, there should be a soft sound of light instrumental music. The time spent here by listeners should not go waste and they should be able to grasp each sutra with a tension-free mind.”

Every person can be described as a field of five elements (fire, water, air, sky and air). He/she should get the seeds of spirituality from the sadaguru and then water them with tears. After this initiation, sadaguru takes care and watches carefully that no one harms the harvest of divine bliss. If an aspirant has fervent faith in the feet of sadaguru, then no planetary repercussions (grah) can affect him/her. Sadaguru’s grace (anugrah) becomes an all-pervading savior of his/her life. The negative elements get destroyed by their own negativity, just like Hanuman jee burnt Lanka by the arrangements (oil, cloth, fire etc.) provided by the inmates themselves.

The world bows down to Hanuman jee (jaga bandan…) as he found certain elements for the welfare of mankind- Bhagwaan Ram, Ma Sita, a guide (Vibheeshan) and medicine (Sanjivani).

Every person has four things and thus requires these respective elements to make them successful:

  1. Tana – The body remains healthy with food, provided it is taken as a medicine and bhiksha (as a grant from the Lord). Hanuman jee found the medicine in the form of Ram Naam and sanjivani.
  2. Mana – The mind wants peace. Hanuman jee found Sita jee (a true form of tranquility) in the most adverse circumstances.
  3. Janma-maran – In the cycle of rebirth, one seeks the ultimate truth. Hanuman jee found Bhagwaan Ram (personified truth).
  4. Jeevan – On needs a guide in life; Hanuman jee found Vibheeshan jee who showed the world how to lead a spiritual life amidst all the worldly pressures.

To develop a deep-seated faith in the Lord, one must listen to katha over and over again. Katha never becomes out-of-date and it remains new forever.

The term ‘Hanuman’ occurs four times in the forty lines of Hanuman chalisa. Bapu says, “I feel that four images of Hanuman jee are depicted through this occurrence. Let us discuss them as follows.

  • Jai Hanuman gyaan guna saagar | Jai kapees tihun lok ujaagar ||
    This chaupai indicates the Gyaan murti of Hanuman jee. He is an embodiment of knowledge and thus all the positive qualities get merged in him automatically.
  • Sankat sey Hanuman chhudaavai | Mana kram bachan dhyaan jo laavai ||
    This points towards the Dhyaan murti of Hanuman jee. Hanuman jee’s meditative image is such that is beyond any manifestation of speech, mind and action. If one meditates keeping this image in mind then, it is possible that he/she may see Budhha or Mahavira in him. This kind of meditation leads to large-heartedness and freedom from narrow worldly boundaries of mind.
  • Jai jai jai Hanuman gosaain | Kripa karahu gurudev ki naain ||
    This is an indication of Guru murti of Hanuman jee. It is his image of a perfect master. If a person cannot acknowledge any person as sadaguru, then he/she should accept Hanuman jee as sadaguru.
  • Jo yeh paddhai Hanuman chalisa | Hoi sidhh saakhi gaurisa ||
    It denotes the Gaan murti of Hanuman jee which signifies his expertise in music. When you recite Hanuman chalisa, be at ease and try not to be too speedy. It does not matter if you recite a lesser number of times provided it is done with devotion.”

Question – What is a difference between a sect (sampradaaya) and religion (dharma)?
Bapu’s answer – The difference between the two is quite clear. A leader starts a sect at a specific time and sometimes it is seen that it comes to an end also. Whereas religion is based on God’s initiation and it has no date of origin. Religion is immortal; it may go through some alterations at times but never gets ruined. A sect may instruct that any negative element is evil, but religion teaches that anything (whether positive or negative) that gets beyond moderation may be injurious.

Don’t compare scriptures but gain the best from them as much as possible. Shri Ram Charit Manas has touched the hearts of millions as it appeals to the masses due to its simple language and also revered due to its divine nature.

Being in company of anything that is attached to the truth is satsang. Indulging in any auspicious talk, thought, silence, music is satsang.

Let us move to next chaupai

Vidyavaan guni ati chaatur | Ram kaaj karibey ko aatur||

The first word ‘Vidyavaan’ signifies Hanuman jee’s proficiency in all the possible fields of knowledge. The presence of knowledge makes him absolutely free of ego, hatred and conflicts.

The evidence of his knowledge are known by the following four features.

  • Karm shudhhi (purity of action) – Hanuman jee’s every action is ideal in nature.
  • Bhaasha shudhhi (purity of speech) – Hanuman jee is a master in oratory. His words were such that Ma Sita’s pain began to vanish in Ashok Vatika.
  • Mantra shudhhi (purity of thought) – Malign thoughts prove a major hindrance in the spiritual journey. Try to first avoid and then remove them with the help of satsang. Though only Lord’s grace can save an aspirant from the negativity totally.
  • Dravya shudhhi – This refers to the use of wealth for welfare of all. But it also refers to the stage when a person’s heart melts for betterment and becomes free of stubborn attitude made up of anger, greed and desire.

The next word ‘Guni’ also has following four dimensions.

  • Who possess good qualities.
  • Who appreciates the goodness in others.
  • Who is aware that actually all the qualities are bindings like ropes.
  • Who has come to a conclusion that the true quality is to rise above and beyond the positive and negative.

Hanuman jee inspired Vibheeshan with his thought to join in Ram kaam (action for Bhagwaan Ram) along with Ram naam. Whoever follows this thought can experience the flow of divine grace as well as love.

When you listen to katha, not just listen attentively but also choose some sutras that you can implement to make your life better. The time spent in katha is very precious; one should not let go the sutras. Bapu says, “In this katha I invite people to decide for their lives, between the company of kabir-like viewpoint (satsang) or the company of kuber-like people (materialism).

Dharma should be a means of awareness and not of fanaticism. Poet Majboor rightly says, “To be reasonable is to be religious.”

According to Swami Sharananand jee, essence of every facet of life (dharma, arth, kaam, and moksha) can only be experienced provided one is completely free of ego. Sharing your riches with others is the essence of wealth.

Let us continue with the next word of Hanuman chalisa – “Guni”. Hanuman jee is personification of all the great qualities, but he also recognizes and appreciates the positive qualities of others as well. People coming in katha should be able to pray for the progress of others’ merits without being jealous. Hanuman jee showed the world that all the qualities are after all binding as he got bound by the brahm-astra of Meghnaad. Therefore, one should always maintain a certain distance from even a highly meritorious person, as it might become bondage for him/her. Hanuman jee’s persona is such that he is above all the gunas (positive or negative).

The next word is, “Ati chaatur” indicates towards the prowess of intellect of Hanuman jee. Tulsidas jee instructs all to abandon ‘chaturaai’ in the form of cunning tendency that takes advantage of others. But he also says “Ramahi bhajahin tey chatur nar..”, indicating that a wise person (chatur) lives with a conclusion that ultimate bliss lies in Ram bhajan. Bapu says, “There are four types of arts that make a person ati-chaatur. They are as follows.

  • Art of living – Hanuman jee’s life was devoted in the feet of the Lord.
  • Art of leaving – the unnecessary elements and using everything in best possible way.
  • Art of learning from others – Hanuman jee learnt from everywhere he could even from Swayam-prabha and Sampaati.
  • Art of listening – Hanuman jee is an ardent listener of katha, but he also listens to anything that is auspicious. One should listen katha without any preferences or prejudices for various topics to excel in the art of listening.

One should take refuge under the shelter of a sadaguru who is totally content. Only such sadaguru who is free of any kind of desire can be true spiritual guide.

There are some steps to experience “Ram-janam” in your life.

  • Efforts to find the Lord (Purushaarth).
  • Call out to the Lord (Pukaar).
  • Wait for the Lord (Prateeksha).

Charity should be done very confidentially. The donor should not know the taker and taker should not know the donor.

Bapu started today’s katha with happily welcoming some people from Islam dharma. He says, “I am happy to see this kind of unity in this prem-yagna. Here, I distribute love and not religion. Love is the key factor of happiness. A Muslim youth has asked me for a katha. I’m extremely glad about it.”

Let us continue with the next phrase of the chaupai

“Ram kaaj karibey ko aatur||”.

Hanuman jee is always eager to carry out the work of Bhagwaan Ram, but we can learn from him that we should involve ourselves with fervor in anything that is for welfare of all. There are four important factors that are significant in the process of “Ram kaaj”.

  1. Pragna (wisdom) – Hanuman jee possesses intellect of par excellence, Tulsidas jee calls him “Budhhimataam varishthham..”One should have the wisdom to choose the right path to search the peace that is lost in the world, just like the way Hanuman jee’s quest was for Ma Sita.
  2. Dhairya (endurance) – Hanuman jee never lost his cool even in the worst circumstances in Lanka. One has to be persistent to carry on with the endeavor without getting perturbed by the hurdles.
  3. Drishti (vision) – Hanuman jee gauged every situation first and then moved forward accordingly. One should have proper insight to recognize the goal.
  4. Utsaah (enthusiasm) – Hanuman jee zeal for Ram-kaaj was outstanding. When he begins his search for Ma Sita, he is full of zest- ‘Jab lagi aavaun seetahi dekhi | Hoihi kaaju mohi harash bisekhi ||’. Youngsters should specially learn this trait for Hanuman jee that anything done with a positive attitude can bring success. One should not let will-power fall in any condition.

Hanuman jee is a great orator. The two features of speech – grammar and practical implementation (vyaakaran and aacharan) both are in perfect form. In Sunder kand, ideal speaker’s speech’s four features are mentioned-“ Mana santoshe sunat kapi baani | Bhagati prataap tej bal saani ||”.

a) Bhagati – speech should unite and not divide.
b) Prataap – speech should create a lasting impact on the listener’s mind.
c) Tej – speech should be able to destroy the darkness of delusion (moh). It should show the right path.
d) Bal – speech that comes out of experience bears strength.

Jaanaki jee accepted Hanuman jee as her son- “Aasish deenhi ram priya jaana | Hohu taat bal seel nidhaana || Ajar amar guna-nidhi sut hohu | Karahun bahut raghunaayak chhohu ||”. Just like a lady gives birth to a child who is made up of five elements (water, air, fire, sky and earth), Ma Sita also endorsed Hanuman jee as her son by granting five elements.

1) Bal (strength) – symbol of earth.
2) Sheel (humility) – symbol of water.
3) Ajar (ever young) – symbol of air.
4) Amar (immortality) – symbol of sky.
5) Guna-nidhi (a holder of all qualities) – symbol of fire.

Hanuman jee’s source of life (praan) was the grace of Bhagwaan Ram, without which all the above five elements could have proved worthless.

In satsang, the listener bears a greater responsibility than the speaker does. In analyzing the result of satsang, listener is tested and not the speaker. Just like a sadaguru is beyond measure, but a shishya can check his own progress. Sadaguru cannot be judged, but a shishya should judge himself by the transformation as a result of Sadaguru’s satsang.

The seven kand of Shri Ramcharitamanas are different stages of study for an aspirant. Bal kand is the birth of an aspirant, Ayodhya kand is his admission for study, Aranya kand is the compound of the school, Kishkindha kand is the study, Sunder kand is the fixation of exam, Lanka kand is the examination and Uttar kand is the announcement of the result. But, Hanuman chalisa is the certificate after the study of Shri Ram Charit Manas.

Question – What does “Ram kaaj” mean?
Bapu’s answer – Hanuman jee did three important things that comprise Ram kaaj and as result he was the only one who could always remain with Bhagwaan Ram. Many people came and went but Bhagwaan Ram never left his company.

  • Ma Sita’s search.
  • Setubandh (making a bridge between Bhagwaan Ram and Raavan).
  • Fight against the demons.

Hanuman jee is a great source of inspiration to the youth of today. Just like Hanuman jee searched Ma Sita, one should discover and develop the innate capabilities to make the best of them. The youth can bridge the gap between the people who have turned their faces from each other. Unifying the society can be a setubandh for youngsters of today. Just like Hanuman jee fought with the demons for the sake of their welfare, the youth should try and abolish the negativity in their surroundings and establish goodwill.

According to Bhagwat Gita, one can only accomplish such great tasks if he/she can make oneself free of the following four. Hanuman jee was successful, as he is absolutely free of them.

  • Kaamna – There was no desire in Hanuman jee’s life. But, we can also learn from him that we can condition our mind in such a way that we do not feel deprived of the coveted result even after doing sincere efforts.
  • Mamata – Hanuman jee showed that any position or person never entrapped him. One should not get too attached to anything.
  • Spriha – Hanuman jee accepted the situation as the blessing of the Lord; this is an indication that one should not try to make unnecessary preparations for future.
  • Ahankaar – Hanuman jee, being ‘pavan-putra’ has no egoistic tendencies just like air has no particular form of its own.

Question – If we cannot choose the sutras from katha, can you choose for us?
Bapu’s answer – You can only ask someone else to choose the sutras for your life provided there is absolute surrender without any preferences from your side. An aspirant should make at least some efforts to cleanse oneself from inside. Question – what is the difference between sukh (material comforts) and shanti (peace)?

Bapu’s answer – Sukh is worthless without shanti. It can become distorted without shanti.

Question – How do you react to criticism?
Bapu’s answer – Criticism helps in digesting appreciation. If it implies, I try to improve but if it does not then I don’t mind it. One should remain very careful and not let any ill feeling arise for the critic also. One should try to maintain the inner balance while facing criticism and if the critic is totally unreasonable, then don’t try to give any clarifications also. One should be prepared for every kind of situation on the spiritual path.

Let us continue with the next chaupai of Hanuman chalisa

“Prabhu charitra sunibey ko rasiya”

Hanuman jee is an ardent listener of katha. On his lines, we can see the following characteristics of a katha-rasik (dedicated listener of katha).

  • In spite of facing criticism and insults from others, one who does not lose interest in katha.
  • One who can enjoy katha sitting anywhere, there is no choice of a particular place.
  • One who would sing chaupais and bhajans without shyness.
  • One who would wait for the speaker with acute eagerness.
  • One who listens to katha without any kind of preferences for selected topics.

“Ram lakhan sita mana basiya”

Everyone in Ramayana wishes to place Bhagwaan Ram, Lakshman jee and Ma Sita in their hearts. But Hanuman jee goes a step ahead by securing a place in the heart of all the three.

Sookshma roop dhari siyahi dikhaava | Bikat roop dhari lank jaraava || Bheem roop dhari asur sanhaarey |

Hanuman jee remained as a child for Ma Sita and he took an enormous form in Lanka. He was adaptable to the need of the place and time according to the situation. An aspirant should neither be stubborn in his spiritual efforts nor be pompous about them.

Hanuman jee is a form taken by Bhagwaan Shankar. There are forty features of Bhagwaan Shankar – fifteen eyes, five faces, twelve jyotirlingas and eight-dimensional image (Ashta-murti)- that totals to forty. All these forty features are placed in Hanuman chalisa, but they will be discussed in the kathas to follow on the topic.

Hanuman jee belongs to not a part of one sect or religion; He belongs to all. He can push a person in whatever religion one follows. A christian youth has asked about what does Hanuman chalisa offer for them. Bapu says, ‘ I think the word chalisa itself is inspirational for them. If deciphered- Chal+Isa, it guides to move towards the Isa (Jesus).

Only true secularism can bring about peace. Religious leaders, who speak of unity in general gatherings, should say the same thing with honest intentions in their own religious meetings also. In order to encourage the respective followers to establish communal harmony.

Question – What is the difference between Karma and Kripa?
Bapu’s answer – Karma (action) can bring you fruits but Kripa (grace) can bring you rasa (nectar or essence of the fruit).

Hanuman jee took a ‘bikat roop’ (aggressive form) at the time of razing the inauspicious elements in Lanka as he did not want to hide his intention. He is not a hypocrite who would show artificial composure but would conspire to harm others. Hanuman jee’s character bore that transparency that is able to abolish the negative elements.

Bapu says, “I’m extremely proud of my country. I would want that all the political leaders, religious institutions should surrender their funds and officers, at least for one year, should leave corrupt practices. This way poverty can be totally eradicated and if this happens, I would be the first one to declare the capital of our trust.

Hanuman jee used just a part of his potential in the form of ‘muthhika’ (blow with a fist). He did not use unnecessary techniques of war.

We’ll continue with the part of phrase- “Ram chandra key kaaj sanvaarey||” in the next katha on Hanuman chalisa that may take place next year.

Let us offer the fruit of virtue of this katha in the feet of the Pandit Madanmohan Malviya jee, who was the founder of Banaras Hindu University. With mental salutations to Bhagwaan Shankar, Ma Ganga and all the great scholars, artists and aspirants of this Kashi City, let us wind up this katha..

Sita Ram Ram Ram.. Sita Ram Ram Ram.. Sita Ram Ram Ram.