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1 The SunderKand which is a chapter in the RamCharitMaanas penned by Goswami Tulsidas is considered to be as auspicious to read as it is to recite the Hanuman Chaalisa In the Sunderkand Hanumanji is reminded by Jambavan about the fact that Hanumanji has great powers that the latter has no memory of In this case Hanumanji is made to remember about the fact that he is capable of flying Jambavan exhorted Hanuman to undertake the crossing of the Mighty Ocean Hanumanjis flight was necessary to search for Seeta who had been abducted by Raavan Seeta is symbolic of Bhakti or devotion To reach her one has to don the wings of prayer and love Hanumanji is now all ready to take the leap Let us take the flight with him in search of Love incarnate 2 Peaceful without any sins one who gives liberation Brahma Shambu have served you greatest of all the devatas one who is seen in the human form by Maya one who washes all our sins full of pity best among the Raghuvanshi and the Greatest of all Kings Shree Rama I salute you Give all your divine blessings so that we can free our minds from the desires of life sins Oh Treasure of great strength your body is like Sumeru the golden mountain good qualities are present in you King of all the monkeys dearest devotee of Shree Rama I salute you oh son of Vayu the wind god Hearing these beautiful words said by Jambuvan Hanuman told his brothers to eat the fruits flowers of the forest faithfully await his return from Lanka after meeting Sita He also tells them that he had a very happy feeling in his heart thus was sure that he would be successful in his journey Saying this he took leave leapt towards Lanka On the shore he saw a beautiful mountain playfully leapt on it prayed to Shree Rama Then with great force he resumed his journey to Lanka The mountain immediately sank to the bed of the ocean once Hanumanji leapt from it The Ocean thought Hanumanji to be a messenger therefore he told Mainak Mountain to give him shelter so that he could rest then resume his journey But Hanumanji just touched him then with folded hands told him that he would rest only after he had completed his job The Devatas saw Hanumanji wanted to test him so they sent sursa the mother of snakes to speak to him She told him that the Devatas had sent her food but Hanumanji told her that only after he accomplished his job of meeting Sita he would rest on returning she could devour him But Sursa was not willing so Hanumanji told her that she could eat him He made himself twice as big Sursa made her mouth 16 times bigger immediately Hanumanji became 32 times bigger In this manner he became double her size each time then eventually became so small in size that he entered her open mouth flew out He then folded his hands asked for leave Sursa was very pleased blessed him She told him that he was an Ocean of Strength Wisdom that he would accomplish Lord Ram s work A demoness used to stay in the ocean who used to see the shadow of birds in the water catch them by Maya Thus they would be unable to fly fall in the water She did the same thing for Hanumanji but he immediately recognised her He killed her then flew across to a mountain from which he could see many trees with beautiful flowers fruits Then he sat on it could see the fortress of Lanka He saw that the city was surrounded by water There were houses of gold studded with jewels gems He could also see the markets beautiful roads wellmaintained lanes Elephants horses donkeys were moving around in groups There were Rakshasas of many kinds who looked very powerful their strength could not be described Lanka was full of gardens lakes wells humans Devatas Nagas Gandharva girls who were so beautiful that they could even win the minds of Rishis Munis At places there wee huge mountains like people who were roaring with energy They would challenge each other practice wrestling in the Akharas schools of learning the art of wrestlingStrong fighters warriors were posted at various corners of the city to protect it from enemies 3 Tulsidas has mentioned about the people living in Lanka because they were destined to die with the arrows of Shree Ram Seeing all the scenes Hanumanji decided that he would have to take the form of a very small insect to get into the city Thus he took the form of a small fly with the name of Shree Ram in his heart he flew towards Lanka Lankini a demoness used to stay near the gate to guard the city She told Hanumanji that robbers were her food no one could enter Lanka before taking her permission Hearing this Hanumanji gave her one blow with which she fell down vomited out blood She then carefully got up with folded hands said that when Ravan received a boon from Brahma he had told her about the end of the Rakshasa clan He also told her that when she would get beaten by a monkey she should realise that the end was near Putting together all her strength she then told Hanumanji that she was very happy that she met her end under the hands of Shri Ram s messenger that she could meet him She also told him that all the comforts of heaven are nothing when compared to the teachings Gyan received in the last minutes of ones life Lankini then advises Hanumanji to keep Shri Ram in his heart do all his duties by doing thus all foes will turn to friends the ocean will turn peaceful even the Sumeru mountain would seem nothing to that person towards whom Shri Ram would look Hanumanji searched each every palace in Lanka then he entered Ravana s palace but even there he could not find Sita Further he spotted a beautiful temple which was surrounded by many tulsi plants inside was the carving of the bow arrow of Shri Ram Seeing this Kapiraj Hanuman was very happy but thought to himself that in Lanka where only demons lived who could have made Shri Ram s temple Whilst contemplating he saw Vibhishan coming in He immediately decided to speak to him because speaking to a sadhu would never be harmful Hanuman then took the form of a Brahmin spoke to Vibhishan Vibhishan was so happy that he asked if he was a bhakt of Shri Ram or was he Shri Ram himself had come to give him darshan in his house as he felt immense pleasure in his heart when he saw him Hearing this Hanumanji told him Shri Ram s story then Vibhishan asked Hanumanji if Shri Ram would accept him because he was very unhappy living in Lanka But now he was sure that he had the blessings of Shri Ram as he had the good fortune of meeting a saint like him Bin satsang vivek na hoi Ram kripa bin sulabh na hoi Hanuman then tells Vibhishan that it is Shri Ram s nature to always love his bhaktas He gives him his own example by saying that he is a monkey who is considered to be low in caste any person who took their name early morning would not get food the whole day Besides all this Shri Ram has bestowed his blessings on us saying this there were tears in Hanumanji s eyes Anybody who does not realise this runs after the worldly pleasures will always be unhappy He then told Vibhishan that he wanted to meet Sita Mata After Vibhishan told Hanumanji about Ashok vatika he resumed his search in the form of a fly Hanuman saw Sita sitting under a tree in the vatika She looked frail tired he observed that she spent the whole night sitting in meditation of Shri Ram At that moment Ravan entered the vatika with many Rakshasis He threatened Sita told her that she would be very happy if she would marry him Hearing this Sita picked up a blade of grass as a shield told Ravan that he had no idea about the speed strength of her Lord s arrows that he would meet his end soon because he had got her in Lanka by deceit Ravan in his anger removed his sword told Sita that she had insulted him he could even sever her head from her body if she did not listen to him Sita replied to him that she preferred to die by his sword than listen to him She also told him that Shri Ram s arms were as gentle as a lotus garland but at the same time as strong as an elephant trunk Sita then looks at the sword which was cold sharp thinks whether it can lessen her pain which she is going through on being separated from Shri Ram Ravan moves towards Sita but is stopped by Mandodari who tells him it is against the valour of a man to raise his hand on a woman 4 Ravan then goes home but gives Sita an ultimatum to agree within one month or he will kill her Amongst Ravan s Rakshasis there was one Trijata who was a bhakt of Shri Ram was also a Gyani She explained to the others that they must improve their lives by serving Sita She also told them of a dream she had seen in which a monkey had entered Lanka burnt it killing many Rakshasas She also saw Ravan sitting on a donkey naked with his head shaven all his 20 hands had been cut She then saw him going towards Yamnagar Vibhishan ruling over Lanka She was sure her dream would come true four days later Hearing this all the Rakshasis got scared fell at Sita s feet Later when Sita was alone with Trijata she asked her for a solution to her problem as she no longer could bear being away from Shri Ram She tells her to bring wood so that she could give up her body as hearing Ravan s cruel words day after day was a torture to her Hearing this Trijata explained reminded her of Ram s strength valour that he would rescue her soon When Sita was alone she prayed to the Ashoka tree to help her by relieving her of her pain Seeing this Hanuman took out Ram s ring kept it in front of Sita the whole tree lit up by its light Sita picked it up with a sudden happiness She immediately recognised it as her Lord s but was a little puzzled as to how it had appeared there She thought to herself that nobody could defeat her Lord even through Maya one couldn t make such a ring with so much brightness Thus with many confused thoughts in her mind she suddenly heard a voice singing the praise of her Lord Hearing these words her pain just disappeared she sat down to listen to these words with great attention Hanumanji then came in front of Sita told her that he was her Lord s messenger that Ramchandraji had sent the ring for her Sita was very puzzled as to how her Lord had taken help from a monkey but Hanumanji cleared all her doubts explained to her their full story in detail Hearing his words Sita felt a certain peace flow in her heart she soon understood as to why her Lord had sent Hanumanji Her eyes were filled with tears her body became cold as she heard the praises of Shri Ram She asked him about Lakshman Shri Ram She told him that her Lord was an Ocean of Love Peace then why had he been so harsh towards her Did he ever remember her would her eyes ever see him again Unable to speak tell Hanumanji anything further she tells him that her Lord had completely forsaken her Seeing her pain Hanumanji in a very soft gentle tone tells her that Ram Lakshman are fine by way of health but they too have a lot of sorrow in their hearts He then tells her Shri Ram s message in his very own words Oh Sita your departure has left me very unhappy Everything seems so useless New leaves on trees look like fire Nights look like dark nights The moon looks only a small star the rain feels like oil instead of cold water Winds feel hot poisonous Things that used to give pleasure now give immense pain I do not even have anyone to share my sorrow with No one knows the depth of our love only my mind knows that that mind is with you Hearing Shri Ram s message Sita was filled with love happiness Hanuman then tells her that she should keep Shri Ram in her mind meditate on him because he is the one who blesses all his sevaks devotees Shri Ram s arrows are like fire compared to those of the Rakshasas therefore there was nothing to fear Ram could destroy Lanka with his one arrow but he wanted to come himself take her Thus he tells her to keep faith have courage for few more days Hearing this Sita gets worried as to how a monkey could fight the powerful Rakshasas To clear her doubts Hanumanji shows her his actual form as big as strong as Sumeru the golden mountain then again transformed himself into his tiny form Seeing this Sita feels at peace 5 He then tells her that a monkey may not have strength but when he has the blessings of Shri Ram even a small snake can kill an eagle Sita then gave Hanumanji her blessings saying that he is a treasure of strength qualities may he always have the love blessings of Shri Ram Hearing her words Hanumanji bows to her feet with folded hands takes her permission to eat the fruits from the trees in Ashok Vatika Hanumanji then creates havoc by breaking all the flowers uprooting trees even killing a few of Ravan s soldiers The news soon reached Ravan about the disturbance caused by a very heavy monkey in Ashok Vatika all the loss that he had caused Ravan immediately sent a few of his strong fighters to kill Hanumanji but they were all sent back wounded hurt as they were no match for him Akshaykumar was then sent to match the skills of Hanumanji Seeing him arrive Hanumanji uprooted a huge tree threw it at him The army was crushed a few soldiers went running back to Ravan telling him that the monkey was very brave Hearing about the death of his son Akshaykumar Ravan sent his son Meghnath told him not to kill Hanuman but to make him a prisoner as he wanted to see him Meghnath was a very brave warrior Seeing him arrive Hanumanji uprooted a big tree crushed Meghnath s chariot The rest of the army was so frightened that they started running from one end to the other When Meghnath Hanuman were fighting each other it looked as though two elephants were at war Eventually Meghnath tried the Brahmastra seeing this Hanuman thought it would be disrespect towards Brahma if he would fight it back Thus when it came towards him he fell down from the branch off the tree he was sitting on killing many rakshasas under him He was thus made a prisoner taken to Ravan Seeing this Shivji told Parvati that it was not correct to make Hanumanji a prisoner as he was the messenger of Shri Ram whose name itself had so much strength that it can free mankind from the cycle of life death Therefore Hanumanji on purpose got himself trapped for the accomplishment of his Lord s task Hanuman also wanted to meet Ravan When he reached Ravan s court he was surprised to see all his courtmen standing in such fear because Ravan was very angry with Hanuman since he had destroyed Ashok Vatika he also wanted to know why he had come to Lanka Hanuman replied to Ravan that he had been sent by Shri Ram who created the universe the one by whose strength Brahma Vishnu Mahesh look after the world the one who takes birth in the human form to protect the Devatas the Great One who killed Bali Khar Dushan trishira who were all great warriors he was the messenger of that Shri Ram whose wife had been carried away by deceit He told Ravan that he had destroyed Ashok Vatika because he was a monkey by nature therefore liked to create havoc He ate the fruits since he was hungry killed his soldiers because they attacked him Hanuman then joined his hands told Ravan to leave Sita Mata as he came from a very pious family Shri Ram would forgive as he is an ocean of pity never refuses his devotees or those who take refuge in him He also tells him that Shiv Vishnu Brahma will not help him if he goes against Shri Ram He asks him to give up his ego gives him a lot of examples about Bhakti knowledge Vairagya to which Ravan replies in a conceited tone that he has found a Gyani monkey But when Hanumanji tells him that his death was very near under the hands of Shri Ram Ravana s anger knows no bounds He immediately told his soldiers to kill him but his courtmen then explained to him that it was unjust to kill a messenger they should punish him in some other way Ravan then tells them to put his tail on fire let him go because only then he can tell his Swami Ramji about Lanka Hearing this Hanumanji began to smile as he understood why Saraswati Goddess had given him such thoughts Hanumanji s tail was tied up with cloth dipped in ghee but so much was consumed that all the cloth in Lanka was consumed as Hanumanji went on increasing the length of his tail All the people of Lanka collected to watch the sight As Hanumanji s tail was set alight he took a very small form started jumping from one palace on to the other setting Lanka ablaze People frantically started running from one place to the other there was a lot of loss destruction except for Vibhishan s house which stood quiet peaceful watching all the other houses go down in flames Hanumanji did not get hurt by the fire because he was a messenger of Shri Ram the one who himself made fire Thus after finishing Lanka he plunged into the ocean6 He then resumed a small form to meet Sita Mata He folded his hands told her that she should give him some remembrance to give Shri Ram Sita took out one of her bangles gave it to Hanumanji for Ram She then tells Hanumanji to tell Shri Ram that since he is the one who is always at peace does not have any desire he is the one who blesses the poor removes all their obstacles if he did not rescue her within 1 month then he would never see her Sita is also very sad because Hanumanji is going back but he tells her that their army would soon come to rescue her When Hanumanji reached back home all the monkeys were very happy They kept asking him many different questions then went to Ramji Shri Ram Lakshman were extremely happy to see all the Vanars with Hanuman Jambvan Jambvan tells Shri Ram that his devotees will always be happy that his victory will be known in the 3 worlds All the Vanars were happy that their mission had been completed Shri Ram embraced Hanuman then asked him about Sita Hanuman gives him a detailed picture of Sita her message He tells Ram that he is the Lord of the 3 worlds then why was he taking so long to rescue his wife How every second was like a 100 years for her Hearing his words Ram has tears in his eyes he tells Hanuman that Sita is his by mind body speech no harm can come to her even in her dreams Hanuman then narrates his journey to Lanka how he destroyed Ashok Vatika frightened all the rakshasas burnt Lanka Shri Ram then tells Sugreev that they should make preparations to march towards Lanka as there was no reason to delay He then spoke to the Vanar army with divine eyes spoke to them of victory Hearing his words each monkey was filled with so much of energy that they looked like mountains with wings Devtas Munis Gandharvas Nags were pleased because they knew that Ravan s end was near Once the Vanar army reached the shores of Lanka they started plucking the flowers eating all the fruits The people of Lanka were frightened after Hanuman had set fire in Lanka They used to lock up their homes wonder who would protect them in troubled times because if the messenger was so powerful mighty how strong would the Lord itself be Meanwhile Ravan s wife Mandodari pleaded with him to stop the war send back Sita as this would please Shiv Brahma She then compares Ram s arrows to poisonous snakes those of the Rakshasas to frogs toads Even harsh words had no effect on Ravan he just laughed it off saying that by nature women had a soft heart even in happy times they got upset He told her that he had defeated Devtas Rakshasas so humans Vanars should be no problem Vibhishan also came to Ravan fell at his feet He told him that if a person wanted fame fortune in life he should not even look at another person s wife Kam Krodh always brought about destruction therefore they should leave everything take Ram s name since he was the King of all Kings would give riches fame knowledge vairagya destroy enemies preserve dharma7 Malyawan was a learned mantri in Ravan s court He also told Ravan that Vibhishan s words were true felt very peaceful after hearing him but this angers Ravan because they are in praise of his enemy Vibhishan also tells Ravan about good bad thoughts as Subudhi Kubudhi where Subudhi will always bring peace goodwill happiness but Kubudhi will bring about destruction unhappiness He also gives him many examples from the Vedas Puranas but these only angers Ravan further Ravan tells him that he was being traitor taking the enemy s side although he was his brother Nobody had ever defeated him so he had nothing to fear Vibhishan then talks to the people of Lanka warns them that they were in the clutches of Kaal it was his duty to warn them Vibhishan was very anxious to touch Shri Ram s feet which gave immense pleasure to devotees bhaktas whose touch gave freedom to Ahilya whose feet Sita ever worshipped were even present in the heart of Shivji Thus he feels good fortune coming to him as even Bharat kept Shri Ram s padukas worshipped them for 14 years When the Vanars saw Vibhishan coming towards them they thought he was a spy sent by Ravan Sugreev asked Ram what had to be done because he knew that the Rakshasas were Mayavi they could take any noble form deceive them Shri Ram tells Sugreev that he cannot refuse him or anybody who came to him for help even if there is deceit lies no harm will come to them as Lakshman can kill all the Rakshasas in a split second When Vibhishan was brought in front of Ram he kept staring at him without even blinking his eyes He kept admiring his posture in his mind his huge powerful arms beautiful lotuslike eyes broad chest strong shoulders tears literally came to his eyes Vibhishan then told Shri Ram that since he was Ravan s brother he had a tamsik body which loved sin therefore he had come to Ram for help shelter Hearing his noble words Ram embraced him told him that though he lived amidst sin cruelty he was disciplined truth was by his side Vibhishan then told Ram that even God would never help sinners now that he had got a chance to touch Shri Ram s feet he wanted no more Hearing this Ram tells Vibhishan that any human being who is a sinner in the world but leaves everything comes to him for shelter he is always saved can even become a sanyasi if he has given up the relations of mother father brother wife child house One who has no desires considers fear happiness pain all equal such a man is always dear to him Vibhishan had all these qualities therefore he was dear to him Vibhishan is overwhelmed by his love asks Ram to give him everlasting Shakti Ram crowns Vibhishan King of Lanka all the devtas shower flowers blessings on them Shri Ram then asks Sugreev Vibhishan as to how they will cross the mighty ocean which is full of snakes fishes crocodiles Vibhishan replies to Ram that his one arrow can dry up millions of oceans but it would be more respectable to take permission from the ocean ask for a solution To this Lakshman replied that only a coward would ask for permission it would be a wastage of time if they would wait further Ram pacifies Lakshman then with folded hands sits in deep meditation in front of the ocean8 When Vibhishan left Lanka Ravan sent two of his soldiers in disguise behind him but these soldiers were so impressed by Shri Ram s love acceptance that they came into their original rakshasa form started singing Shri Ram s praises Sugreev s vanars caught them took them as prisoners to Lakshman but he set them free sent a letter with them for Ravan Lakshman warns Ravan in his letter that even Vishnu Brahma cannot save him he has brought about the destruction of his clan He asks him to take refuge in his brother Shri Ram s feet or otherwise face his fiery arrows This immediately brought fear in Ravan but he put it aside saying that Lakshman was behaving like a child who wanted to catch the sky while sleeping Ravan s messengers also plead with him told him about Ram s mighty vanar sena They ask him to give up his pride save the kingdom by returning Sita gracefully Shri Ram had been sitting on the bank of the ocean for 5 days but it did not give way so he asks Lakshman to give him his bow arrow because it was no use pleading with someone who was stuck in Mamta or giving Gyan to a greedy man At that instance the Ocean God took the form of a Brahmin asked for forgiveness because the sky wind water fire earth were all made by the same creator Only by his grace permission they can do anything not otherwise It was against Nature for him to dry up but since it was the wish command of his Lord he would make way for the army The Ocean then tells them about the boon received by Nal Neel any stone or rock thrown in by them in the water will always float never sink Saying this he goes back to his abode The Ocean God tells Shri Ram that even a stone will float in water if the name of Shri Ram is written over it Since Nal and Neel are great Engineers they would be able to construct the bridge very easily The Sunderkand helps human beings in Kalyug to overcome problems It has been sung by Tulsidas anyone who says it can go through life without pain difficulty as Shri Ram is an Ocean of Peace happiness 9 First Chapter Dealing with crossing of the sea by Hanuman This chapter describes how Hanuman crossed the great ocean to reach Sri Lanka in search of SitaOn the way first the God of Ocean and Mainaka mountain respected him Later the devas tested his capability by sending Surasa Devi to test him After this Simhika dragged his shadow and tried to eat him Crossing all these hurdles he reached the other shore safely Afterwards Hanuman the slayer of his enemies desired to travel by the paths that the Charanas The devas who travel in the sky travel to find out the place where Sita who has been abducted by Ravana is kept in hiding 1 It is clear from this sloka that our ancients knew that even in sky you have to travel by certain chartered pathways With a desire to perform the incomparable and difficult job he extended his head and neck and resembled a bull 2 Then the valorous strong and wise Hanuman started traveling as he liked similar to a lion in zest creating terror to the birds felling trees by his immense chest glowing like a diamond and killing various animals in the grass like the torrential flow of water 34 Hanuman stood like an elephant calf in a forest in the mountain which had many special elephants and which are fit to be worshipped and endowed possessing the natural colours of blue red yellow and pink decorated by the strange reddish laterite stones and also thickly populated by Yakshas Kinnaras Gandharvas all the three are communities of minor devas and Devas with their families along with Pannagas who can take any form or shape they like 57 That reddish vanara monkey saluted the Sun God the king of devas Indra The Wind God Vayu The progenitor Lord Brahma and all great and holy ones and then turned to the eastern direction and saluted his own father Vayu again He then thought of Rama and Lakshmana and offered them his prayers and bowed before all the holy rivers and the sea After this he embraced his manes and offered pradakshina perambulation to them and concentrated his mind on the travel that he intended to make 810 As soon as he was born to Anjana Hanuman felt very hungry He was told by his mother to eat any fruit which is red He jumped towards the Sun in the dawn who complained to Indra about this attack Indra hit baby Hanuman with his Vajarayudha who fell down His father the Wind God went in hiding creating a crisis in the world Then the devas led by Brahma blessed the baby Hanuman and gave him several boons Being blessed by all vanaras assembled there with a wish made by them for his safe return journey he stood facing the path in which the wind travels 1110 He stood facing the south and started growing in his physical stature after requesting the other monkeys to wait for him in the same place 12 Being watched by the great and elderly monkeys Hanuman who is the greatest among those who can jump and cross grew like the ocean in high tide for completing the work of Rama 13 With his forelegs extended he with an enormous stature stood facing Sree Lanka with a wish to jump and cross the sea and pressed the mountain by his fore legs 14 The mountain in spite of this pressure was stable but tottered for a few minutes As a result the trees shook and flowers of different colours were strewn all over the mountain 15 Strewn by the thick flower clusters all over the mountain was covered fully by flowers It appeared more like a mountain of flowers 16 Pressed heavily by the strong Hanuman The Mahendra Mountain resembled an elephant in heat and water flowed out of it 17 Pressed by the great Hero Hanuman that mountain revealed deposits of Gold Mica and silver through the openings and sparkled 18 Not only that but also that mountain which had lot of laterite stones threw out medium size fire flames all over and pushed out dense smoke 19 Because of the pressure exerted by the Vanara the animals which lived in the caves were pressed and made sad and painful sounds 20 That horrendous noise made by the big animals spread in all directions all over the world and also in gardens through out 21 Snakes with shining white Swastika marked hoods spit out poison from their mouth and hit at the stones with their poisonous teeth 22 Stuck by the angry and poisonous snakes those big stones burnt as if they were on fire and broke in to thousands of pieces 23 Those herbs in the mountain which were supposed to cure the poison bite of the snakes were not able to remove the poison from the mountain itself 24 11 Some of the snakes with big body were spitting fire and came out from the caves and were trampled by Hanuman s feet 25 Trampled heavily those trees of the mountain with new growths gave out a smell of sandal and gave rise to a rain of flowers 26 Those stones of the mountain which were deep red yellow and light red broke in to pieces and were strewn all over 27 With the colour of reddish sandal and with ochre coloured deposits that mountain shone like a fire and was broken 28 Vidhyadaras demi gods who wear garland and live in the sky who had brought golden vessels to drink alcoholic drinks left behind the costly vessels and mugs various types of flavored and cooked meat shields made of the hide of a bull and swords with golden handles and rose up along with their women folk thinking that the mountain is being broken along with sages occupying it 2931 Not only that some other Vidhyadharas who wore garlands in their neck and who had eyes like white lotus and some others who were intoxicated and also who were decorated by red paste and red garlands and red eyes reached the sky 32 Their ladies who wore chains armlets shoulder bangles stood with a smiling face along with their lovers in the sky 33 Empowered by the manthras that they knew these Vidhyadharas and sages were able to float in the sky and watch the mountain 34 Others heard the following words spoken by those great sages the demi gods Charanas and saints of great reputation 35 The very strong Hanuman who is the son of wind God Vayu who is as big as a mountain is going to cross the sky like the sharks cross the ocean 36 For the sake of Lord Rama and for the sake of his monkey friends he is attempting to the impossible job of crossing the ocean 37 The Vidhyadharas who heard these words of the sages stood in the sky and watched Hanuman who had an enormous form 38 12 Hanuman who was like a small mountain shook his body shed some of the hair from his body and like a big cloud made a very loud trumpeting sound 39 Making up his mind to jump to a great height Hanuman rotated his big round tail which is covered by hair all over like a eagle rotating a snake 40 Swiftly being rotated behind him his thick tail resembled an enormous snake being drawn hither and thither by Lord Garuda Eagle on whom Lord Vishnu rides 41 Hanuman stood stiff with his forelegs which resembled huge iron pillars made his belly as small as possible and readied his hind legs for a big jump 42 That great Hero shortened his arms and neck and increased his virility stature and power to the maximum extent possible 43 Looking above staring afar and staring in to the sky he controlled his breath for the big jump 44 Standing firm on his two legs extending his ears to catch all the sound making up his mind to travel fast in the sky that Great monkey who is very strong faced the other monkeys and spoke to them as follows 45 I would travel to Sri Lanka which is protected by Ravana like the holy arrow sent by Lord Rama with the speed of the torrential wind 46 If I am not able to find Sita in Sri Lanka I would then go to the heavens with the same speed 47 If I am not able to locate her there also with great ease I will tie Ravana and bring him here 48 Whatever may happen I would return after fulfilling the task and return along with Sita and if not I would bring the whole Sri Lanka along with Ravana 49 After talking like to this to the other monkeys the great monkey Hanuman without any worry and with great speed resembling that of Garuda rose up in the sky 50 13 Parvathy asked Oh God of all beings I would very much love to know from you the greatness of Sundara Kanda in detail Sri Parameshwara replied I would summarize the greatness of Sundara Kanda for you because to tell in detail only the great Lord Ramachandra is capable Similar to the fact that God Rama is the greatest among Devas similar to the fact that Kalpaga tree is greatest among trees similar to the fact that the Kousthubha gem is greatest among gems in Ramayana Sundara Kanda is the greatest chapter By reading or listening to Sundara Kanda with devotion all the wishes are fulfilled all dangers will vanish all diseases will be cured and all types of wealth will grow Especially it is the greatest panacea for those who suffer from great diseases Even diseases like tuberculosis Leprosy and epilepsy which cannot be cured by even divine medicines would be cured completely by reading Sundara Kanda 68 times by the grace of Lord Ramachandra Please hear its greatness which I am telling you with attention Please hear the following ancient story which tells about the greatness of Sundara Kanda There was a great city called Kanchipuram in the earth and once upon a time it was ruled by Chola dynasty Among those kings there was a great king called Vamsankara who lived with his wife Manorama He gave very many charities and did several fire sacrifices He was devoted to the great temple of the city which included the great Temple of Kamakshy and Ekamranatha and the temple of Varadaraja and ruled the state with efficiency Unfortunately he was not blessed by any children Once coming out of the temple of Kamakshy he saw a great sage entering the temple He worshipped that sage and when enquired introduced himself The sage asked him in what way he would be able to help him and the king requested him to bless him to become a father The sage told the king that In your previous birth you were a saintly Brahmin who lived in Rameswaram and worshipped in the temple daily As a result you are born as the king of this country Unfortunately in your previous birth you did not allow your daughter to join her husband and become a mother due to some family conflict This is the reason why you are not able to become a father He then requested the king and the queen to observe strict penance give gold and silver as charities to Brahmins and worship Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva daily The king and the queen followed his advice and as a result a good son was born to them They named him Balachandra and the prince grew up as an extremely learned and able man When he became old the king decided to give his kingdom to his son and make him his successor and retire to the forest Unfortunately the terrible disease of Tuberculosis afflicted Balachandra In spite of treatment by the foremost expert doctors of the world and daily prayers the prince was not cured When the king and queen were terribly worried and knew not what to do the sage who had earlier blessed them with the child came again to that city The king and the Queen fell at his feet and requested him to cure the disease of the prince The sage told In his previous birth your son stole the materials kept ready for the worship of Rama and enjoyed life and that is why he is cursed with this disease But later realizing his sin he daily read Ramayana and worshipped Rama and that is why he has been born to you I would tell you how to get rid of the effects of that sin The king thanked him and wanted to know in detail as to what should be done The sage replied Construct a decorated Yaga sala and in its middle construct a square platform Spread a white silk cloth in that stage On that cloth spread six measures of Paddy and on that half the quantity of raw rice On that keep a golden vessel made of one pound of silver full of pearls Cover that vessel with a silk cloth On that keep a gold plate in which the Sri Rama Yantra is drawn Over that keep the golden statue of Sri Rama accompanied by Sita and Hanuman Worship this statue using Rama Sahasranamavali Then read the entire Sundara Kanda This worship and reading should start in the early morning and end at noon A non fading ghee lamp also should be kept burning for 68 days and the above procedure should be repeated 68 times On each day Payasam should be prepared and offered to God Rama Though this is the best completing the repetition 68 times can also be done in four months It is best for the individual himself to read the Sundara Kanda and it is of medium effect if it is got read by single Brahmin and worse if it is got read by many Brahmins After completing the above The Yudha Kanda should be completely read either by 5 or 6 days All the 73 days in the evening a great scholar should retell the stories of Sundara Kanda This would cure even diseases which Aswini Devas Doctors of Gods cannot cure This also could help you win a war or even help you in getting occult powers if your son does this his disease would definitely get cured That sage then disappeared The king performed the above worship and the prince himself read the Sundara Kanda daily and was fully cured of the disease Hey Devi just by reading Sundara Kanda 68 times the prince was cured of a terrible disease There are also many others who got rid of their illness by reading Sundara Kanda So even if one is poor or not physically able he should observe the Vritha of Sundara Kanda and get benefited There are also other methods of reading Sundara Kanda 14 Reading 32 times This consists of reading Chapter 1 to 38 on the first day and the rest the next day This should be repeated 32 times in 64 days Reading 24 times This consists of reading Chapter 115 on the first day 1641 the next day and the rest of the chapters on the third day This should be repeated 24 times in 72 days Reading 12 times This consists of reading Chapter 115 on the first day 1632 on the second day 3351 on the third day and the rest of the chapters on the fourth day This should be repeated 12 times in 48 days Reading 7 times Read 7 chapters a day and complete reading on the fourteenth day and repeat it 7 times and complete the parayana in 68 days Reading 4 times Read ten chapters per day for the first 27 days and read the remaining 2 chapters on the 28th day Reading two times Read eight chapters per day and complete reading twice on the seventeenth day In all these cases on the last day the last chapter of Yudha Kandam 131st chapter should be read On each day before and after the parayana boiled milk with Sugar should be offered as offering Naivedya to the God On the day of completion it is desirable to give a feast to the Brahmins Methods for reading once Suppose some one is not able to follow any of the above desirable rules he can read it any way according to his capacity Several such methods are given below 1 Read the entire Sundara Kanda once in a full day 2 Read Chapter 135 on the first day and the rest of the chapters next day 3 Read Chapter 137 on the first day 3740 on the second day and the rest on the third day 4 Read chapter 115 on the first day 1637 on the second day 38th chapter on the third day 3954 on the fourth day and the rest on the fifth day 5 Start on a Friday daily read 9 chapters and complete reading on the next Friday 6 Read within 9 days stopping each day on 5th 15th 20th 26th 28th 40th 52nd 80th and 68th chapters 7 Daily read 6 chapters and complete it on the 12 th day 8 Till 22 days read two chapters a day 5 chapters on the 23rd day 3 chapters on the 24th day 6 chapters on the 25th day 3 chapters on the 26th day 4 chapters on the 27th day and the rest 3 chapters on the 28th day If some one is not able to follow any of the methods suggested above he can read it as per his capacity without following any rules Some of the specific problems which could be solved by doing Parayana of certain chapters are given below 1 Salvation can be achieved by reading the first chapter daily for six months 2 Effect of attack of devils ghosts spirits can be warded off by reading 3rd chapter 3To get rid of dullness of brain read 13th chapter 4To get rid of the sin of having affair with some one else s wife read chapters 711 5To get permanent wealth and happiness read chapter 15 6To get rid of bad dreams read Chapter 27 7To get good behavior read chapter 2021 8To rejoin with lost relatives read chapters 3340 9To get rid of impending danger read chapter 36 10To get pardon from god for insult done to him knowingly and unknowingly read chapter 38 11 Read chapters 4247 to win over enemies 12To become just and charitable read chapter 51 13 For improvement of assets like house land etc read chapter 54 14 To get peace and happiness read Chapter 61 15 To get perennial happiness and to attain God read chapter 67 16To get what one wishes read chapter 41 17 To realize God and to become one capable of sweet words read chapter 19 15 It is essential to offer Naivedya to God before and after the Parayana It would be great if at the end of the Parayana Lord Rama Goddess Sita and Lord Hanuman are worshipped using Sahasra Nama 1000 names If someone is not capable of doing it he can worship using 108 names of the God As Naivedya boiled milk added with Sugar is supposed to be best offering to Lord Rama and Lotus and Thulasi Ocimum flowers are the best to worship the Lord If not available any flower can be used However KaraviraArali should never be used Offering to God Pomegranate would bring in immense benefits It would be better to the devotee to Chant Rama Gayathri during the beginning Avahana and end of the worship This is given by Dasarathaya Vidhmahe Sita vallabhata Dheemahi Thanno Rama Prachodayath Also it is essential that after the Pooja meditation is done using Gayathri manthra or the Shadakshari manthra of Rama viz Ram Ramaya Nama Though it is desirable to represent Rama either by Dasavarana Yanthra or statue it would be sufficient if worship is done to the Ramayana Book Rama with Sita Lakshmana and Hanuman always is present wherever Ramayana book is there It is also essential that whosoever does the Parayana for getting specific objectives should observe Brahmacharya during the parayana period Lord Shiva after telling all this to Goddess Parvathy told her that whoever reads are listens to this book on the Sundara Kanda Phala prapthi would become a great devotee of Lord Rama and would lead a happy painless life If you read this daily you will be getting blessings of god since the name of god is like fire Even if you touch fire unknowingly your finger will burn Similarly if you read this even unknowingly you will be getting blessings of god

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