When Hanumanji came to Ayodhya, Hanumanji took over the charan seva (service) of Lord Shri Ramji over which Maa Sita and Shri Lakshmanji used to have a sweet quarrel in the past. However, neither Sitaji nor Lakshmanji felt or expressed any spitefulness or jealousy toward Hanumanji performing Shri Ramji’s seva. In fact, they looked at Shri Hanumanji with gratefulness. Such was Hanumanji as a devotee and follower.

Tulsidasji has said, “Prabhu charitra sunibe ko rasiya, Ram Lakhan Sita man basiya.” This means that Hanumanji is present in Shri Ramji’s heart, but an even bigger truth is that he has also filled the space in Shri Lakshmanji and Sitaji’s heart. It is easier to create respect in your worshipping idol than it is in the worshippers hearts around your idol.

Hanumanji is loved by all because he saved Sitaji’s and Lakshmanji’s life, as shown in the following verse in the Ram Charit Manas: laay sajivan Lakhan jiyaaye, Shri Raghuvir harashi ur laaye”.

Shri Hari does not remain indebted to anyone. He will shower his grace on anyone who does even a little for him. However, Hanumanji is one such follower to whom Shri Ramji is indebted to.

Shri Hanumanji protected Shri Bharatji’s life also. Only one day was left in the fourteen years of exile for Shri Ramji to return and the ascetic, Bharatji, was seated on the wooden pyre ready to light it if Shri Ramji does not return to Ayodhya by the evening. Dawn was about to fall. Shri Tulsidasji says that Bharatji’s heart was drowning due to being separated from Lord Shri Ram. At that instant, Hanumanji arrived and broke the news about Shri Ramji’s arrival to Shri Bharatji. Shri Bharatji’s life was saved.

In addition to saving Shri Bharatji’s and Maa Sitaji’s life, Shri Hanumanji also saved Shri Ramji’s life when he saved Shri Lakshmanji’s life.

When all four brothers are seated together, whose katha do they discuss about? Shri Hanumanji’s! When Hanumanji recommends a person, even Shri Ramji accepts this devotee. “Tumhre bhajan Ram ko paave, janam janam ke dukh bisraave”.

Observe Shri Hanumanji’s loyalty of service to Shri Ramji! Shri Ramji used to click his fingers whenever he yawned. Hanumanji thought that as a follower, why should my Lord have to make the effort in my presence? He said to Shri Ramji, please provide me the service of clicking my fingers when you yawn. And so Shri Hanumanji took on this service.

Hanumanji is the role model of daasya bhakti in the nine types of bhakti: shravanam, kirtanam, Vishnu smaranam, paad sevanam, archanam, vandanam, daasyam, sakhyam, aatmanivedanam.

Jai Shri Bajrangbali.

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