Austerity of Speech – Part 1

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Mathajis,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev.
In our Rukmini sabha class in Abu Dhabi we have nicely begun the discussions about Hanumanji’s prayers of S.B.5.19. I shall try to transcribe what we have heard from H.G.Vaijayanthimala Devi Dasi Mathaji last week.
S.B.5.19 is titled A description of the island of Jambudvipa. It is the Kimpurusa-varsa where Hanumanji and Arstisena are worshiping Lord Rama.
Ramayana is popular all over the planet. Japanese people had made an animated C.D of Ramayana. Ramayan has the capacity to attract or capture the attention of all living entities without discrimination. Everybody loves to hear Ramayana. Ramayana took place in treta yuga but even now it is so fresh to learn. It is the potency of Lord Rama.
There is a beautiful couplet in Hindi which Maharaj says "visha jaise ye duniya mein nahi hei aaraam ka sthaan, vish ke sath ram mile to, hojaaye vishraam". It means material world is full of poison. So there is no rest or peace in this world. But along with poison if we get Ram, we will become completely relaxed or peaceful. The very word Ram means one who gives pleasure. But there is one person who brought vishram to Ram also. That is none other than our Hanumanji.
It is not actually that Hanumanji is superior to Lord Ram, but Rama wanted to glorify His pure devotee. In 5.19.1 Sukadeva Goswami says Hanumanji as "parama-bhagavata". It means the great devotee is celebrated throughout the universe. Hanumanji stands for pure devotional service. Whatever verses Sri Krsna speaks in 700 verses of Bhagavad Gita, Hanumanji is just a personification. We all can just learn these verses but Hanumanji practically executed the meaning of these verses. If we see the activities of Hanumanji, we can very well understand what ever Krsna likes to say in Bhagavad Gita or Bhagavatam.
He executed the devotional service without even a tinge of expectation. His only aim was that Lord Rama should be satisfied or pleased. He is completely pure-hearted. We will see how he brought vishram to Ram in this Granthraj offering. In the next offering we will see how he brought vishram to Sita and Bharatji.
Anxiety of Ram was that Sita was kidnapped and she was in Ashoka Vana. Hanumanji was the person who located Sita in Ashoka Vana. He brought this news to Lord Ram. He communicated this message so nicely to Ram. He said "I have seen Sita", in Valmiki Ramayan it is said "drshta sita". Hanumanji did not say Sita has been seen. Because Rama is already anxious, supposing Hanumanji begins with the name Sita, then Rama will come across so many thoughts like what happened to Sita and so on, even though it is just for a second before the next word follows from Hanumanji. That is why he said first "I have seen".
That much he went into the heart of Rama to understand the feelings of the Lord. This is how we have to perform our devotional service. We have to go into the heart of Lord or our Spiritual Master and see what they want. From this we can understand what an eloquent speaker is Hanumanji. Learned personalitys speech is different from an ignorant personality. That is why Prabhupada says in one of his purport "When a man opens his mouth, we can understand whether he is a fool or not". So austerity in speech is very important.
Krsna says in Bhagavad Gita 17.15:

anudvega-karam vaakyam / satyam priya-hitam ca yat
svaadhyaayaabhyasanam caiva / vaan-mayam tapa ucyate

"Austerity of speech consists in speaking words that are truthful, pleasing, beneficial, and not agitating to others, and also in regularly reciting Vedic literature."
Our speech should not cause anxiety to other living entities; it should be truthful and should bring pleasure to others. Hanumanji is a perfect example of this verse, because he did not want to bring anxiety to Ram even for a moment by saying Sita has been seen. This austerity of speech we have to learn from Hanumanji.
After communicating this, Rama immediately embraced Hanumanji. But Hanumanji did not feel comfortable. He said to Rama that his position is in His lotus feet. Hanumanji is completely in the mood of servant to Lord Rama. Immediately he offered his obeisances. He is very humble.
So I pray to the otus feet of Lord Rama and Hanumanji to have this austerity of speech in my life. I will try to post how Hanumanji is bringing vishram to Sita and Bharatji in ensuing mail, Krsna willing.

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