This series chronicles sweet experiences recounted by the devotees of HH Maharanyam Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji as well as some divine experiences of Sri Swamiji himself. These articles are translations from the series, “Madhuramaana Mahaneeyar” that is published every month in Madhuramurali Tamil monthly magazine.
Lord Krishna and Lord Hanuman
To behold objects beyond the perception of the eye, we seek the help of binoculars or telescopes. Likewise, when the mind attains one-pointedness through meditation, it can perceive subtler thoughts beyond the comprehension of the intellect. Every now and then, Sri Swamiji shares with us such subtler aspects of divinity.
Throughout Margazhi month (ninth month in the Tamil calendar), Sri Swamiji performed special pooja to Sri Premika Varadhan at Madhurapuri Ashram. Adhyayana Utsav (celebration of the Nalayira Divya Prabandham) was also celebrated. During one such pooja, Sri Swamiji realized that his mind was going back and forth between Lord Krishna and Lord Hanuman.
He started comparing the divine leelas performed by Lord Krishna and Lord Hanuman. He described the similarities between the different leelas by Lord Krishna and Lord Hanuman, and started conversing with Lord Krishna and Lord Hanuman thus:
“Krishna! You lifted the Govardhana Hill to protect the devotees, while, Hanuman! You lifted the Sanjeevani hill to protect the Lord Himself!”
“Krishna! You played messenger for your devotees, while, Hanuman! You played messenger for verily the Lord!”
“Krishna! You manifested your colossal form for the sake of Mahabali, while, Hanuman! You manifested your colossal form for Sita Devi.”
“Krishna! You were cursed by Gandhari, while, Hanuman! You had a curse too, that made you forget your own strength.”
“Krishna! You loved to roam around in the forests; Hanuman! You loved to roam around in the forests too!”
During the Moola Nakshtra (‘Moola’ – the birth star of Lord Hanuman), Sri Swamiji visited Bangalore. There, he visited Sri Sundara Anjaneya, who had been recently installed (but not yet consecrated) in the Sri Veda Vyaasa Purana Patashala premises (at Kalkere, Ramamoorthy nagar) and himself performed ‘Tirumanjanam’ (sacred bath) and nicely decorated Him in the evening. After having adorned Him thus, Sri Swamiji while performing Harathi witnessed something divine! He saw Hanuamanji’s chest pulsating as if Hanumanji was breathing!
He experienced the divine presence of Hanumanji there, and realized that the ‘Prana Prathishta’ (a ceremony of infusing life energy into the deity) had already taken place on its own accord!
Sri Swamiji knew then that this Sri Sundara Hanuman, would fulfill the heartfelt, righteous prayers of His devotees without fail.
Translated by Viji Ramakrishnan, Dallas TX, from “Madhuramaana Mahaneeyar” column in Madhuramurali Tamil monthly magazine, February 2008 issue