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Indians, You Are Just Like Hanuman...

Let me be your Jambavan.

22/03/2017 11:09 AM IST | Updated 23/03/2017 9:17 AM IST
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Indians,

I have been severely criticising you for long since you deserved a vigorous shake up and shock treatment to make you aware of realities—of the intellectual backwardness of most of you, your minds full of stupidity, casteism, communalism and superstitions, your country largely poor with massive unemployment, malnourishment, lack of healthcare, good education, and corruption at every level, your political leaders (of all parties) a shameless bunch of rogues, rascals, goondas, dacoits and looters with no genuine love for the country.

But now the time has come for me to restore your morale and self-confidence.

So let me tell you.

You are like a Hanuman who has forgotten his colossal powers, and I am the Jambavan who has come to remind you of your powers.

You are like an atom with enormous energy but which lay trapped and dormant in its nucleus, until scientists discovered fission and fusion which created the atom and hydrogen bombs. I am one of those scientists.

Today you are in a pitiable state, all confused, as Hanumanji was until Jambavan reminded him of his powers.

When Rama's army reached the Indian Ocean there was no one except Hanuman who had the strength to cross the sea and reach Lanka to find out Sita's whereabouts. But Hanumanji had forgotten his powers due to the curse of some rishis whose yagyas he had disturbed in childhood... but with the condition that he would remember them when someone would remind him.

Jambavan, the King of the Bears, saw Hanumanji sitting alone on a rock, and went to him to remind him of his tremendous powers.

As Tulsidas writes in Ramcharitamanas:

कहें रीछपति सुनु हनुमाना ,का चुप साध रहे बलवाना

पवन तनय बल पवन समाना, बुधि बिबेक बिज्ञान निधाना

कौन सा काज कठिन जग माहि, जो न होय तात तुम पाहि

राम काज भय तव अवतारा सुनतेउ भयो पर्वताकारा

कनक बरन तन तेज बिराजा मानहु अपर गिरिन्ह कर राजा

सिंघनाद करि बारम्बारा लीलहुँ लांगहुँ जलनिधि खारा ...

(The King of the Bears said, "Listen Hanuman, why are you maintaining this silence?

You are the son of Pavan, the Wind God, and have the strength of a cyclone.

You are the embodiment of intelligence, discrimination and scientific knowledge.

Which is the job in the world which you cannot do?

You have been born to do Rama's work.")

On hearing these words of Jambavan, Hanuman's body started growing in size until it reached the height of a mountain. His golden coloured body was shining like a king of the mountains.

And he started roaring like a lion, saying, "In a moment I will swallow this sea and cross over it."

So Indians, I am today reminding you of your tremendous powers, which once unleashed can move mountains and resolve all your problems.

You are the builders of the mighty Indus Valley Civilisation, perhaps the oldest civilisation in the world, the mighty Magadh Empire, the Mughal Empire, the Kharavel Empire, the descendants of Chandragupta Maurya, Ashoka, Harsha, Krishnadeva Raya, Rajaraja Chola, Akbar, Maharana Pratap, Maharaja Ranjit Singh, Raja Ram Mohan Roy, Bhagat Singh, Surya Sen, Bismil, Ashfaqulla, and Chandrashekhar Azad. You are the descendants of Aryabhatta, Sushrut, Charak, Ramanujan and Raman. You are the descendants of Kalidas, Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyaya, Kazi Nazrul Islam, Subramania Bharathi, Premchand, Ghalib, Faiz, Manto and many others. You are the descendants of Panini, Chanakya and Patanjali.

No doubt today you are in a pitiable state, all confused, as Hanumanji was until Jambavan reminded him of his powers.

And I am that Jambavan who has come to remind you.

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