B TO B TRANSACTIONS

Most of us would be familiar with what the title of this post stands for. It is ‘Business to Business transactions’. This is nothing but e-commerce wherein transactions are carried our between two business units. What has this to do with the present post? Virtually nothing except for the letters.

I am merely using this familiar terminology to discuss a totally different theme in the domain of Spirituality. For the present discussion one B stands for ‘BEING’ and the other one for ‘BECOMING'(Both the words are used as nouns). In the philosophical jargon BEING is nothing but the very core of our existence from which the entire creation(or the BECOMING) originates. In other words the manifested world that we all feel and see may be referred to as BECOMING while the unmanifest is the ‘BEING’. Clearly the BECOMING or the Manifested world draws its sustenance from the BEING. One is the cause and the other is the effect.

To put it slightly differently,BEING is essentially the Core of our Conciousness while BECOMING is the entire creation or the universe. BEING is the substratum which supports and sustains the entire creation. And therefore the two B’s are always ‘connected’ to each other whether we are aware of it or not. It is entirely upto each individual either to activate the association or to keep it passive and in the process either gain or lose.

The word transaction, in this context,merely signifies constant rememberance of our CORE BEING during our daily lives and challenges,which alone is the means to achieve one’s spiritual and material aspirations. This is because it is this CORE BEING which is the source of our physical,mental and spiritual energy.

Our scriptures abound in examples of great souls who excelled in virtually living in this state of ‘Consciousness’. One great example that would readily come to everyone’s mind is that of the mythological character Hanuman. I will touch on a few instances from Sundarakanda(of Vaalmiki Ramayana) to demonstrate how remembering this association with the Almighty by Hanuman gave success to his great mission in Ramayana.

At the very beginning of Sunadarakanda one would find a narration of Hanuman embarking on the mission to leap across the ocean to cross over to Lanka to find Sita. As all of us know this was the all important mission entrusted upon Hanuman by Sugriva.

Hanuman himself was quite aware of the criticality of the mission and as he was taking leave of all fellow monkeys,Sugriva,Rama & Lakshmana,he salutes first the Sun-God,the Lord Indra,Brahma,the devotees of the Lord,his own father(the Wind-God) and then mentally paid obeisance to Rama and Lakshmana. He then bowed down to all the rivers and oceans before embarking on the mission. The following lines from Sundara kaanda nicely captures the scene:

“Sa Suryaya Mahendraya pavanaaya svayambhuve —- Anjalim—pavanaayatmayonaye manasaa vandhya Ramaya Lakshmanaya maha harih. Saritah saagaramschapi pranamya sirasa harih.

Hanuman realizes that he needs everyone’s cooperation and blessings to accomplish his mission ( Gods as well as the natural forces like rivers and oceans). The manner in which Hanuman starts his mission is indeed exemplary. It is a lesson for all of us on how we should initiate any critical mission.

Then as Hanuman crosses over to Lanka and starts his search all over Lanka,he gets into a deep state of depression for not being able to find Sita . At that point again he realizes that the only way out would be to pray. He remembers and salutes Rama,Lakshmana,Sita,Rudra,Indra,Yama,Vaayau,Chandra,Surya etc.(“Namostu Ramaya salakshmanaya—Namostu Rudrendriya—“) As soon as he completes his salutations,he finds a route to get into the famous Ashoka Groove,where, he believes, that all his wishes would be fulfilled. He enters the Ashoka Groove and seeks the blessings of all the Gods to guide him to achieve success in his efforts. Immediately after his entreaties,he finds Sita in the Ashoka Groove. In Sundarakanda,the following lines gives us a description of his entreaties at a time when he was in a state of deep depression:

“Sidhim me Samvidhasyanti devah —Brahma Svayabhuh Bhagavaan Devaschaiva Dishaantu me Sidhim Agnischa Vayauscha —“

The next prominent episode in Sundara kaanda is when Hanuman was taken as a prisoner into Ravana’s court and Ravana orders his tail to be set on fire. The fire did not hurt him at all – again due to the fact of his constant association with the divine – the wind-God,the Fire-God, Sita, Rama – all helped him to cope with the situation. In Sundara kanda,in Hanuman’s own words we can see the explanation for the fire not hurting him:

“Sitaya scha Aanrshamsyaena,tejasa Raghavaschasa pitruscha mama sakhyena na maam dahati pavakah”

He says: “Because of the compassion and grace of Sita, the power of Rama and my father’s friendship with him,the fire diety is not hurting me.”

Here again one can clearly see that even a highly adverse circumstance can be overcome by remembering basic association with the Almighty.

Finally at the end of Sundara kanda Hanuman, having completed his mission successfully,returns and meets all his fellow bretheren,Sugriva,Rama & Lakshmana. Firstly, he breaks the news about the success of his mission saying that he did find Sita. He,then,narrates the whole story of his journey to Lanka,his experiences etc . At the end of his narration,very interestingly, Hanuman has the following words on the success of his mission:

“Because of Rama’s prowess and the energy and enthusiasm of you all,I have accomplished the mission that Sugriva entrusted to us.( “Raghavasya Prabhavena Bhavatam chaiva tejasa,Sugrivasya cha kaaryartham maya sarvamanushtitam”). This is an example of highest humility on the part of Hanuman as he attributes his success to evryone over there and to the prowess of Rama. This conduct is highly exemplary to all of us especially in modern day life wherein each one of us is out to grab attention and credit.

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