Man’s needs have been classified by sages under four categories. Their primary requirement is wealth which is to be earned through honest means. This will naturally lead them to enjoy worldly pleasures. The third end which some pursue is righteous living, capable of giving greater joy and peace. Rare indeed are those who seek liberation from bondage.
All these four goals can be secured through prayers. To obtain them however, men have to ask only the source that is capable of granting them and without any doubt, it is God who has these powers. The lord is the loving essence within our hearts.
The famous hymn in Hindi –Hanuman chalisa– by Tulasidas spells out the procedure to be adopted to seek divine blessings. Anjaneya (Hanuman) possessed spotless character and when he is adored, a devotee’s mind will be cleansed. The first attitude of a person who approaches God should be humility.
Invariably, people become arrogant due to their opulence, their charm and thirdly their intellectual attainments. While wealth and beauty may wither, arrogance arising out of intellect will remain, making them ridicule others as being devoid of wisdom. Hence stress is laid on cultivating humanity while offering prayers and on retaining God’s vision with in. Anjaneya was a personification of this enviable trait.
In his lecture explaining the significance of a few initial verses of the Divine poem, Swami Swaroopananda said an aspirant should recite and sing God’s praise. Tulasidas surrenders at the feet of his mentor expressing these inadequacies and pleading with him to give him strength, intelligence and knowledge.
To highlight how one should seek only the minimum needed, a story can be recounted about a miserly merchant. He was sailing back with goods and money, when the ship was caught in a storm He was advised to pray and to give charity if he reached the shores safe. He agreed to donate one rupee and God appearing as a beggar, claimed the rupee. But the miser dodged him, asking his servant to say he was not home. He went to the extent of asking them to say he was dead. He was also carried on a bier. Even when the pyre was lit, the stingy man did not budge. God appreciated his one-pointedness and granted him a boon, ‘Do not ask for the rupee’ was his plea.