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Hanumān Cālīsā

Dohā: The dust of lotus-feet of preceptor may sharpen the mirror like mind. [I am] narrating the pristine glory of Raghuvara (Rāma), which bestows all the four fruits — dharma, artha, kāma, and mokṣa — in life.[1]

Dohā: Knowing yourself as a destitute wisdomless person, pray the Son of Vāyu — Hanumān. Bestow me with strength, wisdom, and knowledge; absolve away my malice and imperfections.[2]

Be victorious, O Hanumān, Who is the ocean of knowledge and qualities, Who is the Leader of the monkeys, Who is resplendent in the three worlds, Who was the messenger of Rāma, Who is the abode of immense strength, Who is the son of Añjanā, and Who is known as Pavanasuta (son of the Wind)![1]

Be victorious, O Hanumān, Who is amazingly powerful, Who is brave, Who has tough lightening-bolt-like organs, Who eradicates foolishness, Who accompanies the wise, Who is golden in color, Who is adorned by a beautiful apparel, Who has golden ear-hoops, and Who has curly locks of hair![2]

You have a Vajra-weapon and a flag in Your hands; and You are adorned by a girdle or jane∙u at the shoulders. You are dear to the Sun, Śaṅkara, and Kesarī (the father of Hanumān), You possess glory, and You are adored by the world.[3]

[You are] adorned with knowledge and qualities, and You are very prudent. You are always eager to perform various deeds for the purpose of Rāma. You like to hear the sportive stories of Lord Rāma, and You reside in the hearts of Rāma, Lakṣmaṇa, and Sītā.[4]

You showed a small form to Sītā (to avoid causing fear) and You took a giant form to burn away the country of [Laṅkā. You took a mighty form to destroy away the demons, and thus, You accomplished various beautiful deeds for Lord Rāmacandra.[5]

[During the Rāmarāvaṇa war] You brought the herb called Sañjīvanī for curing Lakṣmaṇa and gave Him a new life; on the account of this event, Lord Raghupati held You close to His heart. Raghupati adored Your efforts and held that You are dear to Him as much as Bharata.1[6]

Nārāyaṇa, Who has thousand heads, will adore Your glories, along with Sanakādika, Brahmādika, other best among sages, Nārada, Śāradā, and Śeṣanāga — thus said the consort of Śrī (i.e., Rāma), and embraced You.[7]

Your glories are beyond the narration of Dharma, Kubera, and other Digpāla (direction keepers) and it cannot be narrated by poets and story-tellers. You did a huge favor to Sugrīva by availing his union with Rāma, which resulted in his kingship (after victory over Vālī).[8]

Vibhīṣaṇa listened to Your advice (mantra) and became the Lord of Laṅkā as known to the world. The Sun is at an immense distance of a thousand Yugayojana, but it was Your sportive play that You thought the Sun as a fruit.2[9]

You took the ring of Rāma [as an identification] and crossed the huge ocean in one leap; however, that is not a surprising feat for You. All the deeds which are unachievable for the world are easy once they are undertaken by You.[10]

You are the guard at the door of Rāma and no one can approach Him without Your approval. Those who are in Your shelter achieve all the happiness. If You are the protector, then there is nothing to be feared of.[11]

Only You can control Your speed and resplendence, no one else can. All the three worlds are scared of taking You as their enemy in a battleground. The ghosts and the omen don’t even come close to a person, when they hear Him reciting the name Mahāvīra.[12]

Continuously sing the name of Hanumān, Who is brave, Who rescues from diseases, and Who absolves all the pains. Hanumān relieves those persons from trouble who bring Him in context by thoughts, deeds (prayers, temples, etc.), voice or speech, and meditation.[13]

Rāma, is beyond everyone, a dispassionate ruler, and the best king ever; and You adorned all the requirements or deeds of Him. And if others bring any heartfelt wish-requests to You, they get those wishes fulfilled, in an uncomparable way, by You.[14]

Your glory is present in all the four epochs — Satayuga, Tretāyuga, Dvāparayuga, and Kaliyuga — and its resplendence is known throughout the world. You are the protector of hermits and sages, You slay demons, and You are dear to Rāma.[15]

‘You will have the prowess to provide the eight siddhi and the nine treasures’ — this was the boon given by Mother Jānakī (Sītā) to You. You have the nectar of the devotion of Rāma with Yourself. May You always remain in the shelter of Rāma.[16]

Your eulogies help devotees to attain Rāma and thereby absolve the fear of the ocean of metempsychosis. In the end, those devotees go to the Sāketa (abode of Rāma) and they are known as Haribhakta — devotee of Hari — thenceforth.[17]

There is no need to meditate or keep any other demi-god in the heart, once You are there. If all the work is done after serving You, then happiness immediately follows. Troubles end and all the anguishes are eradicated after chanting the name of Hanumān, Who is mighty and strong.[18]

O Hanumān, Who is the protector of cows! Be victorious again and again. Be benevolent on me like a preceptor. Those who sing this Cālīsā hundred times are liberated from the troubles of metempsychosis, they become eternally blissful.[19]

Those who read this Hanumān Cālīsā attain perfection (siddhi) and become the friend of Śiva (Gaurīśa). The poet Tulasīdāsa is forever a devotee of Hari. O Lord Hanumān! Please reside inside my heart.[20]

Dohā: O Hanumān, Who is the son of Pavana, Who absolves the obstacles, Who is the house of auspicion, Who is the Lord of demi-gods! Reside in my heart along with Rāma, Lakṣmaṇa, and Sītā.[1]

Footnotes:

1 Bharata was very dear to Lord Rāma. Since Hanumān is an ardent devotee of Rama, therefore, these lines glorify the exploits Hanumān achieved as a devotee (serving to the purpose of Lord Himself).

2 The measure Yugayojana is unclear to the translator. According to a story, when Hanumān was a baby, He thought the Morning Sun as a fruit. Still in His childhood, He leapt in the skies and went through the cosmos. The Sun didn’t burn Hanumān regarding Him as the child of Vāyu. According to one more story, Hanumān swallowed the Sun in His throat.

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Poet: Tulasīdāsa

Translator: Animesh Kumar

Submitter: Animesh Kumar

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