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Why did Hanumanji tear his chest?

This story teaches us that we should do action without wanting anything.

Keywords: faith, devotion, love

Why did Hanumanji tear his chest?


Children, you may already know how Lord Rama, with the help of Hanumanji, defeated the demon king Ravana and returned to Ayodhya with Sita Mata, Lakshmana, Hanumanji, and his other companions.

After winning the battle they all reached Ayodhya. When Lord Rama became the king of Ayodhya, Sita Mata requested him to give some gifts to those who had helped in the victory. Lord Rama agreed to her request.

Sita Mata gave valuable gifts to everyone. Now it was Hanuman's turn.

With a smile, Lord Rama asked, "What gift will you give to Hanuman? The selfless service and devotion he has shown have no equal."

Even then, Sita Mata presented a necklace of pearls to Hanumanji as a gift.

Hanumanji looked at each pearl of the necklace, broke them with his teeth, and threw them on the ground.

Sita Mata asked Hanumanji, "Why did you do this, Hanuman? Didn't you like the necklace?"

"It's not like that, Mata. But this gift is of no use to me because I don't see my Lord Rama in these pearls. If Rama is not in the pearls, their value is like that of dust for me."

"Then do you have Rama within you?" Sita Mata asked.

Upon hearing this, Hanumanji tore his chest, revealing the image of Lord Rama and Sita within his heart.

Children, we understand from this that Hanumanji did not perform the actions for the sake of any reward but because serving Lord Rama gave him joy.

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Source: Bhagavad Gita

कर्म कुर्वन्ति सङ्गं त्यक्त्वा आत्मा शुद्धये

karm kurvanti saṅgam tyaktvaa aatmaa shuddhaye

It means the karma yogis derive joy from performing actions without attachment and without the desire for the fruits of their actions.

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Story type: Mythological, Magical

Age: 7+years; Class: 3+

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