written on November 27, 2007
Bollywood Actor Sanjay Dutt
Do what you will or desire to, the eternal India springs back into life time and again, as has happened in Indian history and reminds you of the eternal spiritual legacy of the country. It never dies. It gets revived always.
The occasion to say so arises because today (27 November 2007) one television channel went on giving some glimpses into the lives of some Indian celebrities---all of them shown either visiting temples or showing the positive results of their prayers.
Sanjay Dutt getting bail from the Supreme Court of India, not a judgement in his favour or acquittal, but relief is being shown by a television channel repeatedly. In the context of judicial delays well known to us in India, the judgment may come after many months or even one year.
The female anchor in the television channel was repeatedly referring to the continuous recitation of Hanuman Chalisa of Tulsidas (40 verses of praises to Hanuman, the deity who represents devotion), that Sanjay Dutt has been doing.
There was a news item that while in Yervada jail earlier, Sanjay Dutt stayed up through the night doing 100 recitations of Hanuman Chalisa. Early next morning he saw a monkey sitting on a tree outside his cell in the jail. He thought, said the press report, that Hanumanji was pleased with his him and his prayers.
Today, the female anchor has been saying repeatedly that his prayers have been anwered again, but is failing to distinguish between bail and acquittal.
I know of many cases where Hanuman Chalisa done by many, particularly the lines Chute Bandi Maha Sukh Hoi (there is freedom from imprisonment and happiness resulting from it) has offered great relief.
Such an incident shown repeatedly is elevating, and revives that spiritual zeal which never dies in India among Hindus who have no central or centralized authority to control and regulate their spiritual/religious lives.
Do what you have faith in is the brilliant flexible scheme of spiritual remedies. There is so much freedom of thought and expression within its brilliant scheme of spiritual remedies.
Do not be misled by mercenary astrologers who insist you must do what they prescribe. I have known the disciples of Neem Karoli Baba doing only Hanuman Chalisa for any and every problem and getting relief. The Dutt family belongs to that school.
I know of many who do Vishnu Sahasranama as I do and Narayan Kavacham.
There are others in Vrindavan who do Radha Kripa Kataksha Stotra only and others recite Gopal Sahasranam only.
Of these, only those which an individual does himself is seen to yield some results without of course liquidating karma phala or results of karmas. But remember, Sanjay Dutt has not been acquitted. It is only a relief for him , a story which will help many people see the beauty of prayers done by oneself and not through paid agents who claim to have received some license from God to alleviate the miseries of people---on payment, and exploit them. That is, of course, a business in India’s cottage industry called astrology.
It is what has been emphasised repeatedly in the beautiful book of Dr. Geeta Kathuria, ASTROLOGY AND FAITH with case studies based on medico-astrological analysis and shantis done by the suffering individual or his mother/father, wife or husband etc.
Then they showed Pratibha Patil, the woman president of India visiting Shirdi Sai Baba temple and praying for the prosperity of India. When the president of India does it, it becomes a good example before the audience, the viewers, the listeners. Now see the variety--she is praying at the temple of Shirdi Sai Baba, and it is not Hanuman Chalisa as is being done by Sanjay Dutt.
There is no rigid conformism in India among Hindus. You can pray according to your tradition and samskaras. Now see the variety and the inherent catholicity of Hindu religion which is described as Sanatan Dharma.
reprinted with permission