Hanuman festivals feature grand recitations of the Shree Hanuman Chalisa in temples.
Hanuman Chalisa Chaupai 25 in English with Meaning & Analysis
Hanuman Chalisa Chaupai 25 Takes Away Ailments
हैर सब पीरा ।
हनुमत बीरा ॥
harae sab peera.
and pain vanish.
When one continuously
chants your name.
Hanuman Chalisa Chaupai 25 Meaning in English
If the previous chaupai focussed on mental health and paranormal phenomena, this chaupai focuses on physical health. Hanuman, the mighty warrior and patron god of bodybuilders and wrestlers, is seen as an agent of good health, one who gets rid of diseases and pain.
Hanuman is closely associated with Ayurveda, the traditional Indian system of health and healing, according to which health is the outcome of harmony between water (kapha), fire (pitta) and wind (vata) in the body. Disharmony results in disease. Hanuman, son of the wind, helps in maintaining harmony.
Hanuman is closely associated with yoga, which the yoga sutra defines as de-crumpling the mind crumpled by hunger, insecurity and imagination. Doctors have always known that many physical ailments such as insomnia, skin rashes, allergies, asthma, hypertension and indigestion are actually psychosomatic having their origins in the mind-and so calming the restless and frightened mind, by a rhythmic, repetitive activity, like chanting God’s name, arrests unnecessary thoughts and resolves many health issues too.
This de-crumpling of the mind can be achieved by various modulations of breath and body postures. Hanuman is associated with pranayama, breathing exercises that ensure proper oxygenation of the blood and also relieve mental stress.
He is also associated with asanas, physical postures invented by Hanuman as he jumped from tree to tree and mimicked various forest creatures. Asanas strengthen the joints, the muscles and the ligaments of the body, and when done in alignment with breath, these postures affect the oxygenation of blood and can calm the restless mind.
Hanuman also designed the Surya-namaskar (sun salutation) to venerate his guru, the sun god. He designed the physical discipline of Malkhamb, popular in Maharashtra, wherein boys and girls go up and down a pole, like a monkey on a tree, to improve their flexibility and agility.
The act of chanting plays an important role in calming the restless and tumultuous mind preventing the release of body-harming hormones and chemicals. Hanuman’s association with Sanjivani has linked him to all herbs that cure the most lethal of ailments. The Dronagiri mountain that he brought from the Himalayas to Lanka to save
Lakshman from near death is said to be the source of various medicinal herbs. Offerings to Hanuman include preparations of urad dal, til and butter that are rich in protein and fat, necessary for fighting disease, firing up the metabolism and lubricating the joints. The poisonous Arka leaves and flowers he is offered at temples are a reminder of how he is the embodiment of all antidotes, and can withstand the fiercest of toxins.
Hanuman Chalisa Chaupai 25 Analysis in English
nasai roga harai saba pira
japata nirantara hanumata bira ||25||
Diseases are destroyed and pains disappear,
By constantly chanting the name of brave Hanuman. (25)
Bodily functions are controlled by the five winds or vayu. These are prana, apana, vyana, samana, and udana. They take care of the different automatic functions of the body like breathing, digestion, excretion and so on, which we are not aware of. There is a figure of Hanuman with five heads, Panchmukhi Hanuman, which corresponds to these five winds. Thus it is said that Hanuman is in charge of our involuntary functions and devotion to him will give us health.
This time, Ravana had come up with a foolproof plan. He had not sent the usual kind of demon who depended on physical strength alone. Neither was it a demon who looked like a demon. Ravana’s evil mind had come up with a unique scheme. He had deployed Panchphan, a five-hooded snake, to manipulate the waters of the rivers in Sumeru.
He was not to poison the rivers but to tamper with them in such a way that those who drank the water, their minds become weak and they get hypnotized by Ravana. Once hypnotized, Ravana would have full control over everyone. Becoming puppets in his hand. Rubbing his hands in glee, Ravana began to gloat over how he would exact revenge on the powerful vanara clan.
However, King Kesari realized that their water was being contaminated and they started digging wells to find an alternative source of water. Hanuman quickened the process by using his tail as a drilling machine and soon hundreds of wells sprouted all over their kingdom, nullifying Ravana’s well-laid plan.
But Hanuman was not satisfied by simply digging wells. He ran after Panchphan to punish him for his wrongdoing. But Panchphan escaped to live another day. He sneaked in again the following night and bit Kesari. He was too frightened of Hanuman so he targeted his father. This was too much for Hanuman to bear.
He caught hold of the wicked snake in anger and pulled out the precious gems from the top of his hood. The gems on a snake’s hood are considered his crowning glory, his pride. Breaking them is breaking that pride. Hanuman proceeded to do exactly that.
Controlling the snake with his power, Hanuman ripped off the gems. His hand was on the fifth one when someone stopped him. He turned to see who it was, with his grip firmly on Panchphan. Who else but a mother would protect a son, however wicked he may be.
Panchphan would have died if his fifth gem were dislodged. But his mother appeared on time. “O” Hanuman, I beg of you to release my son. I give you my word that if you let him go, he will never trouble any living being ever. He will turn over a new leaf. I have heard your mighty power comes from your large heart, please show compassion to my son.”
Hanuman, although he looked dangerous in anger, could be as gentle as a lamb too. Nor would he disobey a mother. He loosened his grip and the fearful snake slithered out to save his life. He had heard his mother’s promise and resolved to fulfil her words. He fell at Hanuman’s feet asking for forgiveness. Hanuman forgave easily and Panchphan became a devotee of Hanuman.
Now Panchphan was afraid that what he had done would yield disastrous consequences. He revealed, “I have done an abominable act by biting your father and your kith and kin. If we don’t get the cure for them within two days, they will die.” And he hung his head in shame. Feeling remorseful, he shared what could revive the dying. “We can ask Shukracharaya, the guru of all demons, to give his Sanjivani mantra which has curative powers to bring everyone back to life.”
Since Panchphan had been a demon himself and knew Shukracharaya intimately, he volunteered to go to him and make a request. But he was in for a disappointment. Demons did not believe in going out of the way to help others. But he did suggest another option. Panchphan returned and told Hanuman, “To save your clan, we need to procure a herb called Vaishali kama pushpa which only grows on an island called Prabal Dvip. Not only the path to this island is dangerous, it is also accessible only to a select few.
One who satisfies three criteria – of being an innocent child, a brahmachari, and a Trideva, only he can enter Prabal Dvip, a hundred yojans away in the south.” He also warned that the red coloured flowers there were guarded by a ferocious brahmarakshasa. No ordinary mortal was a match for this monster. Even before Panchphan could complete the warnings, Hanuman had leapt into the air. He did not care for the obstacles on the way when he was on a mission.
Not knowing the exact location of the island, he stopped on the way for directions. Unfortunately for him, it was Mayasura who came and guided him under a disguise. Not wanting him to succeed, Mayasura sent him on a wild goose chase. After going round and round for many hours, Hanuman finally reached his destination. As expected, the island was guarded by a brahmarakshasa.
The brahmarakshasa was famous for swallowing everything he saw. In fact, he was on a mission of finding a cure by swallowing everything. He had been a rishi in another birth and been cursed to become a brahmarakshasa. The curse would only nullify when a divine energy entered his mouth. Not knowing what that divine energy was, he swallowed, whatever came his way, hungrily.
And that is why, Hanuman too entered his mouth. Hanuman, being that divine energy, killed the demon and released him from the curse. The rishi was so thankful to be liberated from the curse that he offered the rare flowers to Hanuman, which Hanuman accepted gratefully and flew back to his own territory.
He administered the flower remedy in the mouth of his father and every sickly monkey and soon, all of them stirred and sat up as if getting up from sleep. The other monkeys cheered for Hanuman because Hanuman had all the solutions for every ailment and could revive even the dying, nasai roga harai saba ptra Suryadeva was not sure if he should speak his mind.
It was time for Hanuman to give guru dakshina to his guru and Suryadeva was choking with emotions. He was exhilarated that his brilliant student had mastered the entire gamut of knowledge in a record-breaking time. Simultaneously, he felt pained at the thought of his loving student leaving his school. To top that, Hanuman wanted to give guru dakshina. Suryadeva had two pressing problems and Hanuman could solve both of them. Should he open his heart? Or should he suffer in silence? Finally he decided to speak.
“My dear Hanuman. I want you to do things for me. One is to take care of my son Sugriva and save him from Vali’s wrath. And second, which is more difficult, is to bring back my son Shani to me. Shani is an angry young man full of pride. But please convince him to come back,” said an emotionally distressed Suryadeva.
Hanuman, of course, was eager to fulfil his duty to his guru. He immediately departed to bring back Shani. Sugriva, he could take care of when back on earth. On the way to Shani’s abode, Hanuman bumped into planet Mangal, who tried to obstruct his path. Mangal is the God of combat, more specifically, wrestling.
Yet, Hanuman overpowered Mangal easily and tucked him under his arm to continue his search for Shani. When he neared the domain of Shani, he was stopped by Tamra Mai, the guard. She tried to bribe him into not entering by offering him unlimited wealth. Hanuman naturally refused her offer and removed her from his path.
He meted out the same treatment to the next obstacle Ratna Mai. Then he encountered Swama Mai, popularly known as Saadhe saati. He subdued her also and finally reached the innermost region of Shani. Shani, by now, was fuming and fretting because all his expertise had failed in stopping Hanuman. He threatened to bum down Hanuman with his glance.
Hanuman kept his cool and requested Shani to return with him, but when Shani attacked him on his head, Hanuman had no option but to fight back. Very soon, Shani was overpowered by Hanuman. Now that he was helpless, Shani asked for forgiveness and agreed to return and even ask for forgiveness from his father.
He declared that on worshipping Hanuman every Saturday, his devotees would not feel the negative effect of Shani. Mangal too bestowed a similar benediction. Those who worshipped Hanuman on Tuesdays would escape the destructive impact of Mangal.
Suryadeva was overjoyed to have his son back and actually begging forgiveness from him. Shani, feeling emotional, showered more blessings on Hanuman for being instrumental in the reunion. He promised that he would stay clear from the path of all those who take the path of devotion and truthfulness by chanting the name of Hanuman.
Never would he trouble those who believed in the power of Hanuman’s name, japata nirantara hanumata blra Lanka was burning, with the fire spreading wildly and the winds blowing strongly but did Ravana understand? Rama had sent His best doctor with the best medicine to cure him but if the patient refused to take medicine then how would he get cured?
Here was a patient with a serious disease called lust, but he couldn’t get cured with any ordinary medicine, he needed a special treatment… comprising of gold, silver, pearl, and other kinds of ashes. Lanka was full of precious metals and stones; Rama sent a clue to Hanuman to bum all that and use the ash. Hanuman did exactly that. But Ravana did not consider himself sick. He did not think he needed treatment, so he did not take the medicine, did not listen to the doctor; instead he laughed at the doctor. Thus Ravana was incurable.