Ambition vs Devotion

Ambition vs Devotion

When Valmiki completed his Ramayana, Narada wasn’t impressed. “It is good, but Hanuman’s is better”, he said.

“Hanuman has written the Ramayana too?” Valmiki didn’t like this at all and wondered whose Ramayana was better.

After reading it, and finding it to be perfect, Valmiki couldn’t help himself. He started to cry.
“Why are you crying?” asked Hanuman.” Because after reading your Ramayana no one will read my Ramayana”, replied Valmiki.

Hearing this Hanuman simply tore up the seven banana leaves stating “Now no one will ever read Hanuman’s Ramayana.”

Hanuman said, “You need your Ramayana more than I need mine. You wrote your Ramayana so that the world remembers Valmiki, I wrote my Ramayana so that I remember Ram.”

At that moment Valmiki realized how he had been consumed by the desire for #validation through his work. His Ramayana was a product of #ambition, but Hanuman’s Ramayana was a product of pure devotion & affection.

There are people like Hanuman who don’t want to be #famous. They just do their jobs and fulfill their #purpose.

There are many unsung “Hanumans” too…in your life…your spouse, mother, father, teachers, friends, colleagues…let’s remember them and be grateful, for they made your life better.

Have you thanked them yet?

Gratitude and thanksgiving is a life for me.
It is as easy as breathing.

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