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Mightiest Among warriors, wisest among counselors- all in one,
Was the great Bear king, the powerful but sagely Jambavan.
Created by God to help his Earthly Avatar, Lord Sri Rama,
He made service of the King Rama as his life’s Dharma.

Much is written about the might of the valiant Jambavan,
His most valuable role was the inspiration of Hanuman,
Encouraging him to dare and cross the ocean- a feat most remarkable,
By reminding Hanuman how mighty he really was- and capable.

When Lord Rama’s brother Laxman lay critically injured by Indrajit,
It was Jambavan again who refused to concede slightest defeat,
Advising Hanuman to bring from the Himalayas a wonder herb-very rare,
He ensured the recovery of Sri Laxman- this wondrous bear. 

 Jambavan and Hanuman, devotees of caliber very rare
 Were said to be the only ones blessed to there
 During both Rama and Krishna Avatar.


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There must of course be several such examples in the various languages ‘spooken’ in our delightful India.


Seeing her eyes glow in excitement,
Obviously though she has it all wrong,
I rush to grab the correction opportunity,

Till I have another look at the gleam in her eyes.

Hell, I think, let me be wrong a hundred times over,
If only to preserve that glorious joy,

Rather than prove her wrong
And watch her enthusiasm wither.


There is, in the Lord's Abode in Guruvayoor,
A common balance for weighment of offerings.

It's called Thulabaram.

Only, it is anything but common.

A priest there is entrusted the task
Of weighing the offerings you committed
To Lord Krishna.

It may be a few kilos of some vegetable
Or fruit, grains or sugar or what you will.

But it got to be necessarily what you committed!


Have seen with my own eyes
The priest struggling to weigh
A couple of kilos or maybe three
Of a certain vegetable, think it was yam.

But it simply wouldn't balance, though he
Kept on heaping the yam on it!

Then, on the priest's asking,
The devotee said he had thought
Of a different vegetable, maybe raw banana,

But had settled for yam since he couldn't
Get the banana.

The priest quickly removed the yam
Asked the devotee to be back
With the vegetable committed!

Only then, the priest said with conviction,

The weighment would happen.