On the subject of Sharanagati (Refuge in the Lord), there is a story. Sitaji, Ramji (the Lord) and Hanumanji were sitting under a tree in a forest. The tree trunk and the branches were covered by a creeper. The soft leaves and veil of the creeper was spreading wide. There were lots of new leaves and buds on this creeper and the creeper was covered with flowers and leaves. Due to the blossoms, the creeper, and the tree were looking magnificent and beautiful. By seeing the beauty, Lord Ramji said to Hanumanji. “See Hanuman” this creeper is so beautiful. Look, how it has spread in all directions covering the tree. This creeper by its very soft, green newly formed leaves and fruits is enhancing the beauty of this tree. Because of this creeper the tree is looking far better than all the other trees in the forest. Not only that, because of this tree, the beauty of the entire forest is enhanced. and even more so, it is due to the creeper, that the birds and animals of the forest are taking the shelter of the tree. The creeper is truely blessed !
On listening to the praises of the creeper from the Lord’s own mouth, Sitaji said to Hanumanji – “See son Hanuman! Did you observe or not? This creeper that is sprawling all over, climbing the tree, covered with flowers and leaves, spreading it’s veil, all this is possible only because of the support of the tree. The beauty of this creeper is also due to the tree, therefore the glories are mainly of the tree, because the support is the tree only. Without the support of the tree, what could the creeper really do on it’s own? How could it spread everywhere and provide a shade? Now speak up Hanuman! you tell us isn’t the greatness is of the tree only, right?
Ramji says, what Hanuman! the glories are of the creeper, isn’t it?
Hanumanji spoke – “What comes to mind is a third thing. Mother, the tree and the creeper provide wonderful shade. Therefore for me it is pleasing to be under the shade of both these. In other words, I find it pleasing to remain under the shade (refuge) of the Lotus Feet of You both!”
Sewak sut pati maatu bharose |
Rahayi asoch banayi Prabhu Posein || (Manas 4/3/2)
Similarly the Lord and His divine potency (energy, power) both enhance the beauty of each other. Some call both of them great, others call only Bhagwaan (Lord) as great and yet others call only His Divine Energy (Shakti) as great. But for a devotee that has taken refuge in the Lord, the support of both Prabhu (the Lord) and His Divine Energy (Shakti) is best.
From “Sharanagati” in Hindi pg 31-32 by Swami Ramsukhdasji.