NO BEGGAR, I, FOR COMMON FRUIT
JUST imagine Hanuman’s state of mind. He didn’t care for money, honour, creature comforts, or anything else. He longed only for God. When he was running away with the heavenly weapon that had been secreted in the crystal pillar, Mandodari began to tempt him with various fruits so that he might come down and drop the weapon24. But he couldn’t be tricked so easily. In reply to her persuasions he sang this song;
Am I in need of fruit?
I have the fruit that makes this life
Within my heart
The tree of Rama grows,
Bearing salvation for its fruits Under the wish-fulfilling Tree Of Rama do I sit at ease Plucking whatever fruit I will But if you speak of fruit –
No beggar, I, for common, fruit. Behold, I go
Leaving a bitter fruit for you (9l)
24The story referred to here is told in the Ramayana. Havana had received a boon us a result of which he coul^d be kill^ed only by a pa^icul^ar cel^estial weapon. The weapon was concealed in a crystal pill^ar in his palace. One day Hanuman, in the guise of an ordinary monkey, came to the pal^ace and broke the pillar, As he was running away with the weapon, he was tempted with fruits by Mandodari, Havana’s wife, so that he might give Backthe weapon. He soon assumed his own form and sang the song given in the text.