Sugriva, the chief of the forest dwellers in Kishkindha, was resting in his safe haven on the top of Mount Rishyamukha, a place where his estranged brother Vali could not attack him. Though he was safeguarded from the powerful influence of his brother, Sugriva was by no means in a peaceful condition. At every second of the day there was trepidation, as someone could be coming to attack him. Therefore it wasn't surprising that when he saw two handsome and well-built young men carrying weapons approaching his forest, he became a bit apprehensive. These two princes seen from a distance appeared to be very powerful, and they were certainly not in the right place. The forest was meant for the animals and the ascetics, so the presence of two such powerful fighters was certainly conspicuous.
As any good leader would do, Sugriva approached his most trusted aide and asked him to go down and meet the two princes. "See what they want, for I'm afraid they might be assassins sent by Vali to do me in." Sugriva's chief minister was no ordinary person. He was none other than Shri Hanuman, one of the most famous divine figures in the world. The wonderful details of his subsequent meeting with the two princes, Shri Rama and Shri Lakshmana, are nicely related in the ancient poem called the Ramayana. Hanuman is known as the greatest devotee of Lord Rama, who is Himself an object of worship. The accounts of their initial meeting give insight into the glorious nature of Hanuman and also indicate that his wonderful characteristics were readily identifiable to the one person whose opinion matters, the one entity who all the world has been trying to find and please since the beginning of time. Meeting Hanuman is a collection of twenty one essays discussing the different verses from the Ramayana that describe Hanuman's meeting with the two princes of the Raghu dynasty, Rama and Lakshmana, who were searching for Sita Devi, Rama's wife. As whoever has Hanuman's association is forever benefitted, Rama's reunion with Sita and the permanent alleviation of Sugriva's fears would both have their genesis in this wonderful meeting.