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Hanuman Jayanti

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Having observed Ram Navami, it seems only natural to celebrate Hanuman Jayanti  soon after, in this month of Chaitra Purnima-Chittera Paurnami, on Friday April 22nd 2016 as per the Hindu calendar. In different parts of India the Hanuman Jayanthi is observed in different months. Hanuman is also known aa Mahavira, the Great Warrior, and also popularly as Bajrangbali, especially in Bali, Indonesia. 

Who was Hanuman and why was he regarded as the greatest devotee of Lord Rama?

Hanuman was born to Anjana Devi, and` is also known as Anjaneya. He was the most ancient powerful superman known to mankind, with the power to expand and contract himself at will, besides the ability to fly across long distances and evoke terror in fierce demons and evil forces.

As a child he is said to have flown into Space, aiming to grab the Sun, thinking it was a ripe mango or a ball to play with. The Sun God – Surya, later became his teacher. However, although he had super powers, because of a curse, he would also not be aware of them unless someone reminded him of his supernatural abilities.

In the epic Ramayana, when Lord Rama and Lakshman first met Hanuman, Lord Rama was extremely impressed with Hanuman’s impeccable manners, his refined language, his innocence and simple trusting heart. He instantly recognised the qualities of a perfect messenger whom he could completely trust and rely upon. Thus began a relationship between God and Devotee, which stands as a perfect example of highest form of devotion and self-surrender.

Hanuman played a pivotal role, when Sita Devi was abducted by Ravana and was kept in custody in the grounds of the demon-king’s palace. Nobody could find Sita, but Hanuman with his special powers found where Sita was held.

When Ravana became aware of Hanuman’s powers, he decided to burn Hanuman’s tail but Hanuman burnt a large part of Lanka with his tail aflame. He brought back the message of Sita’s captivity, which resulted in a war between Lord Rama and Ravana.

During the war, Lakshman, Lord Rama’s brother was injured and there was no hope for him to survive. The only way to save him was with a life-giving herb, Sanjivini, which grew exclusively in the Himalayas. Only, Hanuman took that mighty leap, stretched from the South of India to the Himalayas.

When he reached the mountain he was not sure of which herb to pick and decided to carry the entire mountain with him! The herb was administered and Lakshman’s life was saved.

In yoga, the mighty leap is commemorated as Hanumanasana. The pose requires you not only to stretch your legs, but also to bring true devotion into your practise.  In this position, there is sense is that you can overcome any obstacle when the yearning to help is combined with reverence and with an intense fiery devotion. In Hamanasana, you can strive to reach much further than seems possible.

As God-father, Vayu, God of Wind, blessed Hanuman with more speed than he himself had, Hanuman represents the subtle bodies - of the breath body, the mental body, and the intelligence body. The breath body is responsible for the movement of prana/life energy in our bodies. The mental body is made up of thought currents that float in our chitta/consciousness. It is also our imagination and dream experiences. The intelligence body is our buddhi/discretionary intelligence is considered one of the highest principles of Nature. It is said that our buddhi is a direct reflection of divine intelligence, which is responsible for decision making, rational thinking and conscience.

Symbolically, the monkey mind is fickle and jumps from place to place, engaging in innumerable activities. The mind can also travel where it wants, flying through continents and worlds in an instant, wherever it wants. It can also expand and contract at will and as long as it remains in the sense world it remains unstable and mischievous, causing a lot of turmoil in the world of the individual. But once it surrenders to the Inner Self and becomes unconditionally devoted to it, it is able to perform miraculous powers. By overcoming all evil thoughts with its determination, it lays the strong foundation for the kingdom of God(Ramarajya) to become established in the body.

Hanuman is regarded as the Superman, the Chiranjeevi, the immortal. Hanuman is the story of animal man in us, who through the path of devotion and service to God can purify ourselves and attain immortality. It is believed that Lord Hanuman is the only other being, who remains on earth, because of a boon given by Lord Rama. 

Hanuman’s total devotion to Lord Rama is shown, when Sita rewarded Hanuman with her own pearl necklace, after the victory in the war with Ravana.  Hanuman is said to have politely rejected it, as it did not have ‘Ram’ in the gems. When challenged, Hanuman had ripped his chest to reveal Lord Rama and Sita literally residing in his heart!

It is said that wherever or whenever the story of Rama is taking place that Hanuman will appear. When I had an occasion to conduct a series of story-telling in Aberdare, in the Valleys of Wales; the participating children interpreted the story in painting a series of panels of the Ramayana. I used to look hard at the children wondering...? Could one of you be Hanuman? But of course, as a Guru-Teacher pointed out,

“Hanuman is not a person sitting somewhere.” Of course, in the prana-life force itself, there is the consciousness as Hanuman, which when applied with awareness, will attain victory over weakness.

A statuette of Lord Hanuman is among few items that US Presidnt Obama always carries in his pocket and seeks inspiration from whenever he feels tired or discouraged. The President confirmed this in a YouTube interview in January 2016.

In the entire Hindu pantheon, there is none like Sri Hanuman,, born strangely as a manifestation of Shiva, he became a great devotee of Vishnu, through Lord Rama.

Jai Hanuman-ji! Mahavira-ki Jai!

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Sarada Thompson

Sarada is an Indian artist and writer, resident in the U.K. since 1973 and in Wales since 1990. Born in Singapore she worked as a journalist for local newspapers. In England, she spent the next two decades raising a family, writing for local weeklies during this time.

Sarada has exhibited her artwork at numerous venues in England and Wales, Ireland and Australia and has offered story-telling workshops through art, drama, writing in schools and in mental health groups. Her work draws upon great Hindu classics, the multi-cultural influences of her background, life experiences and travels.

Sarada has won awards for her work in mini-tales in the National Association of Writers’ Groups in Durham, and won Travel and President’s awards in the local writers’ circle, and has had short stories published in both the University’s Anthology ‘Shadow Plays’ in 2010 and more recently in the writing group anthologies.

Sarada was awarded her Masters Degree in Creative Writing at Trinity St David Carmarthen; University of Wales in 2012. The first 20,000 words of ‘The Neem Tree,’ formed her dissertation, titled ‘Outcaste.’

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